Steve Wattenmaker is founder and president of SimulConference Solutions, Inc. He is a strategic communications consultant and entrepreneur with special expertise in conceiving and managing public awareness campaigns, leading social media marketing initiatives, and harnessing technology to amplify outreach for associations, institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
SimulConference Solutions pulls together a talented team for each project, depending on the requirements – videographers, social media platform specialists, writers, producers, designers.
Since its founding in 1999, Wattenmaker’s firm has assisted a varied client portfolio. Some examples:
- Council on Foundations. Oversaw a four-year transformation of the organization’s approach to conference marketing. Introduced effective use of social media, including video webcasts of foundation-supported projects around the country.
- State of the World Forum. Implemented a multimedia public-information campaign to support this NGO’s annual presentations by world leaders gathered in New York City for the annual UN opening session.
- National Transportation Safety Board. Assisted the NTSB in opening its accident investigation hearings to a worldwide public audience.
- Families USA. Increased public exposure to organization’s events, including annual conference and health-care reform advocacy.
- The Capitol Connection. Advised Washington, D.C., area’s largest public affairs and news cable TV system associated with George Mason University. Multiyear engagement concentrated on core marketing strategies, website development, and transition into webcast production services.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Created a multifaceted virtual conference that paralleled the association’s 18,000-member annual convention. The three-year contract resulted in increased convention attendance, membership recruitment, and higher revenue.
Wattenmaker also co-founded and served as acting CEO of csMentor, Inc., a mobile mentoring technology venture for secondary and university students. He guided development of csMentor’s unique online and mobile software platform that was awarded patent protection and positively evaluated. His responsibilities included supervising software engineers, managing csMentor pilot projects across the country, writing successful foundation and federal government grant proposals, recruiting nationally known educators to csMentor’s board, and running the business aspects of the initiative.
Earlier Career Milestones
Wattenmaker served as strategic communications vice president for the Telecommunications Cooperative Network – a nationwide business cooperative of nonprofits and associations based in New York City. Even earlier in his career he managed media relations and directed field organizing efforts nationally for several landmark labor-rights and women’s health advocacy campaigns.
He holds a B.A. and teaching credentials from Colgate University and served as a U.S. Army medic. Wattenmaker is married and lives in Washington, D.C.