Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Heather Tweedy

By: Gini Dietrich | June 15, 2012 | 

When Heather Tweedy first began commenting on Spin Sucks, I knew we’d have lots in common when I saw she lives in Omaha.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t love Omaha. But I went to Creighton so I have a bit of an affinity for the city. And I do have a handful of close friends who still live there so I get back every other year or so.

So it was my first common connection (other than our profession) to get to know Heather.

And then she read Lisa Gerber’s blog post about why a PR firm leader should attend Counselors Academy and we got to meet her live and in person!

I sat next to her during lunch one day during the conference and learned that, even though she’s been married for a few years, they eloped and her grandmother felt like a wedding was in order. So Heather is getting “married” later this summer.

I love that. I love that she loves and respects her grandmother so much that she’s willing to do this one thing for her. That says a lot about what kind of person she is.

Heather is not from Omaha. She migrated there from California (poor thing), but she’s put on a brave face and even gets excited when she finds Husker-colored beads in New Orleans that she can take back to her faux husband.

She started Bright Sky Interactive last year. When she resigned to go start her own thing, her boss asked if she’d be interested in taking them on as her first client. Uh, hello? Not a bad start to your new business! That doesn’t really happen to most.

She’s evolved that into a digital firm that does everything on the web, phone, and tablet, from a communications perspective.

So check her out. She trolls around in the comments on Spin Sucks so you may have already run into her. If not, check her out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and her own blog.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • She’s an Android fan, so that’s enough for me. Greetings, Heather!

    •  @KenMueller Wait. How do you know that?

      •  @ginidietrich Because you told me to follow her on Twitter and I checked her Twitter bio out…

        •  @KenMueller Ohhhhhh. You actually listened to me! Wow.

        •  @ginidietrich Psh. Name one time I haven’t listened to you. and SHUT UP

        •  @KenMueller Another Android lover!  Though, I confess, I did get an iPad recently and it’s been love from first sight.  

  • Nice to meet you, Heather! I’m suspect we’ll be bumping into each other often. 😉 

    •  @jasonkonopinski Can you please help me with Jamie Sandford on Twitter?? You should be on my side on this one.

      •  @ginidietrich Hey you started that one, Miss Thang. 🙂 
        I’ll see what I can do. 

    •  @jasonkonopinski Hi Jason.  I suspect that we will. 

      •  @HeatherTweedy Can we gang up on @ginidietrich . That’s kinda my thing with @HowieSPM and TheJackB , especially. 

        •  @jasonkonopinski  @HeatherTweedy  @HowieSPM  TheJackB No, no. There is the girl code. Heather has to stick with me.

        •  @ginidietrich My sisters used to talk about the girl code. My female friends used to talk about the girl code too.
          And then I would leave a pair of Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks on the table and the a magazine cover with a hot guy and watch that code work ever so well. 😉
           @HeatherTweedy @HowieSPM 

        •  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @HowieSPM  TheJackB It’s true.  Whatever Gini says is right.  Girl code is very powerful.  

  • Hello, again, Heather!

    •  @BobReed Hey. While you’re here…is the pool ready??

    •  @BobReed Hi Bob.  How is that fantastic wife of yours? 🙂

      •  @HeatherTweedy Hi from me too! 🙂 That whole story is super fun for me, of course. 

        •  @Lisa Gerber Thank you again for such a compelling post.  The CA just keeps giving and giving! 

      •  @HeatherTweedy Fine and dandy, Heather!  I pass along your regards.

      •  @HeatherTweedy Fine and dandy, Heather!  I’ll pass along your regards.

  • What a truly wonderful way to start Friday!  I knew when @KenMueller was following me on Twitter that something must be up.
    I will point out that I do love Omaha, now.  College World Series, U.S. swim trials, and football (even if it is Big 10) is an amateur sports fan’s dream!  

    •  @HeatherTweedy  That’s what I love about you…I never did fall in love with Omaha.

      • AnneReuss

         @ginidietrich @HeatherTweedy Isn’t Big Ten Football awesome?  Yeah! Tweetup at a football game – preferably one that includes Illinois, anyone? Nice to meet you Heather! 

