McLeod Communications is an award-winning public relations and marketing communications firm based in Lakeland, Florida. Led by experienced public relations practitioners Chad McLeod, APR, CPRC, and Joe McLeod, our firm exists to help clients effectively tell their stories by providing unmatched communications counsel and strategy. We work with clients at the local, state and national levels.
From the earliest days of our firm, we have been committed to being leaders at the forefront of the PR industry who bring fresh insights and creative ideas to the table. Using the tools of effective PR and marketing, we help resolve some the most challenging issues our clients face. We work with organizations every day on reputation and issues management, digital strategies, messaging and more. By design, we are set up as a lean and agile agency with a deep network of specialized subcontractors and industry experts, allowing us to deliver top talent for each client’s unique needs.
Chad is a seasoned bilingual (English/Spanish) communications consultant who cut his teeth on public relations and communications while serving as a director for the office of U.S. Senator Mel Martinez. His expertise includes strategic communications planning, media relations, messaging, crisis communications and issues management.
Since founding the firm in 2012, Chad has consulted for a variety of clients in multiple industries, including AAA – The Auto Club Group, TECO Energy, Consumer Energy Alliance Florida, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and others. He is a past president of the Florida Public Relations Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, and is the vice president of professional development for FPRA’s state executive committee. Chad is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and a master of business administration from Florida State University.
As our firm’s managing partner, Joe works with our clients on PR strategies, social media campaigns, reputation management, storytelling concepts and more. Joe has more than 15 years of public relations and marketing experience and is often called on as a go-to copywriter for clients who need compelling messages that address challenging issues.
A regular op-ed writer, his columns – both personal and on behalf of clients – have appeared in major national and state publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Tampa Bay Times, Palm Beach Post and Orlando Sentinel. Joe is the vice president of the Florida Public Relations Association, Dick Pope Chapter. He is military veteran who served 8 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was called to active duty for 2 years after 9/11.