2004 Publicity Club of Chicago Lifetime Achievement Honoree:
Thomas L. Harris
Thomas L. Harris was named one of the “100 Most Influential Public Relations People of the 20th Century by PR Week magazine. He was formerly president, vice chairman and name partner of Golin/Harris International.
Today, he is managing partner of Thomas L. Harris & Company, a public relations consultancy that serves corporations and public relations firms. Among them are Allstate Insurance, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Clorox, State Farm Insurance, Pillsbury, Lands’ End, Miller Brewing Company, Associates First Capital, United Stationers, Diamond Cluster Group, Tetra Tech EM Inc. and CDW Computer Centers.
Previously Tom was president of Foote, Cone & Belding Public Relations, which he founded in 1973, and was executive vice president of Edelman Public Relations (1957–67) and vice president public relations for both Needham, Harper & Steers (now DDB Worldwide) and North Advertising.
His books include The Marketer’s Guide to Public Relations (John Wiley & Sons, 1991), Choosing and Working with Your Public Relations Firm (NTC Business Books, 1992), and Value-Added Public Relations (NTC Contemporary Books, 1998).
A frequent speaker to corporations, PR firms, trade associations, professional societies, and academic forum, he also publishes Thomas L. Harris ViewsLetter, a newsletter of personal commentary on media, marketing and public relations.
Tom was the winner of the 2000 Gold Anvil Award, the highest individual national award presented by the Public Relations Society of America. Tom is a member of the Illinois State Executive Council of AARP, has served as Communications Chair for the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, and as a director of the Highland Park, Ill. Hospital and the Anti-Defamation League.