More About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ron Rhody was born and grew up in Frankfort, a small town nestled in a bend of a river in the heart of Kentucky's lush Bluegrass country and the state's capital city.
He attended Georgetown College then transferred to the University of Kentucky, intending to enter law school, but became attracted to journalism instead.
Rhody has been a reporter, a sportswriter, a broadcast newsman, and covered the Kentucky legislature before moving on to a career as a corporate public relations executive in New York and San Francisco, and later as consultant to Fortune 500 companies on communications and public relations issues.
He was Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and External Affairs for Bank of America Corporation during one of its most demanding decades as the bank skirted bankruptcy, fended off a hostile takeover attempt, and rose again to the top ranks of international finance.
Earlier he had been Corporate Vice President, Public Relations and Advertising, for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, directing the communication strategies for the intense marketing battles and international expansions and downsizings that were endemic to the world aluminum industry.
He is a fellow of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the Arthur W. Page Society Hall of Fame. He received the Ferguson Award of The Public Relations Society of America for outstanding contributions to public relations education. He is past chairman the Public Relations Seminar and founding chairman of the San Francisco Academy.
Rhody is the chief executive of the rhody consultancy, a pro-bono public relations and communications firm that works with not-for-profits and volunteer organizations.
He is the author of The CEO's Playbook: Managing the Outside Forces that Shape Success, Wordsmithing: The Art and Craft of Writing for Public Relations with Dr. Carol Ann Hackley of the University of Pacific, The Soccer Book: A Spectators Guide, and THEO'S STORY, his first work of fiction, published in 2009. Reader interest in Theo and his story sparked THEO & THE MOUTHFUL OF ASHES which was released in November of 2011, followed by WHEN THEO CAME HOME, published in October of 2013 and completing the THEO TRILOGY. He is now at work on a new novel which is expected to be ready by the fall of 2015.
Rhody and his wife Patsy now make their home in Pinehurst, N.C.