Jeffrey T. Lambert is president and managing partner of the public relations and investor relations firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates. He co-founded the company in his basement in 1998 and has built it into a top-5 Midwest based agency with over 100 clients based in 20 states and six countries.
Lambert Edwards’ 15-year track record of growth has included five acquisitions, most notably the 2009 acquisition of John Bailey & Associates, which was a top Detroit-based agency and has a public affairs office in Lansing. Building on these strengths, LE&A acquired Sterling Corporation in 2014, which established the agency as the largest public affairs firm in Michigan.
Today, the combined firm has five practice groups – Automotive, Consumer, Financial Communications, Healthcare & Technology and Public Affairs – offices in Michigan’s three major markets – Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, and was recently named by industry trade journals PR Week and PR News as the Small Agency of the Year.
Jeff is responsible for client service initiatives and the long-term vision of the firm, in addition to heading the strategic account teams on several of LE&A’s largest publicly traded and privately held clients. Prior to starting LE&A, Jeff served in senior communications roles in both agency and corporate settings. He has significant transaction-related experience and has managed communications on national product launches, media campaigns and brand launches, as well as on a variety of crisis assignments. Jeff also directs investor relations activities in all the major U.S. financial centers and counsels senior management on corporate finance, governance and investor targeting strategies.
Jeff is a regular author and speaker including recent addresses at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the PR Firm Management Summit in New York, the Michigan PR Society’s annual conference, the Brandt and Zabrusky lectures at Michigan State University, and the Michigan Bar Business Law Institute. He was also a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, was named among PR Week’s “40 Under 40” national leaders and to the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” was recognized as one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch, and honored as PR Practitioner of the Year by the West Michigan Public Relations Society.
Jeff serves on several non-profit boards, including the Executive Committee and Marketing Chair for Junior Achievement, the Executive Committee and regional board for the YMCA, the board of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, and the Alumni Board for the Michigan State College of Communications Arts & Sciences, where LE&A grants an annual scholarship for in-state students aimed at keeping our best talent in Michigan. Jeff is also a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Michigan State’s Varsity “S” Club for current and former athletes.