Cara Cunningham Garretson
The better half of a husband-and-wife team, Cara is a business and technology writer with more than 20 years of experience in journalism and content development. As a journo, she wrote for the prestigious but ultimately doomed Red Herring magazine, which chronicled (and capitalized on) the rise and fall and rise of Silicon Valley in the 1990s and 2000s. She’s based in Washington D.C., but she’s a wicked-good kid at heart, originally hailing from Taunton, Massachusetts. She works with our most demanding clients, including IBM, GE Capital, and Booz & Company. And they get very attached to her.
It’s difficult to remember what Cavan did before we met Marie Glenn. She is a stalwart. She is prolific. She is a joy to work with. Marie has written for some of the world’s most successful consulting companies, from McKinsey & Co. to KPMG. Whether it’s white papers, speeches or surveys, she is fluent in the language of the C-suite. And she has ghost-written no fewer than five business books published by McGraw-Hill. But we’ve promised never to make her do that again.
Michelle is the heart and soul of Cavan. Like other mothers of young children, she is an expert multitasker, managing the business operations one minute, designing killer graphics the next. She added design director to her many roles in 2010. Before that she co-wrote Sixteen Weeks to Your Dream Business for McGraw Hill in 2008. Before that she ran an online business that helped women designers go to market. And before that she married the very grateful, very handsome future founder of Cavan Communications.
Calling Rob “creative” hardly does him justice. This is a man who instantly grasps the strategic needs of a client and offers entirely new ways to meet them. He is classically trained in communication design and corporate communications. And he spent seven years as vice president of communications at Keep America Beautiful (yes, the one with the crying Native American). In that role, he won Silver and Bronze Anvil Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, and “Best of the Web” honors from PRINT magazine. But if you really want him to show off, ask him to spit out the toothbrushing rap he does for his kids every night. It brings down the house. Every time.
As much as we hate to admit it, we sometimes make mistakes. But with a friendly reminder or a gentle slap on the wrist, Maryam keeps us honest and true. With a communications degree from U.C.L.A., Maryam has worked with clients from Nike to Amgen to IBM over the years. And she has a keen eye for both copy and design. Kerning too tight? Got a troublesome descender? Indulging in the serial comma? Maryam’s on the case.
Rob is a wine writer trapped in the body of an award-winning business and technology journalist. With more than 30 years of experience, he’s been a writer and editor on the financial desk at the Washington Post, written for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Institutional Investor magazine, and worked for a startup (that actually did go public before going bankrupt). Alas, he still has to work for a living. Rob is a rare blend of old and new school, banging out cutting edge business and technology copy on his dusty DEC minicomputer. He can hang with experts on everything from health care, education and financial services to agriculture, retail and consumer electronics. And he always comes armed with a wine recommendation for less than 10 bucks.
A veteran writer, marketing consultant and former broadcast PR executive, Shannon can translate even the most complex subjects into meaningful and customer-friendly prose. Armed with a pair of degrees from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Shannon has been writing image-conscious copy on behalf of major corporations, trade groups, non-profits and celebrities for well over a decade. When not writing she’s promoting her husband’s band, The Dude Abides, and forwarding inappropriate fan mail to Jeff Bridges.
Dan will be the first one to tell you he knows nothing about running a business. What he does understand, however, is how to draw a straight line between a message and its mark. Dan was a journalist for 15 years before he founded Cavan Communications. He wrote for dozens of different publications, including Business Week, Golf Digest, Forbes, Industry Standard and Red Herring. He even wrote a pair of best-selling business books (ask him sometime about the ferocious interrogation he endured from Ted Koppel after his second book). Since founding Cavan Communications, he’s had the pleasure of working with clients who value partnership over project management, and creative colleagues who bring enthusiasm and mad skills to their work every day. He is a lucky, lucky man.