Forge Communications was founded in late 2009 by Roger Friedensen, APR, and Ray Hornak, APR, two veteran consultants in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Both spent 30+ years honing their skills as strategic counselors for a range of public- and private-sector clients in dozens of industries with Epley Associates, Inc., one of the Southeast’s most successful public relations firms, and The Catevo Group, which was formed from a merger of Epley and several other marketing communication agencies. In 2016, Gail (Rosenberg) McHugh, APR, joined as our newest partner after wrapping up eight years in the Corporate Communications, Marketing and Outreach areas of Carolinas HealthCare System. Gail, Roger and Ray have worked together since 1985.
It’s that history, deep experience and commitment to excellence that form the foundation of Forge Communications. The team of professionals we’ve assembled has a national reputation for providing the highest level of research, communication, public affairs and marketing services.
The list of organizations our two principals have served includes: BB&T; Carolinas HealthCare System; Community Care of North Carolina; Colonial Pipeline; Corning; GE, GSK; Merge, an IBM Company; the N.C. Institute of Medicine; Novozymes; the Raleigh-Durham International Airport; the Research Triangle Foundation; and Technimark. We’re also a Gold Sponsor of and strategic communications counsel to the Regional Transportation Alliance, the business leadership group on mobility in the greater Triangle region.
We’ve worked in the Carolinas since the mid-1980s and are known by business, media, community and government leaders at the local, state and federal level. Our reputation for performing first-rate work, building long-term relationships and following the highest ethical standards is recognized by clients, peers and competitors alike. Our senior consultants are accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, and we adhere strictly to its Code of Professional Standards.* The “APR” designation stands for “Accredited in Public Relations.” Earned from PRSA, APR is a mark of distinction among public relations professionals that demonstrates one’s mastery of the public relations body of knowledge and a commitment to the strategic, executive and ethical practice of public relations). Only one in five practitioners (about 5,000 worldwide) have completed the rigorous process to achieve accreditation.