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O'Dwyer's August Financial PR/IR and Professional Svcs. PR Magazine

Aug. '14 Financial PR/IR & Prof. Svcs.
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THE ABERNATHY MACGREGOR GROUP

277 Park Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212/371-5999
www.abmac.com

Our agency provides strategic, corporate and financial communications counsel to companies and boards of directors. We offer top-tier capability in corporate public relations, crisis management, initial public offerings, litigation communications, investor relations and shareholder activism, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings and bankruptcies. We support our counsel with a wide range of planning, research and execution services.

Companies frequently seek our counsel in times of change. Their needs may vary greatly — from poor market valuation, lack of visibility in the media or product crisis to financial distress, management transition or a pending transaction — but our approach is consistent. Narrowness of focus is a defining principle of the firm. We believe in targeting small, influential audiences, and using simple messages, constant feedback and follow-up.

We bring a diversity of experience to every unique client situation. All of our professionals are accomplished practitioners of corporate communications; many have particular expertise in corporate finance, corporate management, electoral and regulatory politics, investment banking, investment management, law, strategic planning, or traditional and digital media. Our structure allows each client to have access to the full range of expertise within the firm.

The Abernathy MacGregor Group is based in New York City, with offices in Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and a network of closely affiliated agencies in the financial centers of Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.


BLISS INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION
Member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group

500 5th Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY 10110
212/840-1661
Fax 212/840-1663
www.blissintegrated.com

Elizabeth Sosnow, Managing Partner
Meg Wildrick, Managing Partner
Cortney Stapleton, Partner

Bliss Integrated Communication is an award-winning business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing, public relations and communication firm. We thrive in the space where financial services, healthcare, professional services and regulation intersect.

The dedicated Financial Services Practice Group offers a rare combination of experience and passion. The practice has a deep understanding of various financial services products and how they are sold and marketed. Our team meets the everyday needs of our clients, whether in breaking industry news, digital influencer targeting, crisis communications or raising brand and thought leader profiles. Our clients rely on us to tell their stories in the midst of rapidly changing markets.

Our Financial team has diverse functional expertise — strategy, branding, marketing, PR, content development, digital media, crisis and analytics. Clients include both well known names and those that are emerging in banking, asset management, insurance, wealth management, investment banking, financial technology and private equity.


BRUNSWICK GROUP

245 Park Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10167
212/333-3810
www.brunswickgroup.com

Brunswick is a leading business communications firm: a global partnership with 22 offices in 13 countries. Founded in 1987, Brunswick has grown organically, operating as a single profit center — allowing us to respond seamlessly to our clients’ needs, wherever they are in the world. When clients turn to us, it’s because they know that good communications is more than managing perceptions — it’s essential to making business work. Our background in financial communications means we understand how businesses are wired. It also means integrity is deep in our nature: diligence, openness and accuracy. We have a reputation for high-caliber, highly experienced people. So whatever the task, we can assemble a broad range of expertise from right across the firm. Our clients know we’re always in their corner. We build trusted, long-term relationships which help our clients to deliver their strategy.


COGNITO

11 Broadway, Floor 18
New York, NY 10004
646/395-6300
www.cognitomedia.com
NYPR@cognitomedia.com

Binna Kim, Managing Director, New York Office

Cognito is an integrated communications consulting firm for the financial and technology sectors. With offices in New York, London, Los Angeles and Singapore, we help firms improve their performance and manage their reputation. We provide planning, marketing, design, PR and social campaigns, together with proprietary software that delivers measurability and intelligence.

Cognito is an international PR, digital and marketing agency that specializes in the financial services sector. From offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore, Cognito works with financial institutions, investment companies and system/data providers to implement programs that help them improve their business’ profile, reputation, marketing and lead generation. Cognito’s research and technology division Cognito Analytics, enables companies to plan and execute more informed business and communication strategies based on thorough industry information, research and analysis. Cognito Analytics provides a suite of cloud-based applications that cover both traditional and social media.


COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY GROUP (CSG)

44 Cook St., Suite 450
Denver, CO 80206
720/726-5457
www.csg-pr.com
dmahoney@csg-pr.com

What sets CSG’s award-winning Financial Services communications team apart from the rest? It’s our unique combination of industry expertise, leading-edge content marketing strategies and influencer connections.

CSG clients work closely with a dedicated team of professionals well versed in the challenges and opportunities within each segment of the financial services industry. We help clients define goals and map out measurable strategies for success. Our team is able to:

Create and carefully place compelling, targeted content for audiences ranging from investment advisors to bank directors to consumers.

Leverage longtime relationships to connect clients with prominent reporters and critical industry influencers, including analysts, bloggers, social media VIPs and associations.

Effectively apply the latest tactics in content marketing, digital media and public relations.

All of these deliverables are backed up with success metrics and analytics, so clients always know the exact return on their investment in CSG.


COOPERKATZ & CO. INC.

205 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
www.cooperkatz.com

Ralph Katz, Principal
Anne Green, President, CEO

CooperKatz & Company offers full-service public relations, digital and creative services capabilities to a national client base, with significant industry experience across the many sectors of the financial services industry. We are highly regarded for our strong strategic and creative credentials.

Our 18-year track record includes the development and execution of high-impact communications campaigns for such financial services clients as: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); CapGemini (Financial Services practice); DealerTrack; Fiserv; Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; Jackson Hewitt Tax Service; J.P. Morgan; National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); S1 Enterprise; TD Bank; and analyst firm, TowerGroup.

Our expertise encompasses both business-to-business and business-to-consumers offerings and outreach, and extends across a spectrum of services. Clients leverage our award-winning team for needs including: brand positioning; media relations; industry analyst relations; digital/social strategy and execution; social community management; content / editorial strategy; advertising; video production; collateral materials; design; and more.


DUKAS PUBLICRELATIONS

100 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
212/704-7385
richard@dukaspr.com
www.dukaspr.com

Richard Dukas, CEO & Chairman
Seth Linden, President
Doug Hesney, Sr. VP
Zach Leibowitz, VP
Sean Dougherty, VP
Stephanie Dressler, VP
Zach Kouwe, VP

DPR’s clients include both well-known and emerging companies in many key areas of finance, including: hedge funds and alternative investments; private equity, mutual funds; ETFs; wealth advisory; investment banking; broker/dealers, precious metals, fintech, prime brokerage, accounting, real estate, and law.

DPR is highly regarded for its ability to generate consistent top-tier coverage for its clients in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and all of the top trade publications, websites and blogs. Trade outlets in which DPR regularly places clients include, Institutional Investor, Pensions & Investments, among many others.

The agency also is particularly strong in broadcast, where it averages approximately 50 bookings per month — mainly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business Network.
DPR also provides comprehensive media and presentation training, message development, editorial services, a speaker’s bureau, crisis communications and digital media services.

Key Clients: Raymond James, JMP Group, BlueMountain Capital, Gabelli Funds, Old Mutual Asset Management, Muddy Waters, EisnerAmper, Global X Management, Morgan Creek Capital, Brandes Investment Partners, O’Connor (UBS).


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson, Senior Managing Director of Financial Services at Feintuch Communications.

FEINTUCH COMMUNICATIONS

245 Park Ave., 39th Fl.
New York, NY 10167
212/808-4900
henry@feintuchpr.com
www.feintuchcommunications.com
www.PRWorldAlliance.com

Henry Feintuch, President
Richard Anderson, Senior Managing Director

Feintuch Communications (FC) provides true integrated financial communications services to public companies and those seeking to go public. We have a sophisticated understanding of the intersection between investor and public relations and work with our clients to bridge any gaps between them. Our senior team helps companies to mine their business assets for “The Street” and financial/ business accomplishments for the trade.

