Steve Turner is Managing Principal of Solomon Turner PR, a St. Louis, MO based Public Relations firm. Steve founded the firm in 1990 along with his partner Shelly Solomon. He is also the creator of ThePRChannel.com, a website dedicated to helping business owners and new practitioners learn some of the nuances of the public relations trade through video. He author’s a blog “Successful PR Ideas” that focuses on current trends and issues in the public relations industry. Steve and his firm, Solomon Turner PR, provide public relations counseling and campaign execution for businesses and organizations on a national, regional and local basis. This includes working with companies in architectural/construction, finance, healthcare, high-tech, professional services, retail, sports marketing and telecommunications. Steve has worked with such firms as Amini’s Home Rugs and Game Room, Anthony Robbins Seminars, Birch Telecom, Coldwell Banker, Northwestern Mutual and SSM Healthcare.
Active with the Public Relations Society of America, Steve serves as a mentor to local college students. He is a former President and Board member of the Maryland Heights, MO Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Chesterfield, MO Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on various marketing committees with the Arthritis Foundation and YMCA of Greater St. Louis. A native of St. Louis, Steve is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree.
What do you love most about Your City?
St. Louis is a great place to live and raise a family. The cost for housing and living expenses are relatively moderate compared to the coasts. We have a wide variety of major attractions such as the Gateway Arch and renovated grounds, a world-class zoo, a top art museum, an excellent theater district, a beautiful botanical garden, some great concert venues, and of course Major League sports teams-the Cardinals and Blues. Add in some first-class restaurants, top ranked health care facilities, some highly regarded colleges and universities, and a fast developing mid-town that is turning into one of the hottest tech districts in the nation, and you have an exciting regional area that continues to innovate and grow.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
-The Shack is a great place for a fluffy omelet. Enjoy meeting clients at one of their locations.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Getting the day started. It begins by checking emails, responding to requests from clients and journalists, a nice walk or workout, and reading a chapter in a book and/or appropriate articles.
10:00 AM – Depending on the day this can include meeting with clients and or prospective clients, working on a PR campaign, meeting with staff and vendors, and addressing the myriad of issues that occur during the normal business day.
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
This varies depending on the location. Some of the venues include Maggiano’s in the Clayton area, Vicia in the Central West End and Mango downtown.
7:00 PM – Usually having dinner with my wife.
11:00 PM – Sleep time.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee, usually two cups a day.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
LinkedIn is probably my most used app. Nancy Friedman The Telephone Doctor is always fun to watch on Instagram.
What should everyone try at least once?
Watching the sunset in Maui. It is almost a spiritual experience. Even better if you are in the ocean when the sun slips out of view.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Locally, the Missouri Botanical Garden has some great places to relax and recharge surrounded by all the beautiful plants and flowers.
On trips, we have been to Hawaii several times and nothing beats a week in Maui.