Gene Rose, the founder of At Last Communications is an award-winning advocacy campaign strategist, video producer, speechwriter and journalist. During his time as director of communications for the National Conference of State Legislatures, he launched the organization’s entry into social media, provided media relations training to legislators and staff across the country and was responsible for the organization’s annual meeting, which drew up to 9,000 attendees. He wrote communication plans and earned media in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other national, regional and state media.
Current clients include the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Coalition for Adult Basic Education, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, The Center for Ethics in Government, the Women's Legislative Network, the National Association of Public Affairs Networks, the National Association of Government Communicators and the Knox College Athletic Department. As Executive Vice President of Marmillion + Co., he worked with the Provincetown Tourism Office, the Moyer Foundation, Texas A&M University, America's WETLAND Foundation and the Texas General Land Office.
His colleagues across the country elected him president of the National Association of Government Communicators, where he directed the strategic planning process, wrote new position descriptions for officers, produced a report on government communicators pay and benefits and laid foundation for social media outreach. As communications director for the Missouri House of Representatives, he advised Speakers of the House on media strategies, coordinated media tours of the state and worked closely with the Capitol Press Corps.
He’s produced videos for the Center for Ethics in Government and developed campaigns and videos for The Trust for Representative Democracy.
The Chicago native started his career working at the Kingdom Daily News, in Fulton, Missouri, which at the time was the smallest town in America with competing daily newspapers. He also worked in the sports department for the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle.
Rose has won three Gold Screen Awards for video production from the National Association of Government Communicators, as well as its speechwriter of the year award. He also has been recognized by the National Newspaper Association, the Missouri Press Association, PR Week and PR News.