Van Eperen & Company (VE & Co.) Names Veteran Md. PR Professional, Steve Simon, as a Vice President
Former Communications Director for Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools’ Chief Spokesperson, and Independent PR Strategist Brings Nearly Three Decades of Experience
BETHESDA, Md. (September 30, 2011) – Van Eperen & Company (VE & Co.), www.veandco.com, an award-winning communications consulting firm in Bethesda, Md., announces that Steve Simon, a veteran Maryland public relations professional whose previous posts include serving as the chief spokesperson for both Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools, has joined the company as a vice president.
Simon joins VE & Co. after more than two years as a public relations consultant operating his own firm, Simon Public Relations, LLC. Prior to that, he served as public information director for Montgomery County Public Schools, as director of communications for Montgomery College, and as a public information officer for Montgomery County government under the administrations of three different county executives. Earlier in his career, he was managing editor of The Chronicle Express Newspapers, a former weekly, community newspaper chain in Montgomery County.
Throughout his more than 25 years in the industry, Simon has specialized in media, public and community relations; crisis communications; brand management and marketing; press event coordination; speech-writing and other forms of executive-level writing; and policy and communications support for public officials and business leaders.
Simon is a former president of the Maryland Council of Community College Public Relations Officers, a former vice president of the Montgomery College Alumni Board of Governors, and a 2006 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. He currently serves on the board of two local, non-profit organizations: Identity, Inc. and A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, Inc., and was previously on the parish council of Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Potomac. Simon majored in radio and television broadcasting at Montgomery College and the University of Maryland.
“Steve is a consummate communications professional, who brings more than two decades worth of industry knowledge and expertise to VE & Co. and our clients,” said Laura Van Eperen, CEO, VE & Co. “He is a seasoned veteran in the field and takes a strategic approach to client service, which is integral to the VE & Co. client commitment.”