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FEATURED MOVER | Jeffrey Davis, Van Eperen

Van Eperen promoted Managing Director Jeffrey Davis, previously head of the agency’s Baltimore office, to managing partner. in his new role, Davis will oversee operations in Baltimore as well as North Bethesda along with president and CEO Laura Van Eperen.

Since Van Eperen acquired Davis’ Baltimore-based public relations consultancy in 2016, the strategic communications firm has increased its revenues and added key clients in the transportation, higher education and Federal government categories, complementing the firm’s health and science practice.

Davis will continue to be based at the firm’s Inner Harbor offices, opened earlier in 2017.

Davis began his career as a daily newspaper reporter in Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland before shifting to PR where he worked for some of the top advertising and communications and marketing firms in Baltimore and in Annapolis.

Davis is active in the Public Relations Society of America, both in Maryland and nationally.

Jeffrey Davis, the new managing partner with Van Eperen.

Jeffrey Davis, the new managing partner with Van Eperen.

ABOUT JEFFREY DAVIS

Resides In:

Charlesbrooke

Education:

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Volunteer Activities:

In addition to professional and communications groups, I have volunteered for the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Susan G. Komen Maryland and the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation in Annapolis. For the past 20+ years, I have been on the board of directors for the Parks & People Foundation, where our mission is “Uniting Baltimore Through Parks.”

Most Memorable PR project:

One that I’ll never forget is a press conference at the City Dock in Annapolis with Alex Haley, author of Roots, to promote Kunta Kinte High Heritage Day. After it was over, I escorted Mr. Haley up Main Street to a reception at Banneker-Douglas Museum. Just the two of us. Today, there is a statue of him at the Annapolis City Dock reading to children.

Best PR lesson:

Always keep your chin up.  That time I got a feature profile about a client in a Capitol Hill newspaper and he mailed the article to me with an angry note scribbled across the story complaining about how his double chin (chins?) appeared in the photograph.

News habits:

I start every day watching Baltimore TV news, while looking at the New York Times, the Daily Record and The Capital in Annapolis on my iPad Mini. Then, the pulp versions of The Sun and The Wall Street Journal. It’s NPR if I’m driving to the Bethesda office, and that’s just the start. At night, it’s NBC’s Lester Holt, among others. I’m a big fan and listener of podcasts.

Do you have a mentor you look up to?

My journalism professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, the late Verne Edwards, who taught me so much about the news business, starting with the importance of accuracy and a strong ethical foundation. I cannot imagine what he would say about what we are witnessing in politics and the news business today. Actually, I can.

Favorite vacation:

Difficult to top last summer to visit friends in Cape Cod (Osterville) and Nantucket where there was even a Kardashian sighting!

Favorite quotation:

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”  – Mary Heaton Vorse

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