ABOUT OUR BLOGGERS
I began my career working in our Parts Operations out in California, later Field Operations and now in Public Affairs. My first company car was a ’72 145 in ‘Safety Orange’, a pumpkin on wheels. I’ve owned more Volvos than I can remember and of course my kids grew up in Volvos. I’ve been involved with mainly safety and environmental systems and I worked on our Safety Concept Car (SCC) that later became today’s C30.
Jawanza Ali Keita
I’m a Philly dude who’s not new to media and PR by any means — or to cars, for that matter. But this is technically a new industry for me. I previously spent about 15 years in insurance and financial services. So if you consider that I spent more than decade helping people be safer in cars, it’s not much of a stretch that now I’m at Volvo talking about and promoting the safest cars in the market. Beyond that, I was a writer, journalist, editor and writing instructor for about a decade. In addition to loving my Volvo S60 T5 AWD and learning all I can from Dan, I run, ride motorcycles and play percussion.
Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I now call sunny southern California home. I began working with Volvo’s Corporate Communications team in 2008, when I managed VCNA’s national press fleet and secured vehicles for various movies (e.g., “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Killers,” “Solitary Man” and “After.Life.”) Now, I support the team on press launches and at media events, and don’t be surprised to find me at a race or two!