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5W PUBLIC RELATIONS

1166 Ave. of the Americas, 4th Flr.
New York, NY 10036
212/999-5585
Fax: 646/328-1711
info@5wpr.com
www.5wpr.com

Ronn D. Torossian, President & CEO
Erika Kauffman, Exec. VP & General Manager
Juda Engelmayer, Dara Busch and Matt Caiola, Senior VPs

5W Public Relations (5W) is a full-service PR Agency that partners with brands — both established and emerging, corporations, global interests, national corporations and consumer companies, brands, regional businesses, high-profile individuals, government agencies and academic institutions to help them define and achieve their strategic PR goals.

Resourceful, innovative, and nimble, 5W works hard, thinks big, and delivers successful results. We are known for needle-moving public relations programs, a novel approach, and innovative people who deliver measurable, game-changing results.

5W practice areas include Consumer Brands, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Travel & Hospitality, Technology, Beauty, Entertainment, Nonprofit, Corporate Communications and Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Crisis Communications, and Digital Strategy.

We develop and execute novel and fresh ways for our clients to connect with their target audiences. As a result, we measurably increase the positive results of their communication efforts. Our diverse roster of client experience includes Sparkling ICE, Medifast, Walgreens/Duane Reade, DigitalOcean, KRUPS, Anheuser Busch, Camp Bow Wow, L’Oreal, AEROSOLES, Jane Iredale, T-Fal, GoHealth, Cold-EEZE, Zeta Interactive, and other publicly traded companies, consumer brands, government agencies, academic institutions, and personalities.

Our programs lead to award winning recognition, including PR Agency of the Year, PR Executive of the Year, Product Launch of the Year, Business to Business Program of the Year and Digital/Social Media Campaign of the Year, among others.


BATEMAN GROUP

1550 Bryant St., #300
San Francisco, CA 94103
415/503-1818
Fax: 415/503-1880
info@bateman-group.com
www.bateman-group.com

45 Main St., #617
Brooklyn, NY 11201
347/410-7983

Fred Bateman, CEO & Founder
Bill Bourdon and Tyler Perry, Partner & General Manager

Bateman Group is an integrated public relations and social media communications firm founded in 2004 around a compelling vision — to make a bigger market impact for a smaller, more select group of companies. Our ideal clients are companies, regardless of size, solving real problems in ground-breaking and sometimes disruptive ways that value content expertise, exceptional writing and guaranteed senior-level attention from their communications partner above all else. Based in San Francisco with offices in New York City, Bateman Group sets out to be distinctive through its approach to planning, ability to deliver excellent results, pursuit of client satisfaction and creative program execution. Fundamentally, Bateman Group is about accountability. We understand that a well-developed communications strategy is useless if measurable returns cannot be realized. We insist on correlating every client’s investment with their bottom line returns, such as improved stock valuation, market share gains and increased revenue.

Clients: Addepar, AdRoll, Animoto, App Annie, Bromium, Campaign Monitor, Code42, Fuze, Google Cloud Platform, Google for Work, HackerOne, Invoca, LightSpeed Retail, LinkedIn, Lookout, Netskope, Numerify, Percolate, Ping Identity, Prosper, Scale Venture Partners, Sharethrough, Sitecore, Sysomos, Ticketfly, Virtustream, and ZenPayroll.


BEEHIVE PR

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

Lisa Hannum, President & CEO
Nicki Gibbs, Senior VP
Ayme Zemke, Vice President

Beehive PR is a strategic PR boutique with a reputation for fresh insights, big ideas and contagious energy. A certified women-owned business, the agency focuses on creating a positively brilliant experience for clients, employees and business partners.

Our team of senior strategists and savvy specialists is focused on strategic communications that create bold, positive growth for brands. Beehive has deep expertise in a range of global and niche industries: retail, beauty and fashion, food and beverage, consumer technology, sports and leisure, professional services, financial services, education, medical technology, healthcare, manufacturing and commercial real estate.

Our featured services include: media and influencer relations, employee and corporate communications, crisis communications, branding, social and digital marketing, education and advocacy, and sponsorship activation.


BLAZE

1427 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310/395-5050
Fax: 310/395-5001
mkovacs@blazepr.com
www.blazepr.com

Matt Kovacs, President

BLAZE is the trusted partner of choice for lifestyle challenger brands hungry for a real piece of the marketshare. BLAZE has been retained by a growing number of savvy clients who want integrated PR, influencer and social media strategies — and flawless execution.  BLAZE senior level professionals play a hands-on, day-to-day role with clients. With more than two decades of relationships and a solid team founded in strategic approaches, BLAZE is adroit in advancing client objectives and nimble to the quick-changing pace of media technologies.

Clients include: Adventure City, AmaWaterways, Brewery Ommegang, Craig Realty, ESPN, designed by many, Falcon Waterfree Technologies, HelloTel, KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Beverages, Marriott Hotels, Michael’s Restaurant Group, Nawgan Products, LLC, Nestdrop, NutraWise, Performance Bike, Table Tops Unlimited, and Valence Surface Technologies.


BLISS INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION

Member of The Worldcom Public Relations Group
500 5th Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10110
212/840-1661
Fax: 212/840-1663
www.blissintegrated.com

Bliss staffers

Bliss Integrated Communication’s culture supports both personal success and great client relationships. It has earned us numerous industry awards and Crain’s New York Business’ “Best Places to Work in NYC.”

Elizabeth Sosnow, Meg
Wildrick, Mng. Partners

Cortney Stapleton, Partner

Michael Roth, Healthcare Practice Leader

Aven James, Katherine Kilpatrick, Patrick Ruppe, Vicky Aguiar, Diana Dopfel, VPs

Bliss Integrated Communication is a mid-sized, independent marketing communication firm that helps healthcare, financial and professional services companies build reputation and grow sales through PR strategy and execution, messaging and content development, brand identity, issues management, digital and social media and analytics.

At Bliss, we focus on our clients’ goals and results, not stand-alone tactics.  Average tenure among large clients is eight-plus years and includes some of the most respected names in the industries served. What sets Bliss Integrated Communication apart is our strategic approach to communication and an unwavering commitment to our clients’ success.


BUTLER ASSOCIATES, LLC

204 East 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
212/685-4600
TButler@ButlerAssociates.com
www.ButlerAssociates.com

One Stamford Plaza
263 Tresser Blvd, 9th Fl.
Stamford, CT 06901

Thomas P. Butler, President

Winner of two International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) best national P.R./Political campaign awards in 2013 and six-time IAFF award honoree. Ranked among top 10 in the New York market for its environmental and public affairs practice.

Butler Associates campaigns range from victorious Fortune 50 shareholder proxy battles, directing public affairs legal and public safety campaigns, to visibility for top business and financial firms and their CEOs. The Butler group includes seasoned pros, committed to their clients, who deliver consistent results. Its Litical Solutions division delivers mobile consumer engagement campaigns and award winning advertising for broadcast, online and print.

Clients:  Association of BellTel Retirees Inc., Empire Government Strategies, Grandparents.com, Hunts Point Cooperative Market, Hostelworld.com, Mechanical Contractors Assoc. of New York, New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, Plumbing Foundation of New York, ProtectSeniors.Org, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC., Stamford (CT) Police Association, Stamford (CT) Professional Fire Fighters Assoc., Steamfitters Local 638, New York, Telebeam Telecommunications, and Uniformed Firefighters Assoc. (NYC).


CASHMAN + KATZ INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS

76 Eastern Blvd.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860/652-0300
Fax: 860/652-0308
www.cashman-katz.com

125 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
646/559-8306

Tony Cashman, Pres. & CEO
Amanda Mueller, Senior VP of PR & Social Media

For over 20 years Cashman + Katz is a full-service advertising and public relations firm that specializes in fully integrated consumer, financial, business-to-business, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, sports, entertainment and issue advocacy campaigns.

Cashman + Katz also houses one of the Northeast’s Premier Focus Group Facilities, Connecticut Infocus. www.ctinfocus.com

C+K also houses at its headquarters 2 editing suites with HD surround sound, its own stable of HD cameras, and a Green Screen Studio under its sister video production company DSign Digital. www.dsigndigital.com

Clients: BIC North America,  Connecticare, Connecticut Catholic Conference, Connecticut Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut Dept. of Public Health, Connecticut Dept. of Transportation, Connecticut Natural Gas, Connecticut Science Center, Dishnet, Eastern CT Health Network, Fox CT., Foxwoods Resort Casino, Gaylord Hospital, Goodwill, Hartford Courant, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, MassMutual, Manufacturing Council, Quinnipiac Athletics, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Saybrook Point Inn, School Nutrition Assn. of Connecticut, See Something Say Something, The Lighting Quotient, Tribune Broadcasting, United Illuminating, UTC Aerospace, and WPIX-TV 11.


CERRELL

320 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
323/466-3445
www.cerrell.com

Hal Dash, hal@cerrell.com, Chairman and CEO
Lisa Gritzner, lisa@cerrell.com, President
Sean Rossall, sean@cerrell.com, VP, Media and Crisis

Cerrell is one of the country’s senior public relations and public affairs firms. With an extensive depth and breadth of experience throughout the U.S. and abroad, our firm has consistently delivered results for corporate, nonprofit and government clients across a wide range of industries and sectors since our founding in 1966.

Through nearly five decades of success, Cerrell has developed an unparalleled body of knowledge and experience in all facets of public affairs and public relations. But what makes our firm truly unique among our competitors is that we don’t simply specialize in one specific issue area; we have specialists in core practice areas and more than 25 elite and diverse professionals with a diversity of communications experience under one roof. This allows us to provide clients with a cohesive and comprehensive public affairs and public relations strategy.

Cerrell is equipped to engage in the kind of collaborative, multifaceted strategic problem solving that delivers results our clients need in complex, rapidly changing environments. Our firm provides services in the areas of media relations and crisis communication, local government advocacy, campaigns and issues management, energy and environment and land use planning.

