Laura Witek
Laura Witek
Communications Specialist
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I wanted to take this page to share a bit about who I am.  What exactly is a Communications Specialist?  Well, in my case, it’s a writer, an investigative reporter, an editor, a producer, a marketing guru, a presenter and a voice over actor.  Self-driven, I am always looking for my next project and eager to begin something new.  I consider myself a problem solver, being able to think outside the box to provide a solution that may not be obvious.  Whether working in teams or independently, I have had great success in managing tasks to completion.  I am efficient, reliable, creative, happy, enthusiastic and somewhat of a perfectionist (though not when it interferes with being efficient!)  Personally, I’ve been married to my husband forever and I still consider myself the luckiest girl alive.  We’ve been blessed to have lived in some amazing places:  from downtown Chicago (where I was born and raised) to the top of the mountain in Telluride, CO.  Then onto Newport Beach, CA (where I was NOT an Orange County Housewife!) And now?  Paradise…otherwise known as Kona, HI.  In my spare time, I enjoy stand up paddling, tennis, hiking and weightlifting.

Experience

May 1986 - Current
Voice Over Actor
Self-Employed

From Chicago Radio, it was a simple transition to voice over acting.  Now, I have my own professional home studio.  My resume includes spots for Glade, Tylenol, Honda, Buick and United Airlines.  In addition, I have voiced thousands of commercials, narrations, business, internet and e-learning projects.  I have also narrated two audio books for ACX.

November 2012 - November 2016
Specialist Presenter/Sales Rep
Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Responsible for delivering a scripted, power point presentation incorporating the basics of Wyndham Vacation Ownership.  Skills utilized include public speaking, knowledge of product and script, putting on a sizzling show and interacting with a live, and often times unpredictable, audience.  Also closed sales as both a sales manager and as a sales representative.  Worked as a sales representative in the same capacity at Hilton Grand Vacations.

January 2002 - July 2012
Realtor
Prudential California Realty

Averaged 7-12 million dollars in sales per year.  Consistent winner of “The President’s Circle Award” in recognition of being among the top 3% of the Prudential Real Estate Network.  Developed solid, long-term relationships with clients and most of my business was the result of repeat customers and referrals.  Responsible for running my own marketing and advertising campaigns, promotions and my own website.

October 1996 - December 2001
Various
General Business Managment

Managed trade and fund accounting operations for Webster Management Group, a derivatives money management firm.  Also consulted to four small business startups.  Skills include corporate writing, desktop publishing and general business accounting.

March 1980 - October 1996
News Anchor/Reporter
WMAQ TV, CNN-Chicago, WCKG, WMVP, WLUP, WMAQ Radio, WCFL

Held both on-air and off-air positions, including freelance anchor and reporter for NBC-Owned WMAQ TV, freelance reporter for CNN TV Chicago, and news writer/associate producer for ABC-Owned WLS TV.  In all stories, I interviewed, wrote, produced and delivered the final on-air product.  Produced, field-produced and wrote a number of news specials that aired during television sweeps.  Wrote my own copy and anchored morning drive news for WMAQ All News 67.

Education

September 1976 - March 1980
Northwestern University
BS Journalism-Medill School of Journalism

Blog

December 28

THEY’RE BAAAACK! Living in some amazing tourist destinations is always a wonderful experience — until tourist season. Don’t get me wrong, I realize how important, integral and necess - Read Post

December 19

CARD ME OUT. I’m a mean one, that’s for sure.  A Grinch.  Scrooge.  That jealous little reindeer that called out Rudolph.  Because this year, for the first time in more than t - Read Post


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