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Ben Gran | Elance
Last Sign-in: Aug 6, 2015

Ben Gran

Clear, concise, compelling writing.
   United States
  |   Des Moines, IA
  |  4:28 am Local Time

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Ben Gran is a full-time freelance writer and consultant. He won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the Elance "New Way to Work Contest" and is an Elance Premier Provider with clients all over the world - Australia, Germany, London, Tokyo and throughout the U.S.

Ben is a former speechwriter for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. Other experience includes four years at Wells Fargo as a technical writer, public relations and marketing communications consulting at an advertising agency, a college internship at the Pentagon writing speeches for the U.S....

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I'm the one in back with very long hair - the kids were trying to tackle me.
November 2001 - a trouble-making student teaches an unexpected lesson of his own.
Teaching Japanese second-graders to speak in English about the complicated world of...
February 2002 - Never take rides from strangers - unless you're in Japan.
A photo of me (in the center) with Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson....
This is the letter from Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson that was printed on...
Remarks delivered by Lt. Governor Sally Pederson - April 30, 2004.
Op-ed piece on the subject of Medicare reimbursement to the states; published in...
News release announcing the Governor's chosen design for the official Iowa state...
A photo with the SECNAV in his office at the Pentagon - July 2000.
A humorous article about the pitfalls of home cooking as a single guy. October 2003.

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Ben Gran
Writer, Editor, Wordsmith

Ben Gran is a full-time freelance writer and communications consultant.

His professional experience includes four years at Wells Fargo as a technical writer and editor of procedural documentation, and also served on his business unit's Diversity council, working to improve recruitment and retention of talented people from diverse backgrounds.

Prior to that, he worked at an advertising agency writing public relations and marketing communications for a variety of corporate clients, primarily in the health care, manufacturing, and financial services industries.

He is also a former speechwriter and public affairs specialist for the administration of Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, who now serves as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

During college, Ben interned at the Pentagon writing speeches for the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. His writing experience also includes a popular monthly newspaper column as a "foreign correspondent" while living in Japan.

Ben writes and edits: blogs, brochures, case studies, communications plans, crisis communications strategies, newsletters, marketing collateral, news releases, white papers, PowerPoint presentations, sales letters, speeches, technical manuals, training materials, Web site content, and other deliverables.

Ben strives to build genuine relationships with his clients. He serves his clients with meticulous attention and a rigorous, disciplined thought...

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Wells Fargo Financial
Operations Analyst - Corporate Manuals
2006 - 2010
Wells Fargo Financial is a diversified financial services company with 18,000 team members providing real estate-secured lending, automobile financing, credit cards and other loan products to...
The Meyocks Group
Account Manager
2004 - 2006
The Meyocks Group is a marketing communications agency that provides advertising, brand consulting, direct marketing, public relations and strategic communications services to clients in...
Office of the Governor of Iowa
Public Affairs Specialist/Executive Writer
2002 - 2004
Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson served from 1999 to 2007, with an emphasis on improving education, expanding access to affordable health care, and transforming Iowa's economy...
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
Assistant English Teacher
2001 - 2002
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is a Japanese government initiative employing English-speaking college graduates from around the world to teach English in the Japanese public schools....
U.S. Secretary of the Navy
Intern - Speechwriter's Office
2000 - 2000
Served a summer internship at the Pentagon under former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig. Wrote, researched and edited speeches, articles and correspondence for the U.S. Navy's top...


Rice University
Bachelor of Arts - History
1999 - 2001
Iowa State University
none (transferred to Rice University)
1997 - 1999
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