2004 Publicity Club of Chicago Lifetime Achievement Honoree:
A veteran of more than 40 years in the public relations industry, Al Golin is founder of Chicago-based Golin/Harris International.
In addition to handling the McDonald’s account for over 40 years, Golin/Harris represents such companies as Bayer Aspirin, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, The Walt Disney Co., Florida Department of Citrus, Gerber Products Company, Kellogg’s, Levi Strauss & Co., Lowe’s Companies, National Peanut Board, Nintendo of America, Owens Corning, Pharmacia Corp., Pfizer, Ralston Purina, Sprint, Texas Instruments, Toyota Motor Sales of America, Visa USA, and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
As a consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Al’s work centered on a major public relations awareness program for U.S. companies on the benefits of exporting to help our economy, increase employment, and reduce the balance of trade deficit.
Al is a member of the board of trustees of The Goodman Theatre of Chicago and Roosevelt University, a founding board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is public relations advisor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
He is also a member of the Public Relations Seminar, the Arthur Page Society and the Public Relations Society of America.
He has lectured at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Yale University, Northwestern University and New York University.
Al received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Relations Society of American and Inside PR magazine.
Golin was named one of the 100 most influential public relations people of the twentieth century by the industry trade magazine PR Week.
His book, TRUST OR CONSEQUENCES, published by Amacom Books, was distributed in the fall of 2003.