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What I Do for Clients
I research, write, edit, and teach communications. Among the projects I've done are articles, speeches, white papers, books, seminar presentations, distance-learning courses, workshop guidebooks, websites, sales materials, advertising, business proposals, grant applications, software user guides, catalogs, technical manuals, job-hunting portfolios, and translations into/from English, French, and German.
I am also a teacher of professional and technical communication at the University of South Florida.
My clients include professional service firms, management consultants, industrial companies, publishers, nonprofit groups, and individual business professionals.
I have served such well-known firms as Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Computer Sciences Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, The Grove Consultants International, InterSyte, Mercer Management Consulting, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Please see my Credentials and Background for more details.
In addition to writing, editing, and research, I act as a catalyst and sounding board to help clients think and express themselves more effectively. As an experienced business professional with no turf or ideology to defend, I offer a mature and dispassionate -- yet creative -- viewpoint on both what to say and how to say it.
History of My One-Man Venture
My freelance practice began in 1987 when I left my position as Director of Communications at a management consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio. However, my experience with business goes back to 1975, when I co-founded Hower, Roberts and Thornton Communications Services with graduate-school colleagues in Kent, Ohio.
I began my professional life as a college teacher of writing and literature, and I continue to teach as a full-time resident faculty member at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, Florida. I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge with students preparing for careers in business management and technical and professional writing. My teaching position also gives me a good opportunity to stay current on trends in communications technology. I have been a member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) for several years.
Contact Me To Discuss Your Project
I work out of a well-equipped office at home in Sarasota, on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Using fast broadband and overnight couriers, I serve clients around the world.
I will be pleased to talk with you about your project without obligation. If there's a good fit between your needs and my capabilities, I'll prepare a brief proposal stating deliverables, deadlines, and fees.
Thorold (Tod) Roberts / Founder, Owner, and Chief Custodian