About Wylie Creative Communications
Eric Wylie is the owner/operator of Wylie Creative Communications, LLC. Eric provides a variety of creative marketing and communications consulting services to businesses and organizations of all sizes, with special skills in video production, web site creation, and voiceover, backed by a solid foundation of experience in corporate/employee communications and broadcasting.
Video Production services include on-site recording of interviews, events, corporate B-roll packages, manufacturing processes, training presentations, product features and more, edited together with video graphics to tell a compelling story or impart important information.
Eric Wylie's voice is heard throughout the local area and far beyond. The voiceover recordings and audio produced by Wylie Creative Communications are heard in training and promotional materials, TV and Radio advertisements and promotions, telephone systems, in-store displays and more.
Eric has been involved in the planning and creation of websites since 1994. On many projects, Eric works with a programming partner to build fully-customized, data-centered web applications for their site or internal business use.
Prior to starting his business, Eric spent 9 years in a corporate communications environment, organizing and leading employee communications via video, audio, email, chat, presentations and corporate events.
Creative concepts, problem solving, project management, consulting, and script writing are important elements of all of the projects on which Eric works.
Originally started as a part-time endeavor in 2002, the business was first known as Eric Wylie Productions. In June of 2004, the business became Eric’s full-time job. Since 2009, the business has been officially known as Wylie Creative Communications, LLC, and the telephone on hold messaging and voice prompt business is known as the On Hold Web Store at www.onholdwebstore.com .
Eric Wylie's Work Experience
Owner, Wylie Creative Communications (formerly Eric Wylie Productions) & the On Hold Web Store
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
January 2002 - Present
(Please see About Wylie Creative Communications above).
Prior work experience including consulting positions:
A Global Residential Security Products Company*
June 2010 - January 2014
Assisted a division of the company with communications planning and execution, providing additional support as the division was spun-off into a stand-alone company. Produced a video featuring the outgoing and incoming CEOs to introduce the new CEO to employees. Two major projects related to the spin-off were: 1) the creation of a corporate b-roll package used for the new company launch, which involved travel to several U.S. manufacturing sites; and 2) the planning and execution of the audio-visual and livestreaming elements of the new company launch event connecting employees around the world. The latter event included the hiring and supervision of sub-contractors. Prior to the spin-off, highlights included creating promotional videos, a sales channel video featuring a skilled dealer and his team from Wisconsin, supporting a variety of communication initiatives through written documents and PowerPoint editing, and the recording and production of a senior management retreat event recap video.
(* contractually obligated to keep the company name private)
Communications Consultant, National City Bank
February 2008 - December 2008
Assisted a division of the company with employee communications strategy planning and execution. Assisted VP of Communications with team re-structuring to meet business needs. Participated in various communication initiatives including writing employee news articles, and participating in a variety of internal and customer-facing projects.
Communications Consultant, Capital One
June 2003 - December 2007
Participated in, and provided leadership for, the communication and administrative functions of this financial services company's IT Communications Team. Provided messaging guidance to team members and executives, and coordinated and created the materials for the CIO's management team meetings. Produced audio and video programs in support of internal communications efforts. Consulted on and created many internal presentations. Provided guidance, writing, analysis and reporting for the IT Division's annual Employee Satisfaction Survey.
Sr. Communications Specialist, MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon Business)
Cedar Rapids, IA
December 2002 - June 2004
Participated in and provided leadership for the communication and administrative functions of the IT Department, including: managing the employee headcount database; managing the employee recognition program budget and process; creating images for posters and the department Web site; creating and posting content to the department Web site; acting as presentation specialist for the department serving support staff and executives; writing and presentation creation for the Chief Information Officer.
Communications Manager, MCI Telecommunications
Cedar Rapids, IA
September 2000 - December 2002
(Promoted from position listed immediately below). Led staff to present the accomplishments of a 900-employee software engineering organization to its own employees and to the company through various media. Supervised and/or created presentation content for a senior vice president whose audiences included executives, customers and employees. Coordinated events, supervised the production of a monthly newsletter and the organization's intranet presence, as well as local community involvement activities and media relations. Coordinated and participated in projects relating to organizational project reporting and budget needs.
Communications Specialist, MCI Telecommunications
Cedar Rapids, IA
January 1999 - September 2000
Researched and presented the work of a software engineering organization to line employees, company executives and customers. Regular projects included the creation and maintenance of an Intranet site for the organization, the creation of Power Point presentations for customer meetings and regular internal operational reviews. Edited and supervised the production of a monthly, printed employee newsletter and weekly, citywide HTML newsletter. Supervised two paid interns, acted as hiring manager for one of the positions. Attended the company's management training classes. Additional duties: point of contact for the corporate employee recognition program; advised and assisted the coordination of executive and employee meetings and events. Co-created and managed the organization's 1999 employee recognition program.
Communications Specialist, networkMCI Services
Sergeant Bluff, IA and Omaha, NE
April 1997 - January 1999
Collected, wrote and presented the news and information of a 15,000 employee engineering division to those employees and the entire company. This included writing and hands-on creation of audio and video production for the Web, including writing and voicing a weekly Web radio show. Wrote feature stories and captured images for a daily news Web site. Instituted and managed a company-wide Web-based chat application, and contributed to the corporate magazine on behalf of the networking and technology division of the company. Served as primary liaison between the technical and creative/content Web teams. Maintained the Web presence for networkMCI Services, achieving the #1 position on the InfoWorld magazine Web Hot List (July 21, 1997).
