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December 2006 - Miner is quoted in Pittsburgh Magazine, about the Beaver Area Historical Museum, in a special section on "Historical Sites and Popular Attractions."


Miner lecturing, left, and with his longtime mentor, WVU professor Dr. Michael Walsh


Nov. 14, 2006 - Miner is a guest lecturer at West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics, giving powerpoint presentations on "What I Do for a Living: Lessons in Real Life Marketing and Public Relations Consulting," to two classes of seniors majoring in marketing. The class professor is Miner's friend and longtime mentor, Michael Walsh, Ph.D.

Nov. 10, 2006 - At Pittsburgh Magazine's annual "40 Under 40" party, held at the city's Piatt Place, Miner is photographed standing with a former attorney-colleague, with the image appearing on the Blacktie Pittsburgh website. Miner was a judge of the awards in 2005.

Nov. 1, 2006 - Rotary District 7300 releases hardcopies of its newly published 2005-2006 Annual Report to its 1,400 members within regional Pittsburgh (Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland Counties), the first of its kind in the district's history. The report is is created and edited on a pro bono basis by Mark Miner Communications, LLC, and is produced in full color and postally mailed, at no cost to the district, through the generosity of Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort.


On behalf of Gran Pacifica Resort, Miner
accepts an award from Nicaraguan Minister
of Tourism Maria Rivas

Oct. 19-20, 2006 - On behalf of Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort, Miner attends the inauguration of the exhibition, "Nicaraguan Visual Arts in the Twentieth Century" at the Embassy of Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. Here, he accepts a statue of a traditional folk character from Nicaragua's Minister of Tourism Maria Rivas in gratitude for the company's sponsorship. Miner also attends the Washington, D.C., premiere of the Ballet Nicaragüense, part of the 2006 Nicaraguan Cultural Series, presented by the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center in collaboration with the Nicaraguan Tourism Board and the Embassy of Nicaragua. El Güegüense, a 17th century comedy dance in the performance, was designated by UNESCO in 2005 as a "patrimony of mankind."

Sept. 27, 2006 - In the first of its kind in Rotary District 7300, covering Western Pennsylvania, Miner helps develop and lead a PR webinar to give district clubs practical advice on elevating their public visibility. Miner produces Rotary PR 101, an electronic summary of 10 "how-to" articles he authored last year in the district governor's newsletter.

Sept. 19, 2006 - Miner presides over the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation's ceremony to re-dedicate the site of the American Revolution's Fort McIntosh in Beaver, in a renewal of vows to continue to maintain the site for current and future generations. Before a crowd of 150, the site's cannon is fired by the Fort McIntosh Garrison, and is pictured in the next day's editions of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Beaver County Times. Several days beforehand, Miner is interviewed on KDKA 1020 AM and is quoted in the Times.

Sept. 3, 2006 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Miner in the lengthy feature article, "Beaver County Museum Highlights Sports Legends of the Area."


Little Big Horn Associates editorial board

chairman John Manion presents Miner

with the Frost literary prize

July 29, 2006 - Miner's article about a forgotten Ohio oilfield worker, who was the son of two-time Medal of Honor winner Capt. Thomas Ward Custer, and the nephew of General George Armstrong Custer, wins an award for the best article published in a magazine dedicated to the Custer legacy. He accepts the Lawrence A. Frost Memorial Literary Prize for his 5,800-word article, “Tontogany's Deep Secret,” at the annual conference of the Little Big Horn Associates in Richmond, Va., and is seen here with John Manion, chairman of the LBHA editorial board.

The article appeared in the Summer 2005 edition of the Research Review magazine. The LBHA is a 900-member organization devoted to research, publications and conferences about General Custer, the battle and his family. His article describes the obscured life of Thomas C. Custer, who was born out of wedlock to Capt. Custer and Rebecca Minerd, who were neighbors on farms in Tontogany, near Bowling Green, Ohio. Through documents, photographs, newspaper articles and court records, Miner not only delves into the Custer family's years of residence in the sleepy Ohio town, but gives insights into the 19th century handling of illegitimate children, and the degree to which the boy's story was kept quiet. The award is named in memory of the late Dr. Frost, who was curator of the Custer collection in the Monroe County Museum in Michigan.

