Specializing in Complex & Sensitive PR Situations
We are accomplished, senior-level reputation management and strategic communications experts with a long track record of helping clients handle lawsuits and litigation, internal and external investigations, legislation and regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, cybersecurity breaches, activist attacks, conspiracy theories, board conflicts and scores of other multifaceted issues.
Steve is one of the Rocky Mountain West's most trusted crisis, reputation management and strategic communications advisors. Over the last 30 years, his dozens of crisis and controversy clients have included the Colorado Supreme Court, American Humane Association, Chipotle Mexican Grill, CSG International, Denver International Airport, EAS, Fox News, Lions Club International, Taubman Centers, Noble Energy, Vail Resorts, many law firms, new ventures, international charities and universities.
Steve has held strategic communications titles at the Pentagon, Fortune 500 companies, international PR firms and as president of a successful technology PR agency. His corporate communications expertise draws from a long history of new ventures, lawsuits and litigation, M&A events, reorganizations, development projects, IPOs and complex issues management initiatives.
Steve is a U.S. Army veteran and award-winning military journalist, and served as associate editor and columnist at the Pentagon's official U.S. Army News Service (ARNEWS).
He created SilversJacobson's Reputation Asset Management Platform, a uniquely pragmatic, real-world approach to defining effective positioning, messaging and communications strategies for any challenging situation.
Steve completed a combined journalism and photojournalism major at Syracuse University's prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications, and later worked as a freelance magazine writer for several years.
A 1998 Leadership Denver graduate, Steve served on the board of directors for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. He is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by Public Relations Society of America.
Steve often speaks to professional groups and is a frequent expert source on crisis communications for news media around the country.
Over three decades, Paul has managed hundreds of complex issues and crisis situations for Senators, CEOs, major league sports teams and major theatrical motion picture productions.
He was press secretary to three U.S. Senators, two of them majority leaders: Bob Dole, Dr. Bill Frist and Warren B. Rudman. He also helped prepare former Supreme Court Justice David Souter for his Senate confirmation hearings.
In addition, Paul directed communications for passage of the Medicare Part D (prescription drug) benefit. He was involved in the Iran-Contra hearings and the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction legislation, among many other national and international issues and events.
In the private sector, Paul was lead communications executive for Ascent Entertainment, including its IPO, NBA Denver Nuggets ownership, acquisition of the NHL Quebec Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche) and construction of Denver’s Pepsi Center, now called The Ball Arena.
For Ascent’s Hollywood production company, he managed corporate communications for major theatrical releases including Air Force One. Paul then served as top communications executive for STARZ-Encore Group, its eight cable and satellite movie networks and original productions.
He went on to lead corporate communications for the rescue management team that took over Adelphia Communications, the nation’s fifth largest cable company, as it navigated through and successfully emerged from one of the most complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies in American history.
In the energy sector, Paul led communications for USEC Inc. (now Centrus Energy), its $4 billion American Centrifuge uranium enrichment project and its “Megatons to Megawatts” program that converted Soviet nuclear warheads into American electricity. At USEC he also managed crisis communications related to the Fukishima nuclear fuel meltdown, the company’s passage through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its rebranding as Centrus Energy Corp.