Member Spotlight: Mike Ruggeri

mike-ruggeriName:  Mike Ruggeri
Company Name:  BJC HealthCare
Title: Manager, Employee Communications, BJC HealthCare

Favorite Quote or Advice You Received: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
[or]  “You have to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

How have you benefited from being an IABC St. Louis member? The lunch meetings have provided lots of interesting and useful information, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues from other organizations…and discover that they have the same communication challenges as you.

Why did you to enter the communications profession? I wanted to be an engineer but learned early on that I was much better at the creative stuff than I was at math. As it turned out, I’ve spent a good part of my career managing the communications for science and engineering organizations.

How would you describe your work? Very challenging. Not easy to educate and engage employees on topics such as health insurance, disability leave, compensation, policy, etc.  But somehow our team always finds a way.

What do you like – or find most challenging – about your job? Two things I like: BJC is pretty good about providing the freedom, resources and environment to develop and implement innovative communication tactics and programs. And, there are some exceptionally talented people in our Communications & Marketing department that I have an opportunity to work with on a regular basis.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in communications or in advancing their career? Never stop learning. Never stop expanding your knowledge or improving your skills. Take full advantage of the education and training opportunities your organization has to offer.