Al Fleishman was co-founder of one of the world's largest public relations firms, Fleishman-Hillard. Fleishman and longtime friend Robert Hillard created their firm in 1946. Fleishman was considered one of the founding fathers of the public relations industry. He wrote a regular column, "Common Sense Communications," for the St. Louis Business Journal. The column reflected his knowledge and insight of how people communicate with each other and the importance of effective communication in our lives.