President/Chief Executive Officer
In 1972, Brown-Olmstead
formed an independent public relations firm to service clients in the
southeastern corporate, commercial and civic worlds. The firm quickly
became a full-service organization, and handled more than 800 accounts
and projects -- on regional, national and international bases -- from
real estate development, health care, manufacturing, food service,
architecture and retail to consumer products, investment and security
services, governmental agencies, political candidates, and financial
services. The firm was a division of Shandwick from June 1988 to
spring of 1996.
Brown-Olmstead is one of the industry's Fellows,
a distinction held by only a few hundred practitioners worldwide, and is
also fully accredited. She has been designated one of the Ten
Outstanding Atlantans, was elected a member of Leadership Atlanta, was
recognized as in "Women of Achievement" by the International Women's
Forum, and is listed in Outstanding Atlantans and various Who's Who
publications. She has been featured in Mademoiselle magazine, Business
Week, Savvy, Atlanta Weekly, Atlanta magazine, and Movers and Shakers in
Georgia. As writer and director of a television special, "The Land of
Cotton," she received a Gold Medal in the New York Film & TV Festival.
She is an active public speaker and has addressed more than 200 meetings
and conventions in her 40 years of professional life.
Client programs under her direction have
included the first three-way satellite news conference linking the
mayors of Chicago, Washington, and Los Angeles for Philip Morris USA,
the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, the development of marketing plans
for the creation of the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain, a major environmental
program for Waste Management tied to the Democratic and Republican
National Conventions in 1988, and the development of the step aerobics
movement for The STEP Company.
Brown-Olmstead's coordination of a pro bono
officer recruitment project for the Atlanta Police Department won her a
Silver Anvil, the highest honor given by PRSA. Other award-winning
client programs have included those for Turner Broadcasting System;
Anacomp, a Fortune 500 company; Arthur Young (Ernst & Young); White
Lily; Citibank; and the National Black Arts Festival.
Currently, Brown-Olmstead is a member of the
board of Central Atlanta Progress, the Episcopal Media Center, the
Advisory Board of Shepherd Spinal Center, the Georgia Chapter of the
International Women's Forum, member of the Board of Councilors for The
Carter Center, board member of the Regional Business Coalition, member
of ODK, board member of the Robinson College of Business, Order of the
Phoenix, and an inductee of the Georgia PRSA Hall of Fame.
She has been actively involved in the
development of CAP's Downtown Improvement District program through
participation in the initial task force, development of uniforms and
identity for the Ambassador Force, and communications training.
She was appointed chairman of the Public
Relations/Communications Task Force for Central Atlanta Study II, a
joint effort of Central Atlanta Progress, the city of Atlanta and Fulton
County. In that position, Brown-Olmstead directed the development of a
marketing plan for central Atlanta, much of which has been implemented
over the past decade.
Senior Account Executive
Julie Hairston brings
more than 30 years of award-winning writing experience to A.
Brown-Olmstead Associates, including more than three years as a real
estate writer and columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She
holds more than a dozen state, regional and national awards for
reporting and writing as well as enjoying widespread recognition from
three years as the signature author of the AJCs hit column "Private
A past president of the
Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, she is also
a member of the Atlanta Press Club and the National Association of Real
Estate Editors (NAREE). Hairston holds a bachelors degree in journalism
from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of
Georgia. She also has studied at the University of North Carolina on a
Rockefeller Foundation fellowship and at the University of Maryland on a
Knight Center Fellowship focusing on urban issues.
Among her most notable
work, Hairston provided coverage of the Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg,
VA, during his rise to national prominence in 1980 as the founder of The
Moral Majority. For this, she was honored with the Cassells Memorial
Award from the Religion Newswriters Association. She was honored with
three Georgia Magazine Association awards for her signature work as a
columnist for Business Atlanta magazine and was named the Communicator
of the Year in 1990 by the Atlanta Chapter of Women in Communications.
After joining the Atlanta
Journal Constitution in 1998, she covered Atlanta City Hall for three
years before turning her attentions to regional efforts to relieve
growing transportation gridlock. During that time, she wrote extensively
about the Georgia Department of Transportation, the State Road and
Tollway Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Georgia Regional
Transportation Authority, and MARTA. In 2005, Hairston was tapped to
write "Private Quarters," the wildly popular weekly profile of a
metro-area home, and to cover the regions dynamic real estate market.
Since joining ABOA in
October 2008, Hairston has worked with StreetSmart Technology Inc. on
the launch of its high-tech parking systems and with Georgians for
Economic Development on the successful campaign to allow school tax
dollars to be used in special tax districts for economic development.