About John Fries
John is a marketing, branding, public relations, and media professional with more than three decades of strategic, creative and leadership experience and an extensive track record of results. His experience ranges from developing results-focused strategy and leading creative teams to providing hands-on writing, design and digital media production on countless projects.
His professional background includes leading the communications departments at UPMC Passavant, UPMC Shadyside and the Port Authority of Allegheny County and serving in a managerial role at global advertising and PR agency Burson-Marsteller, where he worked on initiatives for Highmark, Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Duquesne Light, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and other clients.
From 2007 to 2016, he worked at the Frick Art & Historical Center, a Pittsburgh museum, where he
developed marketing and communications strategies and managed print and digital initiatives. While there, he co-developed the communications strategy and implemented a range of tactics to inform an array of stakeholders about the museum's two-year, $15 million facility expansion project. He also led the development of five websites, served as editor of the museum's membership magazine and a monthly enewsletter, and spearheaded the museum's social media program, growing its audience to 10,000+ members.
Today, he provides strategic and creative services to a diverse range of clients, from major corporations (UPMC, PNC, Heinz, Schering-Plough, Giant Eagle, and others) to numerous small and mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, medical practices, and startups.
He has written several ebooks and contributed dozens of articles to a wide variety of publications including Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Long active in film and video production,
he also wrote and directed the independent original film Blue Myst Road, along with numerous other film, television and video projects. In 2015 he established the production company Blue Myst Films. In 2017 he launched the blog Movieosity, which covers news and information related to film and television.
For several years, John also worked as a television and radio writer, producer and host, interviewing newsmakers, entertainers and others in a variety of fields and producing and packaging programs and segments.
In recent years he served as co-producer of Orthodoxy Now, a weekly, faith-based television program.
John holds a B. A. degree in communications and marketing from Duquesne University.