John Ashford, CEO of The Hawthorn Group, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

John Ashford, CEO and Chairman of The Hawthorn Group, will talk about Safety and privacy in connection with the use of Drones at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference


Once a country and western disc jockey, John Ashford is now Chairman and CEO of The Hawthorn Group, L.C., the international public affairs and public relations firm he co- founded in 1992. Drawing on communications and public affairs experience gained in hundreds of successful political and corporate campaigns, Ashford now provides senior counsel to Hawthorn clients across the country and around the world.

Raised in a small farm community, Ashford first appeared on the political scene in his native Missouri. When he was only 26 years old, the Kansas City Star had already called him a “political kingmaker.” After staff work on Capitol Hill for members of the U.S. House and Senate, Ashford spent a decade with the legendary political consultant Matt Reese.

Together they worked in more than 200 candidate and corporate campaigns around the world and pioneered the adaptation of political grassroots techniques to serve Fortune 500 companies. Attending Missouri Valley College, where his father was a Hall-of-Fame football coach, John instead studied classics and ancient Greek, earning a B.A. in philosophy.

He received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, The National Press Club, The Harvard Club, The International Churchill Society, the American Guild of Organists and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. He lives in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and is the father of a 17-year old son and 15-year old daughter.

About The Hawthorn Group

The Hawthorn Group, L.C., is an international public affairs company of senior political and corporate communications specialists. Hawthorn helps solve communications problems – public policy, media, crisis, customer, community, financial and employee – for corporations, associations and non-profit organizations. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Hawthorn operates a premier national affiliate network of more than 50 regional agencies to provide on-site intelligence and support for its clients.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference takes place on September 10-11, 2019, at Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. For more information about the complete program, speaker profiles and registration, visit:

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