        •  @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich  Nice to meet you to! We’re actually going to the Northwestern game! They were fantastic fans to hang out with last year. 
          I’m actually a Pac12 fan born and raised.  When Nebraska moved to the Big10, my husband let me make Big10 jokes for about a week before I had to stop forever………

    •  @HeatherTweedy  @KenMueller fyi if you ever go to a ball game beer is on Ken. cc @bdorman264 

  • Omaha oh my. Now I know what happened to you Gini! I used to go to Lincoln for work a few years back. Once stayed in Omaha and drove. I learned they have smog in the middle of farm land. Omaha is nice but kind of twilight zone because I can’t remember anything distinctive. and the people at the place I had dinner all said ‘We are here against our choice’. I mean they have the college world series of base ball right? And council bluffs.and Mutual of Omaha gave us Wild Kingdom. and Omaha Steaks.
    My friend from Lincoln Composites almost de-friended me for going into Advertising. He said that was lower than any job on Earth, I made him read my blog. lol
    What I am amazed is Heather moving from California there but depends. From the beach or mountains or hollywood crazy move. From Bakersfield or Stockton I could understand.
    Wait…..I love the Google. In 1997 Heather Tweedy and 2 unknown assailants robbed the Sands hotel and Casino in Vegas making off with 2 million in Dollar Chips and 50,000 frequent slot club cards and was never seen out west again. Rumor has it she escaped and is hiding in the midwest living a life of luxury and runs a rabbit fighting ring. I can see clearly now how this happened. But why Omaha and not Dodge City?

    •  @HowieSPM And don’t forget Warren Buffet!

      •  @ginidietrich yes I love the all you can eat Buffet too.

      •  @ginidietrich and to be fair SMOG IS EVERYWHERE. Even in vermont. Lake george. Upstate NY. The rockies. Which gets me so upset at the anti-green people…..who BTW Warren Buffet is considered the biggest US polluter. Number one honcho for his power and transportation businesses he owns. When I saw that I cried.

    •  @HowieSPM Dodge City is far too conspicuous.  This may be why I have successfully robbed a casino – advanced planning and a willingness to sacrifice freedom for a life in the Midwest.  
      By your logic, I am crazy as I moved from Encinitas, a beach suburb in San Diego – yeah I moved to the MIdwest from the nicest part of the best city on the West Coast.
      However, since I have the innate (if somewhat delusional) pride of many who have put down roots in Omaha, I will share this article from Inc. about what treasure we are for tech and start-ups.  🙂 

      •  @HeatherTweedy Encinitas is nice but now I get the move. I always said coming from NYC area San Diego was too slow for me. Beautiful but really laid back. Like everyone is retired LOL.
        I lived in Hermosa, Redondo, Huntington and Venice Beach’s with I think Venice my favorite. Only place I can live two blocks from Julia Roberts on the same walk street and find a passed out homeless drunk under my car in the morning. Doesn’t get any better than that.

        •  @HowieSPM  @HeatherTweedy Oh Venice Beach. Good times, good times. 

        •  @HowieSPM I’ll be in Venice later this weekend. boy do I have stories about that place.

      •  @HeatherTweedy I am an LA native but Encinitas is one of those places within California that I have considered moving to on more than one occasion.

        •  @TheJackB It’s losing it’s charm a bit, but you can’t beat the beaches when it comes to having a quintessential San Diego day.  

        •  @HeatherTweedy No, it is beautiful. I have seen a lot of the growth and change that has taken place over the past 40 years or so, but I still really like it.

  • magriebler

    I’m relatively new to your site and didn’t realize this #FollowFriday post is a regular feature. What a nice idea! Kudos to you. And nice to meet you, Heather.

    •  @magriebler It’s my favorite post of the week!

  • Nice to meet you Heather! Gini somehow manages to connect all of us together and this #FF post is one of my favs to read. I have to ask you though…in the post Gini says’ faux husband’ ??? Explanation please 🙂

    •  @C_Pappas Since we eloped our grandmothers don’t consider us truly married.  We’re having a proper wedding with dress, cake, etc. to finally make it “official”.  Have to love matriarchs and their insane powers.  🙂
      Nice to meet you as well.

  • Great to meet you, Heather. Best of luck with the business and the wedding! 🙂

  • Nice to meet you Heather! I was born and raised a Husker fan, so Nebraska is close to my heart even though I’m now a Brooklynite. Love the wedding too! All the best! 

    •  @katskrieger Go BIg Red!

    •  @katskrieger WHAT?!?! How did I not know this about you??

      • @ginidietrich Umm I was saving the best for last?! Lol I’m a Midwest girl at heart.

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