John Graham joined Fleishman-Hillard in 1966 and rose through the ranks to become the agency's CEO. He spent 30 years at the helm before restructuring the senior management team and stepping down as CEO in 2006. During his tenure, Fleishman-Hillard became the largest PR firm in the nation, based on annual revenues, with more than 80 offices around the world. He was named PR Professional of the Year by PRWeek in 2001 and received PRSA's Gold Anvil for his contributions to the industry the following year. Graham was founder and served as chairman of the Council of Public Relations Firms.