Carrie Gerlach CecilConsultant
areas of expertise
- Public Relations
- Crisis Management
- B.S., Sociology
Carrie Gerlach Cecil is the founder and president of Anachel Communications, Inc., a sports, entertainment and Fortune 500 media strategy firm that creates and implements both internal and external public relations, branding and crisis management strategies to positively impact corporate image and stimulate revenue growth. Through her company, she advises presidents and CEOs of entities and corporations such as NASCAR, FOX Sports Net, ESPN, JMI Sports LLC, Universal Television, The Tennis Channel, The Pac-12 Conference, AVP ProVolleyball, Charter Communications, College Sports Solutions, Columbia Tri-Star, Sony Pictures, Sony Corporate America, Game Show Network and MGM Television and Domestic Films. An in-demand speech writer, executive, and corporate image coach, Cecil confidentially advises professional sport league CEOs and executives, NFL and college football and basketball head and assistant coaches, professional athletes and high-profile executives, and personalities on how to preemptively control and maneuver media and crisis issues that can and will impact their businesses.
Previously, Cecil was president of CGPR Media Strategy, handling public relations as well as government and community affairs for networks, studios and production companies. She traveled the globe working on-set and side-by side with Hollywood’s leading producers, directors, and actors on films including Air Force One, A Thousand Acres, Return to Paradise, End of Days, and Dogma, among others.
Before going out on her own, Cecil was director of entertainment publicity, West Coast, for Turner Network Television (TNT), based in Los Angeles. She began her tenure with Turner Entertainment Group in New York as manager of East Coast public relations and was part of the team that launched Turner Classic Movies. She started her career in public relations in the television department of Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, Inc., and as an intern with The Honorable Senator John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona.
A speaker and author, Cecil has been inspiring audiences for over a decade. She is the author of One Sunday, Dancing For The Devil (with Anny Donewald), and the non-fiction work, Goodness, Gridiron & Grace: A Modern Day Girl’s Game Plan For A Godly Life. Her first novel, Emily’s Reasons Why Not was named one of US Magazine’s Summer Hot Book Picks and was adapted into a single camera comedy for ABC starring Heather Graham. Cecil served as a producer on the show. She and her daughter, Charli created the children’s book, Charli & Wilbur, A Dancing Dogs Dream to inspire young people everywhere to follow their passions. Carrie also contributed as an author to The New York Times Editor Richard Sandomir’s book, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything.
Rose graduated with a B.S. degree in physical education in 1974 from Winthrop University, where she lettered in basketball. She received her Master’s in physical education from Tennessee in 1975. At the University of Tennessee, Rose was an assistant basketball coach under Pat Summitt.
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