Rod has enjoyed tremendous success during his 35 year career in sales, marketing, and business development roles since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University in 1975. He is known for his vision, leadership, and ability to transform vision into effective corporate strategy and unique implementation plans. Rod has been the marketing force behind successful start‐ups, emerging growth companies, and well established businesses such as Schuck’s Auto Supply, Egghead Software, WordPerfect Corporation, and Coinstar.
In 1999, Rod took the marketing helm at PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company. With the role came the opportunity to help transform an analytical operations‐based organization with a predominantly commoditized product into a dynamic customer‐centric, market‐driven and results‐oriented mutual organization. Now, 10 years after joining the company, Rod calls the insurance business one of the biggest marketing challenges he’s faced, and he views PEMCO’s current campaign as one of his most rewarding.
Rod has served in numerous volunteer leadership capacities and as the currently longest standing member of the Washington DECA Board of Directors. His service and contributions were recognized in 2009 when he was presented the Washington DECA Award of Merit ‐ the organizations highest recognition for volunteer service.
Rod has been active in the Word of Mouth Marketing Association since 2007 and was elected to the WOMMA board of directors and executive committee in 2008 where he currently serves as President.
Leadership & Charitable Participation
• Board of Directors, Past President, Word of Mouth Marketing Association
• Board of Directors & President Emeritus, Marketing Communications Executives International, Seattle
• Board of Directors, Washington DECA (Past Chairman)
• Dean’s Advocacy Board, Washington State University’s College of Education
• Advisory Board, School of Business, University of Washington
• Board of Directors, PEMCO Life Insurance Company
• Board of Directors, PEMCO Insurance Agency
• VP & Chief Marketing Officer, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
Industry Expertise (3)
Areas of Expertise (8)
Washington State University: BA, Communications 1975
graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University in 1975
Washington State University: B.A. of Communications, Marketing Communications/Advertising 1975
- WOMMA - Word of Mouth Marketing Association
- Marketing Communications Executives International
- Washington DECA
- Board of Trustees, Washington State University Foundation
- Workshop Leader