|Founded||Cleveland, Ohio, 1925|
|Key people||Kathy Cupper Obert, CEO; Wayne Hill, President; Don Hohmeier, Executive Vice President; Nora Jacobs, Executive Vice President; Mark Grieves, Executive Vice President|
|Products||Strategic communication consulting services including public relations, marketing communications,investor relations, crisis communications, reputation management, public affairs, social media & online communications and graphic design. The term privately held company refers to ownership of a business company in two different ways first referring to ownership by non-governmental organizations and second Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state For other uses of this term see Industry (disambiguation An industry (from Latin industrius, "diligent industrious" Public relations (PR is the practice of managing the flow of Information between an Organization and its Publics Public relations - often referred In Marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a Market that might satisfy a want or need|
Edward Howard is an Ohio-based public relations, investor relations, marketing communications and graphic design firm that opened in 1925. Employment is a Contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads Public relations (PR is the practice of managing the flow of Information between an Organization and its Publics Public relations - often referred Investor Relations (IR is a strategic management responsibility that integrates finance communication marketing and securities law compliance to enable the most effective two-way communication Marketing communications (or marcom) are Messages and related media used to communicate with a Market. The term graphic design can refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines which focus on visual communication and presentation  It is the nation’s longest-established independent public relations firm and is 100 percent employee owned. 
The firm has long been highly regarded for its expertise in public relations, marketing communications, media relations, crisis communications, reputation management, investor relations, public/government affairs, graphic design and video production, and more recently, for its leadership in social media and interactive online communications. Crisis communications is generally considered a sub-specialty of the Public relations profession that is designed to protect and defend an Individual, Company Reputation management is the process of tracking an entity's actions and other entities' opinions about those actions reporting on those actions and opinions and reacting to Summary Professional Video production, or videography, is the Art and service of videotaping editing and distributing a finished Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings
The company was founded in 1925 by Edward Howard II, then a young employee who had served as an advertising manager for The Cleveland Trust Company. Among other duties, he edited Cleveland Trust's employee publication and promoted the sale of liberty bonds to help raise finances for World War I through propaganda posters at bank branch offices. A Liberty Bond was a special type of War bond that was sold in the United States to support the allied cause in World War I. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All Previously, Edward Howard II had worked as a police and sports reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and had obtained a year of law school education. The Plain Dealer is the major daily Newspaper of Cleveland Ohio. With $400 in start-up capital, the support of his young wife Claire McMurray Howard, and two clients, he began a new career in the fledgling field of public relations.
Over the next 29 years, he established and expanded the firm beyond its original two clients – a stock brokerage and a bank (Cleveland Trust) – to include leading organizations such as Hanna Mining Co. , Cleveland Graphite Bronze (later Clevite) and the Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Hot Springs is an unincorporated community in Bath County, Virginia, United States. In the meantime, wife Claire McMurray Howard became a prominent columnist with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, penning a column titled "Good Morning," from 1936 until 1965. In 1941, the J.B. Lippincott Company published Claire's first book, And Beat Him When He Sneezes, a collection of her columns that appeared in The Plain Dealer. J B Lippincott & Co was an American Publishing house founded in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1836 by Joshua B This book later became the basis for Claire's national radio show on NBC Radio. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's
Edward Howard II's three sons, Edward Howard III, James T. Howard, and Nathanial R. (Nate) Howard all worked in the agency. The Cleveland Clinic, Eaton Corporation, Lubrizol, Reliance Electric, White Motor, and Pickands Mather Co. The Cleveland Clinic (formally known as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation) is a multispecialty academic medical center located in Cleveland, Ohio, Eaton Corporation ( is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13 The Lubrizol Corporation is a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation industrial and consumer markets White Motor Company was an American Automobile and Truck manufacturer in existence from 1900 to 1981 were all important clients during the 1950s and 1960s.
Eldest son, Edward Howard III, would became chief executive officer in 1954 when founder Edward Howard passed away of a second heart attack. Middle son James Howard, became chief executive office just seven years later in 1961 when his brother Edward Howard III moved to Sydney, Australia to form an Edward Howard branded public relations consulting business there.
James Howard focused the firm heavily on both investor relations and political work. In 1967, the company published the nation’s first timely disclosure manual for publicly traded companies. The agency was hired by Richard Nixon in 1968 to consult on his candidacy for president of the United States of America. In 1969, Edward Howard acquired three entities of Selvage & Lee, forming Selvage, Lee & Howard and adding offices in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D That transaction demerged just 27 months later, and Selvage & Lee merged with Farley Manning to form Manning, Selvage & Lee in 1972.
In 1970, the company bought back the stock held by members of the Howard family, naming John T. (Jack) Bailey as president. Under Bailey’s direction, Edward Howard provided crisis communications consulting work to Oglebay Norton Company during the tragic 1975 sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. Construction and operation On February 1, 1957, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin contracted Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes of North America. It created the New Cleveland Campaign, one of the nation's earliest economic development marketing programs, and in 1980, Edward Howard handled media relations work for the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan presidential debate in Cleveland. James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr (born October 1 1924 was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981 and the recipient of the 2002 The United States presidential election of 1980 featured a contest between incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter and his Republican opponent Ronald Reagan
Bailey served as the firm’s top executive for 15 years until he retired as chairman and chief executive officer in 1986 and was succeeded by Stanley L. Ulchaker. Davis B. Young joined the firm shortly thereafter in 1987 and teamed with Ulchaker to lead the firm and serve as its president throughout the 1990s. In 1996, Young authored Building Your Company’s Good Name, a book on corporate reputation management published by the American Management Association.
