J.W. Arnold brings a unique mix of professional experience and personal interests to his PRDC clients. A native of Missouri, Arnold has spent the last 20 years in Washington, DC and South Florida developing strong relationships on Capitol Hill, with national and regional trade associations, the business community, and most importantly, the media.
A former public affairs reporter for a regional chain of newspapers in western Missouri, he is no stranger to the newsroom. He recognizes a good story when he sees one and knows how to get the attention of busy editors and producers.
As press secretary to former U.S. Representative Marilyn Lloyd (D-TN), chair of the House Energy Subcommittee and the Armed Services NATO Panel, he gained firsthand experience in the legislative process and the effective communication of a variety of policy initiatives.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Arnold served as public affairs specialist for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, which celebrated its bicentennial in 1998. He was responsible for the successful planning of events in the band’s yearlong bicentennial celebration that achieved international media coverage and included an event at the White House with President and Mrs. Clinton.
Since establishing PRDC in 1999, Arnold has developed successful public relations and marketing campaigns for high profile organizations including the White House Visitor Center, National Academy of Education, Direct Marketing Association, Sustainable Energy Institute and The Diversity Channel.
In addition to his professional activities, he serves on the board of the South Florida International Press Club and is an active member of Rotary International and the Congressional Staff Association. He is also a widely published arts and travel writer and was elected to membership in the prestigious American Theater Critics Association.
Arnold is a summa cum laude graduate of Central Methodist College and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he studied as a Rotary Scholar.