FC has a particular expertise in counseling companies in crisis situations involving the SEC, DOJ and and other types of government investigations. The firm provides strategic IR services in-house and works in partnership with best-of-breed providers to deliver a full IR platform including corporate positioning, institutional and sell-side targeting, IPO consulting and road shows, conference call preparation, shareholder letters, M&A advice, speaking platforms and more. Financial practice head Rick Anderson is the former chair of PRSA’s financial communications section.

FC is a founding member of PR World Alliance, an international alliance of premier independent PR and IR consultancies. Our principal is vice chair of PRWA and 2014 president of PRSA-NY.


GREGORY FCA

27 West Athens Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610/642-8253
www.gregoryfca.com
www.gregoryfca.com/weekly-recap

Joe Anthony, President, Financial Services, joea@gregoryfca.com
Joe Hassett, SVP, Investor Relations, joeh@gregoryfca.com
Douglas Rose, COO, doug@gregoryfca.com

Seeking a communications partner that knows the ins-and-outs of the financial services world? Our team of seasoned financial services public relations and investor relations professionals has served as the agency of record for more than 250 financial industry firms since our founding in 1990. From specialized investor relations work to nuanced media relations and issues management engagements, our team is equipped to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients in this quickly evolving communications landscape. With a strong track record in generating A-list media coverage and executing innovative digital media campaigns, there is a reason why ETF sponsors, mutual funds, RIA firms, insurance carriers, banks, wealth management firms, and other financial firms call on us.

Media training is available on-site or in our Philadelphia studios.


ICR

685 Third Ave, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
646/277-1200
Fax: 646/277-1201
www.icrinc.com

Established in 1998 and privately-held, ICR partners with companies to develop strategic communications programs that achieve business goals, manage risk, and enhance the value of the enterprise. The firm’s pairing of capital markets veterans and senior communications professionals provides a highly-differentiated offering, one that continues to serve as the foundation for significant growth. Today, ICR has approximately 400 clients across 20 industries and is one of the largest independent agencies in North America. The firm maintains offices in Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. In 2013, ICR once again saw double digit revenue growth driven by new client wins including Noodles & Company, Advent Software, Diamond Foods, Container Store, Inc. and AMC Entertainment Holdings. In January of 2014, ICR hosted the 16th Annual ICR XChange, the firm’s annual investor conference. The event saw more than 150 private and public company management teams and 2,300 attendees.


INTERMARKET COMMUNICATIONS

425 Madison Avenue, Suite 600
New York, NY 10017
212/888-6115
www.intermarket.com

Partners: Martin Mosbacher, mmosbacher@intermarket.com;
Matt Zachowski, mzachowski@intermarket.com

Intermarket Communications is a leading independent provider of public relations and marketing services to clients in the global financial services industry as well as select corporate clients. We offer clients a combination of strategic expertise and informed execution designed to generate the media coverage and social media amplification that builds and maintains reputation, and achieves sustained results.

Founded in 1986, Intermarket Communications works with clients throughout the global business community, including investment marketplaces and exchanges, leading buy-side and sell-side institutions, banks, alternative investment providers, technology and service providers, as well as government and industry organizations.

Service is the key factor that sets Intermarket apart. At Intermarket, all clients work directly with a team of experienced financial communications professionals who understand your business, help shape your story, and know how to make that story resonate with the audiences you need to reach.


JCPR INC.

135 Fifth Ave, 7th flr., New York, NY 10010
973/850-7300; fax: 973/850-7399
lbillera@jcprinc.com
www.JCPRinc.com

Jennifer Connelly, CEO
Carol Graumann, pres.
Michelle Pittman, chief content officer
Greg Jawski, mng. dir
Steven Stoke, mng. dir.
Leslie Billera, VP mktg.
Andrea Trachtenberg, exec. VP

JCPR is a proven leader in managing, protecting and promoting the reputations of corporate and personal brands by combining the proven power of public relations with a full spectrum of integrated marketing vehicles. We’ve dubbed our unique approach PR Core+SM .We have offices in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. and have the ability to activate globally.

Representative JCPR clients include: Direxion, DoubleLine, Envestnet, HighTower, Nationwide Funds Group, RBC Wealth Management, Schroders Investment Management N.A.

For more information, visit www.JCPRinc.com.


JOELE FRANK, WILKINSON BRIMMER KATCHER

622 Third Avenue, 36th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212/355-4449
www.joelefrank.com

1 Sansome Street, Suite 2800
San Francisco, CA 94104

Joele Frank, Managing Partner Matthew Sherman, President

Joele Frank provides effective and disciplined communications counsel and support to help our clients take control in advancing their business and strategic objectives. Our clients range from large, global public corporations to smaller, private enterprises across many industries. Our professionals have been recognized by our peers, the financial community and journalists for their quality work, strategic acumen and creative approach to challenging issues. The firm’s practice areas include investor relations, corporate communications, transaction communications, shareholder activism and corporate governance, crisis communications and special situations, litigation support, restructuring and bankruptcy, and private equity. Joele Frank consistently ranks among the top PR firms in announced M&A transactions, defense against activist investors, and restructurings.


KEKST AND COMPANY

437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212/521-4800
www.kekst.com

James Fingeroth, President and Chief Executive Officer
Lawrence Rand, Executive Chairman

Kekst and Company is one of the world’s leading corporate, financial and strategic communications firms.

We advise senior managements and boards of directors of publicly-listed as well as private companies and institutions on their most serious communications issues. The firm takes pride in its strong long-term client relationships, many spanning decades.

In addition to Kekst’s expertise in virtually every facet of corporate and investor communications, a significant proportion of our engagements involve “special situations” such as: crisis communications, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcies and restructurings, litigation support, spin-offs, proxy and other corporate governance issues (i.e., activist matters, senior management succession and transitions). The firm is also a leader in advising private equity firms and hedge funds.

Kekst’s professionals are highly experienced, with diverse backgrounds. They are adept at strategy and implementation. Our people possess a deep understanding of the business world, the capital markets and the media — both traditional and new media. And, most importantly, they excel at helping clients articulate and effectively communicate their key messages to their most important audiences.

Kekst is headquartered in New York.


LANE

500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2720
New York, NY 10110
212/302-5365
www.lanepr.com

905 SW 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
503/221-0480

Wendy Lane Stevens, President
Amber Roberts, Vice President

LANE is a national, independent firm with a 24-year track record of driving growth through strategic communications counsel.

LANE’s financial services practitioners have relevant education and direct experience in the financial industry. We couple our in-depth understanding of the industry with a tenacious approach to connecting with media and other critical audiences. Our clients span the financial services spectrum, and we have built significant expertise in retail and commercial banking, investment firms, investment banking, wealth management, and private equity. Our tailored, multifaceted programs engage targeted audiences, from media, bloggers and consumers to investors, analysts and key influencers, with an emphasis on areas critical to an institution’s ongoing success: strengthening brands, building thought leadership, safeguarding reputations and managing strategic investments.

LANE’s investor and communication strategies benefit micro- to small-cap companies seeking better visibility and valuations. For more than two decades, LANE has built credibility and awareness for companies and their leadership teams. As a strategic partner to growing public companies, LANE is knowledgeable about every aspect of our clients’ businesses and industry sectors as well as the financial environment in which they operate. We understand which messages will resonate with investors, analysts and the media and are adept at crafting compelling reasons for investment in a company.


MAKOVSKY

16 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
212/508-9600
stangney@makovsky.com
www.makovsky.com

Ken Makovsky, President & CEO
Scott Tangney, EVP, Financial Services Practice Leader
Mike Goodwin, SVP
John McInerney, GVP

Makovsky opened its doors 35 years ago as a diversified financial communications firm. Since then, the firm has strategically grown its financial services practice in revenue, reputation and expertise.

From the start of each engagement, we are part of a client’s team. “The Power of Specialized Thinking,” Makovsky’s brand energy line, reflects the firm’s competitive edge. We are a savvy team of financial services communications professionals with diversified backgrounds aligned with the specializations critical to the financial services industry. This alignment produces effective programs, which build reputation, sales and fair valuation.

