Connecting Business, Government and People
Phil Molfese, President & CEO
As President and founder of Grainger Terry, Inc., Phil leads the firm’s management of strategic initiatives, ensuring our clients’ business objectives are met. Guiding the firm’s public relations and government affairs clients, he plays a key role in the formation and execution of public relations strategies, the conceptualization of political campaign mail and platform development for fundraising efforts.
Phil brings a history of more than 15 years planning successful public relations initiatives for clients. Phil has secured celebrity appearances for Meade Electric Company’s 100-year anniversary celebration, directed fundraising for the “Save Our Seniors” nonprofit organization and executed a high-profile public relations campaign for the Childress and Zdeb law firm in their fight to defend victims of water damage. Phil has provided innovative and effective strategic consultation to numerous other clients including U.S. Congressmen, State Legislators, Mayors, Aldermen, Judges, County Board Members, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and law firms.
Phil has a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and has completed studies at the Moscow Institute for Advanced Studies, the J.F.K. Special Warfare College and the Ron Brown − Paul Tully Institute for Political Action. He has been a guest speaker for Campaigns and Elections Magazine, DePaul University, Carthage College and other educational organizations. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Phil has provided commentary on public affairs, crisis communications and public relations to major media outlets including the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Capitol Fax and the ABA Journal.
Eric Dinkins, Media Specialist
Eric brings extensive PR, design and marketing know-how to the Grainger Terry team. Having served as a reporter for several news organizations, he is well positioned to garner coverage for our clients. He oversees the design process, including the creation of content, and ensures that clients' objectives are met on time and on budget. Eric enjoys the art of storytelling utilizing images, as well as copy.
Eric has been published in a variety of publications, including newspapers, magazines and blogs, and has created content for several boutique marketing agencies. He has a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Print and Online Media from Elon University in North Carolina.
John E. Davis, Senior Account Advisor
John E. Davis has been described by his peers as a reporter’s reporter—a truly exemplary newsman. Davis worked for WBBM-TV for 21-years, where he co-anchored for (CBS 2 Chicago) weekend newscasts while continuing to serve as a weekday general assignment reporter. Davis served as the press secretary and media consultant for Alderman Howard B. Brookins, Jr.’s campaign for Cook County State’s Attorney. He served in a similar capacity in 2006, as press secretary for Chicago Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown. He also is a media consultant to several other political candidates and companies. Davis is president of his own television production company. His company developed several documentaries for television, including one on the recovery and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Davis joined the station in 1982 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to that, he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Since making Chicago his home, he reported for all of WBBM’s newscasts and frequently served as a substitute anchor. John Davis was the first reporter from the United States to talk with South African Leader Nelson Mandela, following his release from prison on February 11, 1990. Davis filed daily, in-depth reports on South Africans’ reactions to the freeing of Mandela. These reports ultimately became a long-form Emmy nominated documentary entitled, “South African Journal: Winds of Change,” which has been used as an educational tool in many schools.
John Davis’s countless contributions to local news have included his breaking the infamous Chicago firehouse videotape story, which resulted in sweeping changes in the policies and administrative personnel of the Chicago Fire Department.
Throughout his career, Davis has earned a multitude of awards, including a local Emmy Award for his coverage of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s life and death. Much of his personal time is spent mentoring and lecturing to youth groups, such as the “We Care” role model program of the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Police Department.
Davis graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications from the Edward R. Murrow School.