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Josef Holbert 2777 Esaw Road Minden, Nevada 89423 907.723.5225 jh15fe480@westpost.

net EMMY AWARD WRITER Joe Holbert is an Eddy Award winning writer, editor and television producer, and recently transplanted Alaskan relocated in the Sierra high country with his daughter Gretchen, a communications expert in her own right. He???s an Eagle Scout, a pretty fair fly fisherman for salmon, fierce beach surf caster for sharks and salt water sportfish, and Porsche collector, competition instructor and history buff. Holbert???s journalism and public information career was launched in Alaska as political reporter for the Anchorage Times. Before long, he was the press secretary -- one of the youngest in the U.S. ??? for Alaska Governor Walter Hickel. He went to Washington, D.C. as Hickel???s press secretary and as a White House advanceman when the governor was appointed Secretary of the Interior. Holbert directed media and communications for Interior???s environmental and conservation focus. The White House tapped Holbert to lead Alaska press advance for a historic Nixon meeting in Anchorage hosting the Emperor of Japan on his first visit to the United States. He subsequently served as an advanceman for the Reagan and Bush One administrations. Holbert was a researcher and writer for Hickel???s book, ???Who Owns America???? which achieved several weeks on The New York Times Bestsellers list. Publisher Prentice-Hall sent Hickel on a national book tour in 32 cities, and Holbert put public service aside when offered a job at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina as communications and marketing director for the resort and second home market. When the market went south, Joe and Carolyn took the family west to Denver and for Carolyn, a job as a producer for KUSA, the Gannett flagship television station, where she earned four Emmy Awards, while Joe joined Hill & Knowlton/Denver Public Relations as creative vice president. Holbert focused on Porsche-Audi dealer groups in the Rockies and also began commuting to Malcolm Bricklin???s Colorado ranch as Bricklin???s director of corporate communications. Bricklin, an auto industry maverick, had challenged Detroit with his gullwing Bricklin sportscar; also starting Malibu Grand Prix amusement park race track concessions with John Z. DeLorean, and introduced Subaru and Yugo brands to the United States. Holbert advanced Bricklin meetings with auto executives in Detroit including Lee Iacocca and senior executives at Ford. (MORE) Bricklin proposed a nationwide network of Bricklin Auto Ranch stores offering fully reconditioned late model imports and domestics with fixed discount prices including factory-level warranty service at Goodyear tire and service outlets nationally. Iacocca and Ford were unimpressed. Bricklin returned to New York to market electric cars and a Chinese manufactured econo car. Hickel invited Holbert back to Alaska in 1991 after Hickel was again

elected governor, with Holbert managing the press office as director of communications. With a change in administrations, Holbert became director of news operations for the three ABC television affiliates in Alaska. He produced, wrote and hosted 200 editions of CapitalFocus Newsmagazine, a statewide television panel carried by the ABC affiliates and 60 satellite systems. Holbert became communications director for Governor Frank H. Murkowski. In 2006, Murkowski lost the Republican primary to Sarah Palin, who fired Holbert and his press staff. Holbert was appointed director of communications for the bipartisan leadership in the Alaska State Senate. But Carolyn, Joe???s lifetime partner, wife and Gretchen???s mother, collapsed and passed away on November 29, 2009. A decision for change led Joe and Gretchen to the Sierra high country. * * * * * *

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