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January 2, 2013
Kathy Obert Hill joins
our leadership team
Kathy Obert Hill, who headed one of the region’s top public relations agencies for 10 years, has been appointed Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer for the nonprofit Land Conservancy.
Obert Hill, who was board chair and chief executive officer of Edward Howard & Co. before negotiating the 2010 sale of the firm to Fahlgren Inc., will serve on the Land Conservancy’s executive team and oversee stakeholder engagement, including development, communications and marketing, government relations, education and events.
Rich Cochran, president and chief executive officer of the Land Conservancy, described her as “a multi-talented executive with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including strategic planning, traditional and digital marketing, branding, public relations, advertising and investor relations” and said her insights will help the organization advance its mission of preserving land and thriving places.
“We are very fortunate to be able to add Kathy to our team,” Cochran said.
Edward Howard, founded in 1925, was the nation’s longest established independent public relations agency. Under Obert Hill’s leadership, Edward Howard was named as one of the 10 best public relations firms to work for by the Holmes Report, the No. 1 PR agency in the U.S. for community involvement and the Most Highly Regarded Public Relations Agency in Ohio by Yankelovich Partners.
Obert Hill, who had joined Edward Howard as a vice president in 1992 and became board chair and CEO in 2000, became a member of the Fahlgren executive team with a focus on the integration the two operations. She left Fahlgren in June 2011 as part of a planned transition following the successful integration of the two companies and founded her own firm, Woodwalk Reputation Group.
Obert Hill, who lives in Brecksville, also serves as chairman of the Cleveland chapter of the World President’s Organization and is a member of the prestigious 50 Club of Cleveland. Her husband, Wayne Hill, is chief marketing officer for the University of Akron.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which was formed in 2006 by the merger of eight local land trusts, preserves natural lands, working farmlands, urban lands and coastal lands in northern Ohio. It is one of the top 10 land trusts in the nation, according to the Land Trust Alliance.The organization has preserved 474 properties and 34,441 acres in the region, including 5,522 acres in 2012. In addition, the Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute has helped revitalize urban areas throughout Ohio by assisting in the establishment of 15 county land banks.
The Land Conservancy is headquartered in Moreland Hills and has field offices in Cleveland, Akron, Oberlin, Medina, Orwell, Painesville and Orrville.