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Ed Stevens, APR


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Ed Stevens, APR

– Chairman & CEO

After rising through the ranks of Dix & Eaton to become Vice-Chairman, Ed Stevens ran the Corporate Communications Departments for two Fortune 500 companies. He purchased Baron Advertising in 1999 and renamed it twice to reflect the firm’s expanding capabilities in terms of digital marketing and crisis communications. Ed has one of the industry’s best strategic minds. He is able to blend all communications in cost-effective programs for meaningful results.

Ed has served as president of the American Advertising Federation/Cleveland (AAF/Cleveland) and the Greater Cleveland and NE Pennsylvania Chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Ed is the founding president of the Northern Ohio Communications Advocates (NOCA), an industry organization dedicated to retaining and attracting marketing and communications business in the Region. He a founder and past president of The Public Relations Global Network. He has been active with COSE, the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, the Cuyahoga County and Lorain County Boards of Mental Retardation, and Cleveland Furniture Bank. He has earned awards public relations and advertising having earned Addys, Rocks, Niagaras, Vision, Tower and PRGN Best Practice awards for creativity, public relations, crisis communications and marketing communications.

Ed is well-schooled in branding, inquiry management, crisis communications, investor relations, media relations and marketing communications. He continues to speak and write on these subjects. Every program that Ed writes has a research component that measures the effectiveness of the programs that Stevens Strategic presents. He has significant experience in manufacturing, food/food service, safety, healthcare, government/military, environment, education, chemicals, banking, professional services, distribution, utilities and building/construction.

Ed has dealt successfully with situations that may be similar to what you are facing:

  • Worked on hazardous materials crisis at U.S. military installations while a member of the Army Office of Public Affairs in the Pentagon.
  • Handled numerous town hall and community meetings addressing PUCO rate cases, fossil fuel/air pollution and nuclear power plant issues.
  • Successful war room experience with electric utilities during storms resulting in downed power lines, customer complaints and media scrutiny.
  • Introduces new companies and new products, while exceeding sales forecasts.
  • Turnaround an underperforming company.
  • Improve the image of a safety product company.
  • Train executives to discuss impending news stories about their organizations.


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