He’s pudgy and arrogant; sleep deprived and follows the first rule of public relations: honesty.
When you had that professor in college who waltzed in with a smug look on his/her face suggesting that the “real world” is a little different than the insulated euphoria of college, you probably dismissed him/her and went back to reading the college’s daily rag newspaper.
If you actually looked behind that fat and puffy face, though, you may find someone who has 30 years of experience hiring and firing public relations professionals. That person may also have a degree or two to back up his/her wild assertions.
Jim Parham is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Hirons & Company Communications. During his past years, he has handled public relations, crisis communications, and overall marketing and strategic communications for some of the nation’s largest private companies and government agencies.
Jim is a former assistant vice president of the nation’s largest employee-owned technology firm, Science Applications International Corp., based in La Jolla, Calif. Jim also served as chief of staff for the National Park Service, a $4 billion federal agency. A native Hoosier, Jim has considerable experience in handling national media such as “60 Minutes,” “Nightline,” The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Jim’s specialty is organizing campaigns aimed at changing the perceptions of mass audiences. Through the executive loan program based at Indiana University, Jim also served 19 months as director of Indy Parks – creating the popular “bark parks” for dog owners and completing $40 million in new facilities including the Holliday Park Nature Center.
He taught public and media relations at Indiana University for 17 years.
Jim has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ball State, with concentrations in natural resources and journalism. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from American University School of Public Affairs.
Please visit Hirons & Company online at www.hirons.com.