We are innovators and collaborators. We are people with integrity and ambition.
We are strategists that steer you toward even greater success.

At Standing Partnership, we deliver strategies for profitable, sustainable growth.

We thrive in helping you solve complicated challenges, especially in complex industries, like agriculture, technology, health care, industrial and professional services. If you’re an ambitious executive looking to accelerate growth, give us a look.

Our November 2023 merger with Dix & Eaton of Cleveland, Ohio, offers you access to expanded capabilities, services offerings and insights. Learn more here.

No matter where you are in your process, we’ll meet you there. Our team has the experience, expertise and drive to deliver results.

When you succeed, we succeed.

Core Values

Driven by ambition, innovation, collaboration and integrity, we make your goals our own.

We never stop challenging conventional wisdom or each other. For us, this isn’t just a job, it’s our purpose.



We set and achieve bold goals. We deliver results that bolster growth.


We seek out ideas, experience and insights of our clients, colleagues and partners.


We challenge the prevailing assumptions to explore the best solutions.


We operate honestly, ethically and with the highest degree of professionalism.


Because of our history in managing corporate reputation, we often get asked – what is Standing Partnership? Are you a PR agency? A digital marketing firm? A business consultancy?

We say – Yes! We’re consultants who design programs to solve your business challenges that stymie growth. We’re dedicated to finding the best solutions using all the tools in our toolbox.

As of November 2023, Standing Partnership became an operating group of Dix & Eaton, a strategic communications and marketing firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. The combination of our two organizations enables us to bring an expanded range and depth of experience, capabilities, service offerings and insights to our clients. An overview of Dix & Eaton’s complementary capabilities is available here.

We also have access to global partners among our Worldcom network to extend our expertise and deliver on-the-ground support in your critical markets with firms in 49 countries.

Melissa Lackey

Group President

Melissa works closely with senior executives in professional services and other sectors to build trust with those who matter most to their business success.

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Julie Steininger

Executive Vice President

Julie helps clients make the connection between a positive reputation and stakeholder trust. She leads the firm’s agriculture and nutrition practice.

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Ashlyn Brewer

Senior Vice President

Ashlyn is our go-to expert for all things digital and growth, whether it’s vertical marketing, lead generation, sales enablement or website optimization.

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Mihaela Grad | Standing Partnership Team

Mihaela Grad

Senior Vice President

Mihaela works with clients to influence regulatory outcomes, build public acceptance for new technologies and manage their reputations.

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Nick Sargent | Standing Partnership Team

Nick Sargent

Vice President

Nick helps clients engage with their most important stakeholders, coaching them on how to share stories and leverage influencers to achieve their organizational goals in the digital world.

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Andrea Shea

Vice President

As vice president, Andrea leads Standing Partnership's sustainability practice.

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Let’s work together.

Contact us to explore how we can help you.