Brand Steward Services

The need for business and product risk assessment has never been greater. Every risk to your product or service is a threat to your brand. There is media coverage daily highlighting corporate and organizational missteps, and their failure to take appropriate action. Local incidents can become global instantaneously. It is not possible to predict every crisis that can adversely affect an organization or business, but it is possible to be much more prepared for the inevitable issue that can threaten an organization’s success or very existence. 

O’Keeffe can guide your organization by conducting careful analysis of potential risks, developing risk reduction plans to address top threats to your brand, training of key personnel, scenario planning, and the development of respected external stakeholders who will stand by your organization in times of need. 

We help organizations evaluate their product and business risks, develop action plans to mitigate identified risks, and work with clients as they interact with government agencies.

Our services include:

  • Guidance for new product launches
  • Reputation management
  • Interactions with government agencies
  • Crisis preparedness and management
  • Risk communication
  • Stakeholder outreach and development
  • Scenario planning
  • Corporate governance
  • Product stewardship
  • Advisory board development
  • Media Relations and internal communications.

Managing a crisis incident is much more successful if organizations develop well-conceived plans in advance. Contact O’Keeffe today for a risk evaluation.



Rick Hackman is a native of Cincinnati and has spent the past 33 years working at Procter & Gamble leading the North America Regulatory and Technical External Relations Organization. Rick was responsible for leading key interactions with critical regulatory agencies, ensuring compliance with laws/regulations, developing trusting relationships with key external stakeholders to build and protect the business, and led crisis preparedness and business continuity planning (BCP) for P&G’s North America organization. 

Rick was instrumental in helping resolve important product issues for P&G, including Pampers DryMax, Tide Pods, and several recalls. At O’Keeffe, Rick will help organizations evaluate their product and business risks, develop actions plans to mitigate identified risks, work with clients as they interact with government agencies, and develop business-building relationships with professional and technical thought leaders. 

Rick obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA in Finance from Xavier University. He is certified by the Institute for Professional Environmental Practice and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  Rick and his wife enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Rick is also a competitive triathlete, rower and avid weightlifter in his spare time.  

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