Mike Wilmering is a dynamic communications professional with experience managing high-profile events, writing engaging editorial content and creating a wide spectrum of marketing materials. His expertise includes internal and external message development, brand building, writing/editing and media pitching, and he also has years of experience in the non-profit sector. At OHC, Mike serves as the team lead for HanesBrands, an account our agency has had since our inception. He has worked with a wide range of clients from non-profits and small businesses to international corporations including the World Chess Hall of Fame, Barclays, and the Stäubli Group, an international manufacturer of robots, fluid and electrical connectors and textile machinery.
Mike believes curiosity is the most important tool in a communication professional’s toolbox. Because the media landscape is shifting at an ever-increasing rate, a successful PR professional must enthusiastically explore and embrace new platforms, outlets and techniques to effectively communicate the message. Curiosity also means digging deep to understand every facet of a project, program or client, and to ask the important questions that lead to creating the perfect pitch. Having worked as a journalist for a number of years prior to becoming a PR professional, Mike approaches projects with an editor’s mindset, developing unique angles that pique the media’s interest.
He served as the communications specialist at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for five years before being promoted to director of development of both the Chess Club and World Chess Hall of Fame. Prior to that, Mike served as the assistant editor of Art Business News, a B2B publication for artists and gallery owners. He has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for a number of publications covering local news, restaurants, art and sports. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia with a focus on magazine editing. He also received a minor in German and was a member of the University of Missouri Honors College.