Today's spotlight: Paul Kelash

  • Updated: April 20, 2008 - 10:25 PM

Age: 43

New title: Vice president, Weber Shandwick

What do you do? I help financial-services firms and other organizations communicate effectively to external and internal audiences and stakeholders.

Education: Bachelor's degree in English, University of St. Thomas; master's degree in foreign affairs, University of Virginia

Family: Wife, Molly, and two daughters, ages 8 and 11

Hobbies: Literature buff, classical guitar-player/student, cooking, baseball fan

Previous jobs: Director of public relations and staff communications for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; communications strategist at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco; reporter in Washington and San Francisco.

Other than your current position, what's your dream job? Manager of the Minnesota Twins -- watch out, Gardy!

How did you choose this line of work? By accident. I was broke, just out of grad school, liked writing and needed a job. A friend of a friend offered me a job as a reporter on international finance and business in Washington, D.C., and over time I moved into corporate communications and public relations.

What's one thing that you would rather do than go to work Monday morning? Hit baseballs at a batting cage with friends

Most exciting part of the job: The diversity of client needs and the challenge of constantly needing to learn new things

Claim to fame: I am very proud to be on the board of People Serving People, a shelter for children and their families in downtown Minneapolis.

Career advice: Stay open to possibilities. And whenever something's not working on the job, nine times out of 10 it's a process or culture problem, not a people problem.

Ideal retirement: Move to Manhattan and enjoy all that New York has to offer every day of the week.


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