Edward M. Stevens, APR
Ed Stevens has carved a special place in the Cleveland and Ohio public relations and advertising scene. Having earned Addys, Rocks, Vision, Tower, Niagaras and Rooster Awards for creative, crisis and communications results.
After rising through the ranks of Dix & Eaton to become Vice-Chairman, Ed ran the Corporate Communications Departments for two Fortune 500 companies. He purchased Baron Advertising in 1999 and renamed it twice to reflect the firm’s expanding capabilities and commitment to public relations.
Ed has one of the industry’s best strategic minds. He is able to blend all communications in cost effective programs for meaningful results. He is well schooled in branding, inquiry management, crisis communications, investor relations, media relations and marketing communications and he continues to speak and write on these subjects. Every program that Ed writes has a research component that measures the effectiveness of the programs that Stevens Strategic presents. He has significant experience in manufacturing, food/foodservice, safety, healthcare, education, chemicals, banking, professional services, distribution, utilities and building/construction.
Ed has served as president of the Public Relations Global Network as well as president of both the American Advertising Federation in Cleveland and Erie and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in Cleveland and Erie. He also was involved on the Boards of numerous community organizations in both cities.
Ed is most proud that the firm received the PRSA Best of Show Award for its work for crisis communications for the King Nut Peanut Butter recall. In addition, SSC won the SBN Pillar Award for service to the community. He was inducted into the Cleveland Advertising Hall of Fame, and he earned the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award in the same year for community service. He has also been named the Public Relations Society of America Lighthouse Award winner.
Frank Bird was instrumental in shaping the success of Cleveland Magazine and Great Lakes Publishing for 25 years. From ad salesman to advertising director to associate publisher, and publisher, Frank grew along with GLP, making it one of the most successful city and regional publishing groups in the country. His experience with Great Lakes Publishing is a perfect background for the publisher of The Ohio 100.
Frank has brought innovative thinking and a new level of service to city magazines on local and regional levels. He has also helped to shape Cleveland Magazine as a reflection on its city, celebrating its growth, diversity and strides toward the future
His ability to develop relationships and deliver on his promises through Great Lakes Publishing has been the key to his success. He has worked with a variety of organizations to help them accomplish their goals. Frank has developed marketing programs for the Cleveland Metroparks and Zoo, Arthritis Foundation, The Transplant Games, American Heart Association, LifeBanc, Ronald McDonald House, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Hearing and Speech, Team NEO, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland International Film Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Playhouse Square (Donor publication and Playbills), the Youngstown Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Cleveland Home Builders Association, MarketPlace Events and many other organizations throughout the region. These programs include custom publishing, event management, branded content, websites, digital strategy and advertising that raise the awareness of these groups, promoting their contributions to the community, driving volunteers, attendance to events and increasing revenue back to their organization.
Both the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and The Press Club of Cleveland named Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business the Best Business Publication in the state of Ohio.
Jim DiFrangia came to Stevens Strategic Communication from First Energy where he worked in Corporate Communications and Marketing. At First Energy, Jim focused on customer loyalty programs that were groundbreaking in the electric utility category. Prior to this experience, Jim was an editor with HOUSEWARES magazine. He is an editor and reporter for The Ohio 100.
Jim DiFrangia drives case study and feature article programs for numerous clients—Eriez, Cleveland Vibrator, Ghent, First Energy among others. His case study work helps clients grow their businesses. He is also Hub Spot certified for social media work. He has been involved with crisis communications at electric utilities, educational organizations and environmental companies.
A former board officer of the Northern Ohio Direct Marketing Association, Jim also has provided outstanding direct response strategies for a number of SSC clients. A solid writer, Jim has been involved with food/food services, safety, high technology, education, appliance and manufacturing accounts. He has been involved with Vita-Mix and has provided heavy media relations and public relations support to Eriez, a company marketing to 80 different industries.
Julie Osborne is a skilled writer, editor and account manager. The public relations business was a natural choice for Julie, considering her family includes a long line of successful PR professionals, authors, journalists and publishers. In her time at SSC, Julie has won numerous awards for global public relations, direct marketing, marketing public relations, community relations, public service announcements and integrated marketing communications.
Julie brings a lot of enthusiasm and talent to our organization. She has distinguished herself in the areas of public relations marketing, special events, media relations, research, media training, social media, e-communications, literature development and editorial services. Her account experience includes work with Eriez Magnetics, The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers, Clark-Reliance Corporation, Polar King, Thermodyne, American Hydroformers, American Spice, Safety Today, Volk Protective Products, Open Doors Academy, Ardleigh Minerals, Zaremba Group, Murray Ridge Center and Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Meredith Rodriguez handles a variety of client services such as PR distribution, media relations tracking, local media relations, social media, web content, production services, traffic and special events at Stevens Strategic Communications.
Meredith is an award winning member of the Stevens Strategic team. She has received recognition for Domino’s DXP single purpose delivery vehicle program, police recruitment programs, B2B PR and e-communications campaigns. She currently handles restaurant, city, government, association, recycling and healthcare accounts.
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Cleveland State University (CSU). She currently serves as the president of the Web Association of Cleveland and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Greater Cleveland Chapter.
Rebecca Suhy is a seasoned marketing communications professional with proven success within agency, non-profit and corporate organizations. With focused ability to provide strategy that serves to support the bottom line, Rebecca brings energy, enthusiasm and passion to work and relationships. She believes in success through teamwork and collaboration that has resulted in a strong network and longstanding partnerships.
Rebecca has strong skills in account management, both business-to-business and consumer public relations/social media strategy, management and implementation, media relations, article/press release/feature writing and trade show/special event planning.
She has extensive experience in research, branding advertising, collateral, direct marketing, public relations and online/web marketing and social media. Rebecca brings an unusual combination of corporate communications management and engineer-level writing capability to our national client roster.