2209 W. Colt Road Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 963-7881 payneios@gmailc.

com October 4, 2010

Eric Neitzel 1885 W. Nikolaus Show Low, AZ 85901

To whom it may concern: I have known Eric Neitzel for over eight years and have worked with him on large wildfires in Arizona. He is a qualified PIO1 and does a good job working with the media. Eric also has extensive expertise and experience with Social Media. This summer Eric worked for me and Dugger Hughes Type 1 IMT on the Horseshoe Fire in Southern Arizona and more recently the Schultz Fire near Flagstaff. Eric did a good job coordinating media relations on both wildfires. During the initial attack stages of the Schultz Fire Eric did a great job coordinating media interviews while working long hours. During the first seven days of this assignment there were dozens of Arizona, regional and national media on site who required multiple interviews daily. Eric has also been an instructor for S-203 (Introduction to Public Information Officer) for Tonto National Forest this summer and for the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Mgmt. Academy for the last two years

Please feel to contact me if you have any questions. Sincerely, /S/ James W. Payne James W. “Jim” Payne