An Akron, Ohio office was added in 1989 with the acquisition of David A. Akron is a city in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Summit County. Meeker & Associates; this office was merged into the Cleveland office in 2002. The Columbus, Ohio office opened in 1991 as a start-up operation. Columbus is the Capital and the largest city of the US state of Ohio. In 1992, the Dayton, Ohio office was added through the acquisition of Winslow Chappell, Inc. Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the County seat and largest city of Montgomery County.
Well-known Edward Howard clients during the 1980s and 1990s included Rubbermaid, Progressive Insurance, Major League Baseball, Rockwell International, AT&T Wireless Services, Target Corporation, Cleveland Cavaliers, Invacare, Charter One and Revco Drug Stores. The Progressive Corporation (PGR Progressive Casualty Insurance Company through its subsidiaries provides personal Automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty Rockwell International was the ultimate incarnation of a series of companies under the sphere of influence of Willard Rockwell, who had made his fortune after the invention and AT&T Wireless Services Inc, formerly part of AT&T Corp, was a Wireless Telephone carrier in the United States, based in Redmond Washington Target Corporation ( is an American Retailing company that was founded in Minneapolis Minnesota in 1902 The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional Basketball team based in Cleveland Ohio. Invacare Corporation ( is world's leading manufacturer and distributor of non-acute medical equipments including Wheelchairs, Mobility scooters, Walkers Several banks are commonly known as Citizens Bank. Citizens Financial Group Inc Revco Discount Drug Stores (known simply as Revco or Revco DS
Upon Ulchaker’s retirement in 2000, a new management team assumed responsibility for the firm. It presently consists of chairman and chief executive officer Kathy Cupper Obert; president Wayne R. Hill; and executive vice presidents Donald Hohmeier , Nora Jacobs and Mark Grieves.
While the agency's work is spread nationally and internationally, the company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and has wholly owned offices in Columbus and Dayton. Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state Edward Howard is also a member of Pinnacle Worldwide, an organization of independently-owned public relations agencies with more than 60 offices in 36 countries.
Well-known clients of Edward Howard in more recent years include organizations such as Wal-Mart, Sherwin-Williams, Nokia, The Hoover Company, Dirt Devil, Invisible Fence, Huffy, Kidde, BP, Glimcher, AEP Ohio, Cleveland Indians, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (or Walmart as written in its new logo is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores The Sherwin-Williams Company is an American company in the general building materials industry Nokia Corporation (pronunciation /'nɔkiɑ/),,) is a Finnish multinational Communications Corporation, headquartered The Hoover Company started out as an American floor care manufacturer based in North Canton, Ohio. Dirt Devil is a brand name of household vacuum cleaners and floor care A pet fence, fenceless boundary or invisible fence is a wire around the perimeter of a home designed to keep a Pet within the boundaries of the property The Huffy Corporation is an American importer and manufacturer of inexpensive mass-market Bicycles and Golf equipment Kidde (pronounced "kidda" is a corporation that manufactures and distributes fire detection and extinguishing equipment BP plc, previously known as British Petroleum, is the third largest global Energy company, a multinational oil company (" Oil major American Electric Power ( is a major investor-owner Electric utility in various parts of the United States. The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Publicly held Cedar Fair, operator of Cedar Point and numerous other amusement parks, remains the agency’s single longest standing client relationship, dating back to the late 1960s, more than 40 years. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, legally known as Cedar Fair L Cedar Point is a 364 acre (15 km² Amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, U
Edward Howard remains a highly regarded agency throughout the nation. The firm is the recipient of 22 Silver Anvils – the highest award of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Edward Howard has garnered more than any other Ohio-based public relations firm. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA based in New York City, is the world's largest organization for Public relations professionals
The most recent Silver Anvil was awarded in 2006 for the company's work in behalf of the Greater Cleveland Partnership/Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS is an agency of the United States Department of Defense that provides Finance and Accounting services The campaign not only saved 1,200 existing jobs in Cleveland but was responsible for adding 500 more.  The U. S. Government's Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners overturned the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Cleveland's Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) base. Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Edward Howard was also awarded PRSA's first-ever "Best of Silver Anvil" Award for its reputation management work on behalf of Revco Drug Stores during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Revco, then the nation’s largest drugstore chain, had gone private in Wall Street's leveraged buyout craze of the 1980s, a decision which ultimately led to one of the most prominent and contentious chapter 11 filings of the period. A leveraged buyout (or LBO, or highly-leveraged transaction (HLT or "bootstrap" transaction occurs when a Financial sponsor acquires a controlling interest Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which permits reorganization under the Bankruptcy laws of the United States Edward Howard's public relations work on behalf of the chain helped restore vendor confidence, ensure positive media coverage, retain tens of thousands of employees, and stave off numerous hostile takeover attempts.