I regularly host networking meetings at our midtown NYC PR agency. Not only do I thoroughly enjoy these gatherings, but they also continue to allow me to recognize how fascinating and successful our clients and acquaintances are.  Just yesterday, I hosted 22 CEO’s at the 5WPR offices for a 8 AM breakfast. Attendees included: the managing partner of a distressed real estate hedge fund, a cosmetic dentist, plastic surgeon, CEO of one of the largest kids’ brands in the world, head of a mobile commerce company, and celebrity attorney.

From these meetings, I am able to learn vital insight from fellow leaders about their professional successes and challenges. The next networking event our PR firm will host is on May 26th – we will have a special guest speaker – Lisa Oz, New York Times best-selling author, and wife of notable physician Dr. Mehmet Oz.

One of the most difficult tasks working at a PR agency is to understand many different businesses’.  Its important to keep your eyes open, and always search for more knowledge.  Whenever I travel, I visit the neighborhoods where people shop, and live as I find it’s the best way to study and recognize trends and consumer behavior.  I always ask the local cab driver to be my local city tour guide (and tomorrow am off on a 5-day business trip to Latin America, where I will visit stores, get a feel for the local shops, etc.)

Heard a great quote at networking meeting yesterday, and have adopted it as a new corporate rule at 5WPR: “No skunking.” (spraying negativity).

Ronn Torossian

5WPR

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.