Our Media Relations & Crisis Communication team’s expert understanding of the messages and events that move the media allows us to tell our clients’ stories strategically. Successfully harnessing the power of the media is about more than just managing a story; it’s about making sure that you are a part of the public narrative. Having managed a variety of highly sensitive crisis and litigation matters in partnership with the legal community, our team is expert in providing the types of sensitive and responsive communications that are critical to protecting our clients’ long and short-term reputation. Whether it’s telling our clients’ story locally or driving an international narrative, we understand what it takes to cut through the clutter and to work in an integrated way with other ongoing public affairs efforts.

Cerrell’s Energy & Environment team provides expert strategic counsel and outreach services to a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and government clients. Energy and environmental issues are some of the most challenging and complex issues facing businesses and government today.  California-specific regulatory and legislative mandates for air, water and habitat make working in the state more challenging than anywhere else in the country. Our team understands this complex regulatory framework and the sensitive environmental, political and community impacts that often accompany these issues.

Our Local Government practice employs a team-oriented approach that helps our clients successfully navigate local and state government, engage decision-makers and, ultimately, achieve their desired results — securing a government contract, passing an ordinance or stopping an unfavorable action. Our local government team is composed of seasoned professionals who are former city, state and federal government staff members.

Cerrell’s skilled Campaigns & Issues Management team manages every aspect of a political or issue-based campaign in a strategic manner to achieve our clients’ goals — whether it’s achieving success on Election Day or winning a vote before a governing body.

A part of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, Cerrell brings global expertise and a depth of relationships that are unparalleled. Both independently and through the global Worldcom network, Cerrell has helped clients deploy both tailored local and macro global strategies that have resulted in successful public affairs and public relations wins in some of the most challenging circumstances.


COONEY WATERS UNLIMITED

111 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
212/886-2200
Fax: 212/886-2288
www.cooneywatersunlimited.com
www.cooneywaters.com
www.thecorkerygroup.com
www.alembichealth.com

Timothy Bird, CEO
Julia Jackson, Executive VP, Cooney Waters Unlimited
Sherri Michelstein, President, Alembic Unlimited
Karen O’Malley, President, Corkery Group Unlimited

Cooney Waters Unlimited (www.cooneywatersunlimited.com) is a family of strategic communications companies focused exclusively on healthcare across many therapeutic areas and health sectors in North America and internationally. The Group includes three sister companies: Cooney Waters Unlimited, a mid-sized firm that provides the full range of public relations and public affairs services to healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology enterprises; Alembic Unlimited, a firm which specializes in communications programs in the area of health advocacy; and Corkery Group Unlimited, a full-service public relations firm internationally recognized for its expertise in issue-oriented and product communications for some of the world’s leading health organizations.

Cooney Waters Unlimited is a part of the specialist expertise of Health Unlimited brand (www.healthunlimited.global) — an integrated healthcare agency that is a part of UK-based Creston Unlimited, a new agency brand and offer.  With a shared creative philosophy, common tools and unlimited thinking at its core, Creston Unlimited brings together consultants and discipline experts from across the group and beyond. This new approach unlocks the power of creative collaboration to seize the endless opportunities that exist for brands and businesses in today’s rapidly evolving world.

Cooney Waters Unlimited provides unparalleled scope of strategic marketing and communications solutions, advocacy relations and issue-oriented communications to healthcare clients in non-profit, government and industrial sectors throughout the world.


COOPERKATZ & COMPANY, INC.

205 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
917/595-3030
Fax:917/326-8997
www.cooperkatz.com

CooperKatz & Company is a highly-regarded, results-driven public relations agency.
Independent since our founding in 1996, we offer full-service public relations, digital, creative services and event production capabilities to national clients across diverse industry sectors. Our services include brand positioning, media relations, digital / social media strategy and execution, content strategy, product introductions, training, video and event production, and much more.

We combine the strategic thinking of a large agency with the client focus of a smaller firm. Our clients include top brands like Coldwell Banker Real Estate and TD Bank. Our numerous awards include “Agency of the Year” in our size category by The Holmes Report and one of the “100 Best Places to Work in New York” by Crain’s New York Business.

CooperKatz is a member of the PR Council and the Public Relations Global Network, a consortium of nearly 50 independent agencies from markets around the world. 


Coyne staffers

Passion, strategy and creativity are at the core of who Coyne is as an agency, and we are fortunate to work with clients who let us think outside the box and deliver big results!

COYNE PUBLIC RELATIONS

5 Wood Hollow Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
973/588-2000
www.coynepr.com

5 Bryant Park
28th Floor
New York, NY 10018
212/938-0166

12400 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 535
Los Angeles, CA  90025
310/395-6110

Thomas F. Coyne, CEO
Rich Lukis, President
Brad Buyce, John Gogarty, EVPs
Chris Brienza, David Carter, Kelly Dencker, Joe Gargiulo, Luis Hernandez, Jennifer Kamienski, Kevin Lamb, Tim Schramm, Deborah Sierchio, Lisa Wolleon, SVPs

Coyne is a full-service, integrated communications agency with expertise in a variety of industries. The agency represents some of the world’s most well-known brands in a range of categories including, Automotive, Beauty & Fashion, Entertainment, Food & Nutrition, Health, Media & Publishing, Pet & Animal, Retail, Sports, Technology, Travel & Hospitality and Toy & Juvenile Products. Coyne has evolved far beyond its PR roots with a dedicated social media practice, an award-winning digital design group and a full advertising and marketing team.

The agency has been named Midsize Agency of the Year from PRWeek and PR News, Best Agency to Work For in America and Consumer Agency of the Year from The Holmes Report. These awards are a testament to the breadth and depth of our category experience, as well as a reinforcement of our agency philosophy, which is to provide best of class creativity, client service and results in an office environment that is consistently ranked among the best employers in the industry. Coyne specializes in media relations, brand building, product launches, events & promotions, CSR, social media, corporate communications, digital creative and crisis management. The agency is also a member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s leading partnership of independently owned PR firms.


CROSBY

705 Melvin Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
410/626-0805
www.crosbymarketing.com

Raymond Crosby, President
Tammy Ebaugh, Chief Strategy Officer
Joel Machak, Executive Creative Director
Denise Aube, Healthcare Practice Leader
Jeff Rosenberg, Nonprofits & Causes Practice Leader
Meredith Williams, Government Practice Leader

Crosby staffers

The Crosby team celebrates after its annual Day of Service to local nonprofits.

The Crosby team is passionate about creating communications programs focused on Inspiring Actions That Matter™. These actions positively impact people’s lives, while also contributing to the greater good.

Crosby helps clients make powerful connections with their customers, constituents and communities by tapping the motivations that shape attitudes and inspire behavior change. The firm’s award-winning campaigns, which integrate paid, earned, shared, and owned media have touched the lives of virtually everyone in America.

Crosby has specialized practices in Healthcare, Government, and Nonprofits & Causes, and ranks among the top agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region. It has headquarters in Maryland’s State capital of Annapolis and offices in Washington, D.C.

Clients include: AHRQ, CapitalSource Bank, Catholic Relief Services, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, Kaiser Permanente, Sagepoint Senior Living Services, Saint Agnes Hospital, Social Security Administration, USDA, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Veterans Health Administration, and the Wallace Foundation.

Crosby is a member of the PR Council and American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), and is proud to have industry-leading client and staff retention levels.  To review case studies and a creative portfolio, visit crosbymarketing.com.


DKC

261 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10016
212/685-4300
contact@dkcnews.com
www.dkcnews.com

Sean Cassidy, President

Established in 1991, DKC is one of the top 10 independent firms in the United States by fee revenue. Based in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Albany and Washington, DC, DKC is a full service public relations, marketing and government affairs company, providing all communications services including strategic counsel and planning, media relations, digital and social media, integrated marketing, executive positioning, crisis management, public affairs, original content development, event production, advertising and branding.

DKC was founded under the philosophy of combining strategic communications principles with creative concepts and programs executed via extensive, high-impact relationships. We operate on the principle that strategic communications — no matter the platform and regardless if the content is earned, owned or sponsored —  requires a thorough understanding of the news and how to make it. We are focused on providing results that impact our clients’ businesses and we are driven by our ability to create connections between our clients and the audience important to them.

Our client list is as diverse as the backgrounds of our staff, and includes some of the most prestigious global brands.  From corporate to consumer, technology to travel, health care to hospitality, media properties to music labels, sports to public policy, DKC brings this diversity of industry knowledge and relationships with key media and influencers to bear for our clients.  We’ve broken the mold of a traditional PR agency to create a bold new hybrid that combines the creativity, expertise and senior level engagement characteristic of a boutique agency, with the strategic abilities, intellectual capital and bandwidth of a large corporation.


DODGE COMMUNICATIONS

11675 Rainwater Dr., #300
Alpharetta, GA 30009
770/998-0500
Fax: 770/998-0208
www.dodgecommunications.com
dodgecommunications.com/blog
Twitter: @DodgeComm

Brad Dodge, CEO
Brian Parrish, Exec. VP & Principal
Chowning Johnson, VP
Elisabeth Deckon, VP

Dodge Communications is the nation’s leading integrated communications agency serving healthcare’s innovative companies. With 14 years of experience and an exclusive focus on the business-to-business side of healthcare, more than 250 companies have turned to Dodge to help grow their businesses through effective strategy and content development; public relations and social media; marketing and branding; digital and analytics; and lead generation and nurturing. Dodge’s proven programs help healthcare companies strengthen their brands, enhance thought leadership and increase demand for their products and services. This single-market focus, three-pronged approach and passion for providing excellence in client service, have been responsible for Dodge’s upward client growth trajectory and retention over the years and serves as a testament to the agency’s strategies that engage prospects, optimize interactions and promote business.


