PRESS

(M)ad Men Making Change’s quest is to showcase people in the arts, design, advertising and related professions who are making positive changes in our mad world, using their (m)ad skills to make real change through various charitable work, not-for-profit causes and social change initiatives.

Please contact me at madmanbowman@gmail.com if you or someone you know is a (m)ad man or woman making change, and would like to be featured on this site.

Jeff Bowman (aka (M)ad Man Bowman)

RECENT PRESS and BLOG STORIES:

My Carolina Today

NEWS & OBSERVER: BOGART’S Fundraiser for Boys to Men Mentoring Network

THE GARNER CITIZEN

HOWARD, MERRELL & PARTNERS

NEWS & OBSERVER .BIZ 2

MyNC.com

NEWS & OBSERVER .BIZ

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

USA TODAY

PHILLY.COM

WORDPRESS FRIENDFEED

INDIA TIMES

Here are examples of previous press:

A great client posts on blog

A client kindly posted the contest and appeal for votes on her blog, A Southern Accent.

Once I was on the first page, and  in the Top Ten, Brooke Cain with the New & Observer picked it up on their TV blog, tweeted it and posted it on their FaceBook page.

Shortly following, WRAL, local CBS affiliate, producer, Stacie Holyfield tweeted it.

Post on News & Observer's Tv Blog: Happiness is a Warm TV

As well, The Garner Citizen, my home town outside of Raleigh, NC, posted it on their  FaceBook page and is working on a newspaper article.

Post in local blog for The Garner Citizen

Wow! The first time the press picked up my story I was totally surprised and overwhelmed. What a blessing and encouragement that people seemed to actually care about my story. The involvement in the competition has become a tipping point in my professional life.

It seems that being in an an underemployed/unemployed status as a real, ad man in a rapidly changing, youth-oriented and somewhat diminishing (at least in it’s familiar forms) industry, and then trying get a part to play one on a TV show about ad men during the glory days of advertising (“Mad Men”) resonated with some folks experiencing similar issues of readjusting, reinventing, and reconnecting during this economic downturn we are experiencing.

With others, my rural, farm upbringing is something with which they have identified. See, like Dick Whitman (Don Draper, the main character’s real name) in the “Mad Men” story, I grew up as a poor farm boy. And although my dad was not an alcoholic or physically abusive, he did tragically die too young at only 42, when I was 17 and a senior in high school. This left me to fight my way into, through college and into the advertising/design world that I eventually desired to be in. Raleigh, N.C. isn’t exactly Madison Ave., but it’s quite a big city compared to the tobacco farm outside of Madison, N.C. in which I spent my childhood.

The other story that is still evolving is how I’m learning about the importance of being CONNECTED, being positive, and using all of the social media at my disposal for joyfully working my way into my next projects and/or job positions. My dad used to say “can’t never could do nothing.” He was right. When the competition began, I stopped trying and started DOING. I learned WordPress and started this blog. I jump in the deep end into seeing the potential and some of the limitations of social media. Most importantly, I jumped in. The water is scary sometimes, but oh so much more refreshing and invigorating that sitting on the side of the kiddy pool with my toes in the water wishing I was swimming.

Especially, I’ve learned the importance of “Paying It Forward” as my friend Chuck Hester describes so well in his book and blog. We’re all in this world together. I seen over and over again that it’s ultimately more important (and more fun) to listen, and help others to succeed before thinking of yourself. It has been the folks who’ve I’ve referred, helped, and listened to that were there to my aid the soonest and have been the greatest support to me along the way. This part especially has been very satisfying and encouraging to me personally

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2 Responses to “PRESS”
  1. Georgia says:

    Wow! How neat! Exciting to gain some publicity!
    Also neat to read a little about you since I was off with the 2 year old before I could inquire about you.
    It’s funny you mentioned that about sitting on the side of the kiddy pool wishing you were swimming. Carol mentioned something VERY similar yesterday in 1st service @ church…. way cool! Take a dive!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Jeff! So glad this is bringing opportunities to you! Wish we could bump all of those other guys out of the way for you!

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