March 14, 2013
Remembering Andy Cooper
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our agency co-founder, dear friend, mentor and PR industry luminary, Andy Cooper. While Andy lost his battle with cancer at the age of 64, CooperKatz will never be without his guiding presence.
All of us who have worked with Andy over the years – including members of our CooperKatz family who have moved on to other jobs and life adventures – have first-hand knowledge of his creativity, his passion for his work, his incredible advocacy for his clients, his fierce intelligence and his humor. We know that Andy will be with us still in every brainstorm…every new business pitch…every company gathering…every client win…and every important decision we make as a firm – whether that decision is easy or hard.
Andy Cooper and Ralph Katz first met 42 years ago while in graduate school at Syracuse University. Andy started his career in public relations in 1975, when he joined Burson-Marsteller in Chicago. He quickly transferred to Burson’s fast-growing New York City office. And he encouraged Ralph to join as well, reuniting the two friends in an amazing journey that lasted two decades as they helped to build Burson-Marsteller into a global agency force.
By 1996, Andy was done with a five year tenure as president of the New York office of Burson and had risen to become vice chairman of the company, while Ralph headed the Creative Services practice. It was their deep and abiding love of the work of public relations – that hands-on commitment to bringing strategic thinking and truly creative solutions to client challenges – that ignited the entrepreneurial spirit (and courage!) required to leave one of the largest agencies in the world to strike out on their own.
Over the nearly 17 years since CooperKatz was founded, Andy and Ralph worked side by side to build this firm into a well known and highly respected force in the PR field. The quality of our client roster and the deep dedication and tenure of our team members speaks volumes to what they achieved – and is just one testament to the broad legacy that Andy leaves behind.
From all of us in the CooperKatz family, past and present: Andy, we will miss you each and every day. Thank you for your support and caring, your insights and perspectives, your commitment and creativity, and yes, even your relentless perfectionism! Most of all, thank you for making us all better professionals…and better people, too.
Donations in Andy’s Memory
The Weizmann Institute of Science
* If the donation is noted as “In memory of Andy Cooper,” it will be specifically directed to fund brain cancer research
Israel Cancer Research Fund