Phil Gomes’ career in the communications field is characterized by his passionate interest in technology, media and emerging forms of communication. At Edelman, he has counseled clients across all of the firm’s practices and markets worldwide. In this role, Mr. Gomes challenges teams and companies to engage with online communities in ways that are compelling, persuasive and parallel with “digital citizenship” expectations. During his near-decade in Silicon Valley prior to joining Edelman, he worked with such innovative companies as SRI International, Adaptec, Matrix Semiconductor (now part of SanDisk/WD), and Hitachi Semiconductor (now Renesas). Phil’s work helped guide clients to win the Technology Pioneers Programme Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Twice. Known for industry “firsts,” he is widely considered to be the first PR professional to start a blog (2001) and the first to describe and demonstrate the value of blockchain technology in communications. Phil earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master of Business Administration degree from Purdue University (Northwest Indiana). He also designed and teaches “Online Communities in the Public Relations Context” for Kent State University’s master’s program in public relations.