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The Ex-Factor, BLASTmedia Style


We love celebrating holidays at BLAST – whether it’s as obscure as College Colors Day or the kick-off of football season.  Halloween is no exception at BLAST, and we started this year’s celebration a little early by digging up some really scary stuff – photos of ourselves from our teen years! We took a little inspiration from one of our favorite blogs – Awkward Family Photos and asked that everyone’s photos include ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. Everyone had a good laugh at each others’ expense, and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you… so here’s a little Friday afternoon fun, courtesy of BLASTmedia. Be on the lookout for teased hair, clunky Dr. Martens, tennis shoes at prom, underwear worn as outerwear, bandannas worn as shirts, ears that someone hadn’t quite grown into and coordinating Christmas attire. Check out a full-size slideshow of our photos here.

I’ll admit, yours truly won the award for having the most awkward photo, but I don’t think the Web is ready for my 8th grade boyfriend photo or my cool tapered Levi’s!

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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).

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