Versatile and inventive writer, editor, researcher, and web consultant
Expertise: Writing, editing, and analysis. Research topics: IT strategy for education, healthcare, and government; social/collaboration technology, web development, web standards, and APIs. Internet strategy consulting, rooted in years of market analysis.
Editor-at-Large, InformationWeek, UBM, January 2012 – Present
Hired in 2012 to edit The BrainYard, an InformationWeek site focused on social business, I also edited vertical industry sections on education, healthcare, and government. Valued for versatility and ability to come up to speed quickly on the IT concerns of different industries, with disruptive innovation as one continuing theme.
Served as social business track chair for the Enterprise 2.0 / E2 conference series. Developed the Social Business Leaders awards program. Spoke and moderated panel discussions at many other industry events.
Also coached colleagues on the effective use of social media as a traffic driver and outperformed all colleagues by this measure. Created a tool to automate Twitter posts with columnist @handles and other tagging, integrated with the HootSuite API.
Author, Social Collaboration for Dummies, Wiley (October 2013)
Authored a book on the application of social media and social networking technologies to business productivity applications, covering the most popular platforms and the IT and business strategies that lead to social business success.
President, Carr Communications Inc., 1996 – Present
Freelance writing and editing for InformationWeek, CIO Magazine, Forbes.com, CIO Insight, CIOZone.com, Multichannel News, and Defense Systems. Research analyst for Gleanster.
Copywriter: create brochures, websites, ghost written articles and technology white papers.
Web consultant: Advise business, non-profit, and political clients on Internet strategy, including email and social media campaigns. Design, program, and maintain websites based on WordPress. Created several WordPress plugins used by people around the world, notably RSVPMaker and Facebook Tab Manager. Currently launching an ad supported / freemium service, WP4Toastmasters.com, with promotional and organizational tools for Toastmasters clubs.
Technology Editor, Baseline Magazine, Ziff Davis Media, 2001 –2008
Researched and wrote in-depth case studies on information technology implementation and management. Advised the editorial team on technology issues the magazine should be covering.
Produced cover stories on the operations of large Internet properties, including Google, Yahoo, MySpace.com, and Second Life. My July 2006 “How Google Works” feature remained one of the most popular stories on the Baseline website years after its publication.
Joined as one of the first magazine staff members, prior to the publication of the first issue in October 2001, and helped turn it into a respected award-winning industry publication (multiple Neal Awards for business journalism).
Senior Technology Editor, Internet World Magazine (formerly WebWeek), Penton Media, 1996 – 2001
Played a leading role in magazine cover stories and news analysis for online edition. Helped broaden the magazine’s focus to Internet use by all businesses, not just dot-coms. Moderated panel discussions at Internet World trade shows and ran the Best of Show Awards program.
Vice President of Technical Communication, Digital Communications Services, 1994 – 1996
Managed projects and marketing strategy for a firm that provided technical research, writing, editing, and illustration services. Clients included IBM, Andersen Consulting, Hyperion.
Reporter, Waterbury Republican-American, 1988 – 1994
Toastmasters: District 47 Area Governor (2014/2015), Club Awesome VP Education(2011/2012), President(2012/2013), Sgt. at Arms (2013/2014).
For the Coral Springs Jobs Now career expo in January 2010, created online and print marketing materials and organized a successful career seminar series.
Homeowners Association Board of Directors, responsible for budgets, communication.
Education and Honors
Toastmasters awards: Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Competent Leader awards.
B.S. Journalism, Southern Connecticut State University, 1986.
Published science fiction stories in Writers of the Future and Amazing Stories.