Bill Marion is not only an expert in public relations and political consulting, he also happens to know his Kerouac and Keats. As a former university instructor in English and history, he knows how to leverage the power of language to move popular opinions like nobody else in the business. As a managing partner of Purdue Marion & Associates since 2001, he provides comprehensive account management oversight along with strategic communications planning and implementation for a wide variety of clients and businesses.
From 1986 to 1989, Bill served as the assistant director for the Nevada Humanities Committee, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, developing diverse programs for museums, libraries, universities and other cultural institutions throughout the state. From 1989 to 1992, Bill worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid as the director of his state office in Las Vegas and, from 1993 to 1998, he was special assistant to Senator Reid in Washington, D.C. He has served as an advisor to numerous political campaigns, and in recognition for his continued work in public relations and government affairs, In Business Las Vegas recognized Bill Marion as a “Person of Influence” in 2008.
A native of Las Vegas, Bill received his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, his M.A. in English and American Studies from Purdue University, and continued his education in the Ph.D. program in literature at Boston University. His passion for cultural development in southern Nevada is evident in his personal and professional life. As the past Chairman of the Las Vegas Arts Commission, he was responsible for passage of the percent-for-the-arts program. He was the founding development director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, served on the board of the Las Vegas Art Museum, and is currently the chairman of The Neon Museum Board. He regularly gives presentations on Las Vegas history for the Las Vegas Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas program, and devotes time and resources to numerous other civic causes. In southern Nevada, Bill has made an art out of furthering both communication and culture.