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Happy birthday to Dan Edelman, now 90 years old.

I first met Dan when he visited what was then the Ed Moser & Associates’ offices back in 1986. Dan was conducting a site-visit as part of the due diligence of becoming a member of the Edelman Network.

Our agency passed muster and we became the Arizona affiliate of the Edelman network.

Following our acceptance into the network, I was representing the agency at our first affiliate’s dinner in Houston in 1987. When I entered the dining hall, there was only one seat remaining, so I took it without any fanfare. Upon settling in, I realized that sitting next to me was Dan. I was 26-years-old at the time, a newbie in public relations and a bit in awe of the larger-than-life icon in the industry. He made me feel quite welcome, comfortable and proud to be a part of the Edelman Network.

There were a few more affiliates’ meetings and dinners over the years and I was always pleased to have been on a first-name basis with one of the industry’s pioneers.

And now that HMA Public Relations is celebrating 30 years in business, I can look back on our time as an Edelman affiliate with fond memories – especially knowing that it was a precursor to the Public Relations Global Network, which was founded by a group of former Edelman affiliates.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

1 Comment

  1. Patti Knight says:

    You are so right about Dan. I worked at Edelman Chicago for 25+ yeas and have had the pleasure of working across the hall from him for most of those years. I so enjoyed his stories of the beginning days at the Merchandise Mart. Wishing you a very happy 90th birthday and many more to come Dan Edelman!

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