EDELMAN

250 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
212/768-0550
www.edelman.com
facebook.com/edelman
Twitter: @edelmanpr

Richard Edelman, President& CEO
Matthew Harrington, Global Chief Operating Officer
Glenn Engler, Global Director of Corporate Strategy
Ben Boyd, President, Practices, Sectors and Offerings
Russell Dubner, President and CEO, Edelman U.S.

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm, with more than 5,500 employees in 65 cities worldwide.  Edelman partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Daniel J. Edelman founded the agency on October 1, 1952, in Chicago. His values and vision have led the firm, which remains independent and family-owned, through its 60-plus years of operation.

Edelman is comprised of six global practices which make up its core competencies: Consumer Marketing, Corporate, Digital, Public Affairs, Crisis and Risk and Business + Social Purpose, along with five global sectors offering deep industry expertise in Energy, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Health and Technology. Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency. Visit  edelman.com for more information.


Fahlgren staffers

Team members at Fahlgren Mortine’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters in September 2014, including president and CEO Neil Mortine (center).

FAHLGREN MORTINE

4030 Easton Station
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43219
614/383-1500
Fax: 614/383-1501
neil.mortine@fahlgren.com
www.fahlgrenmortine.com

Neil Mortine, President & CEO

Fahlgren Mortine offers a full range of marketing and communications services, from media relations to the creative and practical application of new media, all in real-time. With more than 80 public relations professionals and clients based all over the world, Fahlgren Mortine is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with locations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio; Parkersburg and Charleston, W. Va., Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee, Fla.; Boise, Idaho; Denver, Colo.; Lexington, Ky.; Greenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and New York City. In addition to our regional offices, we have the ability to reach audiences globally through our involvement with the Council of Public Relations Firms and membership in IPREX. Fahlgren Mortine acquired Turner PR, a travel, tourism and active lifestyle public relations firm with offices in Denver, Colo. and New York City in January 2014. Turner PR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fahlgren Mortine and works with many notable brands, including Bermuda Tourism Authority, Four Seasons Resorts Vail and Whistler, and Sandos Hotels and Resorts.

But what matters most to our clients is our way of doing business. We’re accountable, approachable and committed to helping our clients succeed. It’s enabled us to achieve a Net Promoter Score (NPS) that places us in what the creator of the NPS deems the “world-class” range, and it means our clients enthusiastically recommend us to their peers. It also helps us attract the best talent from the corporate and agency worlds who are looking for the best place to practice their profession and make a real difference with clients.


FEINTUCH COMMUNICATIONS

245 Park Ave., 39th flr.
New York, NY 10167
212/808-4900
Fax: 212/808-4915
info@feintuchpr.com
www.feintuchcommunications.com
www.PRWorldAlliance.com

Henry Feintuch, President

Feintuch Communications is a boutique strategic relations firm offering senior counseling, experience and hands-on support to a broad range of organizations — from the Fortune 500 to emerging companies, non-profits and associations. We’ve aligned our in-house talent and external resources around the critical business and marketing challenges faced by businesses today — including strategic public relations, business development, investor relations, capital sourcing, partnership development, advertising and marketing. We serve on the board and are a partner in PR World Alliance (PRWorldAlliance.com), a global partnership of premier independent communications consultancies.

In our delivery of sophisticated public relations services, we focus on specific needs — such as media relations, new product launches, corporate identity and branding — as well as broader-based initiatives including industry analyst campaigns, trade and consumer outreach, awards and honors programs, speaking platforms and association marketing. Key PR practices are technology, advertising & media, financial services and clean tech/energy.

For companies looking to expand into new global markets, our JumpStart Global Advisors (www.jumpstartglobal.com) subsidiary offers a bundle of integrated services that allow them to enter those markets quickly and efficiently — everything from legal, accounting, administrative, HR and recruitment to business development and distribution services — coupled with the appropriately scaled PR and marketing initiatives to generate inquiries.

Our goal is to provide the expert service, experienced counsel and hands-on support that our clients need to meet their business objectives. Our commitment is to be a superior business partner and an outstanding strategic relations firm in each and every client engagement.

Clients: Accura Media Group, CityShares, Convene, GSI, Imperial Holdings, Listener Driven Radio, Optimal Payments, PL Developments, Secure-24, Soliddd, and Worthy.com.


FINN PARTNERS

301 East 57th St.,
New York, NY 10022
212/715-1600
www.finnpartners.com
Twitter.com/finnpartners
Facebook.com/finnpartners
LinkedIn.com/company/finn-partners

Peter Finn, Founding Partner, peter@finnpartners.com (NY)
Dena Merriam, Co-Founding, Partner, dena@finnpartners.com (NY)
Richard Funess, Sr. Managing Partner, richard@finnpartners.com (NY)

Richard Funess & Peter Finn

Finn Partners’ Senior Managing Partner Richard Funess (left) and Founding Partner Peter Finn (right).

Finn Partners is a dynamic, rapidly growing public relations agency with deep digital capabilities that infuse our work in many specialty areas.  We have a team of 450 professionals with very strong expertise in tech, education, consumer, travel, health, arts, public affairs and CSR. Today the firm has 12 offices around the world, with headquarters in NY and additional offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, LA, Nashville, Paris, Munich, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

The firm experienced strong growth in 2014 by growing existing client relationships, winning new accounts and making acquisitions. In the fall of 2014 Finn Partners acquired Johnson King, a B2B tech specialty firm in London with offices in Paris and Munich.  Later that year, we also acquired the PR business of the Gabbe Group, which specializes in health and higher education. In January 2015, Finn Partners acquired DVL Advertising and PR and Seigenthaler PR, both located in Nashville. Our core philosophy is a commitment to collaboration and partnership, both internally among our colleagues and with our clients.  We are very focused on creating a “best place to work” environment.  We believe strongly that by creating a “best place to work” culture, we will retain and attract the best talent in the industry, enabling us to do the very best work possible for our clients.

We are excited by the changes taking place in our industry and feel that the future holds enormous opportunities for companies integrating digital strategies into their communications mix.  We work every day to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations, and we thank each and every one of them for placing their trust in Finn Partners.

Finn Partners Clients include: Air France, AMSURG, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Cooper Hewitt, DHL, Exxon Mobil, Electronic Recyclers International, First Five Years Fund, IEEE, I Love NY, Jack Daniels, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamba Juice, JM Sucker Co., Logitech, M.D. Anderson, Natural Resources Defense Council, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Verizon Foundation, Viacom, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Foodminds staffers

The team at FoodMinds.

FOODMINDS, LLC

328 S. Jefferson St.,
Suite 750
Chicago, IL 60661
312/258-9500
Fax: 312/258-9501
www.foodminds.com
lcubillos@foodminds.com
blayden@foodminds.com
spitman@foodminds.com

FoodMinds is an award-winning consulting and communications company boldly transforming the world view of food, nutrition and health. We harness communications, science and public affairs to establish unique selling propositions and produce novel food and nutrition programs. Clients come to FoodMinds when they want to create a better story that makes a difference, and tell it in a way that achieves their objectives through measurable results.

FoodMinds brings together the right mix of talented, seasoned and motivated professionals — from registered dietitians, consumer marketers and media strategists to PhDs, science writers and public affairs experts — to shape a new food frontier with our clients where people are healthier and happier. 

Clients include:  Almond Board of California, American Heart Association, Applegate, Can Manufacturers Institute, Dairy Management, Inc., General Mills, Hass Avocado Board, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Nestlé, Sabra Dipping Company, The Walt Disney Company, and Welch’s.


FRENCH/WEST/VAUGHAN

112 East Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
919/832-6300
www.fwv-us.com  
 
Rick French, Chairman & CEO
David Gwyn, President / Principal
Natalie Best, Executive Vice President / Director of Client Services / Principal
 
French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is the Southeast’s leading public relations, public affairs and brand communications agency, independent or otherwise. Founded in April 1997 by Agency Chairman & CEO Rick French, FWV now employs 87 public relations, public affairs, social media, advertising and digital marketing experts among its Raleigh, N.C. headquarters and New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa offices.

FWV is ranked as the 21st largest independent PR firm in the U.S. and has been named the #1 PR firm in the Southeast by O’Dwyer’s for the 11th consecutive year. FWV also places second in sports PR, third in beauty and fashion PR, 12th in travel PR and 12th in entertainment PR nationally.

The first and only N.C.-based firm to capture not one or two or three, but four coveted “National Agency of the Year” awards (The Holmes Report and Bulldog Reporter), as well as the first N.C.-based company to top the list of the world’s fastest-growing agencies as measured by year-over-year percentage growth (PR Week), FWV’s national and international clients include Wrangler, ABB, Justin Brands, Pendleton Whisky, the International Gemological Institute (IGI), Saft and Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants.

In addition to its core public relations business, FWV is home to one of the nation’s top digital services practices. A leader in launching award-winning, results-driven marketing campaigns, FWV executes multifaceted digital and social media initiatives to drive valuable, relevant lead generation and fan growth, as well as stimulate product trials, influencer and targeted audience awareness and conversions on behalf of premier companies and brands, including: Riders by Lee, NATHAN, Calligaris Home Furnishing, Tweetsie Railroad, Wilmington and Beaches CVB (N.C.), NC State University, MOVES Magazine and more.


Gatesman+Dave staffers

The Gatesman+Dave PR team (from L to R): Mary Kate Joyce, senior account executive; Beth Thompson, account supervisor; Desiree Bartoe, account supervisor; Meredith Klein, senior account executive; Erin Hess, account coordinator; Paige Blawas, assistant account executive; Shannon Baker, partner, executive vice president, public relations and social media; Lauren Wenzel, account executive.

GATESMAN+DAVE PR

2730 Sidney St.,
Building 2, Ste. 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412/381-5400
info@gatesmandave.com
www.gatesmandave.com

John Gatesman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Dave Kwasnick, Partner, Exec. VP, Chief Creative Officer

Shannon Baker, Partner, Executive VP, Public Relations & Social Media

We Are Writers, Researchers and News Hounds.

