Gene Sheehan brings more than four decades of communications experience in Connecticut to his position as the managing partner of Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations (SLPR). Prior to co-founding SLPR in 1988, Gene was the president and creative director of one of Connecticut’s largest advertising agencies. While at SLPR, Gene has served as a senior level counselor to many of the state’s most prominent and successful businesses and organizations.
For nearly 20 years, he has managed the Connecticut public relations of a Dow 30 corporation headquartered in Connecticut and participated in the development of their worldwide crisis response protocols. He prepared an aerospace client with messages and media coaching for the global introduction of a major new product line. Gene is called upon regularly for his crisis communication skills. He managed the communications for a recent workplace shooting that was the most tragic in Connecticut history. Gene maintains relationships based on mutual respect with key media contacts throughout the state. He also maintains a high profile as a community leader, with past roles including board Chair of Hartford’s Camp Courant, chair of the MetroHartford Alliance’s Healthcare Task Force and Chairman of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, where he participated in the city’s branding activities.
Gene’s creative work has been recognized with national and international awards for excellence including the prestigious G.D. Crain award for the best public service campaign in the country.
WHY WE ARE HERE
“My early experience as an advertising agency creative director has served me well in helping clients develop messages that are compelling, memorable and create the desired response.”
Dan Tapper joined Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations Inc. in 2007 having worked in media and communications in Connecticut for more than 20 years, beginning as a daily newspaper reporter with The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer. Since 1997 he has worked exclusively in public relations, serving as a press secretary for several years for the State Senate Democratic Caucus, as well as Communications Director for Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. Since joining the team at SLPR, Dan has helped to manage public relations activities for a number of Connecticut’s leading businesses and organizations.
Dan manages client accounts and has lead numerous media coaching sessions, maintaining strong relationships with many of the state’s media members. Dan is respected for providing sound public relations counsel to clients and for his skills in media relations, crisis communications, issue management and message development. Dan has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut and is a Past President and member of the leadership team of the Greater Hartford chapter of Business Networking International (BNI). Dan lives in Suffield with his wife and son, where he has volunteered as a Little League coach, as a member of the town’s Little League Board of Directors, and has served on the governing body of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (East Longmeadow, MA).
WHY WE ARE HERE
“When I came to SLPR in 2007, I knew I was joining the very best – a team without peer when it comes to understanding the Connecticut media and the value of ‘delivering the right message.’ SLPR’s hallmark is providing calm, trustworthy and confident counsel to clients facing a highly discerning public – for someone who has worked in media in Connecticut for more than 20 years, there is no better place to be.”
Emily L. Rodrigues
Digital & Social Media Specialist
Emily Rodrigues joined Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations Inc. in 2016 with a strong background in digital marketing, strategic communication and community outreach. A former New Hampshirite, she caught the political bug early as she met presidential candidates while sipping coffee in downtown Portsmouth. She joined her first political campaign at 16 and has worked on grassroots campaigns for various industries ever since. She is respected for building effective and well-rounded digital communication strategies for nonprofits, corporations and political campaigns.
Emily has worked for agencies and nonprofits around the globe, served in AmeriCorps, and lived on the Gulf, Pacific and Atlantic coasts. She happily calls Naugatuck, CT home, where she lives with her husband and labrador retriever. She has an insatiable love of reading and gives back to her community by supporting organizations she cares about such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, The Hunger Project & Autism Self-Advocacy Network.
WHY WE ARE HERE
“I enjoy problem-solving and I actively seek challenges that push me intellectually. I live with a strong sense of determination and a sense of humor which yields the type of person you want fighting for your cause and the perfect personality for Sullivan & LeShane.”
Tom Andrea joined SLPR as a strategic partner in 2002, bringing more than 25 years of corporate and community public relations experience to the firm. Prior to Sullivan & LeShane, Tom worked with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a Dow 30 company with headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Tom helped build awareness of UTC’s corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism in Connecticut and around the world by organizing and promoting programs ranging from local charitable endeavors to international events such as the Special Olympics World Games.
In his work with SLPR, Tom assists many of the firm’s clients plan and promote their community activities. Tom is a resident of Manchester, Connecticut where he enjoys local restaurants and maintaining an exercise routine both outdoors and indoors. He was recently named one of the region’s best-dressed individuals by Hartford Magazine.
WHY WE ARE HERE
“Our clients are the best in the world, they reinforce their success in business by making meaningful contributions in the communities in which they live and work. And that’s a mission statement I’m proud to serve.”
Mark Sullivan is a strategic partner with SLPR, bringing some 40 years of experience in broadcasting, journalism and corporate public relations to the firm. Prior to joining SLPR, Mark spent 26 years with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He was Director of Media Relations for jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, and also served as Vice President of Communications for the Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand) division. He has had wide experience in media relations, international communications, crisis management and labor relations issues. Prior to his years at UTC Mark was a journalist for WICC radio in Bridgeport and later at the Associated Press in Hartford.
Mark is author of Dependable Engines: The Story of Pratt & Whitney, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2007 he was named recipient of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Lyman Award for excellence in industry public relations. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from St Bernard’s Institute in Rochester, NY and a master’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford. He resides in Windsor, CT and Eastham, MA.
WHY WE ARE HERE
“Joining Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations allows me to work in new industries on new issues with a group of top professionals.”
James D. Battaglio
James D. Battaglio is vice president emeritus of Corporate Communications for Hartford (CT) Hospital and the Connecticut Health System, and currently works as a strategic partner with SLPR. He is a Connecticut native with more than 40 years experience in journalism and healthcare administration. A former award-winning reporter and columnist with The Hartford Times, Jim served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Hartford Hospital for 25 years.
An experienced spokesman, crisis communicator, editor and writer, Jim has been a valuable resource to many of SLPR’s clients over the past decade, and also serves as a medical columnist and feature writer for an array of state and national publications. Jim volunteers as a radio host twice a week at the Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS), a radio service for the blind and print-handicapped, and serves as chairman of CRIS’ Board of Directors’ Communications Committee.
WHY WE ARE HERE
“I’ve been privileged to work with Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations on a wide variety of assignments over the years, ranging from healthcare to crisis communications. Their level of professionalism, expertise and conscientiousness to their clients’ needs is always gratifying.”