Meet A Member

Each month, IABC Tulsa features one of its members in this section of the newsletter. This month, we learn more about Ward Mankin, who is an EMMY award winning video production manager for T.D. Williamson.

Why do you love your job?  I get to travel the world videotaping our global company, so the days are never the same. I get to learn many different ways of life and work. Not everyone works 8 to 5.

How long have you been a member? I once was a member in the late 90’s working for Williams, 3 years. I recently re-joined in May of this year – 2012.

What is the best IABC meeting/seminar/conference that you have ever attended? Why?  I have the old guy syndrome and only know that every meeting is the best.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development?  Besides it being the best networking tool! I enjoy IABC for how it shows me others communicate in the business, how local companies utilize different forms of communication to benefit their customers and employees and how those that don’t try to keep up.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work? Workout, Ride Bicycles, and eat.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Destin Florida, Maui Hawaii and the couch at home.

Who is your favorite musical artist?  Dave Matthews Band

What’s your favorite movie?  August Rush, because music is the base for all things.

What’s your favorite restaurant?  Pei Wei

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is: short, simple and visual.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals?  Listen, listen, listen then be proactive and less reactive.

I would like to note that I have a Bronze Quill Award, A Best of Show, and my most favorite is my two EMMY nominations I received while working at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City during the Oklahoma City Bombing. I do hold an EMMY for editing a half-hour show called “The Photojournalists of KOCO-TV” It was a behind the scenes look at what video photographers endure during the course of any given day.