A new direction: I’m moving to Chicago

Life is comprised of key decisions that affect you and the closest people around you. This is one of those decisions.

I’ve accepted a position on the Digital team at Weber Shandwick in Chicago. This is a great opportunity for me to further my career. I’m excited to be working in a very hot niche that is a necessity for companies to excel – digital media.

This move also allows me to be with my beautiful girlfriend who has stood behind my every decision for the past four years. We both couldn’t be happier and we’re very excited about the future.

Now the hard part – Feb. 5 will be my last day serving as Public Relations Specialist for Thunderbird. It feels like just yesterday that I joined the team (ok it was really July 2, 2007). The experience I received was priceless. I went from not knowing anything about higher education PR to falling in love with it. Whether it was the local media looking for an expert source or the international media reporting on higher ed trends, the phone was always ringing. It was a great job.

Special thanks to my director Carol Sunnucks for taking a chance on me almost three years ago, then giving me the skill set I have today and finally for being a great mentor. I also want to thank Frank Neville and Emily Gladnick for always leading me in the right direction. I lucked out by having such great colleagues (too many to name) and a fun work environment.

I wouldn’t be active in PRSA if it wasn’t for two people I admire in the PR world – Felice Appell and Abbie Fink. Of course I plan to be just as active in the Chicago chapter.

I also want to thank Tiffany Erickson, Matt Simpson, Deborah Rosenstock, the Phoenix PRSA New Pros, all my Theta Chi brothers and of course my family for always lending an ear. There are so many more people who have shaped my Arizona years, the last six year’s of my life, that deserve my praises and thanks. I thank you all.

Goodbye Arizona.

Here’s to the future….

47 Responses to “A new direction: I’m moving to Chicago”

  1. Mike Shaldjian - January 27th, 2010

    Congratulations Brian. You will be missed. (Does this mean I have to come to Chicago to get my dinner?)
    From all of us at Media Watch AZ, good luck with your new chapter in life. Look forward to your tweets from Chicago!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Mike,

    Thanks for all your support throughout this tornado of a year for me. You are a true professional. You’ll have to come to Chicago for the dinner… and the funny part is, I know you will.

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  2. Tracy Mueller - January 27th, 2010

    Wow, congratulations! I was just reading this morning about how Weber Shandwick was the only PR agency to make Ad Age’s Agency A-List this year. Sounds like a great new opportunity. Good luck!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Tracy. I’ll miss higher education PR, but this is such a great opportunity. I’m sure our paths we cross again in the future!

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  3. Andre Willis - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats Camen! I’ll have to come visit you and Michelle this summer.

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Dre,

    You always have a place to stay, even if it’s in a house I don’t own. LOL

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  4. Erin Adler - January 27th, 2010

    Congratulations! You will be in my area! Chicago is great- especially in the summer! I am applying to pr agencies in Chicago for internships after graduation so we will see!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Erin – Keep in contact. You never know…

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  5. Jeff Hecht - January 27th, 2010

    Brian,
    My most sincere congrats on your new career in Chi-town! You’ve been a great guy to get to know, like a little brother! I’ll certainly miss seeing you out and about, but I’ll stay in touch and look forward to updates from the Windy City. All my best, Brian!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Jeff,

    You definitely haven’t heard the last from me. It’s too bad we just met each other recently because we have a lot in common. See you on next season’s Bachelor!

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  6. Suzy Howell - January 27th, 2010

    Ah, Brian,

    This is one of those happy/sad events that make life so interesting. Your time at Thunderbird has enriched us and made the Communications team stronger at the same time that it has offered you a solid experience platform from which to launch into the next phase of your career. It’s been a pleasure to have you as a colleague.

    Best of luck to you and your girlfriend in the Windy City.

    Suzy

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thank you so much, Suzy. I know we’ll definitely keep in touch (facebook & blog). I’ve been so fortunate to have great colleagues, such as yourself, at Thunderbird.

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  7. Stephanie Johnson (@SJohnson85) - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats on your achievement, Brian! May the ground rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back… Weber Shandwick is lucky to have you. You will be missed!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    That’s so nice of you Stephanie! Thanks for the kind words…

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  8. Andy - January 27th, 2010

    We’ll definitely miss you here at Thunderbird. Good luck in Chicago!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Andy!

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  9. Mr GTZ - January 27th, 2010

    Mr Brian, double congratulations, professionally for this important and very possitive move on your career and personally for being close to your girlfriend, good for you for having your priorities in order. I hope you still remember how to make a tie knot.
    All the best,
    Mr. GTZ

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    O GTZ…Thanks.

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  10. Melissa - January 27th, 2010

    Totally happy for you, but bummed in a very selfish kind of way. You’ve been a great asset to Thunderbird and a very helpful resource. You certainly will not be forgotten here and we’re all wishing you best of luck and much happiness on this new path.

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Melissa. Like I’ve told you in the past, you’re someone that I really look up to. I hope to someday work in higher education PR and perhaps our paths will cross again.

