Ketchum author Blake Rhodes

Blake is a senior vice president based in San Francisco, and serves as the Issues & Crisis group’s lead on the west coast. During his 25-year career, he has managed high profile, sensitive issues that required rapid response expertise while supporting organizations in agriculture, aviation, financial services, government, professional and collegiate sports, retail, hospitality, technology, and wellness. Since managing the Barry Bonds steroids scandal for the San Francisco Giants, he has guided many clients through crises, including Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Kids, Airbus Americas, Young Living Essential Oils, Rodan + Fields, the California Milk Advisory Board, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the San Francisco Travel Association and a major university with a high-profile Title IX issue.

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Coming Up Clutch: The Bridge Between Crisis Preparedness & Major League Baseball

by Blake Rhodes and Doug Petkus| October 15, 2019

For sports fans, October means playoff baseball. Only 10 of 30 teams earn a chance to compete for the 2019 World Series title, and none got there by accident. Major League Baseball teaches us that taking year-round steps to avoid calamity during the season is a blueprint for all organizations – regardless of industry. Injuries, […]

Considering Values-based Marketing Programs? Make Sure your Brand has “Permission”

Considering Values-based Marketing Programs? Make Sure your Brand has “Permission”

by Blake Rhodes| March 15, 2018

When you run an ad campaign that costs $5 million dollars, you’re looking for a big return on your investment, right? Unfortunately, as brands look to increase their impact by touching on culturally relevant, and highly sensitive, topics, we are seeing both advertising and marketing campaigns miss the mark. When this happens, they are often […]