Makovsky expertise is deep and broad — from wealth management, brokerage, banking, insurance, real estate, ratings, accounting, consulting, legal, executive search and financial technology, to asset management vehicles of all types, including mutual funds, ETFs, REITs, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity.

An Inc. 5000 growth company, Makovsky was honored in 2013 with an unprecedented 28 client campaign, firm and individual awards, including multiple “Agency of the Year” awards. In 2014, we have already won 13 awards including the PRSA Big Apple, for our work on behalf of a leading financial services client. And now in its third year, Makovsky’s “Wall Street Reputation Study,” has won the 2014 Stevie Gold Award for Innovation in PR and the 2014 PR World Gold Award. Other accolades have included a full complement of Silver Anvils, Sabre Awards, and IABC Awards.

Headquartered in New York, Makovsky has global reach through IPREX, a partnership of more than 100 offices, $800 million in billings and nearly 2,000 professionals founded by Makovsky. It today stands as the second largest worldwide corporation of independent agencies.


MARKETING MAVEN PUBLIC RELATIONS

135 W. 29th Street, Suite 302
New York, NY 10001
212/967-5510
www.marketingmavenpr.com

Lindsey Carnett, CEO & President, lindsey@marketingmavenpr.com
Phil Rarick, COO, phil@marketingmavenpr.com
Natalie Rucker, VP, Business Dev., natalie@marketingmavenpr.com

Marketing Maven Public Relations is a results-driven integrated marketing and communications firm specializing in earning positive editorial media coverage for a variety of businesses in the financial sector, both public and private. Our financial clients are regularly cited as expert sources in national broadcast, print and online media outlets.

Our financial clients value the media training seminars we execute for their spokespeople to prepare for TV interviews and potential questions from reporters. From speaking engagements, award submissions, marketing collateral and press releases to shareholders, Marketing Maven Public Relations customizes campaigns to fit the needs of the client.

With expertise in creating innovative communication solutions, we represent a wide array of clients in the financial services sector including professional trader education companies, advising and investment firms, financial planning, retirement and estate planning, investment partnerships, corporate training and private consulting companies, payment solution firms, securities firms and consulting firms.


MBS VALUE PARTNERS

501 Madison Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10017
www.mbsvalue.com
212/750-5800

Lynn Morgen, Partner, Lynn.morgen@mbsvalue.com
Betsy Brod, Partner, Betsy.brod@mbsvalue.com
Monique Skruzny, Partner, Monique.skruzny@mbsvalue.com

MBS Value Partners is an Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm dedicated to helping clients maximize value and raise their visibility. With executives who previously managed one of the largest independent investor relations firms in the country, MBS combines the experience and reputation of a leading international communications firm with the partner-level attention of a boutique advisory.

Our senior level advisors draw on decades of experience in investment management, research, media relations and as operating executives to help CEOs and CFOs develop and execute customized IR and PR strategies. We are communications specialists with a deep knowledge of the financial drivers and smart strategists who know what moves analysts, investors and journalists, and can deliver positive, tangible results.

With offices in New York, Buenos Aires, London and São Paulo, MBS works with small and mid-size public and private U.S. companies, as well as offering specialized services in bondholder, private equity and media relations. Internationally, we have extensive experience working with Latin American and European companies seeking to raise their visibility in the investment community.


MWW

901 New York Avenue NW
Suite 310 West
Washington, D.C. 20001
202/600-4570
www.mww.com

Richard Tauberman, Executive Vice President

MWW is one of the nation’s top mid-sized public relations firms and one of the five largest independent agencies. We ensure that our clients Matter More™ by providing strategic counsel and integrated corporate and financial communications programs for both publicly traded and privately held companies across a multitude of situations and sectors.

From IPO planning/counsel and traditional investor relations activities to merger & acquisition and restructuring communications, MWW has a proven track record of implementing strategic communications campaigns that support business objectives and are responsive to the unique needs of all internal and external stakeholders. Our success is predicated on the experience of senior level counselors and proprietary methodologies that combine financial communications/ investor relations, reputation management, influencer relations and employee communications programs to help enhance customer/brand loyalty, build shareholder value and drive deal success among all key constituencies.


NASDAQ OMX CORPORATE SOLUTIONS

nasdaqomx.com/pr-solutions

Today, no matter what business you’re in, you’re in the information business. We help 10,000 organizations manage and master the two-way flow of information with their audiences through our unmatched suite of technology and services — across Communications, Investor Relations, Digital Media and Governance.

Staying ahead of the conversation demands that your communication tools keep up as well. NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solu­tions provides you with the technology and support you need to manage every stage of the communications lifecycle.

With NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions, you have the technology and insight you need to deliver powerful communications and demonstrate the results.


NICOLAZZO & ASSOCIATES

861 Washington Street
Second Floor, Suite #1
Newtonville, MA 02460
617/559-0000
rnicolazzo@nicolazzo.com
www.nicolazzo.com

Richard E. Nicolazzo, Mng. Partner
Joe Grillo, Richard Adler, Kathleen Buckley, Lisa-Marie Cashman, Ruth Maron,
Victor Emmanuel, Craig Orsi, Hank Shafran, Sr. Consultants

Nicolazzo & Associates is a nationally-known, award-winning strategic communications management firm that provides high-level professional counsel and services to a diverse, national, and international client base. A boutique organization founded more than three decades ago by Richard E. Nicolazzo, the firm practices a proprietary counseling model designed to leverage an organization’s core strengths to enhance brand and enterprise value. Services include investor relations, crisis communications management, strategic planning and communications, media relations and training, management consulting, merger and acquisitions communications, corporate restructurings, issues management, litigation communications, labor/employee relations, community relations, market research, executive speechwriting, and branding.


NIRI

225 Reinekers Lane, Ste. 560
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/562-7700
mbrusch@niri.org
www.niri.org

Matt Brusch, VP, Communications and Practice Information

Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. The largest professional investor relations association in the world, NIRI’s more than 3,300 members represent over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization. Membership in NIRI entitles the investor relations professional to a wide range of benefits such as educational programs, publications and networking.


PADILLACRT

1101 West River Parkway, #400
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612/455-1700
www.padillacrt.com

Marian Briggs, Executive VP
Al Galgano, VP

Rated highly by our clients for strategic counsel and client satisfaction, PadillaCRT is a top 12 independent public relations firm with deep expertise in investor relations and corporate communications. We focus in health care, technology, financial, manufacturing and consumer industries — from startups and small-cap Nasdaq companies, to mature, NYSE-listed firms. We provide counsel ranging from IPO services, M&A support and investment community targeting to handling potentially volatile announcements, activist investors, CSR programs, perception audits and employee communications. Included in our six U.S. locations is an office in Midtown Manhattan that adds an on-the-ground financial media capability. A founding member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, our reach and influence are worldwide.


PEPPERCOMM

470 Park Ave. South
4th Floor North
New York, NY 10016
212/931-6100
Fax: 212/931-6159
agencymarketing@peppercomm.com
www.peppercomm.com

Steve Cody, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Ed Moed, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Ann Barlow, Partner & President, West Coast
Ted Birkhahn, Partner & President
Jacqueline Kolek, Partner & Managing Director
Thomas Walek, President, WalekPeppercomm
Armel Leslie, Senior Director, WalekPeppercomm
Diana Soltmann, Chief Executive & Founding Director, Flagship Consulting

Peppercomm is an award-winning strategic, integrated marketing communications firm headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Boulder and London that prides itself on listening first, last and always. The firm’s tagline: “Listen. Engage. Repeat.” emphasizes the unique approach the agency takes in understanding exactly how a client can engage in authentic conversations with its audience. The firm is one of the top ten largest in the US serving financial services clients in banking, investment management, intermediaries, insurance, financial technology, and alternatives.

