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Grome ’07 the Focus

David Grome ’07 recenly was the focus of the Democrat and Chronicle “Local Snapshot.” Currently a business strategist at public relations firm Eric Mower and Associates, Grome interned for the company following graduation from HWS and was then offered a position as an assistant account executive in the firm’s Rochester office.

The article describes Grome as, “one of many young people in Rochester who bring intelligence, talent and ambition to work and community life.”

“I work mostly in business-to-business channels. I help clients look at their overall business goals, help them connect with stakeholders in their communities and make the connections they need to have to succeed,” he said.

Grome earned a B.A. in political science and public policy. He was a co-creator of the Public Affairs Journal at the Colleges and earned the Alumni Association Award. He was a member of the Hobartones and Perfect Third, as well as Chimera. A president of Hobart Student Government, he was also inducted into Phi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society) and the Druids. He was a member of the Hobart tennis team and rowing team and a student writer for the Herald.

The full article follows.


Democrat and Chronicle
Local snapshot: David Grome

Tom Tobin • July 23, 2011

David Grome of Eric Mower and Associates in Rochester is on the way up in his professional life. How far he will rise is undetermined. After all, he’s only 26.
Grome, a 2007 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is one of many young people in Rochester who bring intelligence, talent and ambition to work and community life.

He is a business strategist at Eric Mower, the public relations firm, meaning he helps clients like Eastman Kodak, KeyBank, Paychex and others meld their broader business and corporate interests with their PR and marketing needs.

“I work mostly in business-to-business channels,” Grome said. “I help clients look at their overall business goals, help them connect with stakeholders in their communities and make the connections they need to have to succeed.”

His initial objective was to live and work in Washington, D.C., which he found to be exciting and politically charged. He interned there.

But in the end he decided that he could forge a better career here. Rochester and Eric Mower were the answer.

“The people I’ve met, and what I’ve learned from them and my colleagues, have been great,” Grome said.

He has worked on the annual Eyes on the Future economic conference, is a board member of Parks & Trails New York, an Albany-based advocacy group, and in 2009 took a life-enhancing trip to his hometown of Seoul, South Korea.

Grome is a Korean-American, having been adopted as an infant. He grew up in Syracuse.

Like many local young professionals, Grome is a city resident who likes the idea of being close to work. He lives in the South Wedge.

“I relish the opportunities I have in the community and at EMA,” Grome said.