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Crisis Communications
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SM& Senior Vice President T.J. Winick was recently the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Construction Safety Roundtable – Eastern Massachusetts, an initiative sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local construction companies to share best practices and improve construction safety. The nature of the construction industry makes it one...
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CEO
Our President Ashley McCown recently served as a featured panelist at the PR News Crisis Management Summit in Miami Beach.  Among her fellow speakers and attendees were a variety of in-house marcomms professionals from some of the world’s leading brands as well as other agency leaders. The conference kicked off with a media training workshop,...
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SM& Senior Vice President TJ Winick was recently quoted in PR trade outlet PR News, offering his perspective on the first public appearance of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn following his arrest for alleged financial improprieties. From taking ownership to establishing transparent next steps, TJ offers public speaking tips for leaders to demonstrate genuine remorse...
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PR Crises
Our President Ashley McCown’s take on the biggest public relations crises of last year was recently featured in leading industry trade publication PR News. 2018’s list includes some of America’s biggest brand names and—as usual– Ashley’s biannual roundup pulls no punches. Click the video below to see what made the cut and what you can...
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It wasn’t so long ago when colleges and universities were the beneficiaries of a trusting deference; when it was believed they could be counted on to “do the right thing.” As a result, they were left alone to police themselves. That now seems like ancient history. I recently attended a panel called Transparency and Accountability:...
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The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2018, Florence, may have been downgraded to a category 1 storm by the time it made landfall, yet its gale-force winds and torrential rains were powerful enough to devastate parts of the Carolinas; communities were flooded, residents were stranded and more than 40 lives were lost. History would indicate...
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On Monday night Bachelor Nation watched Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, the 28-year-old public relations executive from Minneapolis, Minnesota, get engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen, a 29-year-old medical sales rep from Reno, Nevada. Many viewers felt that Becca was finally receiving the justice she deserved after a very public breakup last season when her then-fiancé, former bachelor Arie...
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Ashley McCown, SM& president and crisis communications expert, rates her top PR crises at the halfway point of the year. Key takeaways from Ashley’s video include: Social media plays a central role in this year’s scandals, either amplifying brands’ missteps or giving rise to the crisis itself. Despite all the bad press in 2017, the...
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Solomon McCown & Company President Ashley McCown recently spoke at a sexual harassment prevention seminar hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and WTS Boston. Ashley was joined by fellow experts in their fields: Beverly Tompkins, Vice President at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.; Cheryl Waterhouse, Partner at Donovan Hatem, LLP; Michael...
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All the safety precautions and procedures in the world are of little use unless they are communicated effectively. As crisis counselors, we routinely advise clients on how leadership should alert key audiences to timely matters such as how often property managers should be communicating with tenants in the event of an emergency. It was through...
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