September 23, 2015

Our second meeting of the school year is today at 7:30pm in 40 SH. We will be discussing more about what we expect from our members and all of the fun opportunities we have coming up!!

Our speaker tonight is Jim Thebeau; Partner and Chairman of the Board, Amperage Marketing.

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Jim Thebeau is a partner and chairman of the board of Amperage Marketing and is a forward-looking agency principal with a successful track record in multiple industries. He has been an ad agency principal, head of a large agency PR department, a newspaper editor, a television news director and producer (CBS TV news), a video training company product developer and a marketer for an international electronics company. He also has performed marketing and communications work on four continents. Amperage is the agency formed by the merger of Henry Russell Bruce and ME&V Advertising in April 2014.

Before joining Henry Russell Bruce in 1997, he headed up marketing communications for the billion dollar government division of Rockwell Collins for 11 years.  There he marketed communications and navigation aviation electronics to the U.S. military and government, and approved armed forces around the world. The job included extensive travel to Europe, Asia, Australia and across the U.S. for meetings with partner companies and military customers.

Prior to Collins, Thebeau created an online training program for banking and financial institutions while working as a vice president of product development for a video production firm. Today, that product training line is one of the largest and most successful in its industry in the U.S.

Before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1980, Thebeau spent more than a dozen years in radio and television news in St. Louis, Houston and Charleston, South Carolina. His broadcast news career included a stint with CBS TV News and culminated with a news directorship at the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC. He has covered a Pope’s funeral in Rome and interviewed Ronald and Nancy Reagan three months before he was elected president. He’s also made four landings aboard a Royal Australian Navy helicopter on an Australian warship in the Indian Ocean.

He has expertise in a variety of industries, including electronics, mobile and wireless computing, supply chain, manufacturing, high tech, Wi-Fi, financial, insurance, aviation, aerospace and automated data collection (bar code/RFID/warehousing). His expertise includes branding, public relations and marketing.

His client relationships have included: Intermec Technologies, Zebra Technologies, KONE Elevators and Escalators, the American Rental Association, Modern Woodmen of America, Paladin Brands, Von Maur, CRST International, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, D.C. Taylor Co., Alliant Energy, Winegard Company, Jancy Manufacturing and others.

He holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism, Columbia, and has done MBA graduate work at the University of Iowa.

Thebeau is active in various boards and service organizations.