Ben's BioBen Sheidler joined the firm in September 2021 as the first public affairs and strategic communications professional in the Atlanta, Georgia office. He has spent his career helping companies and organizations strengthen their public perception by focusing on the intersection of corporate reputation, public policy, crisis, and issues communications.
While at Cornerstone, Ben has specialized in helping organizations and companies effectively communicate about economic development issues. Leaning on his experience with crisis and reputation management, Ben has helped economic development clients navigate the complexities of community and public relations with a focus on advanced manufacturing, bio, hi-tech, and the emerging electric mobility industry. In his role at Equifax, Ben focused on driving a new company narrative and implementing new communications approaches rooted in measurement and impact. In addition, he was responsible for managing crisis and policy communications, launching the company’s first online newsroom and creating other external communications content in support of the company’s transformation efforts. Before Equifax, Ben worked in various government relations and public affairs positions at The Coca-Cola Company for more than a decade, ultimately serving as the director of external communications, where he helped craft public policy positions and accompanying communications strategies.
He started his career in government affairs at the Georgia Beverage Association and then the American Beverage Association in Washington, D.C. Ben graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia where he majored in political science.