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Rob Weinhold is proud to have friends call him “an ambitious dreamer.” No contradiction there, no oxymoron, in describing this most admired CEO. Weinhold is both a visionary and a high achiever, as he illustrated in his book, “The Art of Crisis Leadership,” co-written with New York Times best-selling author Kevin Cowherd. Weinhold shares his secrets and strategies gleaned from decades of work in the highly specialized field of crisis leadership.
Weinhold in 2009 launched Fallston Group, an advisory firm to organizations facing adversity, from sole proprietorships to large public companies. In short, Fallston is a reputation agency. The company offers marketing and PR strategies, effective marketing messaging at the right time to the right people, and its team of public safety professions develop broad organizational strategies to protect people, secure assets and strengthen brands. They know how to optimize every level of security.
According to Weinhold, one of the things that often needs to happen for those in crisis is for the leader to acknowledge that fact.
“I want to continue my life’s purpose of helping people during life’s most critical times. I am in a unique position to do that. My one-time vision is now a reality today in Fallston Group,” Weinhold says.
And he certainly knows of what he speaks. Weinhold is the former public affairs director of the Baltimore Police Department, chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, vice president of Ripken Baseball, and a director in the Maryland Office of the Governor from 2001-2003.