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President & CEO, Ackermann Public Relations
Cathy Ackermann is the president and CEO of Ackermann PR, a full-service marketing communications firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a branch office in Dallas and an affiliate office in Washington, D.C. Ranked among the Top 100 PR firms in the country, Ackermann PR provides strategic communications services to a diverse national clientele, ranging from red-hot start-ups to blue-chip industry leaders.
As Ackermann PR celebrates its 26th anniversary, Cathy Ackermann is at the helm of the company's ambitious new quest to become one of the top mid-sized, independent PR firms in the country. In its first five years, the company grew over 650 percent, placing Ackermann on Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing companies in the country, and the firm has maintained an incredible track record of growth since its founding.
The East Tennessee Women's Political Caucus honored Ackermann with the Champions Award for fostering a positive working environment, particularly in regard to offering professional opportunities to women. The firm is also the recipient of Working Woman magazine's regional Entrepreneurial Awards in both the "Best Employer" and "Socially Responsible" categories.
Ms. Ackermann is very involved in community organizations as a volunteer and currently serves on the following boards of directors: U.S. Council of PR Firms, Leadership Knoxville, Pellissippi State Foundation, UT College of Communication and Information, McClung Museum, Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, and Metropolitan YMCA, among others.
Prior to founding the firm, Ms. Ackermann was director of corporate marketing and promotions for the 1982 World's Fair, where she was directly responsible for generating several million dollars in revenues and worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies.
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