Gatesman+Dave PR tackles your toughest business and communications challenges — whether it’s to stand out in a competitive environment, change perception, protect your reputation or navigate the rapidly evolving social and digital world.

We motivate action and influence the behavior of your key audiences to increase sales, market share and brand affinity.

We combine critical and creative thinking to produce ideas and content that stem from research and insights to disrupt, educate and engage consumers, media and the industry.

Founded in 2006, Gatesman+Dave is a privately held corporation owned by Partners John Gatesman, Dave Kwasnick and Shannon Baker.

Our client roster:

Innovation and Technology: National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventors Competition, Camp Invention, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. Restaurant/QSR: BRGR, Grit and Grace, Willow, Spoon, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Quaker Steak & Lube, Qdoba Pittsburgh. Retail: SHOP ‘n SAVE, Foodland, Gabriel Brothers, Rugged Wearhouse, S&T Bank, Ruff Creek Markets, Pittsburgh Paints & Stains, Hormel Foods: HOUSE of TSANG®, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.Healthcare: UPMC, National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Walk MS, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, Casey’s Clubhouse. Energy: EQT, People’s Natural Gas Business-to-Business: GENCO, Chromalox, U. S. Steel, NXT, Standard Bent Glass, Global Security Glazing, J.P. Mogan: LAZ Parking.


GREGORY FCA

27 West Athens Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610/642-8253
www.gregoryfca.com
blog.gregoryfca.com
financialservicesmarketing.com
www.facebook.com/gregoryfca
www.twitter.com/gregoryfca
www.linkedin.com/gregoryfca

Gregory FCA is a full-service, strategically integrated firm providing contemporary public relations for today’s digital economy. The 50th largest firm in America, Gregory FCA is celebrating its 25th anniversary, creating and deploying sophisticated national media relations, social media, content marketing, investor relations, and financial communications campaigns.

Our clients are fast-growing private and publicly traded companies who depend on us to help them build their businesses through high-profile exposure in traditional and digital media, and the capital markets.

Gregory FCA’s staff of 50 professionals includes top minds in writing, public relations, and finance who service many key markets, including financial services, fintech, enterprise technology, and consumer tech.

We are experts at telling our clients’ stories and driving those messages out to a proprietary network of media contacts, bloggers, consumers, investors, institutions, and other interest groups that can help our clients grow.

If your business could benefit from high-profile media exposure, social media buzz, digital and traditional communication services, or integrated investor relations capabilities, join the companies who call Gregory FCA their agency of record.


G&S BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

60 East 42nd Street, 44th Floor
New York, NY 10165
212/697-2600
Fax: 212/697-2646
www.gscommunications.com
Twitter: @gs_comms
Chicago 312/648-6700
Raleigh 919/870-5718
Basel + 41 61 264-8410

Luke Lambert, Pres.. & CEO
Jeff Altheide, Exec. VP
Seth Niessen, Controller

G&S is an independent business communications firm with headquarters in New York and offices in Chicago, Raleigh, N.C., and Basel, Switzerland. The firm’s global network extends across 50 countries through its PROI Worldwide partnership. G&S integrates business and communications strategies, using a full range of communications services, to build sustainable relationships for clients along the entire value chain. We inspire action that drives results.

G&S focuses on key markets — Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Food, Clean Technology and Energy, Consumer, Financial and Professional Services, and Home and Building — where the agency has deep experience and offers valuable insight. We employ a comprehensive suite of communications and marketing services — Content, Creative, Digital, Events, Media, and Social — delivered by account teams who are intimately involved in a client’s business and become trusted advisers.
Our practice groups — Business Consulting, Employee Engagement and Sustainability Consulting — bring dedicated resources, best practices and tools to leverage business communications strategies for maximum impact.

Partial client roster: ACC/Cybersecurity, ADP, Algenol Biofuels, Arabian American Development Co., Catholic Cemeteries, CEMEX, Coeur Mining, Commonfund Group, DECA-Golf Buddy, Dow Chemical, DRI International, Firestone Building Products, Florida East Coast Railway, Firestone Building Products, GE Capital, Häfele America, Head USA, Inc., Heartland Payment Systems, Intermatic, Intertek, Kimley-Horn, LORD Corporation, Martin Marietta, ME Global, Medical Mutual, Miele USA, Million Dollar Round Table, National Elevator Industry, Inc., Neolith/The Size Sintered Ceramics, Nielsen, Nomaco, Panasonic, Ply Gem, Inc., Rayovac/Spectrum Brands, Schindler Elevator, Schumacher Homes, Southern States Cooperative, Steelcase, Stericycle, Syngenta, The Energy Foundation, Trade Commission of Spain, Trudeau Corp., U.S. Grains Council, Victorinox, and Xuber Insurance.


Patrick McCabe & Sharon Reis

GYMR Partners Patrick McCabe and Sharon Reis.

GYMR, LLC (GETTING YOUR MESSAGE RIGHT)

1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20009-5708
202/745-5100
Fax: 202/234-6159
www.gymr.com

Patrick J. McCabe and Sharon M. Reis, Partners

Becky Watt Knight, SVP
Michael Warner, VP
Peter Perl, Senior Counselor
Nick Ferreyros, Hieu Nguyen, Amy Martin, Tamara Parr, MS

Founded in 1998, GYMR is an award winning, boutique public relations firm located in Washington, DC. We focus solely on health and healthcare and our expertise spans all aspects of strategic communications planning and implementation, including issues management, media relations, science promotion, special events, branding and positioning and more. Our clients get the best of both worlds: the skill and capabilities of a large firm with the heart and soul of a small business. We are passionate about our work, and we never forget why we do it: to produce outstanding results for our clients and bring about positive change. Our experience and collaborative environment informs and inspires our approach to getting your message right.

Partial Client List: AdvaMed, American Academy of Family Physicians American Board of Internal Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, Avalere Health, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Bravewell Collaborative, Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, Digestive Disease Week, Duke University, Health Affairs, Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America The Nemours Foundation, and The Vision Council.


THE HODGES PARTNERSHIP

1805 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23223
804/788-1414
Fax: 804/788-0085
jnewman@hodgespart.com
www.hodgespart.com

Jon Newman and Josh Dare, Founders
Caroline Platt, COO

When former journalist Jon Newman and long-time corporate PR client Josh Dare founded The Hodges Partnership in 2002, they set out to create the kind of firm that their much younger selves would have liked to have worked with — an agency with smart but unpretentious people, one that puts a premium on integrity and results and that injects just the right amount of fun into the day’s hard work.  Since then, Richmond, Va.-based Hodges has grown beyond its core competency of media relations and strategic counsel to become a leading integrated agency, harnessing the power and efficiency of social media and brand journalism as public relations tools. While we would stack up our media relations successes against any other firm — with regular placements in national media outlets as well as particularly strong relationships within Virginia — our work in the area of sponsored content is helping clients deepen their customer relationships, raise their visibility and identify, nurture and secure new clients.  A perennial recipient of awards from PRSA, Hodges was named as among the top three small businesses to work for within Virginia by Virginia Business magazine for the past two years.


Hoffman staffers

The Hoffman Agency demonstrates visual storytelling for St. Patrick’s Day.

THE HOFFMAN AGENCY

325 South 1st Street, 3rd Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
408/286-2611
www.Hoffman.com
www.IshmaelsCorner.com

Lou Hoffman, CEO
Steve Burkhart, U.S. General Manager
Lydia Lau, VP, Global Operations
Steve Jursa, Vice President
Kymra Knuth, Vice President

Defining communications broadly to include digital, content marketing, thought leadership as well as traditional PR, The Hoffman Agency knows how to differentiate brands and deliver air cover for sales. Launched in Silicon Valley with a heritage in tech PR, the firm’s work today cuts across a range of industries.

While campaigns vary by client and industry, all share one theme: the creation of content that reflects the tenets of storytelling. This means developing narratives that prompt journalists to write and target audiences to read — a far cry from the “corporate speak” that might satisfy internal stakeholders. Toward this end, the firm conducts storytelling workshops for internal communicators, executives and employees.

For clients with global needs, the Agency operates in Asia Pacific, Europe as well as the United States. Unlike traditional agencies handicapped by their silo structure, The Hoffman Agency applies a collaborative approach to implementing multi-country campaigns. This leverage of content and thinking across geographies ultimately generates better results.


Jason Winocour, Grace Leong, Jon Lyon

Hunter Public Relations Partners (left to right) Jason Winocour, Grace Leong and Jon Lyon celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary.

HUNTER PUBLIC RELATIONS

41 Madison Ave., 5th Flr.
New York, NY 10010
212/679-6600
smormar@hunterpr.com
www.hunterpr.com

Combine limitless creativity and enthusiasm with research-based strategic counsel, outstanding traditional media relations and social media savvy and you have Hunter Public Relations — one of the most recognized mid-sized firms in marketing communications.

Hunter PR’s long-term clients include some of the most iconic consumer packaged goods companies in America including Tabasco (our first client 26 years ago, and still a client today), Kraft Foods (24 years), and 3M (18 years). Revitalizing mature brands, creating buzz around new products and building awareness among key influencer groups are among the firm’s specific areas of expertise. Specialized research, social media, Hispanic, entertainment, cause marketing, digital and graphic design services round out the agency’s insight based, 360-degree approach.

Named “Consumer Agency of the Year,” “Best Digital PR Firm,” and “Best Place to Work,” Hunter PR, now a member of MDC Partners, is proud to be a communications firm where the best brand teams and companies keep their business and the best talent in the business wants to work.


