Since 2005, Hal has provided executive speech writing for top executives of Shell Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, CenterPoint Energy, GE Aero Energy, UPS, Sim-Tex LP, cPanel and the Greater Houston Partnership. He's also lectured on speechwriting for NASA, Texas A&M University, the National Association of Government Communicators, more than half a dozen national speechwriter conferences and the U.K. Speechwriter's Guild.
From 2001 to 2004, Hal was corporate speechwriter for ConocoPhillips, then the fifth-largest corporation on the Fortune 500 list, where he wrote speeches for chairman of the board Archie Dunham and other COP executives.
From 1997 to the beginning of 2001, Hal was special assistant to General Colin L. Powell at America's Promise, General Powell's campaign for young people. At America's Promise, Hal drafted speeches, articles, op/eds, and correspondence for the General, including "Dispatches," a regular web page on the Internet.
Hal assisted General Powell with his public statements at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, which was held in Philadelphia in April 1997, and which was attended by Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter, and Ford along with Vice President Gore, First Lady Hilary Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and many other national figures and celebrities, including the governors of thirty states.
Hal was a speechwriter in the Reagan White House, where he wrote for Counselor to the President Edwin Meese, OMB director James C. Miller, and other top domestic advisors to the President. On leaving the White House, Hal worked as a full-time corporate speechwriter for Texaco and Lockheed Martin.
Hal has a B.A. in political science from Drew University, a law degree from George Washington University, and an M.A. in public communication from American University.
Hal has taught as an adjunct instructor in communications at Houston Baptist University. He is a speech writer Texas executives and the nation's leaders utilize.