One-on-One. People. Talking.
This month’s conversation features two great communicators, caterer and entrepreneur Jann Robinson and public relations professional Atticus Rominger. The discussion centered on the role change plays in life, the essence of building your own brand and launching out on your own to pursue your dreams. A firm believer in the adage that the only constant in life is change, Robinson has certainly lived it to the hilt. Married with five children and one on the way, she lost her husband Dave to lymphoma back in 2005. She found herself the sole owner of the couple’s catering business and set out on a path to build not just her business but her personal brand, as well. All while being the sole parent to six kids, now ages 5 to 16. Jann Robinson has always been regarded as a “natural” in today’s modern food culture. In the food service business since the early ‘90s, Jann has catered to President George W. Bush’s press corps twice, the likes of Beyonce Knowles, The Winans, Michael McDonald and several other up and coming acting and musical artists. As her catering business continues to develop, Robinson also began working on developing a television series about great living in the South. That lifestyle show is still in development. Robinson’s life is about to undergo yet another change this Labor Day weekend when she plans to marry again. A health and fitness entrepreneur, her intended, Boomer Sirmans, is from South Florida. Robinson and her children are excited about their new future. Atticus Rominger is a Birmingham-based public relations consultant. A veteran broadcast news reporter, Rominger turned in his microphone in favor of a one–man PR shop in 2006. Rominger works with corporate, small business and non-profit clients to craft messages and strategies for delivering those messages to the right audiences. Rominger is committed to work that makes our community a better place to live. He is the chairman-elect of the advisory board for the Jefferson-Shelby Chapter of the American Red Cross and for two years chaired their signature fund-raiser, Paint the Town Red, a digital art and street fair. He is a member of the board of the Advent Episcopal Association for Education and was recently named one of Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Rominger keeps his journalistic skills sharp through freelance video production and writing projects, including occasional articles for Birmingham magazine, often focusing on politics and community development issues. Rominger and his wife, Andrea, have three daughters. They live in, and continuously work on, a historic home in Birmingham’s Highland Park neighborhood.•