August 1, 2014
John Blake grew up in Massachusetts as a Red Sox fan, and baseball was always his favorite sport to watch. “When I was in high school, I had no idea sports PR jobs existed, and I wanted to work for the state department or a similar vocation,” he says. During college, he began working in the sports sector at Georgetown, and after graduation, the school “took a chance on a 22 year old and I became the youngest Division I sports information director in the country.”
Blake is now the executive vice president of communications of the Texas Rangers. Since 2008, he’s overseen all of the club’s communications efforts, including media and player relations, broadcasting, social media outreach and publications.
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Amy Jacques is the managing editor of publications for PRSA. A native of Greenville, S.C., she holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and a certificate in magazine and website publishing from New York University.