At Peppercomm, our experience runs deep — spanning products, services, clients and markets. From individual retirement investment advisors to global banking giants, we are astute in the many nuances and intricacies of the sector and can help companies chart the best course to gain clarity and leadership. With the guidance of our team of strategic analysts, Peppercomm works with clients to navigate the complexities of the current business environment and build responsive, forward looking solutions. We bring transparency and assurance to the conversation and help companies create meaningful dialogues with constituents through integrated communication.

The agency significantly amplified its expertise in capital markets, asset management and investor relations with the 2013 acquisition of Walek & Associates. Now a team of specialists within the agency, WalekPeppercomm brings deep expertise in institutional and retail asset management, complex financial products, intermediary channels, deals & transactions, activist situations, distressed and bankruptcy workouts, as well as regulatory issues and crisis communications.

Key clients include: EY, Euler Hermes, Financial Accounting Foundation/Financial Accounting Standards Board/Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Merchant Cash & Capital, Oppenheimer, Paulson & Co., Pershing, Sterling National Bank, Wells Fargo.


RIVER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

333 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY 10604
845/226-8970 (Justin Meise; Inquiries)
914/686-5599 (Main)
ideas@riverinc.com
www.riverinc.com

James Tobin,Ffounder & CEO
Justin Meise, Partner
Susan Sugg-Nuccio, Partner
Troy Mayclim, VP
Maureen Richardson, VP

Celebrating our 25th year, River Communications quietly has been the public relations and marketing communications firm of choice for the biggest brands in financial and professional services as well as many specialized firms with highly complex services for sophisticated clients.

We use that experience and knowledge as the foundation for developing powerful ideas to carry our clients’ messages and brands to diverse and often highly specialized and discerning audiences. We have the uncanny ability to rapidly diagnose a situation and immediately provide focused and relevant ideas that excite, inspire and instill confidence. Then working in partnership with you, we create a detailed plan to tackle your biggest challenges, and we execute.

Throughout our history, River has developed and implemented successful strategic public relations and marketing communications programs for extraordinary clients ranging from start-ups to the world’s market-moving companies and best known brands. Key current clients include Russell Indexes, Ernst & Young, State Street Global Advisors and Legg Mason. See more of our remarkable client history at www.riverinc.com.


RF | BINDER

950 Third Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212/994-7501
www.rfbinder.com

Amy Binder, CEO
Alison Ross, Senior Managing Dir., New Business Development

RF|Binder is a boutique public relations consultancy that develops and executes strategic communications programs that attract media, investor and public attention for our clients. Our industry focus includes financial services, energy and the environment, food and nutrition, lifestyle and healthy living, technology and education. Our capabilities include brand and corporate reputation programs, financial media relations, investor relations and integrated marketing programs.

In our financial services practice, RF|Binder’s client experience encompasses a broad range of financial service sectors, including retail and commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, accounting, insurance and financial technology. We also help nonprofits and associations influence the public conversation about critical issues in financial services. Our financial services practice is enhanced by our many years of experience in the investor relations and capital market communications arena. RF|Binder’s capital markets team provides counsel and services that help clients succeed in the global competition for capital. We work with public and pre-IPO companies to cultivate broad recognition of their performance and prospects among key market audiences, fostering fair valuations and ultimately, lowering the cost of capital. Our capabilities include counsel on corporate / financial transactions; M&A communications and integration strategy; executive coaching and support; corporate positioning; investor targeting and outreach programs; corporate governance assessment and compliance; perception studies; litigation/regulatory matter support; and crisis and issues management.


RUDER FINN, INC.

301 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
212/593-6400
Inquiries@ruderfinn.com

Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO
Michael Schubert, Chief Innovation Officer
Rachel Spielman, EVP, Global Head of Corporate Practice
Sloan Pavsner, Senior VP

Ruder Finn, one of the world’s largest global independent communications agencies, helps organizations enhance and protect corporate reputation, build trust and increase shareholder value with strategic financial communications programs tailored to clients’ unique needs. We project-manage communications around M&A deals, from strategic positioning and logistics to comprehensive constituency management across all stakeholders, including media, advocacy groups, employees, customers, policy and government officials.

Partnering with some of the world’s leading companies in healthcare, technology, consumer goods and financial services, Ruder Finn’s work spans communications and digital engagement campaigns around corporate transformations and restructurings, complex and contested transactions, litigation and complex global issues. We work with companies to reach out to new stakeholders and financial markets, as well as enhance their focus on existing ones. Our core capabilities include corporate positioning and message development, executive coaching, stakeholder mapping and engagement, global analyst and financial media relations, issues management, SEO and web presence optimization.

Across all our global offices, we continually partner with our clients to help them navigate business challenges through strategic thinking, global perspective and an innovative mix of traditional and digital channels.


SARD VERBINNEN & CO.

630 Third Ave., 9th Fir.
New York, NY 10017
212/687-8080
www.sardverb.com

George Sard, Chairman & CEO
Paul Verbinnen, President

Sard Verbinnen & Co. provides strategic communications advice and services to help our clients manage overall positioning and specific events affecting reputation and market value. We work on behalf of multinational corporations, smaller public and private companies, investment firms, professional services firms, educational and cultural institutions, and high-profile individuals.

The firm’s highly experienced senior professionals provide sound, objective advice and execution support to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Our work is anchored in media relations, investor relations and social media & online communications in support of corporate positioning, transaction communications, litigation support, special situations and crisis communications engagements.

Founded in 1992, our firm is recognized for delivering candid and thoughtful strategic advice, excellent written product, tactical execution, and tireless advocacy on behalf of our clients, and we are regularly cited as one of the top M&A and crisis communications advisors in North America.

Our senior professionals are actively engaged in both counsel and implementation. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise, unparalleled relationships and credibility with the media, and deep understanding of the investment community drive the firm’s ability to help our clients manage complex situations and communicate to multiple constituencies effectively.


SCHNEIDER ASSOCIATES

Member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group
2 Oliver Street, Suite 901
Boston, MA 02109
617/536-3300
www.schneiderpr.com

Joan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Phil Pennellatore, President

Successfully communicating key messages to diverse audiences in the ever-changing digital age is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s corporate leaders.

Schneider Associates has created public relations and integrated marketing communications programs for hundreds of financial services providers, law firms, commercial real estate brokers and developers, engineering and environmental firms, colleges and universities, private schools and nonprofit organizations. The agency’s programs accelerate awareness and engagement, and help our clients achieve measurable growth. Through integrated marketing strategies, we create multiple brand touch points with customer and stakeholder audiences while generating significant awareness in converged media channels, including marquee placements in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and ABC Nightline.

Schneider Associates is a full-service public relations firm specializing in Launch Public Relations®. Clients include Cassidy Turley, MIT Sloan School of Management, Katz Graduate School of Business, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates and the Boston Improvement District.

Learn more at schneiderpr.com


SINGER ASSOCIATES, INC.

47 Kearny St., 2nd Flr.
San Francisco, CA 94108
415/227-9700
Fax: 415/348-8478
www.singersf.com

Singer Associates Public Relations and Public Affairs is one of the nation’s leading public relations, corporate communications and issue management agencies.

The agency dominates the space where news media, government, the public, and the financial community intersect.

Singer is the leading communications agency for high-stakes financial issues, management labor issues, environmental, energy, transportation, housing, real estate, land use, government advocacy and political campaigns.

Singer Associates is cited as the top “issues-oriented agency in the United States” and “quite simply, one of the best small to mid-size agencies in the country” by The Holmes Report. The magazine selected Singer as the “Public Affairs Agency of the Year,” stating that “[Singer] has a simple definition of success: (The Agency) knows its achieved it when its clients emerge victorious in litigation, labor and land use disputes; when they win political campaigns, defeat unwanted regulation, or manage issues so they don’t turn into crises...”


SITRICK & CO.

