Stephen H. Coltrin, Chairman and CEO
Stephen H. Coltrin founded Coltrin & Associates, Inc. in 1982. Under his guidance, the firm has become recognized as a strategic public relations firm giving counsel to global brands. Among the firm’s most renowned successes was the dramatic turn around and successful conclusion of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
His expertise in crisis communications impacts issues such as multiple plant closings, union strikes, labor disputes, energy disasters and more.
Mr. Coltrin currently serves on the board of directors for the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, Quantum Leap Innovations and Clinical Ink. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of America’s Freedom Festival at Provo, and on the Advisory and Advancement Council of the Utah State University Journalism & Communication Department.
A recognized figure in business, broadcasting and the media community, Mr. Coltrin was one of 2001’s Honorary Vice Chairmen for Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame Awards. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in The World, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Advertising. In October 2003, Mr. Coltrin was named the “Leo Hindery Media Ethics and Values Speaker of the Year” at Emerson College in Boston.
Mr. Coltrin also received the prestigious Chapel of Four Chaplains Award for his integrity, compassion and commitment, and for his overall contributions to the media industry.
Coltrin & Associates, Inc., together with the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, has awarded the Stephen H. Coltrin Award for Excellence in Media Communications. The award has been presented to winners of a national competition held annually among 100 of the nation’s top communications educators.
Among his most recognized achievements is the work he has provided for Governor Mitt Romney, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, and the Truce Foundation of the United States. He has assisted with the promotion of Romney’s book, Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games. He also garnered international exposure with the publicity surrounding the Truce Ideal Award ceremony during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Mr. Coltrin received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1970. His responsibilities included serving as Product Manager and Media Activities Manager for Burroughs-Wellcome. Mr. Coltrin produced some of the first medical information programs in the U.S. and pioneered spokesperson training in the pharmaceutical industry.
He served as spokesman for both the National Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, where he was named National Spokesman of the Year. He later served as Director of Eastern Public Relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.