MARK BLACKMON is a general purpose raconteur for all media. Over a long and varied career he has written in and developed story and content for virtually every conceivable format. He is currently the lead news writer and directs media relations and earned media strategy for Monmouth University.
Prior to joining Monmouth, he was Director of Communications for Wilson College and served Earlham College in two different capacities: as Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and, for seven years, as Director of Media Relations, overseeing all interactions with the national media and implementing strategies to attract national attention to the College using new and emerging technology including the creation of an award-winning audio podcast series, the innovative video series, “Earlham at Eleven,” and the popular student-written daily blog, “Life at Earlham.”
Always at the forefront of implementing new communications technologies throughout his career, Blackmon co-founded Chanticleer Productions, one of the nation’s first firms to harness the benefits of emerging technology and created the first new media infrastructure for producing, designing, writing, editing, syndicating and hosting audio podcast programming. He led a team producing content for a diverse group of clients including international humanitarian organizations, independent businesses and some of the nation’s most prestigious arts organizations and educational institutions.
For nearly a decade, he served as a charter member of the innovative senior Management Team at the Round House Theatre in suburban Washington, D.C., where he oversaw all sales, marketing, and audience development initiatives, developed and implemented more than 50 discrete promotional plans, raising subscription revenue nearly 700 percent. Of the organization’s Top Ten highest grossing shows (1978-2003), Blackmon developed the promotional strategies for all of them.
A former Vice President of the League of Washington Theatres and a four-term nominator for the prestigious Helen Hayes Awards, Blackmon also served as Director of Public Relations for the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation Against Drug Abuse (CADA) where he developed and implemented grassroots strategies for information dissemination which served as a model for communities worldwide, and wrote and produced the annual CADA Awards galas at such venues as the Kennedy Center.
Originally schooled as a broadcast journalist, Blackmon has also worked as a management consultant, entrepreneur, playwright, librettist, theatrical rights manager and graphic designer. He makes excellent coffee.