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Mr. Chuck Hester

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Current Employer:
Chuck Hester Enterprises
Title:
Principal
Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
MavenScore: 3.5 / 5.0


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Knowledge Summary

This Maven has over 25 years experience in public relations, marketing and branding, with stints as an in-house marketing director, and public relations director for two marketing agencies. Some of the clients he has worked with include TEAC, Western Digital and the Department of Defense Technology Transfer Program.

A LinkedIn power connector, this Maven has more than 11,000 direct connections. He is a sought-after expert on the subject of using LinkedIn for media relations, personal and professional branding, and how to use social media to build business contacts.

While the Communications Director for a leading email marketing software company, this Maven used the power of social media to secure placements in national press, including Inc., Fast Company, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

A published author and blogger, he has taught marketing and public relations for Duke University's continuing education department and the University of Irvine, California. He holds degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Southern California.

Experience

Current Employer:
Chuck Hester Enterprises, an Affinity Alliance Company
Title:
Chief Connections Officer
Dates:
May 2010 - Present
Description:

With a foundation of more than 30 years experience in public relations, social media and the art of connecting, Chuck Hester Enterprises specializes in telling the stories of companies that are the greatest thing you've never heard of, but need


Current Employer:
Social Media Club
Title:
Advisory Council Member
Dates:
Jul 2008 - Present
Description:

Member of the Interim Board and Advisory Council for the Social Media Club - a community of champions for Social Media and those seeking to learn. www.socialmediaclub.org

Join us!


Current Employer:
LinkedIn Live Raleigh
Title:
Host
Dates:
Jul 2007 - Present
Description:

LinkedIn Live Raleigh is an in-person networking group that meets every other month. It's purpose is two-fold: to promote in-person networking among local Raleigh-Durham LinkedIn connections and to foster the pay it forward lifestyle that


Current Employer:
Chuck Hester Enterprises
Title:
Principal
Dates:
Jan 2000 - Present
Description:

As Chief Connections Officer for Chuck Hester Enterprises, Chuck is the principal consultant for international clients in the entrepreneurial and start up space. He applies his 25+ years of experience in PR, branding and marketing to develop and


Past Experience:
CIRPLE
Title:
Chief Marketing Officer (interim)
Dates:
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Description:

CIRPLE is a cloud-based social networking and group management platform that enables any organization to create public and private social circles for internal management and external engagement


Past Experience:
The Affinity Alliance, Inc.
Title:
Managing Partner
Dates:
Jan 2011 - Aug 2016
Description:

Affinity: pertaining to persons who share the same interests Alliance: a merging of efforts. We are The Affinity Alliance, Inc. Proven professionals passionate about marketing and communications working with organizations passionate about their


Past Experience:
MyVenturePad
Title:
Board of Advisors
Dates:
Apr 2010 - May 2012
Description:

My VenturePad is a network for brand strategy, small business growth and social networking that brings together some of the top thinkers in these areas.

As a member of the Board of Advisors I frequently blog on my passion topics: social media for


Past Experience:
Linking In to Pay it Forward: Changing the Value Proposition in Social Media
Title:
Author
Dates:
May 2009 - Aug 2016
Description:

Craig Newmark says it best, when talking about Linking In to Pay it Forward: Changing the Value Proposition in Social Media:

People gravitate toward helping each other out, but we’re all busy, and
need a little nudge now and then. On the Net, we


Past Experience:
LinkedIn Live Raleigh
Title:
Host
Dates:
Jul 2007 - Jul 2011
Description:

LinkedIn Live Raleigh is an in-person networking group that meets every other month. It's purpose is two-fold: to promote in-person networking among local Raleigh-Durham LinkedIn connections and to foster the pay it forward lifestyle that


Past Experience:
iContact Corporation
Title:
Communications Director
Dates:
Jul 2006 - Nov 2010
Description:

Director of Communications for iContact, an email marketing software company for small businesses and non-profits. iContact, launched in July of 2003, now has more than 63,000 customers worldwide.

In charge of all communications for iContact


Past Experience:
iContact Corporation
Title:
Communications Director
Dates:
Jul 2006 - Nov 2010
Description:

Director of Communications for iContact, an email marketing software company for small businesses and non-profits. iContact, launched in July of 2003.

During my tenure, sales grew from $2.7 million to $60 million. I was directly involved in three


Past Experience:
Duke University
Title:
Instructor
Dates:
Nov 2005 - May 2012
Description:

Evening instructor in marketing and branding at Duke University, Durham, NC.


Past Experience:
Duke University
Title:
Instructor
Dates:
Nov 2005 - Sep 2009
Description:

Evening instructor in marketing and branding at Duke University, Durham, NC.


Past Experience:
Koroberi, Inc.
Title:
Director of Public Relations
Dates:
Jul 2005 - Jul 2006
Past Experience:
University of California, Irvine
Title:
Instructor
Dates:
Mar 2005 - Jul 2005
Description:

Instructor in Branding, Marketing Research and Marketing Strategy courses for UC Irvine Extension.


Past Experience:
Estey-Hoover Advertising and Public Relations
Title:
Vice President
Dates:
Dec 2003 - Jul 2005
Description:

In charge of all public relations activities for agency clients, the agency itself and for new business development.


Past Experience:
The Hester Group, Inc.
Title:
Owner/Partner
Dates:
Jan 1997 - Dec 2003
Description:

Owner and partner in Marketing, Public Relations and Productivity consulting firm. Services include development of marketing plans, business analysis and consulting, product marketing, public relations, trade show support, collateral design and


Past Experience:
PRSA
Title:
Member
Dates:
Jan 1991 - Feb 2015
Past Experience:
PRSA
Title:
Member
Dates:
Jan 1991 - Feb 2015
Description:

Past Chapter President, Orange County PRSA; District Delegate.


Knowledge, Keywords & Publications

Education & Languages

University of Southern California

1977 - 1981

BA

Journalism and Communications

Certifications & Licenses

APR - Accredited Public Relations Professional - PRSA