ICR

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

Thomas M. Ryan, CEO, Co-Founder
Don Duffy, President

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 500 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 2014, ICR once again saw double digit revenue growth driven by new client wins including Weibo, La Quinta Holdings, Freshpet, Rubicon Project, Extended Stay, AltheaDx and Paramount Group, among others. In January of 2015, ICR hosted the 17th Annual ICR XChange, the firm’s annual investor conference, which drew more than 150 private and public company management teams and over 2,000 attendees.


Meg O'Leary & Beth Monaghan

From left to right: Meg O’Leary and Beth Monaghan, Principals and Co-Founders of InkHouse.

INKHOUSE

260 Charles Street
Waltham, MA 02453
781/966-4100
www.inkhouse.com

Beth Monaghan and Meg O’Leary, Principals & Co-Founders

Founded in 2007, InkHouse is an award-winning public relations and content marketing agency for the digital age. Named one of the fastest-growing PR agencies in the U.S., with offices in Waltham, MA and San Francisco, CA, InkHouse boosts the brands of and incites interest for early-stage startups, Fortune 100 enterprises, and lots of companies in between. In addition to media and analyst relations, InkHouse helps its clients gain market attention through a unique content marketing practice, which includes a news bureau (consisting of former journalists from the AP, New York Times, Boston Globe, etc. who serve as writers and brand journalists for clients) and a visual communications team (consisting of designers specializing in filmmaking, infographics, motion graphics, and electronic slideshows).


INTERMARKET COMMUNICATIONS

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

Matt Zachowski, Managing
Partner & Executive Chairman
Martin Mosbacher, Managing Partner & CEO
Neil Shapiro, Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer
William Ferri, Managing Partner Stephanie DiIorio, VP
Mike Gelormino, Nick Lawler, Jade Faugno, Senior Account Supervisors

Intermarket Communications has long been a leading independent provider of public relations and marketing services to clients in the global financial services industry.  More recently, its client list has grown to encompass the fields of food and nutrition, life sciences, technology and higher education. 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.


JARRARD PHILLIPS CATE & HANCOCK, INC.

The Horse Barn at Maryland Farms
219 Ward Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
615/254-0575
Fax: 615/843-8431
info@jarrardinc.com
www.jarrardinc.com

161 N. Clark, Ste., 4700
Chicago, IL 60601
312/419-0575

David Jarrard, Kevin Phillips, Molly Cate, Anne Hancock Toomey, Partners
Stephanie Tortorici, Managing Director

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock is the premier strategic communications and public affairs team for any healthcare provider in the nation experiencing a time of significant change, crisis or opportunity.

Based in Nashville, with an office in Chicago, our team of journalists, political operatives and former hospital marketing executives develops and manages successful campaigns throughout the United States — from clearing the way for mergers and acquisitions, to building, protecting and using an organization’s reputation, to navigating issues and change, to launching (or repositioning) a service or business, to harnessing political power through building and maintaining strong relationships with elected officials to retooling communications departments to be savvy and successful in this new era of healthcare.

We understand healthcare and the complex pressures that drive the industry, and we bring intensity, intelligence and discipline — the cornerstones of every good political campaign — to the healthcare arena.


JPA HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS

1420 K Street, N.W., Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20005
202/591-4000
Fax: 202/591-4020
carrie@jpa.com
www.jpa.com
@JPAHealthComm
www.facebook.com/JPAHealth

Carrie Jones, Principal & Managing Director
Ken Deutsch, Executive Vice President
Valerie Carter, Sr. Vice President
Berna Diehl, Sr. Vice President

JPA Health Communications is an award-winning PR agency known for crafting targeted, high-impact programs for nonprofit, pharmaceutical and government clients. By applying the influencer relations model, JPA identifies and engages key stakeholders to most effectively deliver our clients’ messages and drive change within their field.

Using proven foundational tools, JPA partners with clients to work smarter, faster and more strategically, making their influencer relations more impactful. JPA’s exclusive focus on health means that clients can count on a team that has the experience and perspective to provide sound, strategic health, medical and science communications counsel, rooted in the realities of this dynamic landscape.

JPA is a woman-owned small business with offices in Washington, Boston and London; it is a member of IPRN, the world’s leading independent public relations agency network.


J PUBLIC RELATIONS

530 7th Ave Suite 1108
New York, NY  10018
info@jpublicrelations.com
www.jpublicrelations.com

Sarah Evans, Partner

Celebrating 10 years in business, J Public Relations (JPR) is a bi-coastal force with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona.  The agency is one of the most respected brands in the competitive PR industry and has elevated the art of brand positioning and messaging through development of creative programming for global brands.  JPR continues to develop and manage highly successful media relations, digital and influencer campaigns. JPR’s client roster includes many of the world’s most highly esteemed hospitality brands, luxury boutique properties, restaurants, spas and consumer lifestyle brands.

The agency has grown more than 80% over the past two years consistently ranking among O’Dwyer’s top 100 fastest growing agencies in the U.S. JPR has also earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, placing 12th in the nation for fastest growing private companies in travel and was ranked in 2014 among the New York Observer’s PR Power 50 List.


Kyne staffers

The KYNE NY team, fall 2014.

KYNE

21 Penn Plaza
360 West 31st Street, Suite 1501
New York, NY 10001
212/594-5500
info@KYNE.com
www.KYNE.com

Dublin
24-26 City Quay
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 (0) 868576076

Los Angeles
7083 Hollywood Blvd., First Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
+1 424 274 0616

David Kyne, Founder & CEO

Founded in 2009, KYNE is an award-winning strategic health communications and advocacy agency with offices in New York, Dublin and Los Angeles. KYNE’s mission is to address unmet health needs by connecting public and private organizations in strategic partnerships and related communications programs. From identifying and engaging the right influencers, to developing robust multi-stakeholder campaigns, KYNE has deep experience in moving health issues forward and driving towards meaningful outcomes.

KYNE leads major health communications initiatives both US and globally and has a robust client roster that includes leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

KYNE was recently named honorable mention, boutique agency of the year, at the 2015 PRWeek Awards. Connect with KYNE on social media at www.facebook.com/KYNENYC and www.twitter.com/KYNENYC.


LAMBERT, EDWARDS & ASSOCIATES

47 Commerce Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616/233-0500
Fax: 616/233-0600
www.lambert-edwards.com

Jeffrey T. Lambert, President
Don Hunt, Managing Director, Partner
Christi Cowdin, Managing Director

LE&A is a top-10 Midwest-based PR firm and a top-20 investor relations firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and six countries. As Michigan’s only statewide firm — with offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit — LE&A serves middle-market companies and national brands across a wide array of industries. Honored by both PRWeek and PR News as Small Agency of the Year, LE&A has posted 16 consecutive years of growth, been named by Crain’s as “Coolest Company to Work for,” earned four Silver Anvil awards, and twice won Bulldog Best Integration of PR and IR. LE&A is also a proud Partner Agency in PROI Worldwide, a global network of independent public relations agencies dedicated to delivering seamless global results.

LE&A has assembled a team of national agency, corporate and Wall Street veterans with proven expertise in delivering tangible, winning results. Our specialties and client roster span consumer products, specialty retail and national chains, food & beverage, health care, business services, manufacturing, technology, and faith-based products and services. “The PR Firm That Can Read an Income Statement.”™

Clients: Agility Health, Bethany Christian Services, Blackford Capital, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Continental Automotive, Denali Flavors/MooseTracks®, Downtown Detroit Partnership, DTE Energy, Greatland Corporation, Huron Capital Partners, International Automotive Components Group, Jamba At-Home Smoothies, Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), Mercantile Bank (NASDAQ:MBWM), Michigan State University, Old Orchard Brands, Ottawa Area ISD, Peak Resorts (NASDAQ:SKIS), RECARO Seating, Shopko Stores, Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR), Trinity Health, Van Andel Institute, and Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW).


Landis staffers

The Landis Communications staff gathers at the San Francisco Chronicle offices in April next to a bust of late, great journalist Herb Caen.

LANDIS COMMUNICATIONS INC.

1388 Sutter St., #901
San Francisco, CA 94109
415/561-0888
Fax: 415/561-0778
info@landispr.com
www.landispr.com

David Landis, President
Sean Dowdall, General Manager
Brianne Miller, Business Development Dir.
David Cumpston, Director

LCI is a full-service public relations, digital/social media, video and marketing communications agency that specializes in consumer, consumer technology, B2B, corporate and institutional public relations campaigns that help support each business’ identified goals. LCI’s industry sectors include: healthcare, financial services, technology, retail, hospitality, nonprofits and more. Through its Promised Results© return-on-investment program, LCI provides tangible metrics for your PR dollars. LCI is a proud, certified member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, is an official Corporate Diversity Supplier and also is certified as a Small Business Enterprise by the City of San Francisco. LCI is the San Francisco member agency of the Public Relations Global Network, with 50 affiliate agencies worldwide. Call us at: 415/561-0888 or visit LCI online at: www.landispr.com.

Clients: AAA, Benjamin Moore, Brain Health Registry, California Academy of Sciences, California Bank & Trust, California State Parks Foundation, Carrington College, Cartridge World, City CarShare, Clickworker, Cold Stone Creamery, DeVry University, E-greetings, Emirates Airline, Fairmont Heritage Place, GAP, Hilton Hotels, Jack London Square, Johnson & Johnson/Care4Today, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, KMD Architects, Levi’s, Lotus Bakeries/Biscoff Cookies, The Mark Company, Match.com, Maxthon, MetLife, Mills College, Native Trails, Northstar Cemetery Group, NBC Universal, Old Navy, Partnership for Drug Free America, Pier 39, Port of San Francisco, Repost.us, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Symphony, Save the Redwoods League, Selequity, SFJAZZ, Simon Pearce, Sisvel, Sony, Stanford University, Tiffany & Co., Tishman Speyer, Tower Two at One Rincon Hill, Troon Pacific, TRUSTe, UC Berkeley, UCSF, Vino Volo, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Wolfe Video, and Xerox.


