Category Archive for: Executive

Travis Small Joins Solomon McCown as Senior Vice President

Our team is proud to announce that PR veteran Travis Small has joined Solomon McCown as a Senior Vice President. He leads the agency’s award-winning healthcare, non-profit and education practice. “Travis has a distinguished and proven track record of working with some of the country’s most respected brands,” said Helene Solomon, CEO of Solomon McCown…

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Ashley McCown on PR and Legal Team Working Together in Higher Education

Being the president of a college or university has never been an easy job—and perhaps has never been more difficult than it is today. Increasingly, leaders in higher education are dealing with sensitive issues, ranging from transgender rights to union organizing efforts, that can often lead to legal or communication crises. It’s often believed that…

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Solomon McCown’s Top 4 PR Crises of 2016

Solomon McCown President and crisis communication expert Ashley McCown looks back at the four biggest PR crises of 2016 in this video, first shared by PRNews. From admirable responses to textbook cases on how not to manage an issue, check out Ashley’s thoughts in the clip above. Which crises stood out to you? Let us…

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Happy Holidays from Solomon McCown!

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays to everyone who made 2016 a memorable year, captured in this video. Solomon McCown’s 13th year was a busy one for the agency. From launching a government affairs practice to landing high-profile media coverage and developing effective digital strategies to seeing CEO Helene Solomon named a Woman of FIRE, we’re…

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Battling Fake News

Fake News. It’s more than an oxymoron. It’s an all-out assault on democracy. Think that’s hyperbole? Thomas Jefferson is believed to have written, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” So, how can a citizenry that now has a shorter attention span than a goldfish and which increasingly gets its news…

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Now What? Four Steps Government Relations Pros are Taking this Week

It’s over. It’s finally over. The 2016 election cycle, which began on roughly November 7, 2012, has officially (unless you live in Louisiana) come to a close. The new Congress will be sworn in January 3, the new Massachusetts legislature takes office January 4, and President-Elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20. So…

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What You Say & How You Say It

Our client RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England invited Solomon McCown to present at their RECHARGE networking and educational event, recently held in Boston. The name of our breakout session was It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It. The reality is that both are important; that is, having key messages that resonate and providing…

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A Reckoning for Infotainment?

As Billy Bush and NBC reportedly negotiate his exit from the Today show, it confirmed, yet again, why the blurring of lines between journalism and entertainment is a dangerous trend. Full disclosure: I spent six years as an on-air correspondent in a competing network’s news division. I was also a classmate of Billy’s at Colby…

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Arnold Palmer: The Loss of a King. The Death of a Gentleman

On September 25, 2016 the sporting world lost a major figure. Arnold Palmer was not the greatest player to ever hit a golf ball. He didn’t have the prettiest swing nor did he win any and all tournaments he possibly could have during his career. But he certainly made the greatest impact to the modern…

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How Crisis Communications Can Help Clean up the Mess

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting in New York City. The trademark session where I was one of three speakers was entitled “Brands Under Attack: How Brand Owners can Save Face.” Attendees came to hear how ambush marketing, data breaches and negative PR impacts brand value,…

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