Albany, N.Y. – Eric Mower, chairman and CEO of the independent marketing, advertising and public relations agency Mower, was elected board chairman of the Business Council of New York State.
As an active member of the Business Council for more than 30 years, Mower has filled a variety of roles within the organization, including many years as both board member and Executive Committee member. He has also served as vice chair and, for the past three years, as co-chair of the council’s board.
With a membership of more than 2,400 companies, local chambers of commerce and professional trade associations, the Business Council is the leading business organization in New York state. Representing the interests of large and small companies throughout the state, as well as some of the largest corporations in the world, including IBM, Verizon and JP Morgan Chase, the organization’s primary function is to advocate for employers throughout New York state in policy-making and political arenas.
“The Business Council does exemplary work advocating for businesses of all sizes across New York state,” said Mower. “Throughout my more than three-decade membership with the organization, I’ve had the privilege of working with many great corporate and political leaders. I am honored to serve as board chair and remain committed to continuing the council’s remarkable work.”
Under Mower’s more than 50 years of leadership, his firm, Mower, has grown from a single office with a staff of four to one of the largest independent full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agencies in the U.S. The agency has earned top industry accolades including recognition as a four-time PRNEWS “Top Places to Work” winner and two-time Advertising Age “Best Places to Work,” as well as advertising and integrated marketing awards ranging from Clio, Cannes and ANA B2 awards to rankings in AdAge, PR Week and Chief Marketer 200.
Mower was an advisory council member for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York Open for Business” marketing initiative, as well as the founding chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. He serves as a life trustee of Syracuse University and also on the Advisory Council of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Mower served for more than 20 years on the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) board of directors and has chaired the 4A’s Government Relations Committee for more than two decades. He is also a past board member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and he was inducted into the Association of National Advertisers B2B Hall of Fame in 2019.