Conroy Boxhill: 40 Under 40 2015

SVP, corporate and crisis communications, Edelman

As the crisis and issues management practice lead for Edelman in the Southeast, Conroy Boxhill has smoothly managed major crises, a massive car seat recall by Graco, and a potentially explosive racial controversy at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Boxhill has worked at Edelman for a decade; he joined as a young SAE working in the public affairs practice in New York. He was a key member of the team that spearheaded communications for the Lower Manhattan recovery effort, an award-winning campaign. His team also picked up a 2011 International PR Corporate Communications Campaign of the Year for work on the spinoff of ITT into three independent companies.

Other clients have included Humana, Pepsi, and the Empire State Building. He was part of the team that helped the latter block a proposal that would have allowed a developer to construct a building that would have changed the New York skyline. Strategic placements in various media outlets, such as The New York Times, spurred public dialogue and led to the defeat of the resolution.

"Conroy is a strategic communicator who has the ability to quickly synthesize a situation and develop an approach that is customized and effective," says Nzinga Shaw, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Atlanta Hawks and a former Edelman executive.

Boxhill’s PR career kicked off with five years at Rubenstein Associates, where he helped launch the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival and led media coverage for David Blaine.

In Atlanta, Boxhill has demonstrated his business acumen, doubling the practice’s
revenue and adding signature brands to the portfolio, including Gerber Baby Products, VF Corporation, and Georgia-Pacific.

Edelman has awarded him three of its most coveted internal awards: an Eddy for individual excellence and another for team innovation; and the Charles E. Fremes award, which is given to the employee who most completely demonstrates the values and spirit of the organization.

He’s also a skilled manager and a generous teacher of the craft, including through mentorship and speaking engagements at the PR Council of Alabama Dream Conference and the National Black Public Relations Society’s annual conferences.

- Originally from Jamaica, Boxhill immigrated to the US as a teen and took his first job pushing an Italian ice cart

- He is a father of two, and mentors a number of younger PR pros. As a board member, he advises CHRIS Kids, an Atlanta nonprofit supporting children who have "aged out" of foster care

- In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and listening to reggae music. He has read The Art of War five times and is on a pursuit to read the full Bible

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