He was educated at New College, the state of Florida honors university (Sarasota, Florida), New York University, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Herbert J. Davenport Fellowship in Economic Reporting at the University of Missouri.
Jeff Tucker is the founder of Tucker/Hall. He is an accredited crisis communications specialist. He specializes in high-profile crises matters—crisis communications strategies, litigation support in both criminal and civil matters, complex corporate matters such as whistle-blowing, white-collar crime, and state and federal investigations (EEOC, Justice Department, U.S. Senate, etc.) In addition, he serves clients in the areas of corporate reputation management and high-profile media relations.
Jeff is accredited by the Institute for Crisis Management. He has also completed the Harvard Law School/Consensus Building Institute curriculum on negotiated settlements that requires competency in dealings with multiple stakeholders using combinations of communication strategies and community outreach. Some of Jeff’s high-profile successes include:
- Writing and executing a crisis plan for Avianca Airline’s petroleum subsidiary in Bogota when it was the victim of terrorism;
- Developing reputation management strategies for the largest hospice organization in the nation while the organization provided end-of-life care for Terri Schiavo;
- Working with legal teams involved in an ongoing U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Senate investigations into evangelical church groups in America.
Prior to establishing Tucker/Hall in 1990, Jeff spent two decades as a financial reporter, columnist, editor, and publisher. Tucker began his career at the New York Times-owned Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune. He was a business reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and he was a financial columnist with the Journal of Commerce, a division of Knight-Ridder newspapers based on Wall Street. His work has also appeared in such publications as Barron’s Financial Weekly, The Financial Times of London and Institutional Investor.
Jeff is well known in media circles in Florida as the former Managing Editor and later Deputy Publisher of Florida Trend magazine, the oldest statewide monthly business magazine in the U.S. While Deputy Publisher, Tucker was responsible for Florida Trend Affiliate Operations, developing new business and overseeing the marketing of Florida Trend books, newsletters, customized conferences and syndicated radio programming in Florida and Georgia. While he was Managing Editor of the magazine, Florida Trend won 60 state, regional and national awards for reporting and graphic design, including three consecutive General Excellence Awards as the Best Regional Business Magazine in America given annually by the Association of Area Business Publications in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tucker has also served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Telecommunications Task Force. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Museum of Art from 1999 to 2007 and later was appointed by two Florida governors to the Florida Arts Council, where he was vice-chairman from 2007 to 2009. He has been an advisor to the Florida Council on Economic Education, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise and he was vice-chair of the Governor’s Economic Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2004.