"Reasonable voice in the room..."

A highly organized, business-focused executive with over 40 years experience in defining and implementing business strategy, managing sensitive organizational crises, and developing effective public policy advocacy. A creative entrepreneur with extensive writing, public speaking and media relations experience. Proven business planning and execution experience. Often referred to by CEOs, board members, and legal counsel as the "reasonable voice in the room."

 

 

Current work:

Principal – Fallingbrook Associates, LLC

Fayetteville,  NY

Crisis communications and reputation risk management consultant that serves as a trusted advisor to CEOs, boards and legal counsel in sensitive situations which are critical to an organization’s reputation and integrity. Highly confidential client list and assignments.  

 

Senior Policy Advisory - PR Quinlan Associates

Washington, DC

Serve as consultant and policy advisor to president and owner of government relations/lobbying firm based in Washington, DC on various public policy issues on behalf of clients across 20 states.

 

Senior Consultant – Strategic Communications, LLC

Syracuse, NY

Provide trusted counsel on proactive public relations efforts as well as crisis communications and reputation management strategies

Past Professional Experience:

 

Interim Chair & Professor – Public Relations Department

S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Provided strategic direction and oversight for 20 academic and professional faculty. Highly rated and sought after by undergraduate and graduate students for courses taught in ethics, crisis communications, communications law, and public relations management.

 

Masters of Communications Management Program, McMaster University

Designed and taught courses in strategic public relations management and applied ethics for graduate program; served as academic advisor for dozens of capstone master’s students.

Founder and President –Strategic Communications, LLC

Syracuse, NY 

Offered integrated strategic planning, public relations, communications, crisis management and public affairs consulting firm to business and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Specialized in work with law firms, financial services, manufacturers, energy companies, state government agencies & healthcare organizations.

 

Benchmarking Council Facilitator – National Propane Gas Association

Washington, DC

Served as facilitator for group of multiple energy business owners from across the United States, providing guidance and direction to these individuals during strategic sessions held around the country.

Vice President, Business Development & Public Affairs - Agway Energy Products

Syracuse, NY

Provided oversight of public affairs, legal and media relations issues associated with $700 million energy business. Initiated, launched and successfully grew profitable natural gas & electricity business.         

 

Senior Loss Control Consultant – Hartford Insurance Group

Syracuse, NY

Responsibility for risk evaluation and loss control services related to all lines of property and casualty insurance to health care, educational and other institutional settings. Consultant for regulatory compliance, disaster planning, and professional liability.

 

Director of Building, Life Safety and Environmental Services – Loretto

Syracuse, NY

Served as facilities director of a 1,000+ bed, multi-level, geriatric health care center with numerous locations.  Managed over 100 staff in five departments for a 1,000+ bed, multi-level, senior citizen health care center with numerous locations. Developed comprehensive shared-community disaster plan for ten (10) healthcare facilities.