Jeffrey Lambert is president and managing partner of the public relations, investor relations and public affairs 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.
Jeff has led LE&A through a 17-year track record of growth, five acquisitions including John Bailey & Associates in Detroit and Sterling Corporation in Lansing, and two “PR Firm of the Year” honors – PR Week and PR News – culminating in the firm’s position as Michigan’s leading PR firm and a top-15 investor relations agency nationally.
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 engagement strategy.
Jeff is a regular author and speaker including addresses at the PR Firm Management Summit in New York, the Michigan PR Society’s annual conference, the Brandt and Zabrusky lectures at Michigan State University, the Michigan Bar Business Law Institute and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He was also a winner of the Ernst Entrepreneur of the Year, named among PR Week’s “40 Under 40” national leaders, honored as PR Practitioner of the Year by the West Michigan Public Relations Society, and the second winner ever of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 under 40” Distinguished Alumni award.
Jeff volunteers his time on several non-profit boards, including serving as Board Chair and Chief Volunteer Officer for the regional board of the YMCA, Co-Chair of the inaugural Armed Forces Thanksgiving event, Board Member for Northview Public Schools, and on the Campaign Cabinet 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. He is also a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Michigan State’s Varsity “S” Club for current and former athletes.