Resume of David N. Compton, APR

1473 N. Parkforest Way
Eagle, Idaho 83616-4001
Home Phone: 208-939-3465
Office: 208 939-3457



To provide public relations counsel, technology consulting, web site development and marketing strategy for a high technology or new media company.

Knowledge and Skills:


January 2002 - Present
Compton Communications, Eagle, Idaho
Direct public relations and Web development programs for companies seeking to use best practices and build an effective World Wide Web presence. Write stories, draft electronic press releases and make news releases to wire services and trade publications. Build interactive Web sites with online newsroom, news release systems, and opt-in newsletters. Enhance Web sites with direct, concise Web-style writing and fast loading graphic design. Provide senior counsel and advice in traditional public relations activities. Work with trade publications to articulate client value. Conduct seminars and presentations on leading edge Internet technologies and concepts.

April 2003- January 2005
Office of Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army, Pentagon
Strategic Communications Analyst - MPRI
Provide strategic communications support to the United States Army through strategic planning and analysis. Draft programs and messaging to drive key communication objectives of the U.S. Army and evaluate ongoing efforts. Conduct news media research and analysis to provide communications best practices to media relations, community relations, leadership support, and general public affairs programs. Support development of automated news media clipping and analysis program with technology vendors. Support and enhance the Army News and web information programs.

September 1999 - January 2002, Boise, Idaho
Senior Web Marketing Manager, (2001) Senior Technology Strategist
Developed Web site plan for the Micron Government series of ecommerce relationship sites. Conceptualized an Information Technology community site while working with an interactive agency. Developed site tools for search, query, and interaction with variety of groups. Implemented a digital relationship marketing program using optin e-mail newsletter to promote customer relationship. Conducted with a supporting multimedia agency first ever video Webcast using SMIL technology. Created special military portals for target Department of Defense groups. Supported marketing and advertising campaign with interactive Web site that demonstrated technology savvy using flash programming. Provided senior program lead to major project to develop next generation technology to support leading-edge Web integration of ebusiness processes within the company.

January 1997 - September 1999
Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs, Washington, DC
Senior Administrator, Air Force Web Information Service
Provided technical oversight to the largest military Web site on the Internet, the award winning Air Force Link. With more than 2 million visitors a week, AirForceLink has won every major Web site award including the 1997 Gold Quill and finalists in the Government Information Infrastructure Award. As senior administrator, I directed the plans and developed new areas of content and emphasis. Advised on all aspects of applying Web technology and new media to Air Force public information and news systems.

August 1995 - December 1999
Compton Communications, Bel Air, Maryland
Provided public relations counsel and communications plans for small companies seeking Internet or World Wide Web campaigns. Planned and developed four corporate Web sites using interactive media, concise writing and smart design. Provided senior counsel and advice in traditional public relations activities in Internet media relations, government relations, and internal information. Provided reputation and issue management monitoring and counsel.

June 1994 - August 1995
Science Applications International Corp, Abingdon, Maryland
Public Affairs Department Manager
Managed a nine-member staff supporting Department of Army's controversial Chemical Weapons Disposal Public affairs and Outreach program. Directed a yearlong research project into chemical weapons issues and drafted public outreach plans for the national program. Managed the development of a full range of public affairs products and services to support the governments efforts including factsheets, exhibits, newsletters, models, videotapes, news releases, and news analysis. Supervised subcontractors. Prepared major contract estimates, task management plans and project control for this $2.5 million contract. Authored initial public relations program paper for the Russian Chemical Weapons Destruction Program.

January 1993- May 1994
Comdata Holdings Corporation, Brentwood, Tennessee
Vice President, Corporate Relations
Directed a public relations staff in media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs and community relations. Developed and executed programs to increase the image and visibility of this rapidly growing high-technology company supporting the transportation and gaming industries. Developed communications plans for companies acquired by Comdata.

Performed a variety of duties as an Army officer including Director of Public Affairs, Fort McClellan; Deputy Public Information Officer, US European Command; Deputy Academy Relation, US Military Academy; and Information officer for the 101st Airborne Division with overall responsibility for the post newspaper, field artillery unit commander, Pershing missile unit commander (nuclear missiles), and assistant editor of the Field Artillery Journal magazine.

Knoxville Journal, Knoxville, Tennessee
Wire Editor and Journalist
Editor and reporter for independent daily newspaper. Handled entertainment and business reporting, market wires and editing.

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Diploma, 1989

Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York
Master of Science in Information Systems, 1988

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
Certificate of Journalism, 1987

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Sociology /Journalism, 1970

Additonal Training
- US Army Instructor Training Course
- Army Advanced Public Affairs Course
- Web Commerce
- Web Site Content Management
- ANG Frontpage Web Development
- Dreamweaver Web Development
- Implementing Advanced ERP Systems
- Strategic Communications
- Web Management Course (Federal)

Personal: Accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, president of the Idaho Chapter of PRSA (2005-2006), and member PRSA Counselors Academy. Member Capitol City Communicators and Sunrise Rotary, PR co-chair for District 5400 Rotary. Alumni member of the National Ski Patrol.

Last updated on Jan 31, 2008