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PRSA Houston Monthly Luncheon: Peter Roussel

 

Join your friends and colleagues on August 6th when the Past Presidents of PRSA Houston greet members and guests.  Don’t miss this special meeting!

Bring a guest and enjoy networking with PRSA Houston’s savvy leadership!
 
Please note that PRSA has a policy of giving refunds only with at least 24 hours notice.  No shows will be billed.  Checks are accepted, but there is a $25 fee for checks returned for any reason. Please note any special meal requests upon registering as the Briar Club is unable to provide vegetarian meals unless arranged in advance. The menu for Aug. 6 is Chicken Marsala with blended and wild rice pilaf and fresh seasonable vegetable, iceberg wedge, and white chocolate lemon cheesecake, rolls and butter.
 
 
Speaker Peter Roussel
Publisher, Intown and Strategic Communications Consultant With over 35 years of experience in business, government, politics and media, including two tours of duty in the White House and service as an assistant to Presidents Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Peter Roussel is now a strategic communications consultant, public speaker, ...

Publisher, Intown and Strategic Communications Consultant

With over 35 years of experience in business, government, politics and media, including two tours of duty in the White House and service as an assistant to Presidents Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Peter Roussel is now a strategic communications consultant, public speaker, author/columnist/editor and television commentator based in Houston, Texas.

From 1981-87 Mr. Roussel served in the White House under President Reagan as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary. His duties as a spokesman for the President of the United States required briefings of the White House press corps and accompanying President Reagan on domestic and foreign trips, including summit meetings with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev at Geneva in 1985 and Iceland in 1986. On his very first day in the Reagan White House he was assigned to create and implement strategic media relations and serve as press spokesman for the landmark historic appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor as Justice to the Supreme Court.


His career in Washington began in 1969 when he was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman George Bush. In 1970 he was campaign press secretary in Mr. Bush’s race for the U.S. Senate. It was then that he met George W. Bush and worked with him in that campaign, a friendship now extending over 30 years. When Congressman Bush was named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, Mr. Roussel joined him there as his personal press officer, serving during a two-year period of headline-making events, including the admission of the People’s Republic of China. In 1973 Ambassador Bush was appointed Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Mr. Roussel returned with him to Washington, continuing to serve as his personal press officer.


In 1974 Mr. Roussel assumed his first assignment at the White House as Staff Assistant to President Ford. In 1976 he transferred to the President Ford Committee as special assistant to the campaign’s national director, James. A. Baker, III, and subsequently was communications director for Mr. Baker’s 1978 campaign for Attorney General of Texas.


Mr. Roussel is an on camera television commentator for the ABC-TV affiliate station in Houston (KTRK-TV), offering analysis on government and political affairs. He is the author of the novel, Ruffled Flourishes, published in 2002, that draws on his experiences as a press spokesman at the White House and has been acclaimed by national media. The late Jack Valenti, former President of the Motion Picture Association, has said: “It’s a superior piece of work, reeking of authenticity.” Mr. Roussel has also written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. From 1992-2003 he was Executive Vice President and a managing partner of Neumann Roussel Public Relations. He currently serves as Editor Emeritus and columnist for Houston’s Intown magazine.


He was graduated in 1965 from the University of Houston where he was honored in 1983 as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 1986 he was selected to receive the first Distinguished Communications Alumnus Award presented by that university. He has served as a visiting lecturer at Texas A&M University, the University of Houston and Houston Baptist University on the subject of the press and the presidency.


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Organizer Paula Ruth, APR

When?

Wed, Aug. 6, 2008
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Where?

Briar Club
2603 Timmons
Houston, TX 77027