“One of the greatest events for me was the career panel we held at The Garden Theater in Detroit this past June. The atmosphere was ultra-positive and provided such solid information and direct career guidance. Regardless of where you are in your career, NAMIC Detroit has something to help you along the way. I love that about this organization.”
Member Spotlight: Jerome Espy
What is your professional role?
I’m an Entrepreneur in the communications industry, as well as, a Journalist and freelance Broadcaster.
How long have you worked in the communication industry?
My first job in radio was at the age of 12 years old. I’ve worked in some aspect of communications my entire career specifically in either print, radio, cable or television. I jokingly say I started way back when I had hair. At 12, I was the co-host of a radio show with my churches pastor. I’ve been on both sides of the microphone, owned a newspaper, worked in public relations and at several television stations. On paper it looks confusing, but in the end, it all made sense.
How has membership of NAMIC Detroit impacted you personally and professionally?
Membership is valuable because of the connections I’ve made and also the immediate impact I’ve been able to make on the organization as it’s grown. One of the greatest events for me was the career panel we held at The Garden Theater in Detroit this past June. The atmosphere was ultra-positive and provided such solid information and direct career guidance. Regardless of where you are in your career, NAMIC Detroit has something to help you along the way. I love that about this organization.
I think one of the strengths of NAMIC Detroit that helps me personally and professionally is the group’s leadership. They are very forward thinking and have the interests of everyone at heart of every event planned or activity undertaken. It’s not a self-serving organization - it’s active and people can roll up their sleeves and get involved right away.
Is there an achievement that you are most proud of?
Yes, working together with Amanda and Laura on the Communications Committee and leadership to launch the NAMIC Detroit website was a particularly great moment of pride! To have something built from nothing that represents the organization so well makes me proud to have been a part of making it happen. Also, the committee’s work on social media has brought a lot of attention and engagement for NAMIC Detroit. We live in a social media world and it’s important to have a good presence on all of the platforms. Amanda & Laura of the Better Business Bureau jumped right in and have made all of our communications efforts a success. There’s always more to do, but we have a solid foundation to build upon and that makes me feel great to have played a part in that.
With so many other great organizations to support, why should others choose to support NAMIC Detroit?
Networking and career development are touchstones of the organization and anyone that is serious about their career and personal development should get involved. You can really get a lot out of your participation, if you will just jump in and get involved.
Diversity and inclusion are not just boxes to check in an organization. From the top down, leaders are embracing what NAMIC Detroit is doing and the prospect of helping everyone grow personally and professionally. You don’t have to be an expert to help, just be willing to jump in, learn and grow.