Myra Thomas

Fanwood, New Jersey USA
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Professional Experience

I'm an award-winning business, finance, and tech editor & journalist, as well as researcher, with extensive print & online experience. I've had a successful career as a senior-level finance executive, lending an in-depth level of knowledge to the business, finance, & tech stories I write and the white papers that I do. My experience includes editing & writing for finance magazines & business newspapers, as well as finance and tech websites, custom publications, media organizations, business academic journals, white papers, & corporate websites. If you're looking for someone who understands derivatives & SEC filings, as well as the influence of social media, mobile, analytics & the cloud on business, then I'm your person. I'm able to translate financial & technical info into user-friendly prose. I've written about the tech industry, stocks to watch, global banking, private equity & venture capital, airport construction, biometrics, insurance, retail, and cybersecurity.

Expertise

Editor
22 Years
Researcher
23 Years
Writer
23 Years

Specialty

Finance
22 Years
Business (general)
23 Years
Technology
17 Years

Industries


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
22 Years
Online/new media
20 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
23 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

23 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

The Secured Lender Magazine (10+), Thomson Reuters (10+), Careers In Finance Markets (10+), Dice.com (10+), EFinancialCareers.com (10+), Emory Business Magazine (10+), FSO Magazine (10+), JobsInTheMoney.com (10+), Knowledge@Emory (10+), President & CEO Magazine (6-10), Publishers Weekly (6-10), Middle Market Growth Magazine (10+), Strategic Finance Magazine (1-2), BankNews Magazine (1-2), Emory Lawyer Magazine (3-5), ALM (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Media Organizations (10+), Small Businesses (10+), Trampsteamer Media (10+), Undisclosed/Top Auditing firms (10+), Undisclosed/Top Finance firms (10+), Global banks (10+), Consulting firms (10+)

Other Work History

Managing Editor, FSO Magazine (Financial Services Outsourcing Magazine), Manalapan, New Jersey (4/07-9/08) Regional Editor, NJ Biz, formerly known as Business News New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ (5/97-5/98) Online Editor/Writer, NJ Biz, formerly known as Business News New Jersey (1/97-4/97) Prior Business Experience: Held the AVP post at an insurance intermediary for Lloyd's of London, serving as their senior underwriter for one of the leading commercial insurers. Analyzed financial statements, including 10-Ks and more. Drafted proposals and worked on contracts to ensure reinsurance treaty renewals. Served as College English Instructor.

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, PageMaker, Quark, Powerpoint

Equipment

Audio recorder, scanner, fax machine, laptop, two separate desktop computers (MAC and PC), two printers, digital cameras, etc.

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. citizen

References

Deborah L. Cohen, Editor-in-Chief, Middle Market Growth Magazine, Association for Corporate Growth, Phone: (312) 957-4274, Email: dcohen@acg.org * Nicole Golston, Manager of Communications, Goizueta Business School, Emory University Phone: (404) 727-3434, Email: nicole.golston@emory.edu * Michele Ocejo, Executive Editor, The Secured Lender Magazine, The Commercial Finance Association Phone: (212) 792-9396, Email: mocejo@cfa.com

Awards

Fellowship recipient, The Society of Environmental Journalists (2004 and 2005) Fellowship recipient, National Conference of Editorial Writers (May 2002) First Place Award for Investigative Journalism, Working Press Association of New Jersey, A Thrift Tug of War, the cover story in the June 16, 1997 issue of BUSINESS NEWS New Jersey (6/98) First Place Award for a Business & Economic Series, New Jersey Press Association, Compensating Downsized Workers & Towns, in the June 12, 1996 issue of The Suburban newspaper (4/97)

