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Public relations executive

Ronald William Watt, American public relations executive. Named one of Outstanding Young Men American, 1971.


Watt, Ronald William was born on October 10, 1943 in Cleveland. Son of Archie Gordon and Molly (Champa) Watt.


BJ, Bowling Green State University, 1965.


Reporter Station WSPD-television and Radio, Toledo, 1965-1966. Manager public relations Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, 1966-1968. Account executive Flournoy & Gibbs, 1968-1973.

Vice president Edward Howard and Company, Cleveland, 1973-1979. President Watt-Jayme Public Relations, 1979-1981. President, chief operating officer Watt, Roop & Company, 1981-1986, chairman, chief executive officer, since 1987.


Graduate Leadership Cleveland, 1988, alumni steering committee, since 1991. Chairman Centennial American Red Cross, Cleveland, 1981. Member visiting committee College Urban Affairs Cleveland State University, chairman In Tribute to Public Service program.

Co-founder Browns Buddies Program, Rainbow Babies, Childrens Hospital, Cleveland, 1981. Board directors Youth Opportunities, Inc., 1984-1989, Downtown Cleveland Business Council, since 1987, Cleveland chapter National Conference of Christians and Jews, since 1988, Citizens League of Cleveland, since 1988, Marymount Hospital, since 1988, Cleveland chapter American Cancer Society, since 1988, Northeast Ohio Jazz Society, Singing Angels, since 1990, Hiram House, since 1991, Clean-Land, Ohio, since 1991. Co-chairman Tri-C Jazzfest, since 1990, Tri-C Foundation, since 1993.

Leadership giving advisory committee, image and presence Task Force Greater Cleveland, United Way. Voluntary communications director, cabinet member 1990 campaign. Steering committee Walter Hagen Invitational Golf Tournament.

Director Brian Brennan Boys Hope Golf Tournament, since 1989. Fellow Public Relations Society of America (national chairman professional standards and business practices, board directors Counselors Academy since 1989, chairman since 1993, president Greater Cleveland chapter 1981-1982, 6 Silver Anvil awards 1969, 73, 87, 88, accredited). Member National Media Conference (board directors since 1985), Cleveland Advertising Club (board directors since 1985, president 1991-1992), Cleveland Press Club (board directors 1986-1990), Greater Cleveland Press Club (co-chairman centennial 1987), American Red Cross Cleveland chapter (vice Chairman 1991-1993, marketing chair, 1989-1992)Canterbury Golf Club (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio), Lakewood Country Club (Westlake, Ohio), Hermit Club (Cleveland), Clifton Club (Lakewood, Ohio), Union Club (Cleveland).


  • Other Interests

    Jazz music, piano, writing comedy.


Married Elizabeth K. Strasshofer, May 15, 1965 (divorced December 1973). Children: Cheryl Marie, Laurie Michelle. Married Simona Catherine Yesbak, December 21, 1973.

Children: Ronald William Junior, Amanda Catherine.

Archie Gordon Watt

Molly (Champa) Watt

Elizabeth K. Strasshofer

Simona Catherine Yesbak

Cheryl Marie Watt

Laurie Michelle Watt

Ronald William Junior Watt

Amanda Catherine Watt