AIM announces new Director of Communications
Associated Industries of Missouri announces the appointment of Dick Aldrich as Director of Communications.
A veteran journalist and communicator, Aldrich has spent more than 30 years writing, talking and broadcasting about state government. His background includes stints as a reporter for radio, television, and newspapers, as well as more than ten years with the communications staff of the Missouri House of Representatives.
“We are excited to have someone with Dick’s vast knowledge of, and experience with, state government and the media,” said AIM president Ray McCarty. “Dick will help bring a unique perspective to the association as we serve our members and shape our statewide message.”
For the last three years, Aldrich served as the chief capitol correspondent for Missouri News Horizon, a not-for-profit service that reported statewide news using a variety of electronic formats.
“They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but over the last three years, I have learned a lot of lessons about the way people communicate using ever-evolving technologies,” said Aldrich. “I hope to use those lessons to enhance AIM’s standing as the voice of Missouri business.”
Aldrich has hit the ground running with an aggressive social media campaign that has driven large increases in viewership of the association’s web page, and Facebook page . In addition, the association sports a brand new Twitter feed.
“The twitter feed is where I want anybody with an interest in business issues in Missouri, the U.S., or around the world, to come and find the latest information,” said Aldrich. “Initial response has been great and it’s only going to grow.”
In his position, Aldrich is responsible both for internal and external communications. He said he looks forward to working with association members.
“I want to tell their stories,” said Aldrich. “Not just the profit and loss picture, but what the businesses are doing in the community, highlighting the great people that work for them, and sharing the philosophies that make their companies strong.”
Aldrich replaces Nathan Dampf who left the association to take a full time job at a firm contracted with the Missouri Air National Guard.
“It’s hard to believe that at this point in my career I can find another challenge that is as unique and stimulating as this one,” said Aldrich. “But I’m excited and energized as Associated Industries and business in Missouri begin a new period of growth and prosperity.”