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.