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  Matthew Markovich
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  For more than a decade I have worked with companies such as Microsoft, AccessData and Astro Studios, as well as organizations including PBS, the United Way and the Stanford Persuasive Technology Laboratory, to create and coordinate communications and development strategies.

My experience includes work as a management and communications consultant working across sectors from law, telecommunications and technology to entertainment, travel, and fine foods.

In addition, I have worked with a range of non-profit entities to promote fundraising and development work and enjoyed a parallel career writing about travel, beer, wine and spirits and literature for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Napa/Sonoma Magazine and Time Out guidebooks.

As my background suggests, I specialize in quickly absorbing highly technical and/or complex materials and concepts and translating them into comprehensible, engaging communications strategies for any audience, in any medium.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Strategic Communcations and Marketing 10 Years
Content Editor (online) 14 Years
Writer 14 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 14 Years
Technology 14 Years
Travel 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Time Out Guidebooks (11+), San Francisco Bay Guardian (11+), San Francisco Chronicle (6-10), Frommer's Budget Travel (1-2), Military.com (1-2), Napa/Sonoma Magazine (1-2), Design For Living Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
AccessData Group (11+), United Way of the Bay Area (11+), FirstGiving.com (6-10), Home Preferred (6-10), Astro Gaming (3-5), Astro Studios (3-5), FarmsReach (3-5), SNP Communications (1-2), Kapow Technologies (1-2), Leadership Landing (1-2), Microsoft (1-2)
Other Work History
-Created and edited marketing collateral, executive communications, technical documentation and user demo guides for leading litigation software leader AccessData. Reframed corporate web presence; drafted web copy and blog posts. Authored several white papers (see writing samples).
-Worked directly with CEO of Home Preferred to articulate company vision. 2008 Grand Prize Winner from a field of 60 entries, Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan Competition.
- Senior contributor to the last four editions of the Time Out: San Francisco guidebook. Authored all sections of guide and multiple 3000+ word chapters.
- Developed corporate giving campaigns for United Way of the Bay Area with senior executive teams and volunteer coordinators. Presented and moderated over 100 public speaking engagements.

See my LinkedIn profile (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattmarkovich) for further details.
Computer Skills
-Expert in Internet-based research and Internet communities, search engine technology and search marketing
-Highly proficient with all MS Office applications including Word, Powerpoint and Excel
-High degree of software systems knowledge
Technical Skills
Digital photographer with editing skills (Adobe, Photoshop)
Equipment
Several laptops, desktop, wireless DSL, fax, mobile phone, digital cameras, video camera
References
Lana Holmes
Founder/CEO
Olive Branch Associates
707-621-4512
Lana@olivebranchassoc.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/lanaholmes

Founder & CEO of three start-ups, Lana Holmes has also held COO and VP assignments with expertise in the areas of organizational development, operations, sales and business development in corporate and private businesses, consulting firms, and non-profit sector. Ms. Holmes has supervised my work on two projects.

Colin Smith
Director of Communications, Mac Division
Apple
(415) 218-7479
colins@apple.com

Mentor. Helped guide WebEx Communications through its $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. and recently joined Apple Computing to head public relations efforts for its Mac computing division
Awards
Grand Prize Winner, Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan Competition
Other
For further information and recommendations from past clients, please see my LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattmarkovich
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near San Francisco, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Strategic Communications  
(Astro Gaming, 8/10/2008)
Executive Summary written for high-end video game peripherals design powerhouse, Astro Gaming which resulted in $3.5 million of venture funding.
(Vator)
Press release for Vator, an international startup competition and educational conference for entrepreneurs and investors, to announce its first Vator Splash Oakland event.
(Belljar for BlackRock Financial)
Wrote script for 90-second commercial with Belljar Media for Blackrock, Inc., to highlight its push into consumer-focused, long-term savings and investment products.
(AccessData Group)
Technical white paper written for litigation software leader AccessDataGroup. Abstract: Over 90% of business communications are now electronic, and the challenges of accessing, storing and maintaining that mass of data is no mean feat. Thanks to new developments in the once-obscure area of la
(Home Preferred)
Business plan written for retail start-up Home Preferred, which was selected from a field of 60 competitors to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan Competition.
Travel Writing  
(San Francisco Bay Guardian)
Brief article highlighting St. Petersburg, Russia: "Decreed a capital before it was even built, St. Petersburg, Russia, is the product of one man's obsession. Others may have gazed over a massive expanse of swampland, but when Peter the Great looked in the early years of the 18th century – intent
(San Francisco Bay Guardian)
Piece detailing travel to Belgrade, Yugoslavia: "Belgrade wears its scars like an aging soldier of fortune who strips his sleeves to point out where and how he received each wound. And there have been many: from the third century B.C. through the aftermath of the 1995 NATO air strikes, conservati
Book Reviews  
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Book review of Jennifer Jordan's, "Savage Summit - The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain": "The difficulty in reading these superbly researched portraits of the first five women to summit K2 is that their raw humanity makes them frustrating peop
Beer, Wine and Spirits  
(Napa/Sonoma Magazine)
"Up in Wine Country, where the grape is king, a quiet revolution has been taking place. Scan the wine lists of the world's most discriminating sommeliers and right alongside Chardonnay and Pinot Noir you'll find craft beer. As burgers make their way onto upscale menus, India Pale Ales (IPAs) are edg