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Leo Bottray

Leo J. Bottary, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, MASCL

Department of Communication and the Arts


Leo is VP, Brand Strategy and Communication for Vistage, International.

Leo J. Bottary, M.A., is Vice President, Brand Strategy and Communication for Vistage International, the world's foremost chief executive leadership organization. Mr. Bottary has enjoyed a 25-year career counseling leaders in the areas of strategic communication planning, crisis communication, brand building, business development, and client service.

Mr. Bottary has served in senior leadership roles at Mullen and Hill & Knowlton, where he was also director of client service for the US. In 1995, he founded an award-winning public relations agency that a leading industry trade publication hailed as a regional powerhouse, new media pioneer and great place to work. He sold the firm in 2000. Prior to starting his PR agency, Mr. Bottary was president of the PR subsidiary for Florida's largest advertising agency.

Mr. Bottary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Mr. Bottary is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University. He and his wife reside in Encinitas, California and Crested Butte, Colorado.


  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership (in progress), Northeastern university
  • M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership, Seton Hall University
  • B.A. in Political Science and German, Jacksonville Univeristy


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