In recognition of their work and dedication to both the Edmond and Public Relations communities, two Oklahoma Christian University Mass Communications alums, Jonathon Johnson and Skye Latimer, recently received the Edmond Business Times’ 20 Under 40 Award and the Oklahoma City Gazette’s 40 Under 40 Award, respectively
Johnson graduated in April 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a focus in public relations and advertising. Currently working at the marketing brand manager overseeing all social media, community relations and philanthropy for the A-1 Freeman Moving Group, Johnson received Edmond Business Times’ 20 under 40 Award Nov. 15 for his work with the organization.
“The company has been around for 40 years, so there are a lot of older mindsets,” Johnson said. So, [the hardest part is] trying to bring them into an age of [understanding] why social media is important, why we should care about what people are writing on yellow pages and why corporate culture is so important and how to share that.”
A-1 Freeman Moving Group is Johnson’s first job after graduation less than a year ago, and as a young employee, Johnson said he hopes to provide an unique perspective on social media goals.
“My biggest accomplishment has been to consolidate our social media pages and start to bring around a unanimous brand voice, where before, there were [multiple],” Johnson said.
Prior to A-1 Freeman Moving Group, Johnson worked as the Brand and Marketing intern for OGE Energy Corp. During his time at Oklahoma Christian, he worked with Eagle Media as the Public Relations Coordinator and worked as a Student Assistant for Oklahoma Christian’s Presidents Office.
Skye Latimer graduated from Oklahoma Christian in December 2012 and has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She has been active in many organizations, including Women Lead Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Social, Oklahoma Women in Tech and the Propel Women’s Oklahoma City chapter.
At Oklahoma Christian, Latimer served as President of the Black Student Union a Senator in the Student Government Association, captain of the cheerleading team and was Homecoming Assistant Director, as well as being involved in the Theta Theta Theta social service club.
She received Oklahoma City Gazette’s 40 under 40 Award Nov. 4 for her work as the operating coordinator for the Mettise group, a business-consulting firm. Latimer’s role at Mettise includes project management, event planning, social media and research analysis. Latimer said her passion for social media inspired her to start her own social media company in 2015, SkyeRockIT Media.
“I love social media and I use it all the time,” Latimer said. “I am a millennial and I believe in the power of it. It is an amazing marketing tool. More than just loving social media, I love teaching people how to use that resource for their brand or their business.”
SkyeRockit Media combines Latimer’s passion with expertise of social media platforms to provide professional media relations. Latimer said she strives daily to work with integrity and practice ethical methods.
The awards ceremony for Oklahoma City Gazette’s 40 under 40 reception not only recognized the award recipients, but created an environment for young individuals to connect and engage with each other.