skaareaboutnarrow1I bring an unusual insider-outsider perspective to my work in communication and change, having split my career between corporate management and consulting.

As a former corporate insider, I know first-hand what makes organizations function well and what makes them malfunction occasionally.  As an outside consultant, I convert trends and diverse perspectives into ideas that impact my clients’ communication programs.


 

 

Contact:
1201 Kings Circle, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 | 717/877-5180 | richard@skaareworks.com
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Background
After earning a bachelor’s degree in literature/writing and two masters’ degrees (communication and theology), I:

  • launched my career as a speechwriter and issues manager at Alcoa;
  • helped public relations firm Burson-Marsteller build a corporate and financial communication capability in its Pittsburgh operation;
  • headed corporate communication for the newly formed Allegheny International (Sunbeam, Oster, etc.);
  • consulted for over ten years with many clients, chief among them, AMP Incorporated, the world leader in electronic connector; and
  • joined AMP as communication director to build a cohesive, global communication program.

In recent years I returned to consulting after Tyco International acquired AMP and took on a wide range of assignments, including:

  • marketing, organizational development, and corporate communication for Internet eLearning ventures, a telecom company, and an exhibits creator;
  • advising a major foundation and a staffing firm on strategic programs;
  • facilitating conferences for a federal government agency regarding faith-based, community issues;
  • building interactive locomotive exhibits for Norfolk Southern;
  • coaching medical directors; and
  • creating an employee learning portal for a Saudi Arabian company.

 

What clients and colleagues have said …

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Richard is able to extract the essence of virtually any project or initiative … brings individuals and organizations to that rare state called ‘shared vision’.
William Saverance, Global Executive Development Leader, SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation)

… solid ethics, incredible depth of knowledge, organizational skills and all with a touch of humor.
Frank Nave’, VP Museums & Environments, Lynch Exhibits

… [indispensable] counsel in a high tension, very delicate situation … understood the predicament from all angles … dealt with the situation calmly, with the utmost integrity, and very competently.
Tom DiClemente, Managing Partner, Gran Sasso Ventures LP – Global Executive, Board Member, Management Consulting, Private Equity

… encouraged [the AMP communications team] to try new things and take chances with technology … when businesses were just beginning to explore the possibilities of the internet and intranets.
Chuck Rigsby. Former Internal Communications Manager, AMP Inc.

Deeply insightful and intelligent … brings the best out of people and organizations.
Mark Hartman, Former EVP Business Transformation, Cardinal Health

… [thinks] ‘out of the box’ and is the quintessential communications practitioner.
Andrew Edson, Former President and COO, Anreder & Company

… presented a powerful Branding program for [my company’s] clients … energetic and interactive … feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Charlene Holsendorff, Career Management Consultant, Right Management

… always pushes you to do your best … the muse of the next communication era.
Cameron Uhlig, Owner, Camagine

… a very creative thinker, with a capacity to synthesize complex issues and solutions in pithy, memorable ways.
Kathryn Baer, Volunteer Consultant, Advocacy Department, SOME

… always there when needed to put a fresh perspective on how to solve the toughest problems.
Dave Shutts, Manager of Tech Communications, Tollgrade