LANE

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

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

Wendy Lane Stevens, President
Amber Roberts, Vice President

LANE combines deep experience, broad connections and unapologetic tenacity to deliver business-building results for clients from coast to coast.

Since 1990, LANE has served as a trusted partner to national brands in the consumer/lifestyle, food and beverage, financial services, and technology sectors. Our strategic communications counsel is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ industries and backed by exceptional client service and an unrelenting commitment to helping our clients achieve business success.

Drawing on insights garnered from firsthand experience as well as from media, influencer and consumer circles, LANE’s multifaceted campaigns connect across digital and traditional platforms to inspire people to action. Our services include integrated PR campaigns, content marketing, media and blogger relations, social campaigns, influencer programs, events and experiential marketing, internal communications, crisis communications, spokesperson training, brand messaging, investor relations, and transaction communications.


LAVOIEHEALTHSCIENCE

One Thompson Square, Suite 503
Boston, MA 02129
617/374-8800
FAX: 781/723-0072
ldescenza@lavoiehealthscience.com
www.lavoiehealthscience.com

Donna L. LaVoie, President and CEO
David Connolly, VP
Lisa DeScenza, Director, Special Projects

LaVoieHealthScience is the acknowledged leader for strategic communications, PR and IR needs in the life science and pharmaceutical industries. We help our clients engage key audiences to build value through access and reach to critical stakeholders. Through our proprietary process, LHS Immersion, we approach our clients’ needs through the lens of each of their target stakeholders: patients, providers, payers, partners and investors and develop solutions to achieve their business goals and build brand value.

Founded in 2001, LaVoieHealthScience has received 22 awards over the past five years in recognition of the work it has done for emerging and established industry leaders in life sciences, pharmaceuticals and government.

If you are not working with an agency or are not 100% happy with your current IR, PR or strategic communication programs, we should talk. If you’re seeking access, we can deliver it. We are focused on building trust and long-term relationships based on the quality of work that we deliver. Many of our client relationships go back over a decade.

Clients:  Biotechnology Industry Organization, Cydan Development, Dara BioSciences, Dipexium Pharmaceuticals, Molecular MD, NewLink Genetics, Newron Pharmaceuticals, Novadaq Technologies Inc., SIRION Biotech, Synchroneuron, Tyrogenex, Voisin Consulting, and Xcovery Group.


L.C. WILLIAMS & ASSOCIATES 

150 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60601
312/565-3900
Fax: 312/565-1770
info@lcwa.com
www.lcwa.com

Kim Blazek Dahlborn, President & CEO
Gary Goodfriend, Allison Kurtz, and Shannon Quinn, Exec. VPs
Jay Kelly and Tim Young, VPs

L.C. Williams & Associates is a full-service public relations and communications services agency headquartered in Chicago.  Our mid-sized company is made up of experienced, invested and creative individuals whose mission is to provide clients a refreshing agency experience based on trust, flexibility and the delivery of meaningful results on time and on budget. 

Our independent agency employs 30 professionals whose specialties include marketing communications, media relations, social media, corporate relations, employee/labor communications, public affairs, crisis communications, special events, community relations, media training and more. 

LCWA serves clients from a wide range of industries and is one of the top agencies specializing in home products.  Our national reach is broadened globally by international affiliates through our membership in the Public Relations Global Network.

Among current clients: ACGME-I, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Association of Endodontists, American Nurses Association, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Columbia College, Contigo, Eaton, Electrolux, Eureka, First Alert, Frigidaire Professional, General Growth Properties, Labelmaster, Life Fitness, Merit School of Music, Oster Professional, Paramount Theatre, Parr Insurance, PopUp Republic, Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, Response Team 1, Service Corporation Int., Snow Joe,  Trex, UnitedHealthcare of Illinois, Urgent Care Association of America. 


LEVICK

1900 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
202/973-1300
Fax: 202/973-1301
info@levick.com
www.levick.com

LEVICK is a full-service, integrated communications agency that builds brands, protects reputations and shapes public policy for clients that span the globe. The firm specializes in high-stakes campaigns that blend state-of-art research, digital engagement, traditional media relations, grassroots outreach and high level advocacy into comprehensive, holistic solutions that help clients navigate today’s top consumer, crisis, litigation, financial and public affairs issues.

From the Wall Street Crisis and the Gulf oil spill to Guantanamo Bay and the Catholic Church, the firm’s advocacy has moved the needle on the highest-profile matters in recent memory. Led by veterans of the White House, the U.S. Congress, top trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies, LEVICK engagements have time and again been recognized as industry standouts — winning Crisis Agency of the Year, Litigation Communications Firm of the Year and Crisis Management Campaign of the Year, as well as top honors for Public Affairs and Investor Relations, among other awards.


LOU HAMMOND & ASSOCIATES

900 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212/308-8880
Fax: 212/891-0200
lha@louhammond.com
www.louhammond.com
www.twitter.com/louhammondpr
www.facebook.com/louhammondpr
www.pinterest.com/louhammondpr

Lou Hammond, Founder & Chairman
Stephen Hammond, CEO
Terence Gallagher, President, New York

For nearly 30 years, Lou Hammond & Associates (LH&A) has provided strategic counsel and results-driven public relations programs to clients who set the standard in the hospitality, tourism, home furnishings and lifestyle industries.  Through integrated, multi-channel communications programs that can be measured to gauge effectiveness, LH&A has earned the recognition and respect of today’s most influential media, its peers and most importantly, clients who rely upon the agency’s service, integrity and unmatched style. 

Founded by industry icon Lou Hammond, the company takes pride in its departure from business-as-usual, remaining fiercely independent and providing clients with fees based on an agreed-upon plan, not on time sheets.  At LH&A expenses are never marked up and clients never run out of allotted time.

Headquartered in New York City with offices in Charleston and Miami, the agency boasts an exceptional roster of clients with an unmatched rate of retention.  In fact, many clients have been partners for more than 15 years.  Clients find powerful synergistic relationships within the LH&A community, often joining forces on programs and projects that maximize opportunities for all.

Furthering LH&A’s level of integration is Hammond Digital + which is tasked with keeping a steady eye on rapidly changing markets and trends — creating strategies that engage media and consumers in key digital channels. The agency’s goal is more than just likes and fans; it’s creating a strong community of brand ambassadors and loyal customers.


MAKOVSKY

16 E. 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
212/508-9600
Fax: 212/751-9710
www.makovsky.com
twitter.com/makovsky

Ken Makovsky, President & CEO

Headquartered in New York, with an owned office in Washington, D.C, Makovsky is a leading global independent integrated communications consultancy, building businesses and reputations with ideas that cross the boundaries of traditional, digital, social and experiential media.

Makovsky has specialties in Health, Financial & Professional Services, Technology and Energy & Sustainability. Our services include public relations, digital branding, social media, crisis communications, change management and investor relations.

In 2014, Makovsky won 39 company and campaign awards including the Bulldog Stars of PR Awards for “Agency Professional of the Year,” and the American Business Award for “Marketing Campaign of the Year” for health services and insurance. The firm has also been recognized for its “Overall Web Design” by the American Business Awards, “PR Firm of the Year” by PR News Elite Awards, “Healthcare Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report, and was ranked as one of the “Top Places to Work in PR” by PR News.  The firm also won a PRSA Bronze Anvil, three PRSA Big Apple Awards, the Financial Communications Society Portfolio Award for client campaigns and multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevies. 

Makovsky is also the founder of IPREX, the second largest worldwide corporation of independent agencies in more than 30 countries and 40 U.S. cities.


SXSW 2015 Pandora Showcase

Green River Ordinance performs at SXSW 2015 Pandora Showcase as part of an integrated marketing campaign Marketing Maven executed for their client Kingston Technology.

MARKETING MAVEN

135 East 57th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212/967-5510
Fax: 212/967-1813
lindsey@marketingmavenpr.com
www.marketingmavenpr.com

Lindsey Carnett, CEO & Pres.
Phil Rarick, COO
Natalie Rucker, VP of Bus. Dev.
Aljolynn Sperber, Dir. of Social Media
Mari Escamilla, Hispanic Media Manager

With offices in Los Angeles and New York City, Marketing Maven’s integration of PR, SEO and social media marketing helps provide a competitive edge to their clients.  Marketing Maven helps businesses grow their revenues by developing campaigns that engage a target audience, generate sales then utilize advanced metrics to measure ROI. Their services aid national marketing campaigns and product launches with reputation management, organic SEO tracking, competitive analysis reports, key influencer identification and online product reviews to help increase revenue. Hispanic marketing is also a core competency for Marketing Maven, not only focusing on Spanish language media relations, but assisting clients with culturally relevant content for various marketing channels. Visit www.marketingmavenpr.com for more information.

Clients: Argo Marketing, Baby Trend, Better Bone Health, Brides Entertainment, Celeb Luxury, Eat Well Co., eBev, EVA Airways, Fronto, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Southern California Region, Greenleaf Medical, Holster Brands, InfoTech, Inova, Intellectual Artists Management, Jabu’she, JDS Therapeutics, Kingston Technology, Listen Up Espanol, Luvic Foods, Maverick Angels, Micronutrients, No Sweat Laundry, Online Trading Academy, Oomph Innovations, Platekompaniet, Silk’n, Stalco, Urban Home, Up2Us, Vida Natural Sciences, and WaterAid America.


MCS HEALTHCARE PUBLIC RELATIONS

1420 State Hwy. 206
Bedminster, NJ 07921
908/234-9900
www.mcspr.com

Joe Boyd, CEO
Eliot Harrison, EVP 
Cindy Romano, Sr. VP
Karen Dombek, VP
Laura de Zutter, VP

Creativity. Service. Results. For three decades, MCS Healthcare Public Relations has focused solely on healthcare. Our creative and passionate team has its fingers on the pulse of the most important healthcare policy, media and technological trends shaping the industry.

