DIARY: PR high flyers get into a New York state of mind

PR’s elder statesmen were much in evidence during PR Week’s brief sortie to New York last week, where a heavyweight panel of 12 top PR executives gathered at the Manhattan offices of Edelman PR to opine on some of the pressing issues facing the PR industry.

PR’s elder statesmen were much in evidence during PR Week’s brief sortie

to New York last week, where a heavyweight panel of 12 top PR executives

gathered at the Manhattan offices of Edelman PR to opine on some of the

pressing issues facing the PR industry.



Joint CEO Richard Edelman provided the breakfast while father Daniel -

75 and still going strong - provided the light relief. In an unscheduled

visit he interrupted the meeting to announce ‘Hi, I’m Dan Edelman. I

thought I’d just let you know that I’m still alive’.



The American PR industry’s elder statesmen were also much in evidence at

last Thursday’s ‘Creativity in PR’ Awards, organised by Inside PR

magazine at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. This year’s lifetime achievement

award was awarded jointly to Al Fleishman and Bob Hillard - co-founders

of Fleishman-Hillard in 1946 - both of whom have now retired from the

business.



Ever the showman, Hillard used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to

the talents of F-H chairman John Graham - and in the process revealed

Graham’s revenue targets for 1996 to a room packed with his competitors.

If you’re interested the figure was dollars 100 million.



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