The Brand Ambassadors - Crisis Communication Part Two

We're continuing the discussion from last week's crisis communication show and raising the stakes.

Join Merritt and guest host Jared Hamilton as they interview Tim O'Leary, who ran media operations for BP following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and Bill McDaniel, who led global medical relief operations following the Indonesian Tsunami. Along with crisis communication planning and proactive media relations responses, Tim and Bill will talk about their personal and professional experiences during history-making crisis situations, as well as their insights to disaster response from both a communicator's and a first responder's point of view.

You can listen to the full episode by clicking here.

Jared Hamilton

Guest Host: Jared Hamilton has been heavily involved with business development, communication and journalism throughout her career.  Jared has a bachelor’s in communications and a MBA from Western New Mexico University, and she has held a number business and marketing positions, including the director of marketing and foundation at Gila Regional Medical Center, in Silver City, N.M. She also has considerable experience developing business and marketing solutions for the organizations in the Chicago and El Paso business markets. Prior to taking her current position as general manager for the Silver City Sun-News and Digital First Media affiliate, The Deming Headlight, Jared ran her own consulting business, researching and recruiting health care providers for the Department of Defense. She can be reached at Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

This Week's Guests:

Timothy O'Leary

Tim O'Leary is the director of crisis communication for Witt-O'Brien. He regularly provides counsel to clients regarding sensitive and emergent business issues and serves as a client spokesperson. Tim also conducts media and public engagement training and serves as the PublicInformation Officer (PIO) on Incident Management Teams. Providing media relations services to the energy and vessel management industries, he has served as a PIO at the Mobile, Alabama, Incident Command Post during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and was the PIO during recovery efforts of the Egypt Air flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island in 1999. He has engaged with local, national and international news media throughout his career, developing communications strategies to align with client goals. Tim can be reached at LinkedIn and Facebook.

Rear Adm. Bill McDaniel

Bill McDaniel is a physician and retired Navy rear admiral. In 2001, Bill served as Johns Hopkins University's liaison to the federal government after the September 11th attacks. He was a contestant on Season 2 of the U.S. reality TV series, The Mole, which aired in the U.S. from 2001-02. In 2005, Bill led the Naval Hospital Ship USNS Mercy in its tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia, where he worked in Banda Aceh and Nias Island. He also was part of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He currently serves on the Patriot Support Advisory Board of the Behavioral Health Division of Universal Health Services. Bill can be reached at LinkedIn and Facebook.