CHICAGO—Hill & Knowlton it has entered into a strategic alliance with Chicago-based public affairs consulting and venture capital development firm Wilhelm & Conlon. The alliance will provide a wide range of services for organizations looking to fulfill public policy, issues and reputation management objectives.
Specifically, the alliance will combine Hill & Knowlton’s expertise in designing public relations campaigns for corporations and government agencies with Wilhelm & Conlon’s extraordinary reputation for public strategies consulting and commitment to helping businesses and non-profits provide services to and an understanding of governmental organizations, through its deep understanding of this sector.
“This is the perfect fit for Hill & Knowlton, as the strength of our new partners complements our already strong offering in public affairs and corporate reputation management” says Gene Reineke, chief operating officer of Hill & Knowlton and general manager of the firm’s Chicago office.
Before co-founding Wilhelm & Conlon, David Wilhelm was the national campaign manager of the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1992. President-elect Clinton named Wilhelm as his choice to chair the Democratic National Committee, making Wilhelm the youngest person to head a national party in American history. His earlier political experience includes managing campaigns for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Congressman Paul Simon.
He is currently serving as the senior adviser of the Blagojevich for Governor campaign.
Kevin Conlon practiced labor law and served for fifteen years as counsel for the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities.
“We view this as the natural evolution,” said Wilhelm. “This provides not only the ability to better serve our clients but also to raise investment capital for underserved areas of the Midwest.”