About John Fries

John Fries is a veteran marketing communications, public relations and media pro, writer, designer, award-winning web team leader, and film/TV/video producer who has a passion for helping companies build their brands, engage their customers, tell their stories, and achieve business results.

HIs professional background includes leading the communications teams and departments at a number of prominent organizations including UPMC Passavant, UPMC Shadyside, The Washington Hospital, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

For nearly a decade he managed publications, digital communications and social media at The Frick Pittsburgh, a historic museum that serves 100,000 visitors a year. While there he co-developed and executed that marketing and PR strategy that communicated the Frick's two-year, 14-million site expansion project—the largest in the organization's history—to a variety of constituencies. He also introduced a members' magazine, five websites, a monthly enewsletter, and several social media platforms,
growing the social media audience to 10,000+ followers.

He also served as a manager at global PR firm Burson-Marsteller, primarily leading or working on projects for Highmark, PA Blue Shield, Eckert Seamans, the Allegheny County Chief Executive's office, and Duquesne Light. He also served as creative director and project manager on the Pennsylvania PUC's Utility Choice website, which enabled millions of Pennsylvanians to easily select their utility suppliers online.

Today, John works with companies of all sizes and types, both locally and across the U.S., from major corporations (UPMC, PNC Bank, Giant Eagle, Heinz, and others) to mid-sized companies, small businesses, nonprofits, and others.

He also counsels business owners, leads a diverse variety of marketing-related workshops, and, as a journalist, has contributed dozens of articles to numerous publications including Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

He also writes and directs films, branded video content and digital shorts. Since establishing his own production company during the mid-2000s, he has developed numerous projects for a range of clients.

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