Earl Harvey has been working in the field of marketing communications for over 25 years. He started Creative Source modeling agency in 1985 for ethnic models, one of only three minority owned modeling agencies in the country, and became an advocate for diversity in marketing and advertising. He employed 50 models nationwide and provided talent to the top marketing firms for promotions, advertising and fashion runway.
Earl was invited to join The National Alliance of Market Developers (NAMD), an organization of diverse consumer market professionals in 1995. They introduced the concept of diversity in consumer markets and are responsible for the introduction of ethnic advertising into the mainstream and the proliferation of black media. From there, Earl was President of the Philadelphia Chapter from 1996-2000 and served as National President from 2001-2004.
Under his leadership, the chapter quickly grew to the largest in the country, and was named Chapter of the Year for five consecutive years. Earl initiated a series of networking business card exchanges that became a catalyst for minority business development. He established the chapter’s “Buy Black Holiday Shopping Expo” in 2000, which has become an annual event for holiday shoppers encouraged by NAMD to support black-owned businesses during the holiday shopping season.
In 2001, Earl founded The Black Professionals Newspaper, which provides marketing and advertising assistance to the small business community and identify minority business supplier opportunities. The paper is an affordable way for small businesses and non-profit organizations to reach new consumers. The newspaper is the only minority-owned media outlet in Atlantic City and is distributed in Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. He is also launching The Atlantic City Times newspaper and Atlanticcityblack.com, a website to showcase the history, culture and contributions of the African American community in Atlantic City.
Earl is the CEO of the Earl Harvey Media Group, a multimedia communications firm that promotes diversity in media, entertainment and marketing. The company produces multicultural programming and content for diverse consumers and advocates for the equitable distribution of corporate advertising and purchasing dollars to support minority vendors.
A native Philadelphian currently residing in Atlantic City, Earl’s family members have been in Atlantic City N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa. for almost 100 years. A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Communications, Earl is a member of the Temple University Black Alumni Alliance and serves on the board of NAMD, The Marian Anderson Historical Society and The Public Relations Council of Atlantic City. Active in many social and professional organizations, he has received community service awards from numerous local and national organizations and was recognized as one of the region’s most influential people by The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper.
Join us tonight as Earl Harvey moderates our info-packed panel of the most knowledgeable male communication pros in the area, at our annual Men in PR and Communications event from 6pm to 8pm at Clear Channel Radio, 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. For more information, visit www.pbprs.com.
Brandon Pankey will be a panelist at our upcoming Men in PR event! This year’s theme is “The Scene: How to Communicate Your Brand Through Entertainment and Social Events,” and Brandon’s work in the entertainment industry is a fine example of this. Learn a little bit about Brandon below and join us on May 22!
Account Manager, Sports and Entertainment Financial Group
Starting as an assistant to the Sports and Entertainment Financial Group president, Brandon Pankey has become one of the firm’s most valuable players. Pankey, 27, manages tours and finances for artists like Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Jill Scott and Drake.
Pankey and his partners have started Destined to Achieve Successful Heights, an initiative that aims to develop an entertainment industry charter school. “Too many young people want to be rappers, actors or athletes, not realizing there are so many opportunities behind the scenes,” Pankey says. “I push myself every day to grow and become someone remembered, in a positive way.”
Why Brandon was chosen as a Men in PR panelist:
As Philadelphia is on the rise as the go-to city for some of the hottest summer festivals, Brandon will play an integral role in planning the Roots Picnic and Philadelphia branding in local events that attract attendees from across the world.
See Brandon and the rest of our panelists at our annual Men in PR and Communications event on Wednesday, May 22 from 6pm to 8pm at Clear Channel Radio, 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. For more information, visit www.pbprs.com.
PBPRS was proud to present the first Karin A. Phillips Excellence (K.A.P.E.) Award to a hard-working and deserving woman, Loraine Ballard Morrill. Currently the News Director and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel Radio’s six Philadelphia stations: Power 99 FM, WDAS FM, Radio 104.5 FM., My 106.1, Rumba 1480 and Q102, Morrill has contributed to community news and Philadelphia media in awe-inspiring ways. While News and Public Affairs Director at Power 99 Fm. (WUSL-FM) Morrill created numerous award- winning Community Service Campaigns, in which a series of radio messages encouraging racial harmony won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence. Morrill has received countless local and national awards and has been recognized for making a difference in the community on numerous occasions.
The K.A.P.E. award, presented to Morrill Tuesday evening at the annual PBPRS Milestones event, is given to a community “she-ro” who ensures that individuals and organizations who make positive contributions to the city continue to have a voice and a presence in the media.
“Having Karin in our world was something special, she filled our world with something that is missing now, because she’s not here,” said Loraine as she accepted the award. “Hopefully, in some small way, I can help continue to do the work that she so much represented, that ability to try to do the good for the community that hopefully helped lift us up, empower us all and move us forward as a people.”
The late Karin A. Phillips was the community-affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio and served as the moderator for last year’s 2011 Milestones celebration. She was known for reporting uplifting stories about organizations and individuals who made positive contributions to the community.
Loraine Ballard Morrill is the model communications professional that embodies all aspects of the K.A.P.E award and the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society applauds Morrill for her countless contributions to community news and Philadelphia media.