Patrick Slevin presents an extensive record of public relations success in strategic communications, public affairs, issues advocacy, coalition building, political marketing, crisis communications, referendums, grassroots engagement and land use politics (NIMBY: Not-In-My-Back-Yard).
Slevin heads the Tallahassee office of Hill & Knowlton, which is located in one of the most dynamic and active state capitals in the United States.
Before joining Hill & Knowlton, Slevin founded his own public relations consulting practice, the Slevin Group, in 2002. He quickly accumulated an impressive array of public affairs clients involving the War on Terror, property and casualty insurance, health care, workers’ comp, tort reform and corporate development. Slevin’s work on behalf of trade associations, not-for-profits and Fortune 500 corporations earned him national recognition. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for issues/crisis management during the 2004 Florida hurricane crisis. He was recognized and profiled as one of the country’s top political “Movers & Shakers” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
Prior to founding his practice, Slevin worked for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) from 2001 to 2003. Slevin was NFIB”s southeast regional media manager where he advised state directors in 10 states. His primary responsibility was promoting NFIB’s federal and state legislative policies and political outreach initiatives. He is credited for developing and leading a statewide grassroots campaign that directly resulted in the historic passage of tort reform policies in Mississippi.
Prior to NFIB, Slevin was recruited by Eckerd Corporation, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, to serve as its first public relations executive from 1999 to 2001. He managed a multimillion-dollar annual communications budget underwriting numerous B2C, B2B and CSR campaigns focused on earned media for front-end products and pharmacy services nationwide.
In 1996, Slevin was elected the youngest mayor in the history of Safety Harbor, Florida (Tampa Bay area), at the age of 27, serving a three-year term from 1996 to 1999. In the summer of 1996, Slevin’s leadership led to the appointment by the Dole for President Campaign to chair The Young Americans for Dole. As a presidential campaign spokesperson and surrogate, Mayor Slevin spoke before GOP organizations and media outlets across Florida.
Slevin is a highly sought public speaker who has spoken before numerous real estate organizations across the nation on topics involving land use politics, sustainable civic engagement and ballot box NIMBYism. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College where he majored in organizational development with a public leadership emphasis. He is the recipient of the prestigious A.S.P.E.C. Excellence in Writing Award where Novelist James Michener was A.S.P.E.C. board member.