Prior to launching his business career, Bill Blase served as a print and broadcast reporter and editor for United Press International, as well as a number of other major metropolitan media outlets. The recipient of two Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (Connecticut Chapter), his journalism career was further distinguished with a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize.
While with UPI, Bill's broadcast dispatches were carried by regional and network radio and television stations around the world. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, and The Boston Globe, among others.
Before serving as vice president of corporate communications at Scudder, Stevens & Clark (today Deutsche Asset Management), Bill served as the chief corporate spokesman for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a Fortune 15 company whose holdings include Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Otis, and Carrier Corporation. While at UTC, Bill's responsibilities included day-to-day management of the company's executive presentation and media training programs as well as responsibility for producing and directing a weekly video news programs.
Bill has lectured at the Investment Company Institute on the "Role of Media Relations and Advertising in the Marketing Mix." He has also been interviewed by many print and broadcast media, including, Dow Jones, CNBC, CNN-fn, Wall Street Journal Television, and WBIS about the growing importance of strategic, high impact media relations programs to financial service firms, Fortune 500 corporations and emerging growth companies.
He is an active member of the Financial Communications Society, the Foreign Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.