July 2, 2006 - At a Fourth of July weekend concert by the River City Brass Band, at the gazebo in Beaver's picturesque central parks, Miner gives remarks during intermission to promote the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation and Historical Museum.

June 2006 - Miner's 10th and final article in his year-long series, "The 'Year in Review' Via Powerpoint," is published in Rotary 101, the monthly newsletter of Rotary District 7300 District Governor Joel M. Nagel.

May 29, 2006 - For a second and final year as president of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Miner rides in Beaver's annual Memorial Day Parade, and presides over the annual ceremony of remembrance at the Old Receiving Chapel at the historic Beaver Cemetery to honor America's military dead.

Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Beaver.

May 27, 2006 - As president of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Miner is interviewed on "The Front Page" television show, hosted by Rob Pratte and Craig Newbold, airing on WBGN-TV in the Pittsburgh region. The entire 30-minute show is devoted to Memorial Day and is taped inside the Beaver Area Historical Museum, of which Miner is a trustee.

May 17, 2006 - Miner is among a group of Rotary District 7300 officials from Pittsburgh and group study exchange members from Dortmund, Germany, who are honored on the field in a presentation prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

May 2006 - Miner's article, "Using an Annual Report to Reach VIP Decisionmakers," is published in Rotary 101, the District Governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary District 7300.

May 12-13, 2006 - At the Rotary District 7300 Conference held at The Greenbrier, Miner gives powerpoint presentations on the District's Public Relations Plan and The Year in Review. He also receives a "Service Above Self Award" and accepts the District Governor's Citation honoring the Beaver Club for the top marketing and communications effort for the past year.

April 2006 - Miner's article, "Is Your Club Using the Web Effectively?", is published in Rotary 101, the District Governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary District 7300.

March 16, 2006 - For a third year, Miner serves as a judge for the Public Relations Society of America's "PRIME Awards Competition," reviewing entries from PRSA's Central Iowa Chapter.

February 2006 - Miner's article, "Think Like a News Reporter," is published in Rotary 101, the District Governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary District 7300.

Feb. 1, 2006 - Miner is re-elected to the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Beaver for the 2006-2007 year.

More than 150 North American investors and lot owners at Gran Pacifica, in a photo published in Nicaragua's largest newspaper

Jan. 13, 2006 - While in Managua, Nicaragua, for the groundbreaking for the spectacular golf course of ECI Development, Ltd.'s Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort, Miner orchestrates a large group photograph of the 150 American investors and lot owners in attendance, with the resort acreage and Pacific Ocean in the background, and which is published the next day in La Prensa, the nation's largest newspaper.


Gran Pacifica officials with Nicaraguan President Bolanos, fifth from left. Miner is directly behind the president.


Jan. 12, 2006 - Miner is part of a delegation representing Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort that briefs President Enrique Bolaños on the progress of the project, a five star resort community destined to be Nicaragua's leading upscale hotel and golf community resort.

Jan. 2, 2006 - Miner publishes the 2005 Annual Review of his award-winning genealogy and regional history website, The site logged more than 172,600 visitors the past year, was cited nationally in books, magazines and newspaper articles, and expanded its display of rare old photographs, publication of unique reunion activities, and sharing of cutting-edge research results.



December 2005 - Miner's article,"What's Your Elevator Speech?", is published in Rotary 101, the governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary International District 7300.

Nov. 27, 2005 - The Rotary Club of Beaver releases its 2004-2005 Annual Report, a widely distributed publication produced by Miner's firm on a pro bono basis for the third consecutive year.

Nov. 2005 - In his newly released booklet, A History of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Ohio River Bridge, author Valentine J. Brkich thanks Miner and others "for their valuable and generous assistance in the research and layout of this book." The 12-page booklet is available for sale through the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation.

Nov. 17, 2005 - At the annual Charter Day Dinner of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Miner is re-elected for a second and final year's term as president.

