HIGH POINT, NC—Monty Hagler, former president of the Raleigh-based public relations and public affairs firm Capital Strategies (recently renamed CapStrat), has been appointed president of Trone Public Relations, a subsidiary of the Trone Companies.
During his time at CapStrat, Hagler led the company’s new business efforts and helped grow the business from five people to 50 people and to more than $5 million in revenue. Prior to working with CapStrat, Hagler worked in corporate communications with First Union in Charlotte.
According to Trone founder and chief executive Lee Trone, Hagler “brings a rare combination of enthusiasm, knowledge, contacts and savvy to our public relations business. We believe he will be able to help build on the firm foundation that has been started by our public relations professionals.”
Trone Public Relations has 18 employees and annual revenue of $2.4 million. Clients include Uniroyal Tire; Syngenta lawn, turf and golf products; Jacobsen turf equipment; Boehringer Ingleheim VetMedica animal health; Tekelec telecommunications; Quick-Step Flooring; and Sears Dental.
Joe Gallehugh, who had been running the PR unit, will remain with Trone PR as executive vice president, heading up account services and working on key accounts.
Capstrat founder and chief executive Ken Eudy says he may not replace Hagler. “I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” he told local reporters. “We are sorry to see him go.”