Michael Deas, ABC, is a seasoned marketing and communications professional; an award-winning writer; a fluent German speaker and certified translator; a skilled project manager and team leader; an engaging speaker and effective trainer. He has been a member of IABC for more than 20 years, an Accredited Business Communicator since 2004, and an IABC South Carolina chapter president.
Mike currently leads all internal and external communication initiatives at Volkert, Inc., an infrastructure engineering firm based in Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to this position, Mike was an independent communications consultant with his own firm, I.deas Abound, LLC.
From 2008 to 2015 he led and managed marketing communications globally in all media for Prologis, the world’s largest industrial real estate company. Prior to that, from 1996 to 2007, he was Corporate Communications Manager and Marketing Services Manager for the CH2M HILL family of companies, including Lockwood Greene in South Carolina and CH2M in Colorado (now Jacobs). From 1988 to 1996 Mike worked in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg, Germany, as a field representative for Gospel Fellowship Association Missions, leading relief trips into Eastern Europe.
His wide range of experience in communication roles for companies large and small, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, on both sides of the Atlantic, equips him with keen insight on the challenges facing today’s communicators.
AP, Chicago, and Strunk—Oh my! Reclaiming the Lost Art of Logic in Language
We are all word-workers; but like any skill, mastery requires more than rules and spell-check. Based on the belief that good communication truly matters, you’ll come away with a renewed zeal to approach your craft with diligence and flair.