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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas communications
manager to speak at Journalism Alumni Seminar Oct. 24
October 19, 2009 --
Rob Roedel, the
manager of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of
Arkansas, is the featured speaker at the College of Communications
Alumni Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 24. The seminar, part of Arkansas State
University’s Homecoming weekend activities, is 10 a.m. in the
first-floor studio, Room 155, Radio-TV, and is open to the public. A
luncheon will follow.
A native of Jonesboro, specifically the Valley View community, Roedel
has worked in the communications and marketing field for approximately
After graduating from Arkansas State with a degree in journalism in
December 1989, Roedel spent the majority of his career in the high-tech
industry sector, where he designed and implemented marketing and
communications plans for both publicly traded and privately held
companies. His work included both domestic and international marketing
and communications programs. He has also worked for the Walnut Ridge
Times Dispatch and the Forrest City Times-Herald before becoming public
relations director for the Forrest City School District.
He worked at Arkansas Systems, later Arksys and Euronet, for more than
five years. He served as communications manager for Alltel Information
Services from 1998 to 2002.
In 2002, Roedel began working for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.
During his tenure with the cooperatives, he has led many comprehensive
projects designed to help the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
communicate with approximately 500,000 members. He works extensively on
web-based communications and assists with the production of Rural
Magazine, the largest circulation publication in Arkansas.
He has served on the board of directors for the Arkansas Broadcasters
Association and regularly maintains contacts with its members, as well
as with the Arkansas Press Association. While at Arkansas State, he
worked for The Herald as campus editor and news editor and was a member
of the student chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and
the Society of Professional Journalists.
Roedel and his wife, Carrie, have two children, Torrie and Jake. The
family resides in Bryant, where he serves on the Bryant Planning
Commission. Roedel is very involved in youth athletic programs, as well
as serves on the board of the Bryant Athletic Association.