11999 San Vicente Blvd., Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310/788-2850
Fax: 310/788-2855

7 Times Square, #2600
New York, NY 10036-6524
212/573-6100
Fax: 212/573-6165

333 West Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
312/775-6744

San Francisco office
415/369-8470

Washington D.C. Office
443/977-7215

Michael S. Sitrick, Chairman & CEO
Brian Glicklich, Chair of Digital Practice
Terry Fahn, Firm Member
Tom Becker, Head of the New York Office
Wendy Tanaka and Mark Verveka, Firm Members, San Francisco
Danielle Newman, Firm Member, Chicago
Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum (USA Ret.), Managing Dir., Baltimore/D.C.

Sitrick & Company is widely regarded as one of North America’s leading strategic communications firms. While it has substantial practices in corporate, financial, transactional and crisis communications, Sitrick is best known for representing clients facing sensitive issues, including reputation management, complex litigation, problems emanating from short-sellers, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. The New York Times called Sitrick “The City’s Most Prominent Crisis Management Firm.” Business Week said, the “firm is known for going atomic on opponents, using ‘truth squads,’ ‘wheel-of-pain’ tactics and high-profile journalists (who write profiles).” The general counsel of a major publicly-traded company wrote simply in an email, “You saved the company, literally.” Please visit www.sitrick.com for more information on the firm including a list of current and former clients for which its work has been public.


SLOANE & COMPANY

7 Times Square, 17th Flr.
New York, NY 10036
212/486-9500
Fax: 212/486-9094
esloane@sloanepr.com

Elliot Sloane, CEO
Darren Brandt, Whit Clay, John Hartz, Josh Hochberg, Mng. Dirs.

Sloane & Company is an industry-leading strategic communications firm focusing on corporate and financial public relations, investor relations, issues management and crisis communications, transaction support, and public affairs.

The firm provides expertise to clients across a wide range of industries and for organizations of all sizes and at various stages of their lifecycles, from dynamic start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to industry groups.

We are a team of professionals with backgrounds in finance, marketing, politics, and journalism, and we combine our experiences in a focused and entrepreneurial environment. Each day we are in direct contact with key news organizations, analysts, shareholders and opinion leaders on behalf of our clients. Our programs reflect a highly developed ability and profound understanding of how to work across the entire spectrum of audiences and intermediaries. As a result, we help our clients deliver the right messages to the right audiences, using a range of platforms from traditional media to digital channels.

Sloane & Company has a strong track-record of building long-term relationships with clients, who consider us a trusted resource — especially when the stakes are high.


WATER & WALL GROUP

107 Grand Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
212/625-2363
www.waterandwallgroup.com
ahealy@waterandwallgroup.com

Andrew Healy, Partner
Scott Sunshine, Partner

Water & Wall Group is an independent communications firm specializing in financial and corporate communications. Our team has helped myriad financial entities build their brands, articulate investment intelligensia, ironclad their reputations, navigate crises, and drive asset flows. We’ve worked with some of the best-known financial brands in the industry, including mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, VC firms, ETF providers, wealth managers, research providers, investment banks and retail/institutional asset managers. We’ve helped other companies grow from fledgling businesses into household names. We are as careful at selecting our clients as they are at choosing us, and if we do business together you can be certain you’ll have our undivided attention, on-point thinking, and unwavering co-commitment to your success.


WEBER SHANDWICK

909 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212/445-8000

2 Waterhouse Sq.
104 Holborn
London, UK
+44 20 7067 0297

Liz Cohen, Senior Vice President, New York
Jim Donaldson, Executive Vice President, London

Weber Shandwick’s Financial Communications practice combines transactional and financial issues expertise with the resources, industry knowledge and international reach of a full-service and truly global agency.

As experts in communications around mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, bankruptcies and restructurings, initial public offerings, special situations and issues management, Weber Shandwick counsels listed and privately-held companies and organizations on a global basis, advising clients on many of the largest and most complex issues and transactions. Our U.S. M&A communications practice is the fastest growing — having moved up 84 spots year-over-year to #15 in Mergermarkets’ 2013 U.S. ranking with 16 transactions.

We work closely with clients and their advisors to ensure consistent, targeted outreach to key stakeholders, including investors, analysts, employees, customers, vendors and journalists to support effective communications around critical financial transactions and issues both locally and globally. Weber Shandwick’s financial communications team has an on-the-ground presence in leading financial centers and can draw upon unmatched local market expertise to identify and mobilize advocates. Our established relationships with key financial, business and industry media and investment community influencers are critical in supporting our clients’ business objectives.

 
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ALLISON + PARTNERS

71 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
212/302-5460

Scott Allison, CEO
Jonathan Heit, President and Senior Partner
Matthew Della Croce, Senior Partner, Head of Corporate Practice

Allison+Partners is an award winning, full-service agency that is small enough to be agile and large enough to have impact. Our motto is, “it’s about the work.” We promise our clients the best cross-disciplinary teams and senior-level involvement on every account.

Allison+Partners’ entrepreneurial culture encourages calculated risk-taking and blazing new trails. We live to explore, question, and experiment with new ideas. We love to create programs that excite people to interact with concepts, products, and one another. We work with clients that share those values.

The Allison+Partners Corporate Practice has deep expertise building professional services brands. We provide broad expertise in B2B marketing, reputation management, executive thought leadership, crisis and issues management, corporate sustainability and financial communications. We have helped establish thought leadership positions for companies ranging from the world’s leading accounting firms to management consulting start-ups. Our experience includes working with accounting, law, HR solutions, management consulting, architecture, engineering and marketing solutions.

Allison+Partners has 17 offices strategically located around the world to serve our clients’ global communications needs. To learn more about how we can help you, visit www.allisonpr.com.


BEEHIVE PR

1021 Bandana Blvd. E., Suite 226
St. Paul, MN 55108-5112
651/789-2232
Fax: 651/789-2230
www.beehivepr.biz

Lisa Hannum, CEO
Nicki Gibbs, VP
Ayme Zemke, VP

Beehive PR, based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, is a strategic communications agency with a reputation for fresh insights, big ideas, contagious energy and brilliant results. Our team of senior strategists and savvy specialists are focused on creating bold, positive growth for our clients. We start with your business goals. Then we design game-changing strategies to reach the right audiences with the right content, where and when it matters most. We’re experts in research and insights, brand positioning and campaigns, social media, media and influencer relations, education and advocacy, sponsorships and events, and crisis communications.

Our team has wide-ranging expertise serving professional services firms in industries including legal, financial services, insurance, advertising and marketing, commercial real estate, and trade and professional associations. From branding to mergers and acquisitions to regulatory issues, product introductions and executive visibility, Beehive understands the unique needs and challenges of professional services clients.


BLISS INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION

Member of the WorldCom Public Relations Group
500 5th Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY  10110
212/840-1661
Fax: 212/840-1663
www.blissintegrated.com

Elizabeth Sosnow, Managing Partner
Meg Wildrick, Managing Partner
Cortney Stapleton, Partner

Bliss Integrated Communication (blissintegrated.com) is a 39-year old business-to-business marketing communication firm that helps professional services companies build reputation and sales through thought leadership, analytics and earned, owned and social media. Our starting-points are goals and audiences, not tactics, and we see ourselves as pioneers in idea rich content marketing. This approach makes our programs more precise and our impact more meaningful.  Our clients include some of the most respected names in consulting, accounting and legal communities.  Most consider us a true extension of their team as we provide a broad range of functional expertise - strategy, branding, marketing, PR, content development, digital media, crisis communication and analytics. What sets us apart is our strategic approach to communication and our unwavering commitment to our clients’ success.


Don Silver & Julie Talenfeld

Boardroom Communications COO Don Silver, and President Julie Talenfeld.

BOARDROOM COMMUNICATIONS INC.

