Sam J.

  • Joined September 2015

Seasoned resourceful & diligent self-starter w/ 15+ yrs. exp. wkg off-site for wide array of entrep’s, co’s & nonprofits—proven track record

  • Grass Valley, CA, United States
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Sam J.
Grass Valley, CA, United States



Public Relations Email Design Copywriting Content



Versatile generalist w/ diverse experience including publishing, real estate, wine industry, interior design, and financial services (plus B2C). Have worked on a remote basis for 15+ years, specialize in uncovering & effectively reaching niche populations

Work history

Feature spread in Los Angeles Times for little-known N. California county
Top-tier media coup facilitated on behalf of my client: 3-page FEATURE spread in the Travel section of the L.A. Times (incl. promo teaser on the front page (5 articles total including cover story). Second feature article with multiple photos 3-weeks later
Major Christian and mainstream media for nonprofit's 25th anniversary event
Obtained top-tier Christian as well as mainstream media for Homes of Hope Int'l. in highlighting their recent 25th anniversary celebration. Also secured a testimonial on their behalf from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
4-yr. public/media relations touring project for the pharmaceutical industry
Toured 1 week each month with the "Partnership for Prescription Assistance" nationwide bus tour; traveled to 20+ states in communicating the PPA's mission to elected officials, physicians, social workers, educators, journalists, and the gen'l. public.
Brokered 5 celebrity endorsement deals
Secured celebrity endorsement contract for Emmy-nominated Celebrity Makeup Artist. Subsequently developed/brokered celebrity endorsement./participation of 4 celebs for kids social media site, Yoursphere, incl. stars from Animal Planet & Nickelodeon.
Marketing for small artisan firm leads to contract w/ Universal Studios Orlando
Recently created marketing that secured Universal Studios Orlando as a new client for a small artisan furniture manufacturer here in N. California -- with great results (including add't. work in the pipeline for them from Universal).


I have a comprehensive online portfolio, kindly see link below.

There you can see various writing samples as well as desktop publishing, graphics, and web projects -- all from prior client projects so these reflect THEIR taste and requests! (and why I'm especially proud of my client testimonials)



California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
Political Science, communications minor



copywriting ghost writing press releases proposal desktop publishing publicity media relations graphics photo editing newsletters


Adobe Photoshop adobe indesign Adobe Pagemaker Adobe Acrobat MS Office Thunderbird Filemaker Studio 8 Moviemaker Imtoo 3D design software


Not seeking work


  • Available during business hours only


  • Can work 30hrs per week
  • Can commit to 1+ years


Industries I love

Advertising & Marketing Animals & Pets Consumer Products PR & Communications Professional Services Travel Venture Capital

What I read

Inc & Entrepreneur. Also WSJ + regional business publications, the main regional newspaper (Sacramento Bee). Also subscribe to some specialty industry ezines including interior design, wine industry, and publishing. Prefer novels/mysteries re books.

Side projects

Designed my own home and served as the general contractor for that sizable project -- zero change orders due to careful planning! Also launched a multi-county nonprofit film commission however gov't funding couldn't be secured amidst the downturn.

Ideal team

Enjoy working with teams although I've more frequently worked directly one-on-one with decision-makers. Am wired to be proactive and results-oriented so usually want to determine what I can DO to best contribute....vs. discuss and discuss (!).