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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
ABOUT BPR

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TIM COMERFORD

Manager, Area Development
PSE&G (NJ's largest utility)

"I wanted to pass along some good news to you regarding our magazine supplement, TradeLink New Jersey. The Northeastern Economic Developers Association has voted it ‘Best in Class’ [first place] for Special Section Advertisement as part of their annual Literature and Promotion Awards Competition. As our creative writer, I wanted to thank you personally for the hard work, dedication and writing expertise you provided to make the publication such a success. The award is an indication of your ability to gather and assimilate facts and present them in such an interesting and informative manner. You will be happy to know that thousands of copies of the piece have been distributed both here in the United States and at trade shows we have attended overseas." 

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TINA FILIPSKI
 
Editor, The Meeting Manager 
Meeting Planners International

"I’m pleased to recommend Lisa Bastian for any project involv-ing corporate publications, trade magazines and marketing projects in a variety of industries. While I was editor of The Meeting Manager, Lisa was at the top of my professional contributor list. Over the years, she wrote more than 40 feature articles for me; four of which won writing awards from the Cincinnati Editors Association and the International Association of Business Communicators. I always knew I could count on Lisa to take the initiative with research and interviews, and then produce articles that were comprehensive, accur-ate and timely. Her writing is fresh and interesting; her attitude is always professional, and her ability to work with people at all levels is incredible. If you need someone who can take on any project—almost as an extension of your own staff—you’ll appreciate working with Lisa Bastian."

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Gail Meyers

Director of Public Relations
The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati)

"I would like to recommend Lisa Bastian as a writer. Lisa has done freelance writing for our quarterly magazine, Christ Hospital Serving. She is an excellent writer, and takes direction well. She has a good interviewing technique and does a good job of capturing individual personalities. We’ve been very pleased with her work.  Lisa is very good to work with—always pleasant and accommodating. She maintains a positive attitude throughout the project, no matter what problems may arise. She would be an excellent addition to any staff."

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Fr. Leonard Foley, OFM

Former Editor-in-Chief
St. Anthony Messenger, America's largest circulation Christian magazine

"I highly recommend Lisa Bastian for employment in any editorial setting. She has done very well in both the creative and technical sides of editorial work for several years [as Asst. Editor] at St. Anthony Messenger, a national Catholic magazine with over 400,000 subscribers….She won the job over 75 other applicants. Besides her professional skills, she has a personality that fits in well with co-workers. She is pleasant and enthusiastic, responsible, a team player—and has a sense of humor. I hope you give her every consideration." 

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MATTHEW KELLER

Certified SEO Copywriter

 

"I had the good fortune to work with Lisa on a massive nonprofit project when her public relations and website building expertise truly saved the day. Once COVID hit, we needed a virtual fundraising gala launched from the ground up in a few short months, along with a new website. It was a pleasure to watch Lisa attack the problem, investing countless hours of research, setting up meetings, diligently following up, tying down dozens of loose ends, and building an amazing website from scratch. That virtual gala exceeded our goals and the new website is both beautiful and effective. If she worked this devotedly as a volunteer, you can imagine the dedication and energy she gives her business clients. Her sixth sense for savvy public relations combined with her astonishing work ethic make her invaluable. Trust me, if you have a problem or project, Lisa's deep experience and singular insights will be instrumental to your success."

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LESLIE LANE

Partner 
Laine and Lane Marketing Communications (Cincinnati)

"Lisa brings us a fresh perspective as one of our writers for a [hospital-based] parenting magazine aimed at child health issues. We rely on her thoughtful approach, unfailing good cheer and always timely delivery. She is a delight to work with." 

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Terri hornbach

President
Cincinnati Editors Association

"I just wanted to let you know that Communique [editor group's newsletter I wrote/published] looks great and reads well, too. I’ve heard numerous compliments from members—and some of these people are not prone to giving compliments!  I wanted to pass along their praises. Keep up the good work!"

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Deborah Sommerville

President
SciWrite Technical Services

"I recently worked with Lisa Bastian on a medical writing project [that] needed to be completed in a relatively short time using software Lisa had not used previously. Lisa undauntedly learned the software, quickly assimilated details of the project, and capably assisted in its editing. With her help, the project was completed on time, and well received by the client. Lisa’s insight, experience and editorial acumen contributed to making this project a success!” 

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MICHELE BUSSONE 

Owner 
Alpha Quadrant, Inc.