Nov. 11, 2005 - Miner is recognized for his service as a judge of the prestigious annual "40 Under 40" award program of Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Program (PUMP), announced at an upscale party in the SouthSide Works, honoring young professionals who are making a difference in the region.

Nov. 7, 2005 - Along with other Rotary District 7300 officials in the Pittsburgh region, Miner serves on the Rotary International Foundation annual dinner which raises more than $320,000 for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief and for the Foundation's permanent endowment fund. KDKA-TV news anchor Stacy Smith serves as master of ceremonies, with the keynote address delivered by Rotary International Foundation Trustee Chair Frank Devlyn of Mexico City.

Oct. 2005 - Miner's 11-page article, "Tontogany's Deep Secret," is published nationally in the Research Review magazine of the Little Big Horn Associates. The article features Miner's groundbreaking research into the life and times of Thomas C. Custer, illegitimate son of two-time Civil War Medal of Honor winner Thomas Ward Custer, and the nephew of Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Both the boy's father and uncle were slain at the Battle of Little Big Horn, along with three other Custer family members.

October 2005 - Miner's article, "Using Statistics as a PR Tool," is published in Rotary 101, the governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary International District 7300.

Sept. 24, 2005 - Miner directs and is interviewed in a 30-minute television broadcast, produced by KDKA Radio personality Rob Pratte, and aired on WBGN-TV, about the Beaver Area Historical Museum and Heritage Foundation. Four other key  volunteers are interviewed as well, focusing on the vision, log house, displays, educational outreach and collections of the museum.

Sept. 18, 2005 - Miner is interviewed for 20 minutes on Rob Pratte's morning talk show on KDKA Radio 1020, discussing the new musical exhibit of the Beaver Area Historical Museum and Heritage Foundation.

September 2005 - Miner's article, "Rotary's Accomplishments in Your Own Backyard," is published in Rotary 101, the governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary International District 7300.

Aug. 19, 2005 - The Beaver County Times quotes Miner in a story about the new "Musicians of Beaver and the Beaver Valley" exhibit at the Beaver Area Historical Museum, saying it is "one of the region's most comprehensive displays dedicated to local musicians, proving that along with steel and football, Beaver County has a strong music heritage."

Aug. 12, 2005 - Miner is interviewed on KDKA Radio 1020 by morning hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway about the new "Musicians of Beaver and the Beaver Valley" museum exhibit. To promote the display, The Granati Brothers, who toured with Van Halen in the late 1970s, perform live during the drive-time show.

August 2005 - Miner's article, "Articulating Rotary's Unique International Differentiation," is published in Rotary 101, the governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary International District 7300.

Aug. 10-11, 2005 - Miner joins with 25 Western Pennsylvania Rotarians who answer telephones and record pledges during WQED-TV's on-air pledge drive, featuring a live performance in the studio by renowned Irish balladeer Tommy Fleming.

July 2005 - Miner's article, "Is Your Club Enjoying a High Profile in the Community?", is published in Rotary 101, the governor's monthly newsletter of Rotary International District 7300.


Miner, left, with Rotary International President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar of Sweden, and Rotary District 7300 Governor Joel Nagel (right)

July 13, 2005 - Miner meets with Rotary International President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar of Sweden and District Governor Joel Nagel on Stenhammar's visit to Pittsburgh, where he speaks at a full-house event at the Omni William Penn Hotel, addressing such vital issues as world peace, clean water and illiteracy in Third World nations. Stenhammar's speech is covered by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

July 9-10, 2005 - In his role as president of the National Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion, Miner leads the clan's annual gathering, attracting cousins from 10 states and 25 Pennsylvania towns, on the theme of "A Legacy of Quilting." MIner's award-winning family website,, launches its new Online Quilt Museum.

July 7, 2005 - Miner and Rotary District Governor Joel Nagel are interviewed on the "Afternoon Magazine" of WBVP-WMBA Radio about the centennial and local-international initiatives of the world's first service organization.

