Eric S. Townsend

Marketing Communications Manager, Creative Director, Seattle, WA

Honored (9x). Published (23x). Innovator in the “small books” revolution. Student in the lineage of Marcel Duchamp >> John Cage >> Stephen Addiss.

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I thrive in uncertain times. I love challenges. I’m collected, with a sense of humor. I steward brands, mature offerings, enhance appeal, attract attention, impact adoption, and gain mind/market share. I listen and ask questions. I locate opportunities. I take action with focus, tenacity, and resources. I’m a plug-and-play asset — like a Swiss Army Knife! 
My agency experience and project management chops help reduce friction, limit errors, cultivate insight, innovate, and build momentum.

I've served hundreds of brands and several household names. I've been recognized for innovation, creativity, and "doing more with less" by The Webbys, PR Week, American Marketing Association, Society for Marketing Professional Services, Service Industry Advertising Awards, Washington Business Journal, Kickstarter, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. I was mentored by Stephen Addiss, pupil of the great John Cage, guided by the incomparable Marcel Duchamp. My talents in visual art, music, and writing hit all notes of the lineage. I've pivoted to mentor rising marketers through Everwise (SF, CA).

I've published 23 books. Tabula Raisa (2016), a travel adventure series for children ages 6+, was funded on Kickstarter and reached #1 of 418 publishing projects, Staff Pick, and listed as "New & Interesting." My latest, Paisley Prince (2019), explores the early years of Prince Rogers Nelson. My work for Go Booklets (2012-present) contributes to the "small books" revolution. In the music industry, I'm credited as writer or producer on 100+ songs.

TESTIMONIAL BYTES — "...a dynamic idea man, with the power of determination and perseverance to ensure initiatives take flight...makes the ordinary extraordinary with the simplest of strokes...quick to the chase and the real challenges...does not wait for problems to fester...success through thoughtful preparation and tenacity...identifies considerations that shift thinking in a positive way...a leader with the natural ability to inspire...the type of guy you want on your team...you don't want to compete against him."


Experience

SEO Strategist & Project Manager at Weidner Apartment Homes
2019 – Present Seattle, WA
Digital Marketing Manager at Gates Hudson
2017 – 2019 Fairfax VA
Marketing Communications Manager & Creative Director at Glimpse Digital
2007 – 2017 Worldwide
Marketing Manager at Greater Atlantic Bank
2005 – 2007 Vienna, VA
Director of Business Development at SQN Communications
2004 – 2005 Vienna, VA
Communications Manager at ASPA
2003 – 2004 Washington, DC
Creative Director at Zinc Agency
1998 – 2003 Washington, DC
Marketing Manager at Leo A Daly Architects
1996 – 1998 Washington, DC

Education

BA in Fine Art & Art History at University of Richmond
1991 – 1995 Richmond, VA

Awards

2015
Staff Pick, Showcased (#1 of 418 in Publishing, for Tabula Raisa), from Kickstarter
2013
Innovator Award (Mobility Category, for Latista Technologies), from Northern Virginia Technology Council
2010
Silver & Bronze Medals (Advertising Category, two clients), from Service Industry Advertising Awards
2006
“Doing More With Less” (for Goodwill), from PR Week Magazine
2005
M Award (For Mint Fitness), from American Marketing Association
2005
Book of Lists (Top Creative Agencies, #17, for SQN), from Washington Business Journal
2005
Outstanding Pharmaceutical Website (for Pfizer), from The Webbys
1999
Corporate Identity Silver Medal (for Leo A Daly Architects), from Society for Marketing Professional Services
1994
The Margaret Owen Finck Award for Creative Writing (Finalist), University of Richmond

Clients

  • Absolut Vodka (est. 1879)
  • AIA (est. 1857)
  • American Red Cross (est. 1881)
  • B’nai B’rith International (est. 1843)
  • Catholic Charities (est. 1910)
  • Cort Furniture (est. 1845)
  • First National Bank (est. 1857)
  • Goodwill (est. 1902)
  • Leo A Daly Architects (est. 1915)
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (est. 1918)
  • National Rifle Association (est. 1871)
  • Navy Federal Credit Union (est. 1933)
  • Pfizer (est. 1849)
  • Rutgers University (est. 1766)
  • Saab (est. 1945)
  • Skanska (est. 1887)
  • Sotheby’s (est. 1744)
  • Universal Music Group (est. 1934)
  • University of North Carolina (est. 1789)
  • University of Richmond (est. 1830)

Specialties

  • Content Strategy
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • Creative Direction
  • Graphic & Website Design
  • Teasers
  • Blogs
  • Features
  • Email Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Social Media
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Thought Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Management

Skills

  • PC & Mac
  • AP & Chicago Style
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Market Samurai
  • MailChimp
  • SEO
  • Google Tools
  • Adobe Analytics
  • Adobe Target