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Author: Peter V. Stanton

The Erie Canal Bicentennial: A Uniquely American Celebration

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Supporting New York Power Authority and NYS Canal Corporation This year, America celebrates a bicentennial known perhaps only to a relative few in this country. That is likely to change soon and for the good since this occasion marks an achievement representing genuinely American qualities of courage, innovation and perseverance. If properly considered and understood,… Continue Reading The Erie Canal Bicentennial: A Uniquely American Celebration

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What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and Understanding?

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands at the 71st Al Smith Dinner

  Elvis Costello was not thinking of the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner when he wrote those words, but they apply to the 71st edition of the event which occurred last week in New York. Stanton Communications was privileged to support the Foundation and the Archdiocese of New York with media arrangements and logistics. From… Continue Reading What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and Understanding?

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As Britain Changes Course, Communicators Should Stay Theirs

Global PR and Brexit

On a recent business trip to London I had the opportunity to meet with several PR agency leaders and hear their strong opinions about the potential risks and benefits of Brexit. That was prior to the vote that resulted in the decision that Britain would leave the European Union. Now the question becomes what the… Continue Reading As Britain Changes Course, Communicators Should Stay Theirs

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A Bulletin from Berlin

March 10, 2009 Berlin Wall

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, a barrier that separated people, families and, in fact, a nation ceased to exist. Recently, in the area that was formerly no man’s land, a meeting occurred in a luxury hotel standing squarely inside what before 1989 was the kill zone for anyone trying to flee from East… Continue Reading A Bulletin from Berlin

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Pope Francis Said “Collaborate”… and We Did

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The recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States was historic on many levels. Even now, weeks after he returned to Rome, the images of his encounters in Washington, New York and Philadelphia remain vivid and moving. Few will forget his silent prayer and humble bow before the South Pool at the 9/11 Memorial… Continue Reading Pope Francis Said “Collaborate”… and We Did

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One Big Step to the Side

Peter Stanton CEO

Stanton Communications made a singular change this month, one that is unprecedented in our quarter century history. We replaced our president — me. While changes in executive ranks occur with great frequency in major corporations, the opposite is true in smaller businesses where founders tenaciously hang on. Noam Wasserman of Harvard Business School writes that… Continue Reading One Big Step to the Side

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Four Key Lessons from 25 Years: What Running an Agency Taught Me

Peter Stanton 25 Years

This month concludes the 25th year in business for Stanton Communications. What began as a one-person shop today is an enterprise with a track record of success for some of the largest companies in the world and a trophy case full of awards for program excellence. In some respects, little of that matters. Today, there… Continue Reading Four Key Lessons from 25 Years: What Running an Agency Taught Me

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Communication During a Crisis: Words Matter

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To say the crisis unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri is one of communication would be a stunning oversimplification. Yet there is no escaping the fundamental truth that the methods and words used to communicate about the tragedy are direct contributors to the unrelenting trauma. From the moment of initial contact between the police officer and the… Continue Reading Communication During a Crisis: Words Matter

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Crisis Communication Begins with Core Principles

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It seems the world is in turmoil and each day brings a new horror to the front page.  Of interest to our profession is the way each new horror seems to prompt a discussion of communication process and protocol.  Comments in PR LinkedIn groups have covered whether Malaysia Airlines is salvageable as a brand; whether… Continue Reading Crisis Communication Begins with Core Principles

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Reflecting on 25 Years of Excellence

Stanton 25 years of Excellence

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Stanton Communications. I opened the firm after a long and very positive experience at what is now MSL/Publicis. That company had been good to me, but a culture shift increased the emphasis on new business over client service. That wasn’t going to work for me.… Continue Reading Reflecting on 25 Years of Excellence

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