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Nora Jacobs, APR

Nora Jacobs is senior vice president at Hennes Communications, as well as an experienced crisis communications counselor with three decades of agency and corporate experience. Over the years, she has counseled top executives at companies, associations, nonprofits and professional service firms throughout the country on reputational issues and problems ranging from accidents, environmental concerns, product failures, criminal matters and activist attacks to reorganizations, management transitions and downsizings. She has a strong portfolio of client work in consumer and industrial products, healthcare, biotechnology, education and economic development.

Previously, Jacobs served as executive vice president of Ohio-based Edward Howard (now Fahlgren Mortine). There, she was a member of its board of directors and executive committee, with management responsibility for its largest office, as well as staffing and training firm-wide. During her tenure with the firm, she managed some of Edward Howard’s largest accounts and led the firm’s healthcare practice. She began her career at BFGoodrich Chemical Group, a division of the Fortune 500 BFGoodrich Company, where she oversaw the group’s advertising, public relations, community relations and issues management programs.

Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from John Carroll University. She is a member of the Kent State University Foundation Board, a director and past-president of the Kent State National Alumni Association, president of the Kent State Honors College Advisory Board, a director on the board of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of PRSA’s Counselors Academy.

A three-time Silver Anvil winner, the highest award given by the public relations profession, Jacobs has received numerous other communications awards, including a Gold World Award from the International Public Relations Association. She has received the Distinguished Honors Alumni Award from Kent State’s Honors College, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent’s College of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, she was presented with the Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors by the Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in recognition of the work she has done to help young professionals and others advance in the field.

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Awards & Recognition

2009 Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors,

Public Relations Society of America, Cleveland

2005 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award,

Kent State University Honors College

2005 Distinguished Alumni, Kent State University College of Arts & Sciences,

2005 Silver Rocks Award,

Public Relations Society of America, Cleveland Chapter (Cleveland Long Term Care Workforce Initiative, integrated communications)

2002 Silver Anvil Award,

Public Relations Society of America (The Vinyl Institute, marketing)

1998 Silver Anvil Award,

Public Relations Society of America (The Vinyl Institute, internal communications)

1993 Silver Anvil Certificate of Commendation,

Public Relations Society of America (BFGoodrich Chemical Group, community relations)

1993 Silver Anvil Certificate of Commendation,

Public Relations Society of America (The Vinyl Institute Electrical Materials Council, marketing)

1992 Diamond Award,

PRSA East Central District (The Vinyl Institute, marketing/customer relations)

1991 Golden World Award,

International Public Relations Association (BFGoodrich Chemical Group, community relations)

1991 Diamond Award,

PRSA East Central District (BFGoodrich Chemical Group, community relations)

1991 Golden Trumpet Award,

Publicity Club of Chicago (Ohio Department of Development, collateral production)

1991 Bronze Tower Award,

Business/Professional Advertising Association (Ohio Department of Development, collateral development)

1991 Bronze Quill Award of Merit,

International Association of Business Communicators (Elyria Memorial Hospital, video production)

1990 Silver Anvil Award,

Public Relations Society of America (The Greater Cleveland Hospital Association, community relations)

1990 Bronze Quill Award of Excellence,

International Association of Business Communicators (Greater Cleveland Hospital Association, video production)