Ben Gran | Elance
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Ben Gran

Clear, concise, compelling writing.
   United States
  |   Des Moines, IA
  |  4:34 am Local Time


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. Secretary of the Navy, and a popular monthly newspaper column while living in Japan.

Ben specializes in writing for consultants, coaches and international manufacturing and engineering companies. He serves his clients with meticulous attention to detail and a rigorous, disciplined thought process.

Ben earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Rice University in 2001.
Service Description
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 process. As part of every writing project, Ben works to grasp the complexities and challenges of his clients' businesses and craft written material that supports their broader goals.

Ben earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Rice University in 2001.
Rice University
Bachelor of Arts - History
1999 - 2001
Iowa State University
none (transferred to Rice University)
1997 - 1999
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 consumers and businesses in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. Wells Fargo Financial is part of Wells Fargo & Company. * Writes, edits and publishes business-critical procedural documentation using Web-based content management system. * Leads project teams, manages multiple projects and negotiates deadlines and project priorities with Wells Fargo internal clients. * Provides consulting and research to help clients document business procedures and auditable information. * Creates training materials and trains other team members on project management, client relationship management, system changes and best practices. * Led the creation and development of original productivity metric for the department. Analyzes productivity data to evaluate department's efficiency.
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 agriculture, financial services, health care, manufacturing and other industries. * Served as primary client relationship manager for Delta Dental of Iowa, Delta Dental of Illinois, Townsend Engineering and other agency accounts. * During first year as account manger, agency revenue from Delta Dental of Iowa account increased 50% and agency won new account with Delta Dental of Illinois. * Managed projects from conception to completion, including budgets, estimates, and coordination of agency work process and vendors. * Created and delivered presentations to clients and new business prospects. * Wrote marketing communications plans, news releases, print advertisements, brochures and other marketing materials. * Provided leadership for public relations efforts - achieved a 4 to 1 public relations ROI for Delta Dental of Iowa.
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 through the creation of high-wage jobs and investments in public amenities. * Wrote news releases, speeches, public statements and guest editorials representing the Governor and Lt. Governor to state, national and international media. * Answered media inquiries and occasionally served as on-the-record spokesperson. * Planned news conferences and media events and secured media coverage. Wrote letters of support for grant applications, award nominations and project bids. Supervised Web site content and directed Web site redesign. * Assisted with communications strategy and message development.
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. The program's major goal is to enhance internationalization of Japan and promote mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. As of 2007, there were 5,000 JET Program teachers in Japan, from 41 countries. * Taught English in the Hidaka City municipal school system to junior high and elementary students. Created original learning materials and worksheets, assisted with lesson plans, graded papers, and helped supervise student activities. * Wrote a column for hometown newspaper about experiences in Japan.
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 leaders. Wrote the speech delivered by former Senator Robert Dole at the christening ceremony for the USS Bulkeley.
Payment Terms
* Estimated and billed on a per-project basis.
* Full payment is due within 5 business days of project completion.

Turnaround times:
* Ben is experienced in delivering on short turnaround times when needed.
* Turnaround times are negotiated on a project-by-project basis according to the client's needs and depending on Ben's capacity.
Terry Anthony
Terry Anthony, Corporate Trainer
Wrote a series of articles for Terry on "Solving People Problems" - how-to guides for managers looking to create better teamwork, correct employee misbehavior, and cultivate a more positive team culture.
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