July 2003 to Present
Principal, Caputo Public Relations, a strategic communications consultancy in Buffalo, New York and Miami, Florida.
Strategic communications advisor to Virginia inventor Thomas Woolston in his landmark, victorious patent infringement lawsuit against eBay * Serve as senior executive advisor to a variety of telecommunications, technology, political and international clients

June 2001 to June 2003
Vice President, Corporate Communications of Allegiance Telecom, a Dallas-based national telecom provider
Primary strategist and spokesman for the top national Bell competitor * Led contact for all media, including WSJ, NYT, WashPost, TV networks and more * Supervised design, strategy and deployment of company's first ad campaign * Developed, supervised and implemented design and content of company Web site * Devised and implemented PR programs to support national and state sales and legislative initiatives * Inner circle advisor to company leaders on image and crisis management * Devised and led community and employee relations * Participated in investor relations activities

1999-2001
Co-founder and President of Rainmaker Interactive, a marketing agency in Washington and Los Angeles
Founded and managed marketing and public relations division and built $1.4 million P&L from a standing start * Served on executive team guiding integrated marketing services firm from start-up through boom time to today's recession phase of the 55-person company * Built initial practice based on top regional technology companies; leading marketing push into other non-technology verticals * Advised client-company leadership on vital strategic marketing communications decisions * Lead lobbyist and investor relations advisor for clients * Recruited world-class talent to the new firm from Fortune 50 companies * Created agency's reputation in the Washington, DC marketplace * Served as senior executive liaison with telecom, e-commerce, enterprise software, and Russian corporate and government clients

1994-1998
Founder and President of The Florence Group, a public relations and lobbying agency in Moscow, Russia
Founded, built and directed a public affairs firm of seven professional staff with annual P&L of $1 million * Advised Cable & Wireless, Ericsson, GTECH, Amway and others in growing relationships with government leaders * Coordinated media relations for the leadership of Onexim Bank, Renaissance Capital and other top Russian firms * Advised Yeltsin administration on election law development and implementation * Initiated wide-ranging, multi-media youth campaign for Yeltsin credited with playing a pivotal role in his 1996 re-election * Served as a senior advisor to top-tier political leaders * Lived in Moscow for four years; worked in 15 of Russia's 89 states

1992-1994
Vice President of The Widmeyer Group, a public relations agency in Washington, DC
Served as senior strategic communicator for corporate, non-profit, government and education arena clients * Developed multi-media partnership between clients National Cable Television Association and the National PTA to blunt programming quality criticism * Earned wide national media coverage of education research initiatives of the US Departments of Labor and Education * Developed and implemented national public relations programs for Cablevision Inc., Health Insurance Association of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Rock the Vote, Mercedes-Benz, Koch Industries and more.

1991-1992
Director of Media Services of Bush/Quayle '92 re-election campaign in Washington, DC
Developed $1.2 million market-focused broadcast media outreach strategy and led 34-person team of staff and volunteers in multi-media effort * Engaged the President, First Lady, Vice President and Mrs. Quayle in the most aggressive satellite television news interview strategy in White House history * Directed and produced more than one hundred news stories aired regularly in dozens of US media markets * Traveled with the candidate and produced video events in the Rocky Mountains, on a Rust Belt train trip, and on site at candidate debates and the national Republican convention

1990-1991
Director of Communications at the National Alliance of Business in Washington, DC
Successfully launched this association of Fortune 500 CEOs into a leadership role in the national education reform debate * Drafted speeches and opinion articles for member-company executives' byline * Developed close relationships with national and local business press * Wrote and produced weekly radio commentary for association president

1988-1990
Assistant Director of the US Congress' House Radio and Television Correspondents' Gallery in Washington, DC
Directed radio and television media coverage of the US House of Representatives based in the national broadcast network newsroom in the US Capitol building * Coordinated electronic media coverage of nearly 200 House committee hearings, two State of the Union Addresses, several Joint Sessions of Congress and other special events * Worked closely with national political reporters to help guide their coverage of complex issues through the tangled legislative process



1988
Communications Director for the Council for Inter-American Security in Washington, DC and Central America
Drove civic and military public affairs programs on-the-ground in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in support of Reagan's regional foreign policy initiatives * Advised Alfredo Cristiani in his successful bid for the presidency of El Salvador * Wrote op-ed articles and served as spokesman on more than 150 live radio talk show interviews and debates



1986-1988
Director of the Writer's Group for Jack Kemp for President in Arlington, Virginia
Served as lead writer for the candidate's personal and targeted political communications * Managed team of 20 staff and volunteer writers drafting speeches, correspondence, direct mail, fundraising collateral and other written materials * Negotiated and advanced candidate trip to discuss diplomatic and peace initiatives with the presidents of Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador during a four-day trip with 35 US conservative leaders through Central America

MILITARY SERVICE 1980-1983
Enlisted public affairs specialist for US Army 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

  EDUCATION 1986
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and International Relations from SUNY at Buffalo
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