Industry experts to support agency’s growth and commitment to best-in-class client service
CHICAGO - Hawthorne Strategy Group is pleased to announce it has formed a Board of Advisors to help execute the company’s current objectives and implementation of new strategies to support client service. The panel will also provide strategic guidance regarding the expansion of Hawthorne’s services and capabilities. Hawthorne is also welcoming Hud Englehart, Managing Partner of Beacon Advisors who recently served as Senior Communications Strategy Director for former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, to our team as ‘Of Counsel’.
“Hawthorne is proud to have such a talented group of professionals supporting our team and we’re excited about what this means for us in terms of our continued growth,” said Gene Reineke, founder and CEO of Hawthorne. “I started Hawthorne seven years ago and, in that time, we have moved from a one-person firm to 15 staff members based in the Chicago Board of Trade Building with national and local clients. In 2017, we acquired Marj Halperin Consulting, expanding our capabilities and client base. Today we have a world-class team, providing our clients with best-in-class service and the appointment of the Board of Advisors and Hud as ‘Of Counsel’ were natural next steps.”
Hud Englehart has more than 40 years of experience in public relations and public affairs strategy development as an agency advisor and head of communications for major corporations. He most recently served as Senior Communications Strategy Director for former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, joining the administration in 2017. He is also a founding partner of Beacon Advisors, a strategy consulting firm serving large and mid-size businesses on all aspects of corporate communications, investor relations, and crisis management. Hud was the chief communications officer for Lockheed, the nation’s largest defense contractor, and Mellon Bank’s first director of corporate communications. Hud is an adjunct professor of crisis communications in Northwestern University’s Medill graduate journalism program.
Hawthorne’s Board of Advisors brings together experts from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including marketing, human resources, and public affairs:
Jessie Brumbach currently serves as the Chief Brand Officer for Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s leading provider of personalized in-home care services. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, and product management, her career began doing publicity for films such as Jurassic Park.
Gloria Carter-Hicks, a successful entrepreneur and performance improvement expert, is the president, CEO, and owner of Hicks-Carter-Hicks (H-C-H). Leveraging H-C-H’s expertise, organizations are able to maximize the performance of their employees, improve work processes, and create a work environment conducive to high employee engagement and productivity. Prior to founding her company in 1999, Gloria worked as a consultant for the General American Life Insurance Company and as director of human resources for Reinsurance Group of America.
Tom Hoog is one of PRWeek’s 100 most influential public relations practitioners of the past century. Tom served as Vice Chairman at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and has extensive relationships in Democratic politics, having served as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, and on the executive committee and national finance committee for then-Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. In 2004, he was chosen by PRSA as the winner of the Gold Anvil Award, their highest individual honor.
Jack Modzelewski spent most of his 35-year agency career in executive and leadership positions before retiring to concentrate on consulting, writing a business book, and service to not-for-profit organizations. For nearly 27 years, he was with FleishmanHillard where he was president of the Americas, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and more recently global president of business development and partnerships. He has considerable experience in all facets of corporate and marketing communications. Jack currently is vice chairman of the Better Government Association and serves on the board of advisors of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
Donovan Pepper is the national director of local government relations for Walgreen Company, where he oversees local legislative, regulatory, and advocacy efforts at the municipal, county, and other local units of governments in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. He previously served on the Appropriations and Substantive Committee Staff for the Illinois Speaker of the House.