Joe Epley


Joe Epley has worn many hats -- public relations executive, Green Beret, television journalist, change agent, adventurer, and novelist. Although supposedly retired now, he remains active in community affairs and writing and speaking about the American Revolutionary War.

His novel about the battle of Kings Mountain, “A Passel of Hate,” received a Silver Medal from the MWSA.

A world traveler, Joe was the global chair of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest consortium of independent PR firms, and national president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He also chaired PRSA’s College of Fellows. His skills and leadership earned him numerous professional honors including PRSA’s prestigious Gold Anvil for lifetime achievements. He also was honored by the Russian Public Relations Association for helping introduce the profession to Russia during the waning days of the Soviet Union.

He is a member of the Halls of Fame at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and the Defense Information School. His successes also earned him North Carolina’s prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” the state’s highest award for noteworthy achievements by its citizens.

After an active duty tour in the Army in the late 1950’s, Joe became a television news reporter and editor before establishing Epley Associates/Public Relations in Charlotte, NC in 1968. He maintained a dual career in the National Guard and Army Reserve, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 22 years service, more than half that time in Special Forces units.

He sold his firm in 2005 and retired to the Tryon, NC area.