GEORGE C. LEPOSKY

2311 South Bayshore Drive

Miami FL 33133-4728

Phone: +1 (305) 285-2200

CELL: +1 (305) 807-7009

E-mail: gleposky@aol.com

Web: www.ampersandcom.com  

 

 

SUMMARY: 

 

Creative, precise, and highly organized travel, technical, and business writer/editor with broad expertise in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism; marketing communications; and public relations. Equally adept in staff, consulting, and freelance roles. Recognized for insightful approach to complex topics and issues, effective interviewing skills, presentation of complex technical material for lay and/or peer audiences, production of clean copy, and adherence to deadlines and length requirements.

 

MAGAZINE AND ONLINE CONTENT EXPERIENCE:                                                                                  1965 - present

 

TIMESHARING TODAY, INC., Tenafly, New Jersey                                                              

Publisher of media for the vacation-ownership industry.                                                                                 

Editor

    ·    TimeSharing Today, a bimonthly magazine (2013-present).

    ·     Timeshare Resort Management Newswire, a monthly email newsletter (2004-present).

 

EXAMINER.COM                                                                                                                           2008 - 2016   

An online news features service.

Miami Travel Examiner

Coverage of travel, arts, culture, and the environment in Miami and south Florida.

 

INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL, South Miami, Florida                                                                 1985 - 2001

A global vacation-exchange and leisure-services company.

Editor (1991-2001) and Managing Editor (1985-1991) of Vacation Industry Review

Director of Communications (1991-1999)

Determined editorial content, wrote and edited, managed freelance writers, and supervised design and production for trade magazine covering timeshare and vacation ownership. Also managed and executed communications and publications projects for company offices, member resorts, consumers, and media around the world; and wrote speeches for corporate executives.

·        Supervised production of foreign-language editions, and managed translation of articles into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish, increasing company’s global market penetration.

·        Traveled extensively in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia to research, write, and publish articles successfully promoting resort development in those markets.

·        Managed communications aspects of company’s recovery from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, eliciting understanding from member resorts and consumer clients, and attracting material assistance from sympathetic colleagues in the industry.

 

NEWSPAPER AND WIRE SERVICE EXPERIENCE:                                                                                1964 - 1969

·        Science and Environment Writer for Chicago Today and its predecessor, Chicago's American.

·        Reporter for City News Bureau of Chicago, a local wire service.

 

FREELANCE WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER:                                                                                    1965 - present

·       Writing for newspapers, consumer magazines, and trade journals (see addendum for a list) on a wide variety of topics, often illustrating articles with my own photography. 

·        Current fields of specialization include community associations, hospitality (especially timeshare and vacation ownership), and travel.

 

TECHNICAL WRITING, MARKETING, ADVERTISING COPYWRITING:                                                             1969 - present

 

AMERIJET INTERNATIONAL, INC., Miami, Florida                                                  January - April 2008

A provider of multi-modal (land, sea, and air) cargo-transportation services.

Consultant, assigned by Computer Express, Intl., Plantation, Florida (a contract staffing firm).

Wrote content for Amerijet’s new interactive Web site, which provides sophisticated account-management and shipment-tracking features.

 

AMERICAN WELDING SOCIETY, Miami, Florida                                                                      2003 - 2006

The premier worldwide professional/technical society in welding and allied processes.

 

NILES AUDIO CORPORATION, Miami, Florida                                                                          2002 - 2003

A manufacturer of audio equipment for custom-installed home-entertainment systems.                             

Technical Writer

Wrote and edited technical documents, advertising and marketing materials, news releases, specification sheets, and Web content that enhanced sales and the company’s image.

·        Enabled technicians to install and set up operation of a sophisticated multizone audio-video receiver by writing a book-length instruction manual.

·        Wrote detailed RoboHelp-based text, guiding installers efficiently through a complex amplifier installation.

·        Created and maintained style manual that standardized corporate documents, reducing confusion and enhancing the company’s internal and external communications.

·        Conducted in-house training classes in technical and business writing in which engineers and information-technology staff improved their writing skills.

·        Introduced the company’s newest models and communicated current pricing by editing Quark files that contained text of trade show exhibit panels.

 

MERCY HOSPITAL, Miami, Florida.                                                                                                    1976 - 1978

Director of Public Relations

 

 MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, Miami Beach, Florida                                                         1975 - 1976

Publications Manager                                   

 

DALE O'BRIEN & COMPANY, Chicago, Illinois.                                                                           1969 - 1971

Public Relations Account Executive

FREELANCE:

Independent technical writer and editor, public relations and marketing-communications consultant, and advertising and collateral copywriter.

 

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

·        Editor and co-owner of Ampersand Communications, a news features syndicate.

·        Adjunct instructor teaching business and writing courses at several Miami-area colleges and universities.

 

  

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

 

·        B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

·        Fellow, Advanced Science Writing Program, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York.

·        Completed American Management Association’s "Supervisory Management Course" on in-service basis at Mercy Hospital, Miami, Florida.

Ampersand Communications 

George Leposky's publications list.

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