Associations

Society of Environmental Journalists * Society of Business Editors & Writers

Work Samples

General

(The Secured Lender Magazine 9/1/2017)
Members of the commercial finance industry speak out about their diversity initiatives.
(ThinkAdvisor 9/29/2017)
Some people might be under the impression that Social Security benefits aren’t taxable – and they didn’t used to be. But everything changed with the passage of the 1983 Social Security Act amendments, and beginning in 1984, a portion of Social Security benefits were subject to federal income taxes.
(The Secured Lender Magazine 4/1/2017)
Online lending may represent a very small portion of overall lending, but it's playing an increasing role in how small and mid-sized businesses are funded.
(Emory Business Magazine 4/1/2017)
A short article detailing the business research of Emory Business School faculty.
(Middle Market Growth Magazine 1/25/2017)
With considerable assets at their disposal, sovereign wealth funds are fast becoming a growing source of capital for private equity— good news for middle-market PE funds. These state-owned investment vehicles, focused on returns to boost the economies of their home countries, tend to be long-term institutional investors with diverse investment portfolios.
(Think Advisor 11/17/2016)
Top 5 tips for insurance agents for getting more referrals
(EfinancialCareers.com 5/30/2007)
5 steps to a standout resume for finance professionals.
(LifeHealthPRO 9/15/2016)
Low interest rates might be good for homebuyers, but that just isn’t the case for the average investor. For insurance agents, your current and prospective clients may not be financial experts, but they do know what low interest rates mean to them – and will be looking for advice on where to put their money to work hard for them. Life insurance can be a smart way to do just that, but as the advisor, you’ll need to explain its value.
(Emory Lawyer 3/1/2016)
A story discussing the evolution of business law education
(Dice.com 2/12/2016)
Your company might call it an employee resource group (ERG), affinity group, or network. No matter what the name, the goal is supposed to be the same: a social and professional network for people with a common background. But just because there’s a group of similar people meeting in a room doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to get something out of it. Not all employee resource groups are created equal.
(The Secured Lender Magazine 1/20/2017)
Asset-based lenders from the capital markets saw incremental increases in business in 2016, but it took some effort to put new clients on the books. It was a borrower-friendly year and, according to industry players, 2017 should be too.
(Middle Market Growth Magazine 7/1/2016)
Social media is having a growing influence on the M&A scene. While due diligence is still ever important, private equity leaders do admit that they do check social media when they're considering a deal or getting a handle on company buzz. For franchise and consumer-facing businesses, managing company reputation online is paramount.
(Middle Market Growth Magazine 10/1/2015)
Online private equity deal sourcing platforms are cropping up. These new companies are offering deal research and due diligence to a network of buyers, sellers, and advisors. But private equity is known for being a high touch business. Can these online PE deal sourcing platforms take hold?
(Dice.com 3/20/2015)
Even if you find yourself in the midst of an IT project failure, there are effective ways of putting it behind you.
(The Secured Lender Magazine 11/1/2016)
Borrowers in the United Kingdom are increasingly turning to asset-based lending as a trusted financing source. Once thought of as the lender of last resort, ABL players in the UK are finding that their marketing and education efforts, in addition to the work of debt advisors, are helping to turn the tide and bring borrowers to the table. And while the credit crunch certainly contributed to the increase in ABL activity, many industry insiders also point to the influence of U.S. banks and their efforts to court UK borrowers, as well as a maturing ABL community, for taking asset-based lending more mainstream.
(The Secured Lender Magazine 3/1/2015)
Key players in the entrepreneurial factoring industry discuss the challenges and opportunities in cross border deals.
(EFinancialCareers.com 7/10/2008)
Globalization of operations, products and services means multinational financial services firms must redefine the nature of their diversity programs. But morphing inclusion policies present benefits and challenges to both companies and local employees.
(Emory Business Magazine 4/1/2014)
Business leaders and alumni of Emory University's Goizueta Business School discuss the impact of the digital revolution on their industry.
(Dice.com 5/12/2014)
Experienced SAP professionals would be well-served to take on a hybrid role that straddles the line between technology and business.
(Strategic Finance Magazine 1/1/2008)
The increased use of formal controls in today's business environment may have an unintended consequence: the erosion of trust between management and employees. This study examines the effects that various types of organizational controls have on employee trust and cooperation.
(Dice.com 10/31/2014)
Everybody knows that the right tech certifications can boost pay. What everybody tends to forget is that non-certified skills, such as JavaFX and SAP GTS, can earn you just as much.
(Middle Market Growth Magazine 9/17/2015)
When China devalued its currency in August, the news, along with an increase in global stock market volatility, heightened worries for American businesses. But the impact on the middle market is much less of a concern than many might believe, industry experts say, at least for now.
(eFinancialCareers.com 1/24/2012)
Financial services can be a hyper-competitive place to work in the best of times. A workplace therapist describes the problem and offers solutions.
(Knowledge@Wharton 2/2/2000)
As Asian countries such as Korea and Thailand slowly recover from their financial collapse of some two years ago, the debate continues as to whether private sector financing or public sector support should be used to shore up the troubled economies of emerging-market countries.
(Knowledge@Emory, the online publication of Emory University's Goizueta Business School 4/9/2008)
The move to use a $29 billion guarantee from the Treasury Dept. for ailing Bear Stearns was an unprecedented taxpayer-backed bail out. Professors from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School discuss whether or not taxpayer funds should be used to prop up an investment firm.
(Knowledge@Emory 10/23/2002)
Today, the number of minority and women CEOs still remain few and far between in Corporate America. But a growing number of them have nonetheless taken center-stage by heading up some of the most well-known and largest companies in the US.
(Publishers Weekly 6/29/2009)
n this exhaustive study of the credit card industry, author Geisst (Undue Influence) delivers a scathing critique of the routine practices that led to the current consumer debt crisis.
(The Secured Lender Magazine 2/1/2009)
Certainly, the current credit crisis is not a welcomed situation. Yet, asset-based lenders and factors are benefiting from the downturn and the pullback in more traditional lines of credit.
(NJBiz 10/20/1997)
Print and online cover story for the Southern regional edition of the business journal. The story details how as the harvesting season nears an end, New Jersey cranberry farmers are looking for ways to increase supply for a product in growing demand.
(President & CEO Magazine 8/1/2011)
The role of the CFO has rapidly changed in the past decade, propelled by M&A activity, quickly shifting economic sands, and heightened regulatory scrutiny.
(FSO Magazine 12/31/2007)
The cover story from the year-end issue (Qtr 4 2007) of FSO Magazine, detailing the many M&A deals, key partnerships, and near-shoring moves by major players in the BPO sector.
(4/1/2013)
Community banking leaders respond to the challenges presented by Hurricane Sandy, as financial institutions fought to stay open and serve a community in need.
(BankNews Magazine 4/1/2013)
Community banking leaders respond to the challenges presented by Hurricane Sandy, as financial institutions fought to stay open and serve a community in need.