“As the Administrator for the IABC-San Antonio chapter, I found Lisa to be a real hands-on [IABC] president who went far beyond her job description to develop the chapter into a growing, respected organization within the San Antonio professional community. She inspires others to contribute their best efforts, which is a true sign of leadership.  I value her contributions, her comments and her friendship.”  

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Sheila Strand

Senior Account Executive
Jane Mobley & Associates PR firm

“During her two-year tenure in Kansas City, Lisa and I worked together on several major projects. Lisa was always creative, timely and effective in her work. In addition, she is consistently a joy to work with.” 

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LISA OWENS

VP of Public Relations
Regnier Valdez (San Antonio PR agency)

“Lisa is a vibrant and dynamic communicator, and an excellent person. She’s a delight to work with.”  ,

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Marla Risne

Project Coordinator
Design Forum (Dayton architecture firm)

"The client [Tandy Corporation] was very pleased with the marketing brochure you wrote, and so were we. Thanks for all your help." 

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JIM KLASERNER 

General Manager
International Business Expo

"Our Business Expo in Cincinnati never received as much media coverage as was generated by your outstanding efforts. Your publicity program brought us more coverage than we possibly could have purchased, and will make our job of satisfying our exhibitors and producing future shows that much easier."

 

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Andi Rodriguez

Project Coordinator
Marketing & Media columnist
San Antonio Business Journal

"With over 20 years in the communications industry, Lisa Bastian, principal of Bastian Public Relations, knows that the secret of good branding begins in one’s own back yard. Thanks to her guidance and leadership as president for two years, IABC (The International Association of Business Communicators) has built up a reputation of consistently offering stellar professional development seminars within a wide range of topics.” --From SABJ article “Branding power begins with employee buy-in” (10/19/07)

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christa brittell

Personnel Security Specialist
CACI & other security firms

"I directly supervised Lisa Bastian at CACI. She was one of my best investigators. She is detailed, knowledgeable, organized, and thorough. In addition to completing her regular assignments on time, she often took last-minute assignments without hesitation. She communicates well, both verbally and in written form. She would be an asset to any organization."

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Gerri Gambale 

Editor 
Area Development magazine
 
View client work here 

"We appreciate the outstanding job Bastian Public Relations has done on the many economic development articles and special marketing publications written for us; in particular, Location New Jersey and Guide to Mexico's Industrial Parks. Our readers—and clients—are well-served by these pieces. Lisa’s copy is written in a lively, informative manner and always delivered on time. Most importantly, Lisa is completely coop-erative in meeting the demands of our editorial agenda." 

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IRMA CALDERON
WOODRUFF


Extraordinary Marketing &
PR Consultant

"I met Lisa in 2001 when I was a partner with The Cartel Group, a Hispanic ad agency. She had just arrived in San Antonio and showed me all the great writing she’d done while in Cincinnati, including the book Cincinnati: City of Charm; very impressive. Lisa communicates openly and honestly. She’s a terrific person who can talk with a janitor or a CEO. She does whatever it takes to meet deadlines, including staying up all night (although, I hope you won’t put her through that).

  Lisa is so organized that she normally doesn’t have to go through stressful situations. She always maintains a calm, cool and collected demeanor--a professional who makes difficult assignments look easy. In terms of her technical and creative ability, on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d give her a ‘10’ because she’s the best, most flexible and fastest writer I know.

   Lisa’s strengths are being versatile, adaptable and flexible. She can write copy for a website, a magazine article, an essay, an editorial, a proposal –- anything. And if she needs to, she will research on how to write or prepare something different and unique. Lisa is a professional I can count on, and I plan to work with her as often as I can."

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Jordan McMorrough

Editor, Today's Catholic
Archdiocese of San Antonio

"I am writing to confer my recommendation of Lisa Bastian regarding her work as directory coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Lisa would make an outstanding addition to any staff, and perform her essential duties superbly. Last fall, Lisa worked with the Communications Dept. of the archdiocese in compiling information for the 2010 archdiocesan directory. In her efforts, Lisa ably completed whatever tasks assigned to her, demonstrating a keen ability to follow directions precisely. She also exhibited a penchant for attention to detail when carrying out her duties. In addition, Lisa exhibited outstanding leadership skills in offering suggestions or taking the initiative to 'see that the job gets done' or perhaps was completed in a more efficient fashion. I believe Lisa's commitment to the archdiocese was an outward demonstration of the strong values that she holds.​"

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JEANNE WIMBERG 

Asst. VP of Marketing, PR Dir.
PNC Bank, Cincinnati

"[Bank President] Gary Kocher had nothing but praise for The Bottom Line [revamped 3,000-employee bank magazine I wrote and edited]. We are all so pleased. Thanks for a good job, and keep up the good work. It is so great to hear Gary say, ‘It just keeps getting better.’”  