July 2, 2005 - As president of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Miner helps lead a holiday weekend walking tour of VIP graves at historic Beaver Cemetery. In connection, the Foundation publishes a new and updated edition of its popular booklet, The Saints At Rest, which Miner co-edited, to help the cemetery celebrate its 140th anniversary.

Miner's Beaver Rotary Club "Award of Excellence"

June 22, 2005 - Beaver Rotary Club President Yvonne Connor presents Miner with the "Award of Excellence" for "outstanding service to your club and community," at a luncheon meeting of the club at the Wooden Angel Restaurant in Beaver.

June 15, 2005 - Miner receives a "Centennial Salute Certificate" from Rotary International Super Zones 27 and 28 for "significant contributions during Rotary's 100th anniversary" on behalf of the region spanning from Pennsylvania to Nebraska.

"Rotarian of the Year" award for Southwestern Pennsylvania

June 4, 2005 - Miner receives the prestigious "Rotarian of the Year" Award bestowed by District Governor Jonathan Maurer, CEO of Fletcher Granite Company, at the annual district conference of Rotary District 7300 held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The district comprises some 1,500 individual members of 51 Rotary clubs in the Western Pennsylvania region.

June 3, 2005 - In a full-page Pittsburgh Business Times article highlighting its "2005 Fast Trackers," Miner is pictured with his client, awardee Joel Nagel, founder of Nagel & Associates, LLC, CFO of Gran Pacifica Golf and Beach Resort in Nicaragua, and incoming Governor of Rotary International District 7300.


Miner and his client, Joel Nagel, at the Pittsburgh Business Times "Fast Tracker" dinner


May 30, 2005 - As President of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, Miner rides in Beaver's annual Memorial Day Parade, and serves as master of ceremonies at a well-attended commemoration service at Beaver Cemetery honoring America's military dead.

April 29, 2005 - Miner leads an advanced "Rotary PR 101" leadership seminar at the Rotary District 7300 Assembly in Pittsburgh. At lunch, Miner also introduces guest presenter Frank J. Lucchino, Judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, who speaks on "Peace in the World: The Role of Judges."

March 22, 2005 - The Spring 2005 edition of Beaver County Magazine, sister publication of WQED Multimedia's Pittsburgh Magazine, mentions Miner in a full-page story about the Beaver Area Historical Museum's display of Beaver's cherry red, vintage 1795 firefighting wagon.

March 12, 2005 - Miner makes a presentation at the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) of Rotary District 7300 about how individual clubs can enhance their public image in communities throughout regional Pittsburgh.

March 6, 2005 - In a cover story about Beaver, PA, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's "Focus Magazine" publishes extensive excerpts from Beaver Town 2002, the coffee table book Miner co-authored and co-edited for the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation.

Feb. 2005 - In the "Acknowledgements" of his new book, The Prisoner: An Invitation to Hope, Paul Everett writes that Miner "always encouraged me to write and who, with his own writing skills, supervised my contribution to a project for the Pittsburgh Business Times, was another loud voice from my cheering section -- 'You can do it'." Everett is retired Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Experiment and clergyman at large of the Peale Center. (Paulist Press, 2005)

Feb. 13, 2005 - Miner is pictured in the Beaver County Times in a short article about his "Renaissance Hall of Fame Award." (See entry for Jan. 27, 1005.)

Jan. 28, 2005 - The Pittsburgh Business Times pictures Miner in the "People" section about his recent election as president of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation.

Jan. 27, 2005 - The Pittsburgh Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, bestows its prestigious Renaissance Hall of Fame Award to Miner for his “significant, lasting contributions to the advancement of public relations in the Pittsburgh region.” PRSA is the world's largest organization for PR professionals, and the award is limited to individuals with more than 20 years of experience. Miner was chosen for his pioneering role in creating in-house PR specialties for law and engineering firms in the Pittsburgh region, and in serving the accounting field.His work has been part of the transformation of professional service firms to fill a void of business and civic leadership following the decline of the region's industrial base over the past 25 years.


Jan. 1, 2005 - Miner publishes the 2004 Annual Review of his award-winning genealogy and regional history website,






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