2004: Thomas L. Harris

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.