I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed a varied career that includes digital marketing, broadcast journalism, customer service, and more.

Meet Frank Samandari

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Early Years

I grew up in Saint Albans, Vermont, where I attended Bellows Free Academy.

Future-Focused Teen

In high school, I was involved in various extracurricular activities, including band, chorus, and drama. I was the editor of the yearbook, regular Teen Ink contributor, and one of only a handful of students selected to represent the school at Green Mountain Boys’ State.

Professional Beginnings

My interest in journalism was piqued while working as a paperboy for the St. Albans Messenger — a newspaper to which I later contributed while still in high school.

I earned two degrees from Northern Vermont University, where I was proud to collaborate with other student journalists to research, write, report, and produce daily newscasts. Beyond mere campus happenings, these broadcasts served as the sole local television news outlet for the tri-county region.

Broadcast Journalism

Learning the Ropes

I interned with CBS-affiliate WBNS 10-TV (Columbus, Ohio), and later served as Assistant News Director for a five radio station cluster in Chillicothe.

Career Expansion

In Orlando, I worked at the Marconi award-winning WDBO (Cox Enterprises) where I served as News Anchor/Reporter/Producer. I later accepted the additional role of Website Producer — a new position I helped create.

Enterprise and Investigation

While at WDBO, I received the Florida Associated Press Award for Excellence in Broadcasting: Investigative Reporting.

Later, I created, produced, and hosted a successful series for radio, print, and online outlets. Soldier Stories featured weekly interviews with service men and women stationed in the Middle East.

Web Content and Digital Media

Web Writer & Editor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)
Daytona Beach, Florida
2011-2014

At ERAU, I applied my journalism and broadcast media experience toward written and graphic improvements for the University’s 12 websites, and was an instrumental team member in the restructuring and redesign of digital properties.

The collective, award-winning websites were prized and honored as powerful enrollment and marketing tools for the institution.

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User Experience and Content Developer
Stetson University
DeLand, Florida
2014-2016

At Stetson, I helped:

  • revitalize and redesign outdated websites
  • unite the overall user experience to synergize with current and emerging trends, best practices, and industry standards
  • generate renewed client interest and involvement in web publishing

Additionally, I fostered and guided improved working relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and created streamlined internal and external marketing communication methods and plans.

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Web Content Marketing and Creative Media Development
FrankSamandari.com
DeLand, Florida
2016-Present

I currently create and help promote unique written, voice-over, and web/social media content for various freelance and contract-based projects.

Customer Service and Client Relations

Restaurant and Retail

◦ country club server
◦ short-order cook/food preparation
◦ supermarket cashier/deli associate
◦ convenience store clerk/fuel attendant
◦ shoe salesman

Entertainment

◦ drive-in movie theater projectionist
◦ event concessions clerk

Youth & Education

◦ traffic safety course facilitator
◦ standardized test scoring evaluator
◦ day and summer camp counselor
◦ archery/sports instructor

Miscellaneous

◦ political campaign assistant
◦ call center agent (revenue services)
◦ lawn maintenance worker
◦ animal care professional

Recreation

In my free time, I enjoy:

  • performing music (piano, guitar, harmonica, tuba, and voice)
  • community theatre (acting, set design/construction, lighting/sound)
  • pleasure reading and creative writing
  • building memories with friends and family

As a “history buff,” I also find joy in researching various topics — including politics, space exploration, ecology,  genealogy, and World War Two.