1776 N. Pine Island Road, #320
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33322
954/370-8999
www.boardroompr.com
donsil@boardroompr.com

Offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Florida

Don Silver, COO
Julie Talenfeld, President

For the past 25 years, Boardroom Communications has been a market leader in representing many of Florida’s top law, accounting, insurance and financial firms.  Whether publicizing a high-profile plaintiff’s lawsuit, handling a public or legislative affairs campaign or working closely with many of the area’s top boutique and full service law firms for media relations and new business development, Boardroom is the name that comes up time and time again. 

In addition to fielding one of the state’s most experienced staffs, Boardroom is known for its established relationships with the media as well as influential business, civic and community leaders. 

The firm’s approach is to provide customized solutions for professional services clients that dovetail with their individual objectives and cultures. Our opportunistic approach and creativity have enabled us to consistently distinguish our professionals and their firms from the competition.

In terms of new media, Boardroom is on the forefront of developing and managing client websites, blogs and social media and providing search-engine optimization (SEO) services that provide the competitive edge they are looking for.


COOPERKATZ & CO., INC.

205 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
www.cooperkatz.com

Ralph Katz, Principal
Anne Green, President / CEO

CooperKatz has extensive experience supporting professional services organizations, including management consultants, industry analysts, research organizations and trade associations. The firm offers a unique integration of marketing, public affairs, digital/social and creative services capabilities to support clients in: developing thought leadership programs; executing research; providing high-level media training; connecting experts with timely issues; developing content marketing strategies; securing op-eds, bylines and speaking opportunities; conceiving and leading digital/social media strategies; and designing presentations, meetings, events, videos, trade advertising and collateral materials. Our professional services experience has included engagements for such clients as: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); Association of National Advertisers (ANA); Capgemini Health; Gap International; Guardian Life Insurance Company; Jackson Hewitt Tax Service; Millward Brown; National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); Nielsen Media Research; Noblis Health Innovation; Siegel+Gale; Strategic Funding Source; TowerGroup and TowersPerrin.


EDGEWISE

5419 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 727 C
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323/469-3397
Fax: 323/645-7054
www.edgewise.us.com

Ken Greenberg, Principal
Sara Flint, Vice President

In 2012, Edge Communications, Inc. launched EdgeWise (www.edgewise.us.com), an affiliated practice focused exclusively on writing and content services.  EdgeWise draws on the talent of senior writers and journalists to develop publishable content for businesses large and small.  We help organizations tell their stories in a compelling way, crafting messages for any number of audiences: customers, prospects, employees, investors, senior management, consumers and the media. Our writing services are offered on a sustaining basis or per project, and can augment ongoing communications efforts.

EdgeWise isn’t a content farm.  We are, instead, committed to custom and original copy development, addressing a full range of strategic and tactical needs.  We’re the place to go for outsourced corporate communications.  We have a reputation for responsiveness and accountability, and for getting it right first time out.  We take work off our clients’ plates, extend their PR or communications teams, and build enduring relationships based on the quality and timeliness of everything we produce. 

Based in Los Angeles, the EdgeWise team supports clients throughout the United States and Canada.


Henry Feintuch

Henry Feintuch, President of Feintuch Communications.

FEINTUCH COMMUNICATIONS

245 Park Ave., 39th Fl.
New York, NY 10167
212/808-4900
henry@feintuchpr.com
www.feintuchcommunications.com
www.PRWorldAlliance.com

Henry Feintuch, President
Richard Anderson, Senior Managing Director

Looking for senior hands-on support and demonstrated ROI for your professional services organization ... but not big agency overhead?

Feintuch Communications is a boutique, b-to-b firm with extensive experience in working with professional services firms and associations from legal, accounting, real estate and technology to market research, advertising, media buying, production services and more.

We work with you to help package the core essence of your offering and what makes you a standout in your field. Then, we develop a smart and cost-effective marketing strategy to help build your brand and generate leads/revenue. Tactics typically include strategic media relations (business, financial, trade), speaking platforms, social media, association marketing and awards/honors programs.

FC is a founding member of PR World Alliance, an international alliance of premier independent communications consultancies. Clients can leverage our network to implement projects in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Our principal is vice chair of PRWA and 2014 president of PRSA-NY.


FINN PARTNERS
(incorporating Widmeyer Communications)

301 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
www.finnpartners.com

Richard Funess, Senior Managing Partner
Scott Widmeyer, Managing Partner

For Finn Partners and its recent acquisition, Widmeyer Communications, professional services comes naturally.  From our 7 US locations (New York, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale), as well as London and Jerusalem, our team of 300-plus professionals provide top-line strategic communications to more than 50 clients in the professional services space.

Our client base ranges from the top US foundations to leading non-profits as well as Fortune 100 companies.  We advise them on how to generate visibility for their programs, create innovative digital platforms often driven by our in-house Research and Polling unit, position them as thought leaders in their specialty areas and help them think through how to expand their customer base.

In our work for professional services clients, we work as a team with the client to bring the highest level of collaboration.  Our focus is on results.  That’s why, you will see our clients showing up as presenters at a Wall Street Journal forum on the future of health care or speaking about early childhood issues at a gathering of scores of media who cover education. And, if it’s a consumer trade show or positioning on a major morning or evening news program, it’s highly likely that our team had a hand in it.

So, think about adding us to your professional services team in the future.  It will be a strategic investment garnering outstanding results.


KONNECT PUBLIC RELATIONS

888 S. Figueroa St., Ste 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213/988-8344
Fax: 213/988-8345
www.konnect-pr.com

Sabina Gault, CEO
Monica Guzman, COO

Konnect Public Relations is a full-service, award-winning PR agency based in Los Angeles that executes results-producing campaigns for food and beverage, baby and children and franchise brands. Comprised of a dedicated team of experienced publicists, the agency delivers ROI-driven strategies and tactics that cater to the specific needs of clients and their target customer. Konnect PR’s hands-on approach makes it an invaluable partner in meeting larger company goals that contribute to growth. Services include: national and in-market media relations, event planning, social media support, crisis communications, brand management, celebrity/influencer seeding, etc. Clients include Dave & Buster’s, Fatburger, Menchie’s, The Goddard School, Nestlé Waters North America, Nautica, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Babiators, Lakeshore Learning, KRAVE Jerky and many more. For more information visit www.konnect-pr.com


LEWIS PR

575 Market St., Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94105
415/432-2400
Fax: 415/432-2401
www.lewispr.com

Chris Lewis, CEO & Founder
James Oehlcke, CFO
Morgan McLintic, Executive VP, US
Andres Witterman, Executive VP, EMEA & APAC
Lucy Allen, Executive VP & CSO, US
Yvonne van Bokhoven, Senior VP, Western Europe
Andy Oliver, Senior VP, APAC
Stephen Corsi, Senior VP, global digital mktg.
Sarah Robinson, Global Talent Director
Sarah Aitchison, Global Operations Director

LEWIS PR is a global communications agency, working with leading and emerging brands in the most demanding industry sectors around the world. We were founded in 1995 by a former journalist and now have more than 500 consultants working in more than 28 offices across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

LEWIS’ US presence includes more than 150 employees in San Francisco, Boston, San Diego and Washington, D.C. The agency is independent and partner-owned. We have delivered highly proactive campaigns for numerous innovative brands and technology pioneers, to shift perceptions, create new categories and build new market leaders.

Aside from traditional PR and media relations services, including tactics such as analyst relations, media training, award and speaker programs, our in-house digital marketing team, LEWIS Pulse, delivers integrated Web marketing and content marketing campaigns for clients. 

Our digital marketing services include branding and strategy, creative services, design and production, Web development, marketing automation implementations and management, social media marketing, social media advertising, search engine optimization and search engine marketing.


