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Bruce Hennes Named Industry Game-Changer by PRNews

Bruce Hennes, managing partner of Cleveland-based Hennes Communications, has been named one of 50 “Game-Changers of PR for 2017” by PRNews, one of the public relations profession’s leading news sources.

According to PRNews, “With a career in public relations spanning nearly 30 years, Bruce Hennes has earned his stripes as a crisis management expert. He has been confidant to scores of CEOs, executive directors, government officials and other leaders who trust his expertise in preserving and protecting an organization’s reputation. His long experience has convinced him that honesty, fairness and transparency must be at the root of all effective crisis communications.”

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Hennes Communications Crisis Planning Work Helps Win Two Silver Anvils at National Awards Event

Our firm was proud to be part of the communications team, led by one of our clients, Destination Cleveland, that accepted two Silver Anvil Awards last week in New York City in recognition of the work done to support the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC), held here in July 2016.

The two awards, one for the best Integrated Communications program and one for the best program in the category of Events and Observances – Fewer than Seven Days, recognized the collaborative effort that extended for almost two years to create a communications campaign designed to take the RNC beyond politics and use it as an opportunity to showcase Cleveland to visitors and generate local pride.

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Hennes Communications Managing Partner Profiled in Crain’s Cleveland Business

Crisis management and communications indeed fit within the public relations rubric.  However, the strategies and methodologies employed by those in the crisis industry often differ from the traditional practice of public relations.

In a recent interview, managing partner Bruce Hennes discusses the firm’s philosophy and strategic approach to risk mitigation, crisis response and client service. You can read that interview here.

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Hennes Communications Akron Office Chief Stephanie York: The Interview

Stephanie York is now consultant-in-charge of our new office in Akron, Ohio.  Located in the AES Building at 388 S. Main Street, York most recently serving as director of communications and public relations for Cleveland Clinic Akron General.  York also was director of communications for the City of Akron. She also brings in-house legal expertise to Hennes, having worked as assistant director of law for the City of Akron.  Add to that her background in governmental relations, social media management, strategic planning and implementation, community relations and disaster preparation – as well as having a law degree – we now have another powerful set of tools for clients who need help with crisis management.

Stephanie was recently profiled in Crain’s Cleveland Business. Read the interview here.

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Veteran Akron Communications Professional Joins Hennes Communications

Stephanie York, a communications professional with extensive experience and deep ties in the Akron area, is joining Hennes Communications as vice president. The firm, which specializes in crisis management and communications, is expanding its team and opening an office in Akron. York brings to that challenge years of communications work in Akron, most recently serving as director of communications and public relations for Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

York also was director of communications for the City of Akron, working with then-Mayor Don Plusquellic. She also brings in-house legal expertise to Hennes, having worked as assistant director of law for the City of Akron.

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Thom Fladung, Former Managing Editor of The Plain Dealer, Joins Hennes Communications

Thomas Fladung has joined Hennes Communications as vice president. Fladung brings more than 33 years of daily newspaper and digital media experience to the agency, having served as a top editor at some of the nation’s largest newspapers such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Detroit Free Press.

Fladung has overseen newsrooms of more than 300 journalists and has directed dozens of award-winning investigations, breaking-news stories, human interest stories and features. Highlights include helping direct six journalists reporting from the Iraq war after the invasion in 2003 for the Detroit Free Press, where he served as managing editor; leading coverage during the Northeast blackout of 2003 in Detroit and getting the newspaper out with no power; and overseeing coverage of the Minneapolis bridge collapse of 2007 while serving as editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Hennes Paynter Rebrands as Hennes Communications

Hennes Paynter Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis communications and reputation management, today became Hennes Communications.  The firm also offers litigation communications and media training services to its clients that are “on trial” in the Court of Public Opinion.  The change follows the departure of former partner Barbara Paynter, who will continue her career with her own consultancy, where she will focus on public relations and other communications work.

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A Storied Past: Memories from Media Veterans

Howard Fencl used to eat brown-bag lunches with Cleveland broadcast legend Dorothy Fuldheim.

He’s also crossed paths with Al Roker and Dick Feagler, and watched audition tapes from Jim Donovan, who at one time was just a “kid” trying to land a job in Cleveland.

After four tours of duty in local television at WKYC-TV and WEWS-TV in Cleveland and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Fencl has seen it all.

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Hennes Paynter Wins 6th Gold Rocks Award for Its Crisis Work

For the sixth year in a row, Hennes Paynter Communications has won a Gold Rocks Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter.  The firm was recognized for a program it created and carried out for a forestry client in Australia.

The company retained Hennes Paynter after media coverage erroneously reported that large numbers of koala bears had been killed or injured during tree harvesting at the company’s plantations.  Although news reports were exaggerated, the misinformation spread rapidly, leading to the suspension of an important industry certification – a move that threatened the company’s reputation and its market share.

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Hennes Paynter Takes Home “Best of Show” Award for Crisis Communications Work

Hennes Communications received the coveted “Best of Show” award at the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s annual Cleveland Rocks Awards ceremony for its work on behalf of a ferry boat operator.  The same campaign was awarded a Gold “Rocks” award in the crisis communications category.

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