October 2, 1990 –

Union League Club
New York, NY

Founder, chairman and, for 35 years (until 1988), chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller, Harold Burson has guided his company from a small communications services firm to a major worldwide counseling and communications organization.

Throughout his career, Mr. Burson has contributed to the public relations industry and worldwide community as a member and leader of several organizations. Among them: Presidential appointee, the Fine Arts Commission, Washington, DC; founder of the Corporate Fund of Kennedy Center; chairman of the joint Council on Economic Education; trustee of The Economics Club of New York; and trustee of The Institute (formerly Foundation) for Public Relations Research and Education.

Mr. Burson has received numerous honors and awards, including The Gold Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America, 1980; Horatio Alger Award, 1986; and the Arthur Page Award, University of Texas, School of Communications, also 1986. He was named “Public Relations Professional of the Year” by Public Relations News in 1977 and again in 1989. He was awarded on honorary degree from Boston University.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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