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Our enrollment numbers have increased along with our fundraising awareness. Staff and students have enjoyed TCA’s growth and recognition, as well as our higher profile in targeted media that directly engages our key constituents.
~ Becky D. Lewis,
Executive Director of Development
Trinity Christian Academy
Several firms were competing to launch our social media strategy but C. Pharr’s strategic, multi-faceted approach to digital communication paired with its PR expertise put them ahead of the curve.
~ Kimberly B.,
N. TX hospital
We count on C. Pharr & Company to publicize our land acquisitions nationally to remind the marketplace that we are a very active investor.
~ Kevin Watson,
For more than eight years, the statewide publicity and strategic counsel C.Pharr & Company provided has helped us grow our business throughout Texas.
~ Chris Peck,
VP Texas Division
Cynthia Pharr Lee is one of the 25 most influential business women in Dallas.
~ Dallas Business Journal
In a number of crisis situations, my executive teams have trusted C. Pharr & Company for sound communications counsel and implementation.
~ Ken Cichocki
Chief Financial Officer
Every PR initiative we've done together has begun with insightful strategy and yielded results that have built Westmount’s leadership profile, locally and nationally.
~ Cliff Booth, CEO
Westmount Realty Capital
Cynthia's role as creative director, senior editor and business strategist ensures clients that results accomplished from PR and marketing communications programs not only build awareness, but also help achieve business goals.She helps balance creativity with pragmatism to lead campaigns that yield desired results.
Before founding C. Pharr & Company, Cynthia was the founder of The Richards Group PR division and later was the leader of two of Dallas’ other largest PR agencies. Within the PR profession, she was elected by her peers across the U. S. as national chairman of the prestigious Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is accredited in public relations (APR) and received the 1989 Texas STAR award as Texas’ outstanding PR professional. In 1995, she was inducted into the 300-member College of Fellows of the PRSA. She has received two community service leadership awards from PR organizations - in 1999, being honored by the Dallas Chapter of PRSA and, in 2008, by the Association for Women in Communication.
In 2008, Dallas Business Journal named her “one of 25 Most Influential Dallas Business Women,” while in 2009 D CEO magazine designated her “One of Five Outstanding Corporate Directors.” She is a member of the Dallas Morning News Small Business Roundtable, a former president of Executive Women of Dallas and has served on a number of civic boards, including the Komen Foundation, Dallas Symphony Association and the Associate Board of the SMU Cox School of Business. Cynthia also serves on the corporate boards of directors for CEC Entertainment (NYSE) and for Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II.
Cynthia is a co-founder of Texas Women Ventures Fund, LLP. She is also a member of the board of Southwest Venture Forum and frequently judges business plan competitions. She draws from personal experience as a partner in a start-up industrial technology company to frequently offer her business and communications expertise to emerging companies and start-ups.
A frequent speaker and writer on communications, Cynthia is a contributing editor to the 10th-13th editions of the college text, Business Communications. She is often cited by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal and Public Relations Journal and has contributed to the books, Shaping the Corporate Image and Strategic Public Relations Counseling.
Vice President – Leah Ekmark Williams, APR
Leah’s role as vice president coupled with her strategic media relations insight helps clients achieve bottom line results. She works across a variety of industries and is equally skilled at working with both traditional and new media outlets. With a keen awareness of the latest media trends, Leah’s ongoing strategic development of media opportunities for clients has yielded successful new product launches as well as top media placement in local, regional and national outlets.
Leah has also successfully developed and executed community relations strategies, generating an increased awareness of a client’s impact in the surrounding community. She is also adept at dealing with crisis communications situations, working to mitigate issues that may arise.
Prior to joining C. Pharr & Company, Leah worked with an array of companies varying in size, including a public relations agency with more than 500 employees, a small advertising/marketing firm and one of the largest health care organizations in the United States.
Leah's media relations expertise has been tapped by numerous non-profit organizations. She served as the publicity chairman for more than two years for the Public Relations Society of America’s North Texas chapter, and most recently helping spearhead the launch of diversity programs for the chapter. Leah is an active member of The Real Estate Council (TREC). Apart from serving on the core marketing/public relations committee, she was simultaneously elected in 2009 to serve as both the publicity chair for TREC’s 21st annual FightNight, the premier fundraising event within the Dallas real estate community, while also serving as the core marketing/public relations chair for TREC Young Guns, a sub-committee of TREC comprised of young commercial real estate professionals. Leah has also assisted with public relations and marketing strategy for both the 2008 and 2009 Annual Big Black Tie Ball for the North Texas chapter of Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) and was most recently elected to the 2009 inaugural junior board of directors for BBBS.