When Jeremy Baier was a tow-headed kid in a Wisconsin kindergarten he quickly acquired the nickname “Boomer” because his head-down, hard charging ways lead to lots of bruises. Twenty some-odd years later, PressFriendly is thankful that Jeremy hasn’t changed his head-down, hard charging ways.

JeremyWhen we were looking for our first hire, we wanted a head of PR operations with impeccable PR chops and a startup mentality. Jeremy met those standards. He had almost a decade of PR experience (in big agencies, small shops and for the past four years, in-house at BestBuy) and had participated three startup weekends. Many startup founders might have thought his location (Minneapolis) was a problem, but Paul and I had long ago agreed that we would be willing to build a remote team. We wanted to build the best team possible, no matter where they lived.

So Jeremy started on July 9th and we instantly became a better team. I began to focus on other aspects of the business that had been neglected and Jeremy began talking to customers. Since then Jeremy has built out a robust program and helped dozens of PressFriendly customers build great PR campaigns. Our userbase grew, our churn lowered and last week we added employee #4. Jeremy’s no-nonsense midwestern sensibilities helped make all that possible.

Last week Jeremy joined us in San Francisco for planning meetings and to give media training talks. Paul and I arranged to give him quite possibly the ugliest startup t-shirt ever and pass it off as our new logo. Ever the consumate pro, Jeremy betrayed no emotion after being handed a pink and black t-shirt with a Poodle logo. Check it out:

So welcome Jeremy, we’re proud to have you on the PressFriendly team.

About The Author

Joel is the CEO of PressFriendly. He is an enthusiast of startups, his three sons, Scotch and Philadelphia sports teams.

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