PR Spin: Behind the Scenes of a Misunderstood Industry

Ryan Greives

Subscribe to Ryan Greives: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Ryan Greives: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Blog Feed Post

August BLASTmedia Profile: Ryan Greives

BLASTmedia Profiles.JPG

It's that time again - a BLASTmedia profile! Each month, we will be profiling a BLASTmedia team member so that you can get to know each of us a little better. This month is Mr. Ryan Greives - a rock star Media Relations Specialist who has been with us since January of 2007.

Ryan.jpg

Ryan is profiled this month because he is a newlywed! Ryan and Stephanie Greives were married on August 1, 2009 - you can see the ecstatic groom pictured above. Time to learn a little more about Ryan...

BLASTmedia nickname
: I'm one of the few at BLAST who doesn't really have one. "Cornfield Creeper" was around for a while, but it was terrible and didn't have the staying power. Seriously, how "normal" can a 6'4" strapping man look standing in a cornfield with seven 5'6" women posing for a photo?

Hometown: Otterbein, IN aka "O-Town"

College(s) attended: University of Texas at Austin, University of Nevada, Purdue University

Favorite childhood memory: Growing up we had a half-court basketball court in a barn next to our house that we used to played basketball, indoor baseball, Royal Rumble wrestling, etc. One day we were in barn playing basketball when my middle brother Brad found a 2-3' lead pipe in one of the side rooms and asked me to "pitch" him the basketball for him to hit with the pipe. Terrible idea. He swung as hard as he could but the bat still ricocheted off of the ball and smacked him right across the head. It was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. What made it even better was the concussion that ensued and him trying to climb into the fridge because he had no idea where he was at. Classic.

Favorite sport: Most people think it has to automatically be baseball, but it's a toss-up between baseball and football.

Favorite movie: I usually say this question is too hard and that I rank them in movie categories instead. However, for the sake of not having a lame answer like that, I would say "Gladiator."

Favorite Indianapolis restaurant
: Scotty's Brewhouse on 96th. I know it's a chain restaurant, but it's where I met and later proposed to my beautiful "wifey-for-lifey." A phenomenal buffalo chicken wrap, the best macaroni and cheese in the world, and Top 5 quality ranch dressing, all mixed with the chance to meet your future wife, how would it not be a favorite?

Random fact
: In the six year period after high school I lived in eight different cities. It definitely makes for some interesting stories.

One word to describe you: Passionate

Favorite quote: "Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." ~ Unknown

What's on your iPod: I like it all - rock, country, hip-hop, R&B. My favorite playlist is my "Breakfast Club Mix," inspired by the music played at Purdue's Breakfast club (Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Eddie Money, The Outfield). Some say my music library selection and playlists are one of the best east of the Mississippi.

Favorite Pandora Station: Although I can't stand Kayne West as a person, he makes some jams and his station rocks.

Favorite Twitterer you follow: It's really random, but it's Justin (@shitmydadsays), a 28-year-old, who lives with his 73-year-old dad and Twitters the random things his dad says. Some of the funniest things I've ever read.

How would you describe your job at BLASTmedia: A blast (no pun intended)! It's cool working with a bunch of butt kickers who rock at their jobs but love to have fun as well. Having cool clients who have phenomenal industry-leading products definitely makes it even better.

What's the biggest thrill you've had while working at BLAST: Helping a client achieve their goals - whether it is sales, Web traffic, consumer awareness, etc. It's an addicting feeling when your client is happy and truly appreciates the work we do.

What do you like to do outside of BLAST: I love to hang out with my wife and friends, play sports and live life to the fullest. Livin' the Dream!

Check out Ryan on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Do you have any specific questions for Ryan? If so, ask away in the comments section. Stayed tuned for next month's edition of BLASTmedia Profiles!

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Ryan Greives

I am the senior public relations specialist at cleverbridge, a proven leader in global subscription billing technology, services and expertise. I lead the development, execution and measurement of the global PR and social media strategy. Prior to cleverbridge, I was vice president of BLASTmedia’s B2B Practice Group, providing strategic counsel, while driving tactical execution for a diverse range of clients. I led some of the agency’s largest campaigns, conducted launch campaigns for numerous startups and helped many emerging brands build their profile. Working with a wide variety of companies at all stages of growth, I have managed client strategy and messaging for clients such as 3Tera (acquired by CA in 2010), Bluelock, iGoDigital (acquired by ExactTarget in 2012), Code 42 Software, Tanita, NuCurrent, Woopra, Gordano, Ontario Systems and Mi Media (FRA: 8MK).

You can connect with me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.