David Grome ’07 and Peter J. Gregory ’07 were recently selected to serve on the 2013 Democrat and Chronicle Board of Contributors. In this role, the two serve as advisers to the Editorial Board and provide readers of the daily Rochester newspaper with regular commentary on a wide range of community issues.
Grome is a business strategist at Eric Mower + Associates; he joined EMA’s Public Relations + Public Affairs practice in 2007. In that role, he has developed and implemented public relations programs for a variety of business-to-business clients. Grome is also a member of EMA Insight-the agency’s integrated research, strategy, planning and analytics group. In the community, Grome volunteers with the Diversity Committee for the Rochester Chapter of Public Relations Society of America and serves as a board member for the Small Business Council of Rochester, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance.
At Hobart, Grome majored in political science and was one of the creators of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Affairs Journal. He was a Druid and a member of Chimera, Hobartones, Perfect Third, the Herald, and served as president of Hobart Student Government.
Gregory is an associate attorney in the litigation group of McConville, Considine, Coorman & Morin P.C. Having remained a prominent fixture of the larger Rochester community, he has a passion for developing legal news and the revitalization of the city he calls home. Gregory volunteers regularly with his alma maters and currently serves as a board member for the Allendale Columbia School Alumni Association. In addition to working actively as a member on the board of trustees for Quad A for Kids, Gregory also serves as a member of several young professional organizations, including the planning committee for ROC City Rising.
While at the Colleges, Gregory earned a B.A. in political science with honors and minored in peer education in human relations. In addition to participating on the debate team and the student phonathon at HWS, Gregory was inducted into the Druids, was president of the College Republicans, a member of Hobart Student Government and Chimera, and served as an orientation mentor and resident adviser. He earned his J.D. from Albany Law School.
The Democrat and Chronicle encourages members of its Board of Contributors to freely share their opinions about current events and local issues on the Contributors’ blog. Board contributors also have the opportunity to submit editorial articles for the weekend “Speaking Out” section of the newspaper, which is featured across digital, mobile and print editions.
Grome invites readers to engage with the newspaper during Editorial Board meetings by sharing live commentary from Twitter (@davidmgrome). In his first blog entry, Grome reflected on the Democrat and Chronicle’s recent Editorial Board meeting with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and offered his recommendations on how the organization should position itself for a successful future.
“As a member of the Board of Contributors, I am focused on increasing the awareness of ideas that will help move our community forward,” wrote Grome. “I’m grateful for the skills and experience from my work at Eric Mower + Associates, which provide me with the tools to create dynamic conversations with the public.”
To date, Grome and Gregory have posted a combined total of seven pieces since joining the daily paper in early February.