Josh Walker

Josh Walker

Storyteller

I have a few passions. World travel, intriguing dialogue, bourbon, coffee, and food. Disaster relief and veterans issues. Data and analytics combined with social media and content creation. Capturing images and creating videos to tell a story.

Ultimately, I love using creativity and technology to tell stories, explore ideas, and learn about our world. Use the social media links to connect with me and check out some of my blog posts in the menu above.

“It’s not the tools that make your work great; it’s what you do with what you have.”

Work Experience

Career Academy Schools

Director of Marketing & Communications
South Bend, IN 2015-Present

Generated $10,000,000 in new revenue in 18 months. Recruited nearly 700 new students prior to opening of new campus.

Analyzed demographic data and web analytics to target specific audience segments during enrollment seasons.

Served as spokesperson and worked with organization, community, and board stakeholders regularly. Curated strategic relationships with media companies, vendors, and community partners.

Created and oversaw the implementation of the strategic marketing and communications plan for the organization. Created a crisis communications plan for the organization to serve as a guiding document for both campuses and school leaders during difficult situations and unpredictable events.

Wrote email messages, press releases, and other key messages for distribution by organization administration. 

Produced all creative assets in-house. Managed budget of more than $500,000.00 and all ad buys and placements. Updated company branding and marketing tactics upon hire, including website, brochures, business cards, and other assets.

Created multiple social media properties for organization, developed strong and consistent brand voice, and measured effectiveness of marketing activities.

Created and distributed content across multiple platforms, both print and digital.

Digital Media Consultant

Plymouth, IN 2013-present

Consulted with clients on audio, video, web, and social media projects. Traveled to corporate events to implement audio, video, and lighting systems for clients.

Created content for personal branding and blog for lead generation. Produced video content and websites for clients.

Trained clients on best practices for social media, blogging, and branding.

Instructed clients on best practices as they relate to content creation, social media, and branding.

Catalyst Church

Creative Director Morgantown, WV 2011-2013

Managed startup organization branding and marketing efforts and produced all creative assets in-house.

Oversaw audio and video production teams and trained volunteers to lead others.

Managed budgets, teams, and worked with other community organizations to build local network of partnerships.

United States Army, 101st Airborne Div.

Cavalry Scout US, Iraq, Kuwait 2004-2010

Appointed as the platoon sergeant’s driver, gunner, and dismount during deployment to southwest Baghdad in 2005-2006. Led buried weapons cache search team and discovered largest buried cache in sector using proprietary tactics.

When not engaged in combat, provided aid, food, and water to local Iraqi families to build relationships with local leaders.

"I've been in marketing for 20+ years and have been impressed beyond words at Josh Walker's abilities. He's gifted in many diverse fields, which is unusual for this market. He creates and designs faster and more creative than any graphic artist I've ever worked with, produce copy for PR, shoot and edit videos that will leave you wanting more. Not to mention his web design abilities and talent to make everyone he comes in contact with feel incredibly special."

Kristen K.

Director of Admissions, Success Academy

"Josh Walker is very accomplished at what he does. I have always appreciated his candor, professionalism and his knowledge of marketing. I have had very few clients who have the ability to shoot their own TV commercials!

Josh always does what is best for Success/Career Academy. I appreciate his abilities and his service to our country."

Craig L.

Marketing Consultant, WNDU TV

"Josh has been instrumental in helping the Career and Success Academy communicate and creatively connect with an audience.

His various marketing campaigns have done a wonderful job of demonstrating the attributes of a different type of educational model.

Josh is easy to work, both personable and insightful, and is always open to new ideas."

Cat Konopa

Account Executive, Burkhart Advertising

Efficiency is lost in the mad dash to do everything on our own.”

Education Progress

Never stop learning.

2013-present
Integrated Marketing & Communications, M.S.
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

2012
Rock Climbing School
Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

2008-2009
Master Recording Program
Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
Tempe, AZ

2005
Air Assault School
101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY

2000-2001
Web Development
Ivy Tech Community College
South Bend, IN

Awards & Certifications

Social Media Marketing – Hootsuite

Crisis Communication – LinkedIn

Organization Communication – LinkedIn

FEMA ICS 100 – Intro to Incident Command System

FEMA ICS 200 – Single Resources & Initial Action Incident

FEMA ICS 700 – National Incident Managment System

FEMA ICS 800 – National Framework Response

Army Commendation Medal (1st Award)

Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award)

Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award)

Air Assault Badge

Combat Action Badge

"Josh Walker is one of the few people I know who can balance creativity and technical ability. One of the things that I have observed in him that impressed me the most is his ability to work with challenging people in challenging situations. He doesn’t seem to get rocked. In live scenarios, dealing with impossible budgets and deadlines, Josh always comes through." Josh H.

Director of Production, CIY, Inc

"Josh has countless talents and abilities. Anything from audio, visual, coffee, beer and the list could go on for days. People like Josh are few and far between. Add in the fact that his care for people is at the forefront of everything he does.

He’s a great leader, organizer and knows how to get the job done!"

Chris F.

Worship Leader, North Liberty Church of Christ

"Josh has provided some of the best design that I have ever seen. His designs are fresh and out-of-the-box. No matter what the project, I can use it on corporate marketing pieces or use it for a great way to brand my ideas and services.

Josh always listens to my ideas and somehow creates the design perfectly and at a great price."

Chris R.

Owner, DCR Media

Work/Life Balance

“I love marketing because it helps me connect with my community.

Work/Life Balance

Serving in the military in a time of conflict taught me more about teamwork, dedication, attention to detail, and loyalty than most learn in a lifetime. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout, I continue to learn and expand my skill sets.

I found what I loved, learned to do it professionally, and have never looked back.

I don’t consider what I do to be work or a job; rather, I’m just doing what I love. My wife has supported and encouraged me each step of the way.

In my personal time, I volunteer with a number of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving communities around the globe. These include Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster relief organization and Discover Plymouth, a downtown revitalization organization in Plymouth, Indiana. My wife and I also travel to new places around the world every opportunity we get.

I’m passionate about enabling our youth to change their world. One way I do this is by volunteering as a mentor with Kid’s Hope USA. I mentor a 1st grade student each week who doesn’t have a consistent father figure in his life.

These are the things that bring me joy.

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Personal Skills

  • Creativity 94%
  • Innovation 89%
  • Productivity / Efficiency 93%
  • Communication 97%

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My interest in exploring the rest of the world

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My love of brainstorming

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How much I like meetings with no direction

Professional Skills

  • Professional Networking 98%
  • Video Production 83%
  • Teaching & Training 94%
  • Branding 88%
  • Photography 95%
  • Layout & Design 90%

Software Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop 94%
  • Adobe Illustrator 89%
  • Adobe Lightroom 90%
  • Apple Logic Pro X 100%
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X 90%
  • HTML & CSS 70%

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