Richard E. Nicolazzo, Founder and Managing Partner of Nicolazzo & Associates, has extensive experience in strategic communications management and planning, merger and acquisition communications, issues management, litigation support, media relations and crisis communications. Clients include many leading regional, national and international corporations and organizations.
Working directly with chief executive officers and senior management teams, he has served as counsel to numerous firms, including Audax Group, Bain Capital, Berkshire School, Boston Consulting Group, Cabletron Systems, Caritas Christi Health Care System, Caturano and Company/McGladrey, Emerson Hospital, Fidelity Investments, FleetBoston Financial Corp., Foley Hoag, General Motors, John Hancock, Lincare, MetLife HealthCare, Nortek Holdings, Reebok International, Ropes & Gray, PhRMA, Premier Technology, Sun Life of Canada, Tufts Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Prior to founding Nicolazzo & Associates in 1975, Richard was an executive with Burson-Marsteller in New York. Since its formation, Nicolazzo & Associates has consulted with Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman Hillard and other major communications firms in the United States and abroad. Richard holds bachelor's and master's degrees in public relations and communications from Boston University and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.
A nationally recognized expert on strategic communications management and crisis communications, Richard is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker at university and industry forums. He has appeared on broadcast business shows such as CNN's Money Line and Peter Marx's Business Insight; he authors contributed articles to major print and online media, including The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and O'Dwyer's, a leading public relations and marketing communications publication; and he has been a featured speaker at Nasdaq/Amex Executive Program Investor Relations Conferences. Richard is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA's Counselors Academy. He has been actively involved with the Turnaround Management Association and the Boston University National Alumni Council, and he is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research.
Richard has served on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Music Theatre and the Boston Center for the Arts, the Examining Committee of the Boston Public Library, WGBH-TV's Business Task Force, and is a former director of the Newton (Massachusetts) Boys and Girls Club. He currently serves on Boston University's College of Communication's Board of Visitors.