Experienced Public Relations & Communications Professional
“Stephen is a compassionate, funny, dedicated person with a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to learn and try new things. When our Marketing Manager told me she would be going on maternity leave during our busiest time of year and in the midst of a major rebranding effort I didn’t panic, I called Stephen. He quickly came up to speed on a wide variety of time-sensitive projects and worked with the sales and marketing team to design and execute direct marketing campaigns, webinars, an expanded social media strategy, and special events. He brought his passion, creativity, and strong work ethic to every project, making my job easier, and getting the job done.” May 28, 2013
“I can’t speak enough about Stephen’s enthusiasm and passion toward his work that energized all of our marketing campaigns he managed at The VHS Collaborative. Some of his remarkable skills that I’d like to highlight are – 1) ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams 2) focus on solutions to problems instead of digging into problems 3) ensuring campaigns are executed as per the schedule. I enjoyed working with Stephen in the short time he was at VHS as a marketing consultant.” May 16, 2013
“I worked with Stephen while he was in the role of Marketing Consultant for VHS. Stephen did a great job helping us with our web site and rebrand efforts. While at VHS he managed two members of our marketing staff and worked closely on projects with our VP of Sales and Marketing. He is a very engaging, outgoing individual who truly cares about making a difference.” February 19, 2013
“Steven provided our nonprofit sister organization with unique, innovative, and sound suggestions. He is well versed on the needs of nonprofits and best practices especially in his field of focus. He researches, documents, and delivers plausible recommendations. He is a hard, dedicated worker.” February 20, 2013
“Stephen McDow is a detailed-oriented marketing and communications manager who watches over his projects to ensure accuracy and integrity in a company’s website design & information. I signed on with several different web developers that said I could trust in them and their product. They were people who said they were in business to help small businesses get up and running. Well, their products didn’t work and they did not deliver on their promise. When Stephen was given the challenge to start and finish my website, he made everything come to life by his writing and creative design. He delivered a wonderful product that everyone really enjoys. His passion for writing will take your projects to a new level of customer satisfaction.” February 20, 2013
Hired Stephen as a Writer/Editor in 2013, 2012 and 2009, and hired Stephen more than once.
“Stephen has been an inspiration to so many people. His obvious devotion to his work with nonprofits and helping others outside of work. He is tireless in trying to make good out of bad situations and giving a helping hand up for so many people that need it. Stephen created our web page and facebook page for Rawson House, maintained and managed them. He was enlisted on an emergency basis and was able to create a wonderful web page that received many complements. As time went on and we added new information he was able to quickly update the page for us. He was also very patient with a person (me) who knew nothing about web page designs. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.” February 20, 2013
“I hired Stephen McDow to build two websites for me. They were completely unrelated businesses. He did excellent, professional work on both of them. Stephen is reasonably priced, works diligently, is very professional and easy to work with. With little or no input from me he built my websites beyond my expectation. I would recommend Stephen McDow to anyone looking for a contractor or employee who puts in more than is expected and has a very positive attitude. I am a very satisfied customer. Deb Brinkley Rawson House Assisted Living.” April 13, 2010
Hired Stephen as a Graphic/Web Designer in 2010, and hired Stephen more than once.
“In October 2009, I hired Stephen McDow to help keep me from going out of business due to a critical internal crash. Wits End Comedy Club was on the brink of failure. Stephen delivered many fresh ideas and processes. To name a few, he developed a user friendly website, created an online marketing program and connected Wits End Comedy Club to the social media world properly. Due to his efforts, Wits End Comedy Club started to bounce back in 2 months. We had a 30% year-to-year increase in profit for our New Year’s Eve Event, which included a 100% increase for our early show performance. Additionally, our over-all online ordering has posted record individual sales and our door traffic trend is on a steady increase since Stephen began working with us. Stephen also showed a willingness to listen, learn and execute in a collaborative manner. He is humble, friendly, trustworthy, and willing to do research if he does not have an answer to a problem. Stephen’s creative ideas and execution is the reason why we remain in business.” April 13, 2010
Don Walters (Now Retired and company sold in 2013)
Hired Stephen as a Marketing, Communications, and Development in 2009, and hired Stephen more than once.
Marketing Associate – Handwriting Without Tears
“Stephen McDow is a bright, energetic, erudite and thoughtful young man who is talented in a number of areas. He is personable, focused and very easy to work with. I was his teacher and Chair of the Literary and Media Department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Stephen was a student with us for four years. I have seen Stephen grow into a very promising young adult who will make a profound impact on whatever industry he chooses. I heartily recommend him.” October 10, 2009
Was a consultant or contractor to Stephen at Handwriting Without Tears.
Business Development Director – Southern California Coverings
“Stephen McDow is an energetic and enthusiastic business development professional. He is a quick study and applies what he has learned well. Stephen’s customer skills are well honed and he is well respected by all.” October 10, 2009
Managed Stephen at Southern California Coverings.
Press Secretary/Contributing Editor (In Innovation) – Alignent Software
“Stephen is a creative thinker and writer and was a true asset to the organization. His writing skills helped to position our company in the product life cycle management arena so we could open doors with new prospective customers in the F1000. Stephen was hard working and a pleasure to work with.” February 20, 2013
“Intelligent. Creative. Professional. Loyal. Team player. Leader. Have seen Stephen McDow in different work environments and he is very consistent yet flexible. Culturally savvy. Devoted to his family. Emotionally, physically, spiritually solid. Excellent conversationalist.” March 17, 2010
Was with another company when working with Stephen at Alignent Software.
“Stephen McDow is an excellent marketer – he has a solid foundation of writing, planning and analytical skills enhanced by a tremendous eye for PR and business development opportunities. During his tenure at Alignent, he handled himself like a well-polished professional at all times, and was a wonderful representative of our department.” October 12, 2009
Managed Stephen at Alignent Software.