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Eric Morgenstern

Chief executive officer, Morningstar Communications

Eric MorgensternEric M. Morgenstern (j'78) is chief executive officer of Morningstar Communications and one of the co-founders of J-School Generations.

Morgenstern founded his company in 1997 and built it into an all-star team of marketing, public relations and communications professionals who are dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of each client.

Previously, Morgenstern served as president and chief operating officer for Boasberg Valentine Radford, as the manager of public information for Hallmark Cards, and as an account manager for Brewer Advertising, a division of Young & Rubicam.

Morgenstern's philosophy of “Think Excellence, Not Difference” enables employees and clients to become leaders. He also provides strategic business counsel to CEOs and other executives at top companies throughout the country. He frequently delivers keynote presentations to national, regional and local audiences on the topics of leadership, marketing and communications.

Morgenstern is one of only 15 SAGE (Strategic Advisors for Growth and Excellence) Counselors, within the Counselors Academy section of the Public Relations Society of America. He was elected to the International PRSA College of Fellows in 2001 and was selected as part of the Helzberg Leadership Institute.

Morgenstern has won numerous local awards in the public relations industry, including the 2009 Kansas City-chapter International Association of Business Communicators Arthur Lowell Award, which recognizes excellence, achievement and civic involvement of area business communicators.

He volunteers on the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the University of Kansas Master's Program in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Morgenstern also provides pro bono communications counseling to a wide variety of civic and professional endeavors, and is part of the marketing team for the Kansas City Area Development Council.