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Posts by Chas Withers

On the subject of lasting impact…

1988 was a pretty good year for Dix & Eaton. 

The firm added two up-and-coming professionals to the roster that year in the form of Gary Pratt and Gary Wells, as account executive and manager, media relations, respectively.

To say those hires worked out well might be, as they say, something of an understatement.

Twenty-eight years later, “The Garys,” as they’ve become known in the collective, are both hanging up their spurs from Dix & Eaton, and the marks of their influence – and how they’ve made all of us better – are all over our firm.  They’re two invaluable, irrepressible partners and friends, and they’ve had an indelible impact on our culture, on our ability to do great work, and on how we comport ourselves as professionals.  Perhaps as one of their finest…

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About hometown and professional pride – and the right moment in time

I’m not a native Clevelander, but having spent pretty much half of my life here I’d say my roots are deep enough for me to claim it as my hometown. And having spent more than half of my career at Dix & Eaton, I can definitely call this my professional home.

So please excuse me if I gush a little about how both of my homes shone during the recent Republican National Convention.

Just as our world champion Cavaliers demonstrated the unified power of a team, Clevelanders defied the critics and showed they could host a major convention and entertain 50,000 people.

In all my years here, I’ve never seen such a successful coalescing of diverse interests around a common purpose.

From Republicans to Democrats, City Hall to corporations, law enforcement to labor unions,…

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Telling Cleveland’s story to the world

At D&E, we’ve always been proud of our hometown, even when “Cleveland” was often a punch line. It’s something that Messrs. Dix and Eaton instilled in our culture when they created their little company here more than 60 years ago, and it has been passed down through generations of colleagues.

What an opportunity.

We’ve had countless opportunities over the years to dispel misperceptions and tell far-reaching audiences about Cleveland’s many attributes. Without question, however, nothing has presented a bigger opportunity than the rapidly approaching Republican National Convention.

As a member of the Host Committee and through our work with several other organizations as well, we are playing an important role in telling Cleveland’s story to the literally thousands…

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Stephanie Harig and Abbey Linville promoted to senior account executive at Dix & Eaton

After joyfully watching countless hours of basketball in the last week, I’m reminded of two things:  First, it is true that pure talent sometimes makes all the difference; and second; REAL talent is not just individual but is a blend of skills, traits and abilities that actually improves the performance of others.  Rare is the player, or person, who isn’t just great at his or her craft but who is also able to partner with others and make them better as well.

We’re very fortunate at Dix & Eaton to announce this week that we’re promoting a pair of individuals who epitomize both of those traits.  Stephanie Harig and Abbey Linville have been named senior account executives at the firm both because of their singular stand-out skills and their ability to influence teams…

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Trust, where have you gone? Four tips to rebuild goodwill in a time of fast-eroding trust

Building trust is at an all-time low. If that sounds like hyperbole…it’s not. We’re living in a world where more people than ever don’t believe what they read or hear, question almost everything and are demanding greater transparency – while being skeptical of what they might actually find out.

The latest findings from the Edelman Trust Barometer indicate “an alarming evaporation of trust across all institutions, reaching the lows of the Great Recession of 2009.”  Governmental entities, in particular, are inspiring less trust than ever before (which doesn’t exactly come as a surprise), while media are now distrusted a full 60 percent of the time. Remarkably, traditional media have fallen behind online search engines as a trusted source for general news and…

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