About Ron Rhody

theo sub shot 3Ron 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 capitol 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.rer at the capitol

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 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 stab at fiction, published in 2009. Response  to Theo and his story  was strong enough to trigger a second book, Theo & The Mouthful of Ashes, published in 2011, and spurred a third, When Theo Came Home, introduced at the Kentucky Book Fair in November of 2013 and completing what turned out to be The Theo Trilogy. He is at work on a new novel now. Rhody’s corporate career was spent primarily in places like New York and San Francisco, but now that he’s devoting most of his time to writing and chasing trout, he and his wife Patsy make their home in Pinehurst, North Carolina

3 thoughts on “About Ron Rhody

  1. Ronnie, I ran across this by accident.

    Classy, very nice. Proud to know such an individual as Ronnie Rhody, Frankfort, KY and my best, trusted friend Donnie. Best to ya and family.

    Jim Anderson Stivers
    Frankfort, KY.

  2. Hello,

    I just read “Theo’s Story” and loved the book. It took me back “home” to Frankfort where I grew up. The Corner of Celebrities; Good Shepherd Church; East Main Hill; Elkhorn Creek; Singing Bridge; Pete’s Corner: Campbell and Shelby Streets where I grew up; etc. Made me homesick.

    I remember “Don Rhody” who was a bit older than me. My deceased husband, Tom Crutcher, lived at #1 Petticoat Lane. His brother Bob, Oxford, Mississippi, sent me “Theo’s Story” and I am so glad he did.

    My father, Edward Bruce Kennedy, was Commissioner of Commerce during Bert Comb’s administration. We heard a lot about the mountains of Eastern Kentucky from Governor Combs and our friends the Gorman family and Ruth Murphy. I don’t know if any of these names mean anything to you but they might.

    Again, thank you for your story and I am going to search the web right now to see if you did publish another in 2010.

    Sally Bryan
    February 3, 2011

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