Charlie Arnot founded CMA in 2004. He consults with leading companies and association on issues management, communications and public affairs. He is passionate about helping clients use new models to build trust with the stakeholders who determine their success. Charlie is recognized as a thought leader on food and agriculture issues and is a thought-provoking writer and speaker.
Charlie began his career in journalism and worked in film and video production prior to working in public relations and corporate communications. He grew up in rural Nebraska, and his family always had horses, cattle, chickens and every now and then a couple of pigs. His first paying job (besides putting up hay) was working in a restaurant, and he loves to cook.
Charlie is a member of NAMA and PRSA. He won an Associated Press award for Best Radio News Reporting. He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. He enjoys scuba diving with his family, reading and watching any movie by Mel Brooks.
If you could give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Consider very carefully choices that limit the ability to grow more food. Providing adequate food is a moral imperative. Food insecurity causes immense suffering and can lead to political instability.
What’s your claim to fame?
My pulled pork – it’s the best
Cause you’re most passionate about?
Building trust in today’s food system.
When have you “been there” for your clients?
Developing meaningful strategy and executing effective tactics that help our clients through crisis that range from environmental compliance issues to litigation, product re-calls and work place violence. Effective issues management can limit crisis, but when they happen it’s critical to provide the right counsel and excellent execution.