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Joe Gollehon

Senior Vice President and Director of Government Affairs

 

Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the firm's senior vice president and director of governmental affairs. He has been involved in public relations, internal and external communications, government affairs and crisis communications since 1973. Joe joined TSG Consulting as a co-owner in December 2010 following a 27-year career in various ownership and management roles with another West Virginia integrated marketing communications agency.

Early in his career, Joe was employed by Union Carbide Corporation's Chemical & Plastics Division and its Nuclear Division where he served in several public relations, internal and external communications capacities. In addition, he was employed for four years by Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation as Manager of State Government Relations and was responsible for activities in several states. He has extensive experience in state government affairs, trade association issues, and the chemical, manufacturing, nuclear, oil and gas, coal, health care and financial industries. He has been on the frontline of crisis management and developed numerous crisis communications plans.

Joe is a 1973 graduate of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University where he majored in Public Relations. He was accredited by the Public Relations Society of America in 1979 and elected to the PRSA's College of Fellows in 2011. He served as president of the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA in 1984-85 and was honored by that chapter as "Practitioner of the Year" in 2002. He is a past chairman of the East Central District-PRSA Board of Directors. Joe serves on the executive committee and board of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), the Government Relations Committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Government Affairs Committee of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, and on the Board of Advisors for Marshall University's College of Business..