Eric Anest, MBA
About Me

I am a communications leader specializing in branding and voice, marketing strategy, corporate style development, grant and proposal development, and workflow design. These skills have allowed me to make a dramatic impact wherever I’ve turned in my career—first in book publishing, then in architectural software, and now in the nonprofit world.

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My Skills
  • Print, digital, and executive
  • Nonprofit/fundraising
  • Workflow design
  • Book and technical editing
  • Graphic design
  • Department leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Hiring and personnel decisions
  • Succession planning
  • Diplomatic
  • Dedicated
  • Creative
  • Team oriented
  • Committed to excellence

Work & Education
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute
    August 2013 - present
    Director, Major Gift Operations

    I oversee all written major gift communications, including proposals, reports, thank-you letters, and campaign updates, ensuring they are written in the most professional, creative, and inspirational manner and result in maximum income to fund ISI’s key programs.

  • Architectural Computer Services (ARCOM)
    June 2008 - August 2013
    Editorial Director

    I joined ARCOM as an editor in 2008 but was quickly promoted when the company realized that, although I am a good editor, I’m an even better communications manager. I transformed the company’s antiquated, paper-based editing system into a streamlined approach that required fewer staff members but produced a higher-quality result. The result was that when I left, the company’s communications were in better shape than they had ever been in its 40-year history.

  • P&R Publishing Company
    June 2005 - June 2008
    Associate Director of Editorial

    P&R Publishing gave me my first full-time job after college, and since it’s a small organization, I had the opportunity to dive right into a wide variety of tasks. At first, I worked in marketing and strategically developed all kinds of creative materials (such as catalogs and ads), and then I moved into book development, where I evaluated projects for financial viability and streamlined the publication process to reduce the time needed to produce a book.

    By the time I moved to Washington DC and joined ARCOM, P&R had become an organization with solid editorial processes, and it has gone on to achieve significant success in a challenging industry.

  • MBA
    September 2005 - September 2007
    Drexel University

  • BA, Publishing
    August 2001 - May 2005
    Bob Jones University

  • Political Journalism Certificate
    Summer 2004
    Georgetown University

  • I had the pleasure of working with Eric on multiple projects during our MBA studies. He has a truly unique capacity to balance competitive outcomes with a comprehensive awareness of how those solutions will impact both local and global communities. To preserve business strategy along with compassion for the individual is the mark of a genuinely valuable businessperson. Eric does this expertly and it is a testament to the quality of his work as well as the strength of his character. His innovative mind and work ethic will be an asset in any environment.

  • Zachary Schruers

    Director of Client Relationships, Altus Partners