New addition eager to enhance plant, serve community
Nearly a month into his job, the newest public affairs manager at Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka plant said he felt the community’s “welcoming hand” and is looking forward to being a part of the area.
Hired March 11, Mark Brown, 38, has been learning the ins and outs of the paper mill’s operations as former spokesperson Terry Hadaway’s successor.
“The underline there is learning,” Brown said. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow and be a part of the community.”
Originally from Scottsville, Ky., Brown studied broadcast journalism and political science at Western Kentucky University.
One of Brown’s first jobs after college was at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet public affairs office, where he worked for five years.
“(Journalism is) what I wanted to do, and somehow I got on the public relations track,” Brown said. “But there’s a lot of commonality in what we do when we identify stories that we want to share and people we want to highlight.”
Since then, he has worked for several organizations, most recently at Midcontinent Independent System Operator, an organization that provides and monitors the high-voltage transmission system in the Midwest, some southern states and a province in Canada.
Brown arrived in Florida this year for his first job in the state and is excited for the opportunity to be part of “a values-oriented organization.”
“Palatka is a growing, vibrant community with rich traditions and a very bright future,” he said. “I can see community leaders are really invested in its future and I’m glad to work for a company like GP that wants to be part of that future.”