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NEW YORK — Did you know that the president of Relevant Public Relations was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.?

Barton Horowitz grew up in the Brooklyn seaside community of Brighton Beach, where he attended Abraham Lincoln High School.

After graduating from Lincoln in 1967, the future public relations entrepreneur continued his education at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with nearly as many credits in journalism.

Following graduation, Horowitz  spent the better part of 25 years as an entrepreneur, operating retail establishments in both Manhattan and Staten Island.

He later earned a post-graduate certificate in paralegal studies, with top
honors, from Adelphi University –– and became a professional writer on a full-time basis.


Having published his first freelance magazine article in the early 1970s,  Horowitz joined the Staten Island Advance in 1996, establishing himself as a successful journalist following a rewarding 25-year entrepreneurial career in retailing. In May 2007, he was named Advance Senior Business Writer and Columnist.

Earlier in his Advance career, Horowitz conceptualized, helped launch and edited “Your Money,” the Advance’s first weekly section in its history devoted to finance and other issues of consumer interest.

During his many years at the Advance, Horowitz had covered breaking business-news, spoken before numerous Island organizations about public relations and other business topics, and volunteered for many local causes.


As a result of his strong ties to the business community, Horowitz continues to enjoy lifelong friendships with the heads of major business organizations and media professionals both on and off Staten Island.

Relevant Public Relations represents clients from an array of industries, ranging from banking and financial to real estate, law, insurance, retail, health, and more.


* Member and Past President, South Shore Rotary Club
* Advisory Board member, Small Business Development Center
at the College of Staten Island
* Board Member, Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island
* Board Member, On Your Mark non-profit organization, which provides comprehensive services to children and adults with a wide range of abilities and various disabilities
* Member, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee
* Member, Boy Scouts of America, Staten Island Council Finance Committee
* Member, Endless Referrals business-networking organization
* Member, Arden Heights Jewish Center
* Past board member of Project Hospitality, an organization that shelters and feeds the
homeless and others in need
* Board member of the former Staten Island Civic Theater


* Winner, Small Business Administration’s 2010 Financial Services Champion of the Year Award, New York state region
* Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award for community service
* Directly responsible in 1995 for implementing South Shore Rotary’s JuniorAct club, the
world’s first Rotary-sponsored organization on the intermediate-school level
* Menorah Award, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
* Community-Service Award, Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island