Mr. Banta has more than 30 years of professional communications and marketing experience in corporate and government sectors having worked for three Fortune 500 companies, and serving in the executive and legislative branches of the Federal government.
Miller Brewing Company:
He began his career as Manager, Public Relations for Miller Brewing Company with primary responsibilities for its Miller Lite brand national public relations activities and event marketing sponsorships. He oversaw brand sponsorship of numerous national sporting events in professional auto racing (NASCAR), tennis (annual Miller Hall of Fame tennis tournament in Newport, RI), baseball (Miller Lite Fun Runs with Major League Baseball), and bowling (PBA tournaments in Anaheim, CA and Milwaukee, WI). During his time at Miller the Lite beer brand won a number of Clio awards for its television ad campaign. He was also responsible for crisis communications involving Miller's 5 regional breweries.
He was Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Special Events, for MCI, Inc. He was responsible for its corporate news bureau and MCI's 7 U.S. regional public relations relations offices. He directed corporate sponsorships with the PGA TOUR, Major League Baseball, Washington Redskins, the America's Cup international regatta championship, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He also was involved with communications involving investor relations and financial presentations.
Nextel Communications, Inc.:
He was Vice President, Corporate Communications, for wireless communications pioneer Nextel Communication, Inc. for 5 years overseeing national and international media and public relations activities. He also directed corporate sponsorships with the PGA's Ryder Cup competition, the USGA's Mens U.S. Open golf championships, PGA Tour's Presidents Cup competition, the NFL and NASCAR. He was responsible for overseeing executive speechwriting and production of the annual report, and served as the corporation's representative to the Northern Virginia High Technology Council.
As Vice President, Global Communication & Marketing Strategy, for FLAG, Inc., a London-based data telecommunications company, he was responsible for strategic communications and marketing efforts involving the company's 4 international markets - Europe (London), Middle East (Dubai), Asia (Hong Kong), and the Americas (Washington, DC). He directed the construction of the company's new website and the conversion of the employee's quarterly newsletter to a daily electronic version.
He served for 4 years in President George H.W. Bush's administration as press secretary to William Bennett, the nation's first Drug Czar. While serving in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy he was presented the "Outstanding Achievement" personnel rating award in 1992 and the "Special Achievement Award" for service in 1991 and 1992. He also served several years as press secretary to U.S. Senator Robert W. Kasten, Jr. prior to working in the White House.
His interests are in lacrosse, golf, boating, hiking and camping, and music. He resides in Ithaca, NY.