Recently, we sat down with Brandon, our newest senior account executive, to learn more about his experiences prior to joining RH Strategic.

Learn more about Brandon Blackwell.

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Tell us about your background prior to joining RH Strategic:

I reported on crime and politics for cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer in Ohio. Before that, I served as a public affairs specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard. When an earthquake devastated Haiti, I was deployed to that nation’s crumbled capital to provide public affairs guidance and facilitate media coverage of the heart-rending humanitarian efforts. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, I shaped messaging from the ground and acted as a spokesperson during the highly sensitive response.

When you are not working hard for your clients, where can we find you?

Confession: I’m a geek. I’m a Batman buff, a Lego lover and a video game votary — and that’s just the tip of the nerdery iceberg. When I’m not at work, I’m at play. My geek badges of honor include playing a Gotham City SWAT guy in “The Dark Knight Rises,” owning an ultra-rare Lego Batpod (that one’s staying in the box) and working on a TV show with Stan Lee.

Where is your dream vacation spot?

In a constantly connected world, a week on a remote, uninhabited island with no Internet or phone service sounds like a dream to me!

What about PR excites you the most?

I’m excited to leverage my unique experience and my passion for storytelling in new ways. Weaving yarns that earn clients meaningful coverage is a challenge. Challenge accepted.

What was the last concert you attended?

I took my girlfriend to Las Vegas last year for a Valentine’s Day Marilyn Manson show. Rock is not dead.

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