Patty Knap Tucker

Communications and trust are key to the successful implementation of every business decision.

Leadership has to align on it.  Employees have to feel it.  Customers have to believe it.  All stakeholders need to see a win in it.

When it’s a mission-critical step, or one particularly complex or fraught with landmines, an experienced, audience-centric counselor is invaluable.

That’s what I do.  I am a seasoned communications strategist and independent counselor bringing fresh perspective to businesses and boards, helping solve their reputation, retention and competition issues. My model is to surgically insert  into a strategic challenge as a thought-partner, ensuring communications positioning, plans and people are on their most effective course. My questions and insights are  fueled by previous involvement in an exhaustive set of transferable business dynamics, issues and opportunities.

I am passionate about business as a force for good and bring clients real-time insights into the evolving societal expectations for corporate character.  I was recruited to serve on the founding Board of  Conscious Capitalism Atlanta, serve as a counselor to Georgia’s goBeyondProfit CEO alliance, and provide guidance to B Corp innovators.

Treehouse projects and clients range from diagnostic plans and 1-day workshops to 4-day-a-week embeds.  Huge and tiny, established and nascent, Treehouse clients urgently need to trigger vital opinions and behaviors.  Some clients include the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Amana Academy, Serenbe, Boulder Crest Institute, Emory Healthcare, Southern Company, CollinsCooperCarusi Architects, BoxLock, IACT Health and Principle Business Enterprises.  In recent years I embedded as part-time Executive-in-Residence at $1 billion Jackson Healthcare where I led the evolution of its entire Marketing Communications function including development of a strategic plan, corporate brand positioning, earned & social media, new employee engagement channel, community impact platform, talent resourcing, benchmarking/metrics, and providing b-to-b marketing services to its operating companies.

I am an agency veteran, including 14 years with Edelman, the largest global, independent PR firm.  There I led corporate and b-to-b campaigns as Executive Vice President, and stewarded global best practices among its corporate communications leaders as Americas Region Operations & Strategy Director. I managed  work for scores of diverse brands – including Southern Company, UPS, The Weather Channel, Newell-Rubbermaid, Carter’s, and VF Corp – and dozens of visionary small businesses and B-to-B companies.  Before taking the Americas role, I created and grew Edelman’s Atlanta Corporate practice to over $7 million in annual revenue and a team of 30.

I was privileged to help hone the annual Edelman Trust Barometer into a strategic insight-driver for building trust.  I have counseled many on trust-building and purpose platforms, from Walmart, SC Johnson, Disney and Kellogg’s, to TSYS, Georgia-Pacific and Novelis.

Prior to Edelman, I founded the Corporate and B-to-B practice for a local agency, The Headline Group, and worked on the PR side of advertising agencies to launch my career.

I have held non-profit Board roles for 30 years.  I currently serve on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Inspire Brands Foundation, the National Advisory Council for College of Charleston‘s College of Communications, and am an active graduate of Leadership Atlanta (class of 2001). I have served multiple board terms for Georgia Center for Nonprofits (which I chaired) and have served the Atlanta Community Food Bank, CARE and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

My longest “client relationship” is with my husband, Guy, which has grown with strategic brand extensions Evan (Rhodes College ’17) and Allegra (College of Charleston ’19).