Howard Harrison has more than 40 years of experience as a corporate speechwriter and journalist. Born in 1955 – smack-dab in the middle of the Baby Boom – Mr. Harrison grew up in Chicago and earned his journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college, he worked as a writer, editor and communications executive for several large organizations before forming his own business – Harrison Editorial Inc. – in 1994. NOW They Make it Legal is his first bylined book title.
Mr. Harrison’s first job out of college was with Walgreen Company, where he was editor of the company’s employee magazine, Walgreen World, and managed grand opening publicity for new Walgreen stores. In 1980, he joined the Hospital Financial Management Association as writer/editor of an 84-page journal for HFMA members. He then was tapped by the accounting firm Alexander Grant & Company to lead communications for the newly formed Grant Thornton International – the product of a merger between Alexander Grant in the United States and Thornton Baker in the United Kingdom.
While career success came quickly, Mr. Harrison continued to explore new opportunities. After working freelance for a year as an “editor-at-large” for the American Bar Association Press, Mr. Harrison joined Baxter International, a global health care products company, in 1983. He led employee communications during Baxter’s historic merger with American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1985 and created a new employee magazine that won the Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators in 1991.
Mr. Harrison later served as executive writer and editor at Baxter, writing speeches for senior executives and managing the company’s annual shareholder report. Baxter’s reports won several best-in-show awards for writing and overall quality under his direction.
As president of Harrison Editorial Inc., Mr. Harrison has provided writing and editorial services to a range of clients. These include Cardinal Health, Follett Corporation, Illinois Tool Works, Stepan Chemical and many others. In 1997, he won a Clarion Award for “Best Magazine Article in an Internal Publication” from the Association of Women in Communication.
Mr. Harrison lives in California and is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is anxious for them to read NOW they make it legal to learn what life was like in the Baby Boom era.
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