Carrie Gerlach Cecil
Founder and President of Anachel Communications, Inc.
Carrie Gerlach Cecil is the founder and president of Anachel Communications, Inc., a sports, entertainment and Fortune 500 media strategy firm that creates and implements both internal and external public relations, branding and crisis management strategies to positively impact corporate image and stimulate revenue growth. Through her company she advises presidents and CEOs of entities and corporations such as NASCAR, FOX Sports Net, ESPN, JMI Sports LLC, Universal Television, The Tennis Channel, The Pac-12 Conference, AVP ProVolleyball, Charter Communications, College Sports Solutions, Columbia Tri-Star, Sony Pictures, Sony Corporate America, Game Show Network and MGM Television and Domestic Films. An in-demand speech writer, executive and corporate image coach, Cecil confidentially advises professional sport league CEOs and executives, NFL and college football and basketball head and assistant coaches, professional athletes and high-profile executives and personalities on how to preemptively control and maneuver media and crisis issues that can and will impact their businesses.
Previously, Cecil was the president of CGPR Media Strategy, handling public relations as well as government and community affairs for networks, studios and production companies. In that experience she traveled the globe working on-set and side-by side with Hollywood’s leading producers, directors and actors on films including Air Force One, A Thousand Acres, Return to Paradise, End of Days, and Dogma, among others.
Before going out on her own, Cecil was director of entertainment publicity, West Coast for Turner Network Television (TNT), based in Los Angeles. She began her tenure with Turner Entertainment Group in New York as manager of East Coast public relations and was part of the team that launched Turner Classic Movies. She started her career in public relations in the television department of Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, Inc., and as an intern with The Honorable Senator John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona.
A speaker and author, Cecil has been inspiring audiences for over a decade. A sample of her works include: ONE SUNDAY, [Simon & Schuster's 2013], a novel that has received critical praise and the national media spotlight. She is currently penning the highly sought-after memoir, Dancing For The Devil [Simon & Schuster/September 2014] with Anny Donewald. Cecil’s additional non-fiction work, Goodness, Gridiron & Grace: A Modern Day Girl’s Game Plan For A Godly Life, is being penned for 2015. Her first novel Emily’s Reasons Why Not [Harper Collins] was named one of US Magazine’s Summer Hot Book Picks. The novel was adapted into a single camera comedy for ABC starring Heather Graham. Cecil served as a producer on the show. She and her daughter, Charli created the children’s book, Charli & Wilbur, A Dancing Dogs Dream to inspire young people everywhere to follow their passions. Carrie also contributed as an author to The New York Times Editor Richard Sandomir’s book, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything.
Carrie has written a number of projects for the screen including her latest television drama In The Huddle, based on her blogs, Gridiron Woman that was optioned by Lifetime Television . She is attached to create and write the pilot. Cecil has also written the feature films Sweet Revenge, [2010/Broken Road Productions] and 5th Avenue Bum, [2005/Laurence Bender Productions]. Cecil has penned articles for Y’ALL: The Art of Southern Living magazine; Composed her weekly column Notes from Lot S: A Football Wife for the sports section of The TENNESSEAN newspaper. She served as blogger for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans website, Titansonline.com and NFLWives.com as well as crafting pieces for the NFL. You can find her witty upscale travel and lifestyle pieces on JohnnyJet.com, Traveling Grace, NFLWives.com as well as a plethora of others.
Cecil is a principle partner of Unfiltered Faith, a global revolution destined to inspire all people to live their lives on purpose and lead them to a real connection with God.
Cecil and her husband, NCAA College Football Hall of Fame player, former Pro Bowl Safety and Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator and current St. Louis Rams defensive coach, Chuck Cecil, believe that God has blessed their lives in many ways and are dedicated to giving back both financially and with their time. The duo spilt their time between California and St. Louis, and have a nine-year-old daughter, Charli Alleene.
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