Patrick applies his experience as a newspaper, radio and TV journalist to help clients effectively connect with customers, employees, community leaders, vendors, investors and others.
During the past 25+ years he has served as the spokesperson for a government agency in Florida and worked with well-known automotive, high tech, retail brands, vacation destinations and others.
He serves as public relations strategist and counselor for C-suite executives, providing crisis communications planning, message development and media relations assistance to clients.
McSweeney began working for a weekly newspaper while still in high school, then worked on the copy desks at two major daily newspapers in Ohio and also freelanced as a news and sports photographer for the Associated Press while attending college. He then worked as a radio reporter/anchor, freelancing for National Public Radio, NBC and AP Radio News before working at TV stations in Ohio and Florida as an anchor, reporter and producer covering the military, transportation, government and politics.
McSweeney earned the designation Accredited in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America in 2011 and was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows in 2015. He has won many awards for his work including a Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America and was a finalist for the nation’s top Corporate Social Responsibility programs from PR News.
He is currently the president-elect for the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of PRSA and twice served as president of the North Florida chapter (1995 and 2013). Besides giving back through PRSA, he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching PR writing and Writing for the Mass Media at the University of North Florida and mentored dozens of college students and young PR professionals.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, McSweeney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He is married to his college sweetheart, Jane, and is the father of two grown sons, David and John.
Gene & Georgetti’s
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
9421 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Networking 6 pm
Dinner & Program 6:30 pm