The late U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton called Arthur Wright "Mr. St. Louis." From his involvement in all phases of the development of the Gateway Arch to his board membership in Downtown St. Louis, Art Wright was lauded for his civic work. He continually worked to improve the quality of life in St. Louis through numerous board memberships. In public relations, he began at Fleishman-Hillard, then went to Pet, Inc., as corporate director of PR. He left to create Wright-Manning Public Relations. He was also general manager of the St. Louis office of Hill & Knowlton. He served the Public Relations Society of America as Past President of the St. Louis chapter, past National Chairman of the Investor Relations Section and past National Assembly Delegate. For his work within the community, he was given the Leadership St. Louis Award.