MAKOVSKY

16 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
212/508-9600
stangney@makovsky.com
www.makovsky.com

Ken Makovsky, President & CEO
Scott Tangney, EVP, Financial Services Practice Leader
Mike Goodwin, SVP
John McInerney, GVP

Makovsky is an integrated communications firm with more than 35 years of experience designing and executing communications programs for a wide array of professional services clients. Organizations including management consultants, law firms, executive search firms, accountants, advertising firms, etc. benefit from Makovsky’s all-star specialized team delivering markedly better results than the generalist communications consultancy.

Our knowledge in financial services, insurance, real estate, healthcare, technology, energy and other industries informs our work for professional services clients through on-target insight when addressing top issues and key vertical markets.

We provide clients with strategic communications counsel, issues and crisis management, media relations and other integrated communications services. We are sought out for our breakthrough thought leadership campaigns that position clients as leaders with influencers and decision makers through both traditional and digital media channels. 

An Inc. 5000 growth company, Makovsky was honored in 2013 with an unprecedented 28 client campaign, firm and individual awards, including multiple “Agency of the Year” awards.  In 2014, we have already won 13 awards including the PRSA Big Apple, for our work on behalf of a leading financial services client.  And now in its third year, Makovsky’s “Wall Street Reputation Study,” has won the 2014 Stevie Gold Award for Innovation in PR and the 2014 PR World Gold Award.  Other accolades have included a full complement of Silver Anvils, Sabre Awards, and IABC Awards.
Headquartered in New York, Makovsky has global reach through IPREX, a partnership of more than 100 offices, $800 million in billings and nearly 2,000 professionals founded by Makovsky.  It today stands as the second largest worldwide corporation of independent agencies. 


MARKETING MAVEN PUBLIC RELATIONS

135 W. 29th Street, Suite 302
New York, NY 10001
212/967-5510
info@marketingmavenpr.com
www.marketingmavenpr.com

Lindsey Carnett, CEO & President
lindsey@marketingmavenpr.com
310/994-7380

Phil Rarick, COO
phil@marketingmavenpr.com
310/405-0345

Natalie Rucker, VP of Business Development
natalie@marketingmavenpr.com
310/405-0343

Bicoastal integrated marketing and communications firm, Marketing Maven Public Relations, is an extension of many companies’ marketing departments. The Marketing Maven team executes B2B campaigns by providing inventive solutions, metrics and unique online and offline methodologies giving clients a competitive edge to increase their revenue.

Professional Services campaigns include a brand audit, website copy consultation, organic Search Engine Optimization strategy and execution, industry speaking submissions, award submissions and connections with other industry influencers. Media relations services include media pitching, interview coordination, media clip tracking and byline article submissions to industry trade publications, positioning our clients as expert sources.

With offices in Los Angeles and New York, we serve clients nationwide with a focus on surpassing their goals and helping them achieve a positive ROI with useful, meaningful campaign metrics.


MARX LAYNE & CO.

31420 Northwestern Highway Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
248/855-6777 ext. 105
mlayne@marxlayne.com
www.marxlayne.com

Michael Layne, President

Marx Layne & Co. has a long and successful track record of positioning professional services firms as industry leaders in their respective sectors.

For more than twenty-five years, our experienced account executives have launched results focused communications campaigns for attorneys, accountants, financial institutions, financial planners, turnaround-managers, architects and engineers. Our proven ability to exceed client expectations has earned us a reputation as a valued partner to our clients.

With our depth of experience, we combine the most effective marketing strategies to help professional service providers build brand equity and reputation, sell services, enhance credibility, and solidify relationships with their clients, referral sources, prospects, and other stakeholders.

At Marx Layne & Company, we understand the subtle nuances and legal issues when marketing professional services. We are able to take our clients’ complex messages and package them in concise formats that are compelling to print, broadcast, online and social media. Importantly, we have demonstrated, time after time, that successful positioning can generate new business and retain existing clients for professional service firms.

We reach our clients’ targeted audiences through highly credible means beyond paid advertising. Our professional services firm clients retain us to position them as experts, to generate feature profiles in leading business media, to ghostwrite article submissions for professional trade publications, and to coordinate high-profile interviews in leading newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV news formats, locally, regionally and nationally.

From individual practitioners to large international firms, our clients are positioned through strategic initiatives including: local, national and international media relations campaigns; media training and messaging; article/editorial ghostwriting and submission; website writing, design and optimization; email campaigns; social media and online reputation management; planning and implementation of seminars; direct mail campaigns; design, writing and printing of brochures and newsletters.
And Marx Layne does all of this while continuing to respect the correlation between dollars spent by our professional service firm clients and results.


PADILLACRT

1101 West River Parkway, #400
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612/455-1700
www.padillacrt.com

Lynn Casey, CEO
Mark Raper, President
Marian Briggs, Matt Kucharski, Mike Mulvihill, Exec. VPs
Brian Ellis, Tom Jollie, Kathy Burnham, Gregory Tarmin, Dean Huff, Debbie Myers, Sr. VPs
Al Galgano, Janet Stacey, Amy Epstein, Max Martens, VPs
Jeff Thomas, CFO
Kelly O’Keefe, CCO
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Counselor
Michael Whitlow, Chief Growth Officer

PadillaCRT is one of the top 10 independent agencies in the country. The firm helps clients engage and inspire stakeholders in health care, food and beverage, consumer goods, financial services, manufacturing, technology, and agribusiness. PadillaCRT has specialized talent in branding, research, corporate and investor relations, creative, digital, crisis management, and social media, and is a founding partner of the Worldcom Group, a partnership of 100 independently owned offices in 133 cities on six continents.

Professional Services clients include Dorsey & Whitney, Enterprise Ireland, Rasmussen Media Group, Linhart Public Relations, Redpath & Co., KellenAdams Public Affairs, IDA Ireland, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Grant Thornton LLP, Grotefeld Hoffmann Schleiter Gordon & Ochoa, Golder Associates, Camelott LLC, Gray Plant Mooty and several that remain confidential.


PERRY COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

980 9th Street, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814
916/658-0144
Fax: 916/658-0155
www.perrycom.com

Kassy Perry, President/CEO

Perry Communications Group is an independent, full-service strategic communications firm specializing in public relations and public affairs.

Since 1996, Kassy Perry and her award-winning team have had a profound impact on society with nationally-recognized campaigns tackling pressing issues including land use, public health, the environment, bullying prevention, affordable housing, renewable energy, access to prescription medicines, and mental health.

From managing policy issues, leading high-profile coalitions and campaigns, and conveying our clients’ compelling stories to partnering with many of the nation’s top companies, we achieve success and build influence through strong relationships with policymakers, media, regulators, and corporate leaders around the world.

Current clients include: Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, California Automotive Wholesaler’s Association, Children Now, NAMI California, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America.


Amy Fathers, SVP of Prosek Partners’ Professional Services Practice.

PROSEK PARTNERS

105 Madison Ave., 7th Flr. 
New York, NY 10016
212/279-3115
Fax: 212/279-3117
www.prosek.com

Amy Fathers, SVP of Professional Services Practice

Prosek Partners is among the largest independent public relations firms in the U.S., and one of the few domestic, mid-size firms that offers global capabilities through its London office and international network. Specializing in providing a full range of communications solutions to financial and professional services companies, the firm delivers an unexpected level of passion, creativity and marketing savvy.

Prosek Partners’ Professional Services Practice is focused on delivering industry-leading PR programs that help clients, ranging from law firms and management consultancies to executive recruiting firms and innovation companies, build their brands and drive business.

Prosek prides itself on the quality, skills and deep experience of our team. We understand how to work directly with CEOs, board members and senior leadership at companies to position them as thought leaders within their fields. Our professional services clients rely on us to deliver top-notch strategic counsel and creative thinking that enables them to increase positive perception of their companies and executives in the marketplace. 

Our team has an outstanding track record of delivering results that positively impact our clients’ businesses.

For more information about Prosek Partners visit www.prosek.com.


