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PRAD Professional Director Culp Inducted Into Page Society Hall of Fame

Ron Culp has distinguished himself as a leader who not only transformed communication for the enterprises he served, but also drove strategic decisions that formed the corporate character and brand promise of those institutions. In recognition of his significant professional achievements, the Arthur W. Page Society has selected him as the 2017 inductee to the Page Society Hall of Fame.
“Ron has served as an energetic leader and champion of doing the right thing in the right way. As a corporate and agency leader, Ron practiced our profession according to the Page Principles, providing a model for his peers. His advice to CEOs helped them make difficult decisions that earned the trust and respect of stakeholders. By every measure, he has nurtured, strengthened and generated respect for the enterprises he served.”

- Bill Nielsen, retired corporate vice president of Johnson & Johnson
and the chair of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Honors Committee.

About Ron Culp

  • 35-year career has spanned a broad range of communications activities in government and the business-to-business, consumer products, pharmaceutical and retailing industries. 
  • Ron is the only individual who has been given the Page Distinguished Service Award and been inducted into its Hall of Fame. He received the Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006 in recognition of his work to encourage mentoring in our profession. His dedication continues to this day, most notably in his work to bring the Plank Center to national prominence and his use of social media to provide career development advice.
  • Ron served for a decade as senior vice president of public relations and government affairs for Sears.
  • Prior to Sears, he held senior corporate communications positions at Sara Lee, Pitney Bowes and Eli Lilly.
  • He began his career as a reporter for the Columbus (Ind.) Republic before working on political campaigns in Indiana and New York.
  • At 25, he was named director of member services for the New York State Assembly, the 120-member communications function for the legislative body
  • After leaving Sears, he opened and led the Chicago office of Sard Verbinnen and later was senior vice president and director of Ketchum’s North America Corporate Practice and Managing Director of the agency’s Midwest operations.
  • Ron’s blog, Culpwrit​, provides guidance for young people pursuing public relations careers.
Read Ron Culp's remarks prepared for his induction.
About the Page Society Hall of Fame
Induction into the Arthur W. Page Society's Hall of Fame recognizes men and women whose esteemed careers have taken them to the summit of the public relations field. Created in 1984, the annual induction honors a leading senior level practitioner for career achievement and outstanding contributions to the profession. Inductees into the Hall of Fame have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Page Principles throughout their careers, thereby contributing to the advancement of the role of the chief communications officer (CCO).

Source: Arthur W. Page Society