Bill BucySenior Associate
Bill Bucy’s career in communications is a medley of journalism and business. As the San Francisco bureau manager for UPI during the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, his team’s coverage was compiled into a best-selling book. He acted as a company spokesman and senior executive ghost writer for two Fortune 500 corporations and used the skills he developed there to create sophisticated communications plans for numerous Silicon Valley companies needing coverage in both the technical and business media. Bill’s work in daily journalism and in what he calls “the extreme reaches” of technology fostered an ability to find stories where others can’t and find messages that others miss. An example: He once worked with a company that created computer microprocessors using software alone. He posited the company really made nothing, sold it for a great deal of money and then charged its customers a fee for each time the “nothing” was placed in a computer system. Accurate, if less than complete, the description gained the attention of reporters at a number of major publications, including the Wall Street Journal. Almost as important are Bill’s writing skills. He was first paid for his writing at age 20 and every job and step in his career relies on his ability to communicate ideas through words. He can describe how plastic can be created from air and paper from rocks. He can tell a story about a lost whale – a tale that once intrigued people around the world.Bill’s writing will make sure your story connects with the people who need to hear it.
In his 35-year news and public affairs career, Doug Dowie has been widely recognized for his skills as a reporter, editor, teacher, communications consultant and writer.Most recently, Doug has been a senior consultant to the president of the U.S. Veterans Initiative, the nation’s largest nonprofit providing housing and other critical services to at-risk veterans and their families. Doug is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served as a sergeant in Vietnam in 1968.Doug has also recently consulted for international energy and construction companies, in addition to real estate, entertainment, planning and public affairs firms. He also completed a screenplay, “Anonymous Sources”, which was optioned by Academy Award-winning producer Jonathon Sanger, a partner in Grand Illusions Entertainment.For nearly 14 years, Doug was a senior vice president, senior partner and general manager of the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard, where he supervised some of the international public relations firm’s largest clients.In addition, Doug supervised and participated in senior Fleishman-Hillard crisis management teams for major U.S. companies. These crisis teams coordinate strategic planning, employee communication, polling, focus groups, event planning, and speechwriting, as well as radio, television, and print advertising.Doug began his journalism career in the early 1970s as a reporter in the Sacramento Bureau of California Public Radio, where he was responsible for covering the California state legislature and the administration of Governor Jerry Brown. Doug also regularly contributed reports to a variety of National Public Radio programs, including “All Things Considered”.Doug later moved to the Los Angeles Bureau of the United Press International, specializing in political reporting. He was appointed Los Angeles bureau manager for United Press International and the California state editor, supervising bureaus in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, and San Diego.In 1985, Doug became business editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. He later was named metro editor, then managing editor/news of the newspaper. Before joining Fleishman-Hillard in 1991, Doug was a senior aide to California State Assemblyman Richard Katz, former minority leader of the State Assembly. Doug has chaired the government relations committee of the Los Angeles Central City Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Business Council. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and on the board of L.A.’s BEST, the city’s premier after-school program. He was a member and past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist, and he taught journalism at the University of Southern California from 1985-1990.Doug received his journalism degree from California State University, Sacramento, and did graduate work there in political science. A native of New Jersey, he is the father of two grown children.
Bill KnoedelsederSenior Associate
Best-selling author Bill Knoedelseder is a veteran journalist and who honed his skills during 12 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.Bill’s latest, Bitter Brew: the Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer, tells the riveting story of one of our nation's most colorful and longest lasting business dynasties. Called "intoxicating reading," by The Wall Street Journal, the book became a New York Times best seller and was optioned by Lionsgate Television in association with Michael London, the Oscar-nominated producer of Sideways.I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era recounts Bill’s time as cub reporter covering the L.A. comedy club scene when David Letterman, Jay Leno, Robin Williams and Andy Kaufman were young and undiscovered. Actor Jim Carrey has purchased the rights.Bill also spent 14 years as a TV producer and executive, creating news programs and documentaries for Fox, Disney, Knight-Ridder, Bravo and USA Broadcasting, where he served as vice president of news. At Fox and USA, he reported to the chairman Barry Diller.Bill is currently at work on his third book for Harper Collins, Fins, about the life and times of Harley Earl, the visionary car designer who helped engineer the phenomenal rise of General Motors.Bill’s first best-selling book, Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia, which grew from his work first published in the L.A. Times, was named Best Non-Fiction work of 1993 by Entertainment Weekly, which called it "the scariest book of the year...and the funniest." The two of the principal mob figures depicted in Stiffed subsequently served as the models for HBO's Tony Soprano and his music business mentor Herman "Hesh" Rabkin.In Eddie's Name chronicles the brutal murder of a Philadelphia teenager that made national headlines when Bill, as executive producer of the Knight Ridder news program Inquirer News Tonight, pressed the city to make public the content of 911 tapes recorded the night of the killing, which ultimately revealed a complete breakdown of Philadelphia's emergency response system.
An entrepreneur who has opened and successfully managed businesses in San Diego and Las Vegas, Brendan has return to his home in Los Angeles to specialize in the marketing and social media skills that have made him a success.Brendan has worked closely with web site and logo designers and molded messages that attracted business.At Evolution Communications, he will work closely with clients to insure their day-to-day communications needs are successfully met.