Work

Peter is deeply experienced in using the art of narrative to help the leaders of businesses, nonprofits and other organizations achieve their goals. His core skill is identifying, crystallizing and communicating the story that defines an organization: In light of its unique history and aspirations, what does it do? What does it stand for (and why)? Where is it going, and why should anyone believe it will get there? Peter's work typically involves helping clients articulate their visions, missions, goals and strategies; illuminate values and value; and get across the stories of success and lessons learned that define an organization while credibly fostering buy-in and loyalty. His work often centers on corporate strategy and spans executive, employee and marketing communications, and public relations. He conceives and manages multifaceted communication programs and writes and edits books, speeches, articles of all kinds, news releases, web content, annual reports, marketing materials and white papers. Through partnerships, he also works in video/DVD, web production and other areas.

Peter helped senior management at Xerox shift the company's market and technical strategies and, later, establish a strong position in knowledge management; helped KPMG move beyond its Big Six accounting past and into a future as a more diverse professional services provider; wrote a multimedia proposal that won J.P. Morgan Chase a multi-billion-dollar global custody client; and wrote speeches and produced marketing materials that launched the digital printing companies Indigo and Imagistics.

Since 2002, as a principal in Essex Publishing Group and a predecessor company, he has managed client relationships and led content development for some 40 corporate history books, family histories and executive biographies. His first book as author, Being HNTB, was published in January 2014.

Case study links at right:
HNTB 100th anniversary book
Xerox Document Company branding
 TIG Reinsurance annual report
The River Group national PR campaign
Yale Art Gallery 25th anniversary book
Omega Institute national PR campaign