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
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.