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  11. Kim Morris - January 27th, 2010

    Good luck to you Brian. I’m so sad to see you go. This is a new page in your life, and always so fun to have the experience to live in a new city. Enjoy and all the best!

    Kim

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Kim!

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  12. Keith C Kerber - January 27th, 2010

    Congratulations and all the best to you BC! It will be difficult to “fill your shoes” here at Tbird.
    “double K”

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, double K. I hope to find someone similar to you in my next position. Hopefully, they’ll have as good of a singing voice, ha.

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  13. Torrey Mann - January 27th, 2010

    Brian,

    I am sorry to see you leave Thunderbird, as I have enjoyed working with you. I do understand this is an amazing opportunity that you cannot pass up. I wish you every success professionally.

    I also wish you and your girlfriend a wonderful life in Chicago. It’s a great city! I hope you become a Chicago Bears fan!

    Torrey

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Torrey,

    Its been great working with you too. I’m not sure if I’ll become a Bears fan, but I’ll definitely try sitting outside in the freezing cold weather for a game.

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  14. Brent Diggins - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats Brian.

    I lived in Chicago most of my life. It is a great city and best of luck.

    Cheers
    Brent

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Brent. I can’t wait to live in Chicago…

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  15. Justin Fox - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats, Brian!

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Justin!

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  16. Abbie S. Fink - January 27th, 2010

    Brian – mazel tov on this new adventure. Chicago’s gain is definitely our loss here in Phoenix. Your energy and enthusiasm for the public relations industry will serve you well as you enter the agency world. Weber is an excellent firm and I know you will do well there.

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Abbie. You are truly one of the reasons why I’ve been so active in our chapter. Thanks for all your support and guidance.

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  17. Kellie - January 27th, 2010

    You are gonna be sooooooo COLD! lol But you’ll also be SO successful, so not a bad trade. We’ll miss you at T-bird… you’ve had a huge impact on us and specifically our social media presence. You’ll be a tough act to follow. Keep in touch, ok?

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    BrianCamen Reply:

    Thanks, Kellie. Of course I’ll keep in touch! I appreciate all the guidance you have given me over the years. I’ll have to buy a jacket from the ThunderShop so I can stay warm!

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  18. charshaff (Charlotte Shaff) - January 27th, 2010

    Sad to see ya go! @BrianCamen I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position on the Digital team at Weber Shandwick. http://bit.ly/cH4Rux

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  19. JDEbberly (J D Ebberly) - January 27th, 2010

    I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position on Digital team at Weber Shandwick. Read more here http://bit.ly/cH4Rux (via @BrianCamen)

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  20. PaughGinney (Ryan Paugh) - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats @BrianCamenhttp://bit.ly/cH4Rux – Starting a new PR gig in Chicago … #Brazen

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  21. RCItule (Robyn Itule) - January 27th, 2010

    RT @PaughGinney: Congrats @BrianCamenhttp://bit.ly/cH4Rux – Starting a new PR gig in Chicago … #Brazen

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  22. JenniferAZPR (Jennifer F Spangler) - January 27th, 2010

    Good luck Brian! RT @BrianCamen: I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position on Digital team at Weber Shandwick. http://bit.ly/cH4Rux

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  23. LindsTR (Lindsey T.) - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats! RT @BrianCamen: I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position on the Digital team at Weber Shandwick. http://bit.ly/cH4Rux

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  24. ScribeDevil (Matt Simpson) - January 27th, 2010

    Congrats! (RT @BrianCamen: I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position at Weber Shandwick. Read more here: http://bit.ly/cH4Rux)

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  25. MichelleBK (MichelleBK) - January 27th, 2010

    YAY! I can’t wait! RT @BrianCamen: I’m moving to Chicago! I’ve accepted a position at Weber Shandwick. Read more here: http://bit.ly/cH4Rux

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  26. BrianCamen (Brian Camen) - January 27th, 2010

    In case you missed it this morning, big news, I’m moving to #Chicago: http://bit.ly/cH4Rux #pr

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  27. knoodlePRgrl (Christina Salgado) - January 27th, 2010

    🙁 RT @BrianCamen In case you missed it this morning, big news, I’m moving to #Chicago: http://bit.ly/cH4Rux #pr

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  28. MichelleBK (MichelleBK) - January 27th, 2010

    Love it! Love you! RT @BrianCamen: In case you missed it this morning, big news, I’m moving to #Chicago: http://bit.ly/cH4Rux #pr

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  29. Tiffany Erickson - January 28th, 2010

    Brian,
    I couldn’t be more proud of you. I knew you are talented and would have an amazing career…Weber is incredibly lucky to have you on their team. Mazel tov. I’ll let you take me to dinner next time I’m in Chicago – it’s one of my favorite towns.

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  30. Stephanie Sheppard - February 5th, 2010

    Glad to have another Sun Devil in Chicago! And excited to think they’re be another addition to the large Alumni gatherings here. 🙂 Let me know when you get here.

    And a special congrats on Weber! I’ve heard all great things about them since I’ve been in PR out here. I’m so glad things are going well for you.

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