Creative Services Coordinator, MCI Mass Markets
Sergeant Bluff, IA
June 1995 - April 1997
Provided daily motivation and information to 1,100 employees in a telemarketing and customer service call center. Created graphics and video programs and scheduled playback on a nine-channel Video Information System. Instituted and produced in-house, video-based employee training. Managed call center music/audio system. Created print and video recruitment advertising and consulted on media relations. Coordinated and operated audio/visual equipment for news conferences, live stage recognition events and executive presentations. Acted as event staff for public relations events and community activities. Wrote and edited monthly employee newsletter. Coordinated departmental input to create the call center's first Web site.
Director/Camera Operator/Audio Operator/Crew, Flood Music Co.
Sioux City, IA
Part-time, various dates, 1994-1996
On a freelance basis, directed multiple-camera "big-screen" coverage for B.B. King and Neville Brothers concert. Provided camera operator and audio/visual set-up services for several concerts, presentations and corporate events throughout western Iowa, eastern Nebraska and eastern South Dakota.
Creative Services Producer, KTIV-TV
Sioux City, IA
September 1993 - June 1995
Produced commercials, public service announcements, station promotions and telethon features from concept to air. Consulted with internal and external customers on best utilization of the medium. Scheduled and maintained field equipment and supervised the set-up and operation for live, remote newscasts. Created television graphics including 3-D animations. Produced weekly news feature. On-camera talent for live television commercials and taped announcements and contributed as voice-over talent on numerous productions. Provided support for public relations activities.
Announcer, Lite 104.1 KEZT-FM (now More104)
Ames-Des Moines, IA
May 1993 - September 1993
Fill-in announcer on all shifts for "Lite" format radio station, including music playback, live commercial announcements, and writing and presenting news and weather. Hosted sponsored live-remote broadcast five timers per day during the two week run of the 1993 Iowa State Fair highlighting fair activities and the radio station's event and stage sponsorships.
Intern, City of Ames, Iowa
Office of the City Manager, Ames, IA
Summers - 1990-1991-1992
Produced live and taped productions for various City departments and committees/commissions to air on local cable TV access channels. Staff assistant to the Human Relations Committee. Designed forms and drafted communications on behalf of the City. Interacted with citizens and employees on a wide variety of projects. Job shadowed in the Police Department.
About Eric Wylie
After many years observing his father, veteran Iowa broadcaster George Wylie, at KCCI-TV, WOI-TV and KEZT and WOI radio in Des Moines, Iowa, Eric had the opportunity to ask his father and father's colleagues pesky questions -- sometimes those folks even let him take the controls! That must have been when the audio/video bug bit. Eric took that knowledge and excitement back to his school media projects at Hoyt Jr. High School in Des Moines, and Welch Jr. High and Ames High School in Ames, Iowa. Yes, he was the school Audio-Visual nerd, but one with goals and ambition -- and it's since paid off.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1993. While at Morningside, he held several positions at the campus radio and television stations, including general manager of the television operation as well as "faculty advisor" (while a senior) to the nightly TV newscast (our team produced a 15 minute live to tape news, weather and sports program four nights a week). Eric was a student of department chairman, author, and legendary former California "Boss Radio" D.J., Dave Diamond. Outside clients to the college's television operation made use of Eric's talents as a voice-over announcer and on-camera talent. While at Morningside, Eric was known as "The Voice of the Morningside College Marching Chiefs," announcing for the college marching band during football half-time performances. Eric's strong interest and abilities in music led him to pursue a vocal music minor, training for four years with voice instructor Mark Schnaible, now a much-sought international opera and oratorio performer. Eric was deeply involved in the college music program, performing solos in numerous concerts, festivals, and competitions -- several times bringing home top honors and awards.
Eric started his communications career as a hands-on producer in radio and television, but his career track led him away from the daily fun, creative production work and into the world of corporate communications management. Missing the production work is what drove him to originally create Eric Wylie Productions back in late 2001 while still working full-time at MCI (see Work Experience below). Back then, Eric Wylie Productions was focused on voiceovers and audio production. Since leaving MCI in the summer of 2004, Eric devoted his full effort toward his business, expanding services to include a variety of business communications offerings. Eric says making the business a full-time endeavor has been one of his biggest challenges, but also one of his biggest joys.
Today, Eric, along with his wife, son and daughter, actively participate as members Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, where Eric shares his talents as a vocal soloist, is a reader for special events and a writer/designer for special church publications and is a past chairperson of Music and Fine Arts committee
Eric is also Lovely Lane's Audio-Visual Coordinator, providing live and recorded audio and video services for church events and worship services. In 2004, Eric produced a series of five video presentations for Lovely Lane's annual financial stewardship campaign that helped increase giving in the church by 14% percent. In April of 2005, the church embarked on a Miracle Sunday campaign to raise $50,000 in a single Sunday. Eric created and coordinated the communications plan and wrote, created and edited the letters, posters and other materials sent to members of the congregation. While he certainly did not do it all alone, Eric took on a leadership role to see the project through. The end result was a miraculous offering of just over $67,000! Learn more about Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Eric volunteers each Spring as a speaker to area 7th grade career-exploring students through Kirkwood Community College's, "Workplace Learning Connection" program. Eric speaks with students about Communications careers in Web design, audio/video production and voiceover, and underscores the need for a well-rounded education. From 2008 to 2014, Eric served on the board of the Cedar Rapids Public Relations Associates and coordinated the organization's email and web communications.