Eric Anest, MBA
Marketing and Communications Leader
About Me

I am a marketing and communications leader specializing in strategy development, digital marketing, branding and voice, and workflow design. I’m passionate about envisioning a bright future for an organization, creating a plan to bring that future about, and making that plan a reality through team-building and hard work.

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
  • Salas O'Brien
    June 2016 - Present
    Marketing Director

    Leader of firm-wide marketing at this rapidly expanding 300-person organization with 13 offices around the country. I set the vision for how the firm is positioned in the market and direct the execution of that vision in company advertising, public relations, marketing materials, branding, proposal production, website content and design, social media, and client relations.

  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute
    August 2013 - June 2016
    Director, Major Gift Operations

    I oversaw all written major gift communications, including proposals, reports, thank-you letters, and campaign updates, ensuring they were written in the most professional, creative, and inspirational manner and resulted 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