Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications to induct second Hall of Fame class

September 13, 2022

CCE Building outside in fall weather.

Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications will induct its second Hall of Fame class on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The honorees are Rich Barry ’89, former vice president at Nickelodeon/Viacom; Ray Hernandez ’04, director of communications at Otis Elevator; Meredith Klein ’05, head of consumer and product communications at Pinterest; and Bruce Taylor ’81, former director of photography at ESPN.

“These four inductees are more than worthy of induction and serve as models for our current students,” said Chris Roush, dean of the School of Communications. “They have all taken what they learned at Quinnipiac and thrived in the communications world as industry leaders.”

A headshot of Rich Barry '89, the former Vice President of Nickelodeon.
Rich Barry '89

Barry, executive creative director for Speed Social Marketing, began his career working for Howard Stern in New York City.  He moved over to Nick as a production coordinator. During his tenure there he oversaw the promotional campaigns for ’90s classics like “Clarissa Explains it All,” “GUTS,” “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold” and “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” He also created a live interactive Halloween show called “Nick or Treat.” While at Nickelodeon, he helped create the live production team, which produced over 1300 episodes of live television. He was an executive producer and later a creative director for the Kids Choice Awards, overseeing the live pre-show from 2000-2009 and the entire international production from 2010 to 2018. 

As Nick’s “Chief Slime Officer,” Barry owned the original recipe for green slime and the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Simultaneously Slimed” (762). In 2018, he struck out on his own, starting Speed Social Marketing, which combined his passion for motorsports with his innate knowledge of promotion and social media platforms.

Hernandez is director of public relations and government affairs at Otis Elevator. 

Headshot of Ray Hernandez of Otis Elevator
Rau Hernandez '04

He has held roles of increasing global responsibility throughout his career including corporate communications, PR, digital/content marketing, and employee/executive communications. Hernandez remains involved with the Quinnipiac community through speaking engagements and student mentoring. He also served as a professional mentor for QU teams participating in the 2016 PRSSA Bateman Competition.

At Pinterest, Klein works closely across teams to dig into consumer insights and create compelling campaigns and stories, including sharing how our innovative products help merge these insights and create joy and inspiration for people around the world.

Prior to her appointment at Pinterest, she was the director of public relations for Walmart.com’s acquired brands, providing communications support for Jet.com, Bonobos, Hayneedle, ELOQUII, Moosejaw and Art.com. In addition, Klein also led communications for Walmart’s Product organization, helping the chief product officer with all facets of executive thought leadership and communications.

A headshot of Meredith Klein of Pinterest
Meredith Klein '05

Before joining Walmart, Klein served as the director of public relations for Jet.com where she relaunched the brand and introduced their private label line, Uniquely J. For more than a decade, she held leadership roles at leading New York City agencies, where she worked with WebMD, Cisco, Adidas and other Fortune 500 companies.

In 2021, PRWeek honored Klein as part of their “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes influencers and innovators guiding the PR industry. She sits on the advisory boards of Quinnipiac’s School of Communications and Ragan Communications.

A national Emmy Award-winning director of photography, Taylor has contributed in large part to countless Emmy award-winning productions.

Headshot of Emmy Award winner Bruce Taylor.
Bruce Taylor '81

His work on HBO’s Real Sports, ESPN’s 50 Greatest Athletes, SportsCentury and Outside the Lines are among them. Taylor’s work has also garnered acclaim at the New York Film Festival, Telly and Peabody Awards.

After traveling extensively with Muhammad Ali, Taylor also was awarded a Cable Ace Award for his work on a documentary about The Champ entitled, “Ali, Still the Greatest.” Taylor specializes in documentaries, branded content, sports, travel, entertainment, commercial and feature production.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Communications’ open-air studio on the Mount Carmel Campus and is part of Bobcat Weekend.

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