Forty-five years ago today Goff cofounded Coleman and Goff Advertising, now known as Goff Public, with business partner Nick Coleman, who later became a legendary state Senate Majority Leader. Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who issued the proclamation, is Nick Coleman’s son and a Goff Public alumnus.
Goff, 75, has been at the forefront of public relations and public affairs throughout his professional life. He became one of the state’s early public relations practitioners when he began pitching stories to newspapers about clients who could not afford expensive ad campaigns.
“Bob has been a visionary business owner and leader in the communications profession in the Upper Midwest,” said Chris Georgacas, who succeeded Goff as president of the firm in 2004. “His legacy and the business principles which he established 45 years ago still greatly influence the work we and others do today.”
Goff now serves as chairman emeritus of Goff Public and continues to be involved in actively shaping the company’s long-term goals and providing strategic direction to clients.
Goff was previously named one of Minnesota’s top lobbyists and one of “Minnesota’s 100 Smartest People” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. During the past five decades, he has counseled countless public officials, civic leaders, and corporate executives in Saint Paul and throughout the state.
In addition to his professional career, Goff has been an important civic activist in the Saint Paul community, serving on several state and local boards and in many other capacities.
WHEREAS, 45 years ago, on November 9, 1966, Bob Goff cofounded Coleman and Goff Advertising, now known as Goff Public;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff has been at the forefront of public relations and public affairs throughout his professional life;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff became one of the early public relations practitioners in Minnesota;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff and the company which is founded have had a constant presence in and made a significant, positive impact on the Saint Paul business community for more than four decades;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff has stood the test of time as a business owner and leader in the communications field because the principles he established 45 years ago are still in practice today;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff has a commanding presence in the state’s government affairs scene, and was previously named as one of Minnesota’s top lobbyists and one of “Minnesota’s 100 Smartest People” by Minnesota Law & Politics;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff has provided wise counsel to countless Saint Paul elected officials;
WHEREAS, Bob Goff and his company have been important civic leaders in the Saint Paul community, serving on innumerable boards and in many capacities;
THEREFORE, I, Christopher B. Coleman, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul, do hereby proclaim November 9, 2011 to be
Bob Goff Day in the City of Saint Paul in recognition and appreciation of Bob Goff’s advances in the communications profession and his commitment to the City of Saint Paul and our community.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of
Saint Paul to be affixed this
Ninth day of November in the Year
Two Thousand Eleven.
Christopher B. Coleman, Mayor