50 West

50 West, a Quinn client and Francis Greenburger’s dazzling condominium tower rises in Manhattan’s New Downtown. “They will sell out fast,” NYT. “Another milestone in the rebirth of lower Manhattan,” WSJ. “Lower Manhattan condos rival midtown’s luxury skyscrapers,” Bloomberg. “A glimpse at the glittering 50 West, set to spice up downtown,” Haute Residence.

QUINN

520 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
212/868-1900
www.quinn.pr

407 Lincoln Road, Suite 10-H
Miami Beach, FL 33139
786/600-3954

Florence Quinn, President, fquinn@quinn.pr
Lara Berdine, SVP, Real Estate, lberdine@quinn.pr
Greg McGunagle, SVP, Real Estate, gmcgunagle@quinn.pr
Jim Lee, SVP, Miami Office, jlee@quinn.pr
Facebook: @WeAreQuinn
LinkedIn: @QuinnPR
Twitter: @QuinnPR_

Quinn is a lifestyle public relations agency with global impact. Our disciplined, strategic approach to PR has built some of the largest audiences in the world.

We develop creative strategies that build the reputations, tell the stories, and grow the businesses of real estate and design brands. With offices in New York and Miami and affiliates worldwide, we serve clients in Travel, Real Estate, Spa, Experiences and Retail as well as Food, Wine & Spirits.

We work collaboratively to develop narrative-based ideation, resulting in strategies that capture the attention of today’s sophisticated consumer. We integrate multiple communication channels with partnerships, events and ideation to produce work that is highly effective — and measurable. Our innovative initiatives, which are recognized globally, have resulted in a number of industry “firsts.”

We believe there is magic to be found at the intersection of creative thinking and value-driven strategies. Many of the world’s most recognized brands believe that as well. That’s why companies like Brodsky, Douglas Elliman, Forest City, Glenwood, Jamestown Properties, LeFrak, Waldorf Astoria, Etihad Airways and The Ritz Carlton Residences choose Quinn. 


RBB PUBLIC RELATIONS

355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33134
305/448-7450
www.rbbpr.com

Christine Barney, CEO
Lisa Ross, President
Tina Elmowitz, Executive VP John Quinn, Executive VP

rbb is a marketing communications firm and four-time Agency of the Year with a reputation for continually delivering results to its clients through award-winning campaigns. The agency’s staff understands the intricacies of working with national and regional professional service clients in the accounting, legal, banking, human resources, logistics and real estate industries.

The firm is recognized for creating programs that blend creativity with traditional and social media to support business goals, position corporate leadership as industry experts and thought leaders, and enhance brand awareness through strategic partnerships and community initiatives.

By staying deeply connected with its clients and the news cycle, rbb regularly secures national media opportunities for its roster of professional service clients.  For a top 50 accounting firm, rbb has helped showcase partners’ expertise through recurring writing opportunities with Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fox Business, and adds value by providing counsel for interviews and individualized marketing plans for practice leaders.  A top Florida law firm has seen its executives included in stories in national business outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Barron’s as a result of rbb’s creative pitching and knowledge of what reporters seek. And helping to launch a new homeowner insurance product, the agency took advantage of timely industry reports to secure opportunities with the New York Times and CNBC.

As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb’s multicultural staff delivers award-winning creativity, media relations, strategic counsel, launch campaigns, digital media, content creation, reputation management and results/analytics.   In addition to professional services, other specialty practices include consumer products/services, health, sports & entertainment, travel & hospitality, B2B and higher education.  Find out how rbb can help your brand break out by visiting www.rbbpr.com or call rbb president Lisa Ross at 305-448-7457.


RIPP MEDIA

1776 Broadway, Suite 901
New York, NY 10019
212/262-7477 (RIPP)
aripp@rippmedia.com
Allan Ripp, Principal
John Garger and Joshua Spivak, Senior Directors

Ripp Media is an established, boutique press relations agency in New York City with a concen- tration in legal affairs and profes- sional services. We maintain an editorial-driven practice for national and global professional services firms seeking strategic, senior-level press counsel and execution of their most important stories.

Our client list includes many top-tier law firms – corporate transaction, defense, plaintiffs — but we’ve also worked with lead- ing brands in hospitality, real estate development, financial services/asset management, media research, litigation finance, publishing and other sectors. We regularly handle high-stakes liti- gation PR and crisis counsel.

We offer superior writing and editorial skills —– that includes helping clients write/place commentary in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, MarketWatch, Businessweek, Reuters, The Deal, USA Today and elsewhere. Our staff brings backgrounds in journalism, law, publishing and finance.

We intentionally operate with a low agency profile, often acting as in-house press office for clients. And we pride ourselves on our long-term retention record with clients, many of whom start- ed as short-term projects. We are fearless, creative pitchers in pur- suit of high-impact results


SCHNEIDER ASSOCIATES

Member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group
2 Oliver Street, Suite 901
Boston, MA 02109
617/536-3300
www.schneiderpr.com

Joan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Phil Pennellatore, President

Successfully communicating key messages to diverse audiences in the ever-changing digital age is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s corporate leaders.

Schneider Associates has created public relations and integrated marketing communications programs for hundreds of financial services providers, law firms, commercial real estate brokers and developers, engineering and environmental firms, colleges and universities, private schools and nonprofit organizations. The agency’s programs accelerate awareness and engagement, and help our clients achieve measurable growth. Through integrated marketing strategies, we create multiple brand touch points with customer and stakeholder audiences while generating significant awareness in converged media channels, including marquee placements in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, ABC Nightline. 

Schneider Associates is a full-service public relations firm specializing in Launch Public Relations®. Clients include Cassidy Turley, MIT Sloan School of Management, Katz Graduate School of Business, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates and the Boston Improvement District. Learn more: www.schneiderpr.com


TAYLOR & COMPANY

1024 South Robertson Blvd., Ste. 201
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310/247-1099
Fax: 310/247-8147
info@taylor-pr.com
www.taylor-pr.com

Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA, Principal/Founder

Taylor & Company is a results-oriented public relations, marketing, and communications firm that creates and implements pro-active public relations programs for clients involved in design, architecture, building, and furnishings. Founded in 1994 by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA, Taylor & Company’s mission is to link creative design to the public.

Among the services Taylor & Company provides are: strategic public relations, targeted media outreach, image management, marketing communications, website development and writing, social media profiles.

Taylor has been professionally involved in public relations, marketing, publishing, and design since 1982. She started as a magazine editor, gaining first-hand knowledge of editors’ needs and processes, and is the author of three books on design, as well as numerous articles. Taylor is the Public Director on the American Institute of Architects National Board of Directors. She is supported by a staff of public relations, editorial, and communications professionals.


WIDMEYER COMMUNICATIONS

A Finn Partners Company
301 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
www.widmeyer.com
www.finnpartners.com  

Richard Funess, Senior Managing Partner
Scott Widmeyer, Managing Partner

For Finn Partners and its recent acquisition, Widmeyer Comms., professional services comes naturally.  From our 7 US locations (New York, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale), as well as London and Jerusalem, our team of 300-plus professionals provide top-line strategic communications to more than 50 clients in the professional services space.

Our client base ranges from the top US foundations to leading non-profits as well as Fortune 100 companies.  We advise them on how to generate visibility for their programs, create innovative digital platforms often driven by our in-house Research and Polling unit, position them as thought leaders in their specialty areas and help them think through how to expand their customer base.

In our work for professional services clients, we work as a team with the client to bring the highest level of collaboration.  Our focus is on results.  That’s why, you will see our clients showing up as presenters at a Wall Street Journal forum on the future of health care or speaking about early childhood issues at a gathering of scores of media who cover education. And, if it’s a consumer trade show or positioning on a major morning or evening news program, it’s highly likely that our team had a hand in it.

So, think about adding us to your professional services team in the future.  It will be a strategic investment garnering outstanding results.

 
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