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MICHAEL ATTWOOD

Owner/Photographer
Attwood Studio (San Antonio)

“Lisa is a very personable and professional writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Country Lifestyle magazine assignments we worked together on. She was always enthusiastic and excited to meet new people and carry out her assignment.”  

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DOREEN K. MAYCOVICH 

Advertising & Community Mgr.
One Book Yellow Pages, Reuben H. Donnelley (Dunn & Bradstreet)

"Bastian Public Relations was instrumental in the successful rollout of our new Cincinnati One Book Yellow Pages. With no prior knowledge of our company or our business they researched and quickly grasped an understanding of our goals and expectations. Spending countless hours on research and writing, BPR produced and distributed a media kit that accomplished our objectives and told our story. Their dedication and commitment to this project exceeded all expectations. This is owed in large part to the well-organized and managed PR plan and final execution that delivered our message to the media.  Due to the initial confidentiality of the project, BPR was relied upon to be totally ethical and extremely trustworthy from the onset. They worked extremely well under the deadlines and the stringent legal constraints that were faced. I would highly recommend Bastian Public Relations to anyone seeking professional public relations services that get results.”  

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M. Kay Lawler

President
MKL Meeting Management

"On behalf of the Career Education Association, I want to thank you and your staff for the wonderful work you did in representing our national convention. Never before had such a focused effort been made to publicize the event, and the results were outstanding. To be picked up by the AP wire service—what a coup!”  

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Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

Award-winning Writer 
Country Lifestyle magazine

"Lisa was professional at all times. Very positive and productive in her editing of my work. She is a great editor.”  

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Adrienne Ornelas

Independent Communications Consultant 

"I have known Lisa Bastian for several years, having met her through IABC-San Antonio, and I have worked with her on public relations projects as well. She performs her work in a professional manner and adds her experience, personality and skills to make it an enjoyable and successful collaboration. In the end, the client and the community benefit from her expertise and dedication.”  

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REBECCA MESSALL

President 
National Lawyers Association

"Bastian Public Relations produced an excellent quarterly newsletter for our organization in terms of its design and layout, and in the writing of columns featuring NLA members. Lisa's creativity was responsible for us winning back ~ and gaining more ~ dues-paying members with an attractive, easy-to-read publication....She also helped us create a new, professional logo."

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"Lisa is truly a big-picture gal looking for what is best for all parties. She is fair, creative, articulate, and just a down-to-earth, good-hearted person. I hope to work on projects with Lisa in the near future."

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BETSY PASLEY
 
Director, Employee Feedback 
USAA

“I’ve worked with Lisa for several years as a fellow volunteer leader with the San Antonio chapter of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators). I watched her adroitly manage a diverse volunteer team toward fantastic leadership and professional development opportunities for the local communications community. She is a delight to work with, extremely energetic (but patient), always positive (but realistic) and obviously gifted in her writing, PR and marketing craft. The local chapter is in much better shape as a result of her tireless efforts over several years, experiencing unparalleled growth in her tenure. I would recommend Lisa to anyone needing communications guidance or expertise.”  

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GINGER SHAWVER 
 
Publications Supervisor  
Ohio Casualty Group

“Lisa edited the newsletter Communique for the Cincinnati Editors Association and turned it into one of the most dynamic newsletters that the organization had ever seen. A remarkable accomplishment when a person impresses an ‘editors’ association with its own newsletter!”  

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JOY CAPPS POWELL 
 
Principal 
Engaging Business Communications

“Lisa Bastian is one of the best writers and creative communicators I know. Anyone who works with her will experience superior professionalism and benefit from her attention to detail. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a ‘top shelf’ communicator.”  

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debbie talley 
 
Sr. Communications Manager
Clarke American

“Lisa Bastian’s leadership and hard work contributed significantly to the success of the International Association of Business Communicators, San Antonio Chapter. I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa over the past five years as a fellow board member. I have also witnessed her professionalism and attention to detail as a writer and editor.”  

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