Lobbying For Smarter Media Relations

January 10, 2008

A story in today’s Wall Street Journal brought to mind a former client who appreciated the benefits of having me accompany him to appointments in Washington that his high-powered lobbyist had arranged for him. The meetings, typically with Congressional staffers and trade group leaders, never really accomplished a whole lot beyond the initial exchange of… Read more

In Search of…

December 3, 2007

My mother used to say that, when we were all a lot younger, she never worried about what my five siblings and I were doing as long as there was noise coming from upstairs. Our silence was apparently the dead giveaway that we were being mischievous. I must admit, more often than not, that was… Read more

Thanks, Joe, It Was a Hell of a Run

October 31, 2007

It’s ok to be a Yankee fan. I’m not talking to you fair-weather fans who are wearing day-old baseball caps, but the true diehards who rooted for the Yankees in the hot summer sun even when they were 14+ games out of first place; the true fans of baseball. Yes, the Yankees had yet another… Read more

Peering Down Sewers

October 24, 2007

When I first relocated to New York City nearly two decades ago and knew just one person in the entire city, New York magazine served as my surrogate best friend. Each issue of the publication, then run by a legendary editor named Ed Kosner, was a “must have”, particularly to a newcomer trying to get… Read more

Top 10 Ways to Help Hotels Go Greener

October 16, 2007

Kermit and the Jolly Green Giant were clearly ahead of their time. Everybody seems to be going green these days, even hotels. While I’d like to believe that Mother Nature has finally gotten to the hospitality industry, I cannot help but be cynical about the hotel industry’s collective environmental epiphany. Do they really care about… Read more