Dan Coulter Biography
Dan Coulter owns and operates a video production business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Julie. Coulter Video produces Asperger Syndrome and autism titles and sells them through online retailers and bookstores. The company also produces business and personal videos for clients.
Dan was born in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Springfield’s Central High School and attended Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University) for two years on a debate scholarship.
Before his junior year, Dan transferred to the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he earned a B.A. with Honors in Speech and Dramatic Art (Radio-TV-Film) and was named a University Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dan helped pay for college with a series of broadcasting jobs, including working as a disc jockey/newsman at radio station KICK in Springfield, as an announcer at television station KOMU in Columbia, Missouri, and as an assistant program director at public radio station KBIA in Columbia.
After graduation, Dan became a weather reporter/promotions director at television station KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri. One year later, he moved into educational television as a writer/producer/director for Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. While at JCCC, Dan produced a broad range of programs, including a documentary about the artist Christo’s work in Kansas City entitled, “The Wrapping of Loose Park.”
After five years creating educational videos, Dan accepted a job as a writer/producer/director with AT&T in Kansas City and was later promoted to produce videos at AT&T’s Long Lines headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey. While at AT&T, Dan held a variety of positions in communications and public relations with increasing responsibility. He worked in two headquarters locations in New Jersey and in field offices in Kansas City and Atlanta. In one headquarters job, he supervised the national media relations group responsible for AT&T's residential services and consumer products. Some samples of his accomplishments include:
Devising AT&T's national news media strategy to retain customers when the U.S. government required customers to choose between AT&T and other long distance companies. Three out of four customers chose AT&T.
Dramatically increasing media coverage of AT&T residential services across the South with a strategy targeting broadcast stations.
In association with the Disney Company, producing the television program “The National Information Infrastructure and You,” featuring Bill Nye, the Science Guy, for the U.S. President’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee.
Writing, producing and directing the travel safety video, “When You’re A Stranger,” used by more than 50 corporations and the US Postal Service.
In 1996, AT&T spun off its manufacturing unit to form Lucent Technologies. Dan spent two years as the new company's first financial media relations director when Lucent was the most widely held stock in the United States. His other assignments at Lucent included leading the PR/advertising group supporting Lucent’s software business and serving as a media relations director at Bell Laboratories. At Bell Labs, Dan generated national broadcast, print and web-based media coverage of Lucent products and technologies. Dan also provided direction and counsel to Lucent’s media relations managers around the world on broadcast and Internet issues -- and wrote speeches for Bell Labs' president and Lucent's Software Group president.
In 2001, Dan became vice-president of communications at Global Crossing in Madison, New Jersey. He served as the telecom company’s primary spokesperson to the national media and headed the Global Crossing media relations team, then became the head of executive communications and employee communications. In this position, Dan wrote the CEO’s speeches and oversaw a staff producing a daily email employee newsletter, an internal news website, and other communications for the company’s global employees. He also initiated and produced web-based video news updates for employees around the world.
While at Lucent and Global Crossing, Dan and his wife, Julie, used Dan's vacation time to create two videos about Asperger Syndrome, now also known as Autism Level One. Dan and Julie’s son, Drew, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997.
In 2003, Dan left Global Crossing to move to North Carolina and work with Julie to produce educational videos full time as a family business. Coulter Video products have been recommended by the School Library Journal and endorsed by autism experts from Harvard Medical School and Yale University.