Halcyon Assoc. Sees Changes At the Top

The parent company of Halcyon Associates here has reorganized the top management ranks at the 10-year-old public relations agency.
Halcyon president and chief executive officer Dwight Smith is moving up to become managing director of communications at parent company Richmont in order to play a larger role in the agency’s strategic development.
Replacing Smith will be Russell Mack, most recently vice president of communications at Lyrick Studios in Richardson, Texas, and a former executive in the public relations division of Irving, Texas, agency Temerlin McClain.
“We are taking these steps to permit greater emphasis on preparing for the long-term strategic development of our business, while at the same time ensuring the continued growth and success of Halcyon,” said Richmont chairman John Rochon in a statement.
Smith is one of the co-founders of Halcyon, which specializes in business-to-business media relations, crisis communications and public affairs work.
Halcyon’s parent company, Richmont, is a Dallas-based investment management firm with holdings in various industries.
Mack worked for two years at Lyrick Studios, a producer and distributor of children’s programming, videos, books, music and licensed products. Lyrick is best known for the Barney & Friends and Wishbone children’s series produced through separate production units of the studio.
In addition to Temerlin McClain, Mack also had stints as vice president of communications for United Airlines and director of public affairs for American Airlines. He was also director of public affairs for President Reagan’s White House staff and held posts in both the U.S. Department of Education (deputy assistant secretary) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (special assistant).