With experience in virtually every therapeutic category, our areas of expertise include product and corporate communications, issues management and crisis communication, media relations and media training, advocacy relations, business-to-business PR and social media counsel. Our agility, ingenuity and ability to anticipate opportunities and challenges helps us efficiently navigate our clients through today’s evolving healthcare environment, while providing measurable and meaningful results.

Current clients include CSL Behring, Cutanea Life Sciences, Genentech (Roche), Head & Neck Cancer Alliance, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, MannKind Corporation, Merck, Sanofi and St. Jude Medical. For more information, visit mcspr.com.


MERRITT GROUP

8251 Greensboro Dr., Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102
703/390-1500
Fax: 703/860-2080
info@merrittgrp.com
www.merrittgrp.com

Alisa Valudes Whyte, Sr. Partner & CEO
Thomas Rice, Exec. VP & Partner
Jayson Schkloven, Exec. VP & Partner
John Conrad, Exec. VP & Partner

Merritt Group is an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public relations, marketing, creative services, digital & interactive and research & measurement. We have practices at the agency focused on Technology (cybersecurity, big data analytics, mobile, networking, cloud and more), Government, Healthcare and Energy. We bring our creativity to modern PR and marketing along with our deep domain expertise to help our clients reach their awareness, marketing and lead generation goals and dominate their markets. Our client roster includes organizations ranging from large, industry-leading enterprises to emerging, venture-backed innovators.

Merritt Group’s philosophy starts with understanding our clients’ target audiences and markets and developing powerful messages and creative programs that create awareness for their innovations.

We pride ourselves on delivering insightful, strategic communications approaches that take full advantage of the intersection of media, digital and creative based on analytical research. While the landscape has evolved, our passion for consistently delivering high-quality, well-executed creative campaigns is undiminished. Our goal is to help the world’s most inspiring companies share viewpoints that get people talking and keep their audiences engaged.

We also have built our business on the expertise of our people by procuring and developing the industry’s best talent. We foster innovation and experimentation that allows our people to develop their careers to their fullest potential and, in the process, deliver incredible service and value to our clients.

Clients: Allot Communications, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carpathia, Clarabridge, ColdLight, CrowdStrike, Cyan, Databricks, EPiServer, Heritage Provider Network, Infozen, Ionic Security, K2 Software, L-SPARK, LogicNow, MACH37, MAXIMUS, Microsoft, Monster Government Solutions, Nok Nok Labs, Novetta, PFP Cybersecurity, PhishMe, Primatics Financial, Resolution1 Security, Riverbed Government, SwitchPitch, Tableau Software, TAKE Solutions, Teradata, Unisys, Venafi, Vigilant by Deloitte, Wave Systems, Workfront


MWWPR

304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
212/704-9727
www.mww.com

Michael W. Kempner, President & CEO

MWWPR is a leading global independent communications agency. We specialize in public relations, public affairs and social media marketing strategies to help B2B and B2C companies engage, influence and build relationships with their key stakeholders. With a unique approach to PR, we focus on delivering communication strategies, creating awareness, managing reputation and changing perception. In doing so, we ensure that our clients Matter More™ to the audiences who matter most.

The agency has deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer lifestyle marketing, corporate reputation, crisis and issues management, government affairs, consumer and enterprise technology, digital and social media marketing, and data and analytics.  Focus areas include media, advertising and technology, travel and tourism, corporate social responsibility, healthcare, wellness and nutrition communications, LGBT and entertainment public relations. We adopt an earned, shared, owned and paid approach to communications and work as an agency partner to deliver the best strategy and program execution to meet our clients’ business and communications goals.

MWWPR has been recognized with top industry awards for client work and thought leadership, including “PR Agency of the Year,” “Best Places to Work,” and “Campaign of the Year.”


NJFPR staffers

#NJFPRStrong! The Agency celebrates a hard week’s work with an energizing cycling session at Soul Cycle.

NANCY J. FRIEDMAN PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.

35 East 21st Street, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10010
212/228-1500
Fax: 212/228-1517
mail@njfpr.com
www.njfpr.com

Nancy J. Friedman, President

NJFPR’s “Leave No Stone Unturned” philosophy has catapulted the firm to the top of the category in travel and hospitality. For clients seeking senior level counsel, advocacy of their product and unrivaled media savvy, Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations is a first-stop. A self-described “media junkie with wanderlust,” Nancy and her team pride themselves on long-term partnerships with clients and the ability to wring every ounce of marketing potential out of a property or destination utilizing social media, traditional media, events and creative promotions.

The Agency pioneered NY’s first Hotel Week in January 2012 to great success and increased participation in 2015. This year, NJFPR opened a west coast office, launched its eponymous Hotel Week program in LA, and established a presence in Boston. The agency now offers a social media strategist to extend its marketing bandwidth to include a digital strategy.

Clients include: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City; Condado Vanderbilt, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, Guanica, Puerto Rico; Farmer’s Museum, Cooperstown, NY; Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY; Gansevoort Meatpacking, NYC; Gansevoort Park Avenue, NYC; Gansevoort Dominican Republic; Gansevoort Turks + Caicos; Generator Hostels; Highgate Hotels; Hotel Commonwealth, Boston; Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico; JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale; La Concha Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Marmara Park Avenue, NYC; Margaux, NYC; Marriott Courtyard Isla Verde, Puerto Rico; Nakkas Oriental Rugs & Textiles, Istanbul; nyma, the New York Manhattan Hotel, NYC; Oasis Collections; Pier A Harbor House, NYC; Refinery Hotel, NYC; Rendezvous, St. Lucia; Sea Island, Georgia ; Sheraton Hotels & Resorts; Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida; The Body Holiday, St. Lucia; The Bowery Hotel, NYC; The Hotel @ Times Square, NYC; The Jade, NYC; The Jane, NYC; The Ludlow Hotel, NYC; The Maritime Hotel, NYC; The Marlton Hotel, NYC; The Pod Hotel, NYC; The Water Club, Atlantic City; The Wild Walk, Adirondacks, NY; The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn; and Westin Hotels & Resorts.


PEPPERCOMM INC.

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

Steve Cody, Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Ed Moed, Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Ted Birkhahn, Partner & President
Ann Barlow, Partner & President
Deborah Brown, Partner & Managing Director
Jackie Kolek, Partner & Managing Director
Maggie O’Neill, Partner & Managing Director

Peppercomm is an award-winning strategic marketing and communications firm headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Boulder and London that listens first, last and always. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients’ needs as well as the wants and needs of their various audiences. That focus on listening before engaging (or creating) inspired not only our tagline: “Listen. Engage. Repeat.” but our strategic approach.

Our integrated team of specialists work together to create cohesive campaigns that leverage the right communications and marketing vehicles across all touch points. Our clients range from major household names and elite luxury brands to some of the world’s largest and highly regulated professional and financial services and industrial organizations. We have helped clients reposition and rebrand; launch entirely new brands and position global brands in the U.S. market; build websites and social strategies; launch content strategies; create brand experiences; drive executive visibility; prepare for and mitigate crises; engage key audiences and ultimately deliver results for our clients. 


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
Julia Spiess Lewis, Senior Vice President
Jennifer Zins, Vice President

Perry Communications Group is an award-winning, full service strategic communications firm. Led by Kassy Perry, PCG shapes ideas, galvanizes opinions and influences decisions ultimately leading to social change. The PCG team helps clients positively impact pressing issues not only in Sacramento, but also throughout California and the U.S. PCG works for clients in the following sectors: land use and housing; health; environment; oil, natural gas and renewable energy; finance; insurance; and countless others.

Whether the politically savvy PCG team is managing a complicated public policy issue, running a statewide initiative campaign, leading a high-profile coalition or helping clients communicate, shape and influence with a mix of traditional and digital strategies, we achieve success by building strong relationships with policymakers, the media and corporate influencers. We excel at working with local and state governments, and since the company’s founding have worked with Fortune 500 companies, major industry associations and charitable organizations.

Current clients include: Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, California Automotive Wholesaler’s Association, California Craft Brewers Association, DBA International, Fan Freedom, Foundation Medicine, NAMI California, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, and Sierra Nevada Conservancy.


PODESTA GROUP

1001 G St., N.W., Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20001
202/393-1010
Fax: 202/393-5705
fritts@podesta.com
www.podestagroup.com

Tony Podesta, Chmn.
Kimberley Fritts, CEO
Missi Tessier, David Marin, Ed Rothschild, John Anderson, David Kusnet, Erin Billings, Josh Lahey, principals
Will Bohlen, Emily Pappas, Alex Sollberger, VPs
Andy Amsler, VP & Dir. of Digital
Katie Beck, VP, Mktg. & Branding
Catherine Richards, VP & Dir. of Creative Design

With a keen understanding of the intersection between policy and publicity and enlisting an always on approach, the Podesta Group is a top-ranked, full-service, public relations and global public affairs firm. Staunchly independent since inception, our shrewd specialists have a long and award-winning record of meeting our clients’ goals, across the country and around the globe.

Informed by leading-edge data and analytics, we are adept at framing debates, developing messages that resonate with influencers and formulating strategies that drive those messages home and online, or amplify them abroad.

We do more than craft press strategy and lobby policymakers; we provide everyone from Fortune 500s and multinational corporations, to foreign sovereigns, to individuals, to nonprofits and trade associations with superior strategic communications counsel, savvy digital strategy, unique ingenuity and flawless execution of winning campaigns. That is why clients have come to rely on the Podesta Group’s unique, one-stop brand of integrated communications and strategic consulting to move the needle for success.

Driven. Inspired. Smart. We are the Podesta Group.


PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Worldcom Public Relations Group Partner
One East Wacker Dr., #2450
Chicago, IL 60601
312/558-1770
Fax: 312/558-5425
ideas@pcipr.com
www.pcipr.com

Jill Allread, CEO & President
Pamela Oettel, CFO & COO
Kathleen Boylan, Leigh Wagner, Mary Erangey, Remi Gonzalez, Sr. VPs
Ruth Mugalian, Beth Schlesinger, Wendi Koziol, Jack Wlezien, Johnathon  Briggs, Sara Conley, VPs

Public Communications Inc. provides strategic counsel to clients, whether we’re dealing with the most serious and complex issue, a national awareness campaign or the splashiest of events — and we’ve been doing so for more than 50 years.

Our job is to safeguard reputations and recommend the right way for clients to communicate so what they have to say is heard and influences their audiences. We are an integrated communications firm, large enough to provide all the communications services a client might require but small enough that the firm’s officers are directly involved, hands-on, in each client’s program.

PCI is a founding partner of the WORLDCOM Public Relations Group, the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms with more offices in more cities and countries than any multinational firm.

We have a strong concentration of business in healthcare, conservation/environment, education, entertainment/culture/sports and business clients from tech to nonprofits, entrepreneurs to advocacy groups.

Our clients trust us and stay with us; our business has grown primarily through referrals and word of mouth. Almost 60% of our clients have been with us five years or more; 15 and 20+ year relationships are common (and valued).

Our size and the depth of our staff enable us to manage the most sophisticated assignments while allowing us to move quickly, be flexible and change course when it makes sense.

Select clients: AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Board of Medical Specialties, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Health Information Management Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, AstraZeneca Health Care Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, Infectious Diseases Society of America, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Livingston International, McCormick Foundation, Museum of Science and Industry, National Society of Genetic Counselors, Radiological Society of North America, University of North Carolina Health Care System, and Walgreens.


RACEPOINT GLOBAL

53 State St., 4th flr.
Boston, MA 02109
617/624-3200
Fax: 617/624-4199
ajigarjian@racepointglobal.com
www.racepointglobal.com

Racepoint Global is an integrated marketing communications agency that puts brands at the intersection of influence and action. Our powerful combination features the best in digital marketing, strategy, public relations and stakeholder communications. We start with a powerful story, then create, distribute, and activate content in places people naturally engage, affecting opinion, shaping perception, and driving decisions. To do this, we draw on a powerful network of earned and paid influencers, a deep partner network, and self-published, wholly-owned, and unbranded communities.

FieldFacts is a Racepoint Global originated and designed software platform that enables more focused relationship development for superior influencer management, marketing campaigns and direct sales appeals.  The product tracks the social and real world footprint of individuals to understand how and where they engage and, based on the data, assigns an influencer score.  Users can apply the influencer score to decide which individuals will yield the greatest return through engagement, either because they have large influential networks of their own or because they are the absolute right buyer for our clients’ services and products.  FieldFacts also combines a degree of human intelligence in its analysis engine; our work has shown that fully automated solutions still make mistakes and that with human intelligence, we can dramatically minimize the opportunity for error.

Clients in technology, healthcare, life sciences, consumer, public policy and public affairs depend on Racepoint Global’s unique approach to impact key outcomes.


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 national marketing public relations firm with a reputation for delivering award-winning results and best practices to clients who seek and appreciate the individual attention only a boutique agency can provide. As the champion for Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies with insights on creating customer passion to increase sales.
Four-time “PR Agency of the Year” award winner, rbb has a bilingual staff that excels in integrated marketing/public relations, community relations, internal communications, reputation management, product introductions, digital, social media and creative services. Firm capabilities encompass a variety of practice areas, including consumer products, education, food & beverage, financial & professional services, health & fitness, real estate, family entertainment, and travel & leisure.

Some of rbb’s Breakout Brand clients include: Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami, American Council of Exercise, Bank of America, Cleveland Clinic, Cross Country Home Services, DHL Express, Disney on Ice, Dreams Resorts & Spas, First Service Residential, Florida International University, Florida Power and Light, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Kaplan University, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Thomson Reuters, and Vitas. For more information, call 305/448-7457 or visit www.rbbpr.com


RF | BINDER PARTNERS, INC.

950 Third Ave., 7th flr.
New York, NY 10022
212/994-7600
info@rfbinder.com
www.rfbinder.com

Amy Binder, CEO
Joseph Fisher, Vice Chmn.
Jason Buerkle, CFO
Atalanta Rafferty, Chief Performance Officer
Josh Gitelson, Exec. Mng. Dir.
Chris Gee, Chief Digital Officer

RF|Binder spun itself off from Ruder Finn thirteen years ago to pursue its belief that digital technology would revolutionize public relations, just as television had transformed advertising.

We promised our clients that we would help them aggressively embrace digital technology and that our senior account leadership would focus exclusively on their business. At the same time, we adopted an operating model that maximizes internal knowledge sharing and keeps us on the leading edge of change.

Today, as Walter Isaacson has said, personal computers and the Internet have given us content sharing, online communities, and social networking on a grand scale. Anyone, anywhere can create, share and access information. And we can now speak directly to people on behalf of our clients! As a result, public relations is more powerful than ever before.

As an agency, our focus is those high-interest, issue-laden client engagements where the flow of information and opinion can critically influence decision-making — whether those decisions involve a purchase, an investment, a vote, or a policy choice — in sectors as diverse as financial services, food and nutrition, education, and technology.
We support brand marketing, corporate communications, sustainability issues, social responsibility, and issue and crisis management initiatives. Our subject matter expertise includes media relations, digital and social media, advertising, research analytics and experiential marketing.

Our clients are Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit organizations and special interest groups. The one constant they share is their recognition that public relations and public opinion are strategically critical to their success.


ROSICA COMMUNICATIONS

95 Route 17 South, Suite 202
Paramus, NJ 07652
201/843-5600
pr@rosica.com
www.Rosica.com
www.BloggerReach.com

Chris Rosica, President

Founded in 1980, Rosica Communications provides content and media relations support to bolster its clients’ communications, SEO and online reputation management initiatives. The agency’s mission is to promote and protect its clients and support their sales and online marketing efforts. Rosica offers brand positioning, crisis communications, cause marketing and blogger outreach services to a B2B and B2C clientele.  Industry focus includes healthcare, food and beverage, technology, media and agency, animal health, and beauty. We combine our core strength of strategic media relations with fresh content development to manage perception and build brands. The firm’s social media services include follower acquisition and sweepstakes, reputation monitoring, branding and content creation, optimization and syndication.

Clients: Aiya America, American Flatbread Pizza, Bank of New Jersey, Behrman House Publishing, Bridor USA, Burgess Group, Cosmedicine, Exergen, Finally Light Bulb Company, Infocore, Juventio, Lockhard & Wechsler, Nice Pak/PDI, Nutramax Laboratories, and PetMate.


RUDER FINN INC.

301 East 57th St.
New York, NY 10022
212/593-6400
Fax: 212/593-6397

Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO
Michael Schubert, Chief Innovation Officer
Peggy Walsh, Global Chief Financial Officer
Louise Harris, Chief Global Strategist
Rachel Spielman, Global Head of Corporate Communications
Scott Schneider, Chief Digital Officer
Susan Goldstein, Global Head of Health & Wellness

Ruder Finn is one of the largest independent global communications agencies with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. With approximately 570 employees globally, Ruder Finn combines a global understanding of the innovations and trends driving business with localized knowledge to deliver transformational results. We concentrate on high-impact, global assignments that are strategic for growing both our clients’ business and our own. Our independence, deep bench of talent, entrepreneurial spirit and roots in the arts, dating back to our founding in 1948, drives us to bring a “creative edge,” which we see as the freedom of imagination to see things in a new way and the sharpness of thinking to our global clients.

Ruder Finn is focused on helping businesses and institutions transform the way they do business, go to market and communicate with the people that matter most.  Our work spans four pillars — Corporate Reputation & Transformation, Health & Wellness, Technology & Innovation and Consumer Connections — with a focus in corporate reputation and media counsel, healthcare communications, C-suite thought leadership, business transformation, financial communications, crisis and issues management, employee engagement, technology communications, community building and in cause-related work. Underpinning all of our offerings is a consistent focus on digital content and strategy through our award-winning full-service digital practice, RFI Studios.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial culture, where every employee is empowered and encouraged to contribute at the highest level.  Senior leaders at Ruder Finn, many of whom have been with the agency for over a decade, are deeply involved in all accounts. The agency has also won awards for being a best place to work in PR.


SEVENTWENTY STRATEGIES

1220 19th St., NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20036
202/962-3955
Fax: 202/962-0995
info@720strategies.com
www.720strategies.com

Pam Fielding, Pres.
Vlad Cartwright, Exec. VP
Jeff Oldham, Mng. Dir.
Levi Thornton, Chief Technology Officer
Marichelli Hughes, VP, Media Rels. & Comms.

SevenTwenty Strategies is an integrated public relations and public affairs agency based in Washington, D.C. that specializes in helping America’s top brands listen to and engage their most important stakeholders — online and off. The nation’s most dynamic Fortune 500 companies and their trade associations turn to SevenTwenty to help shape their influence leveraging a savvy mix of public relations and public affairs, corporate social responsibility, digital grassroots and digital marketing, community based organizing, social media advocacy, internal employee communications, media relations, issues management, PAC management and external relations. To learn more, visit SevenTwenty Strategies at www.720strategies.com.

Clients: Aetna, American Assn. of Nurse Practitioners, Endo Pharmaceuticals, National Assn. of REALTORS®, Novo Nordisk, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Property Casualty Insurers Assn. of America, Southwest Airlines, and UCB Pharma.


SPM COMMUNICATIONS

2030 Main St., Third Floor
Dallas, TX 75201
214/379-7000
24-hour media line: 817/329-3257
www.spmcommunications.com

Dallas • Denver • New York

Suzanne Parsonage Miller, President & Founder

Founded in 1999, SPM is a thriving Dallas-based PR agency with national reach, promoting and protecting iconic food, restaurant, retail, lifestyle and franchise brands through media relations, social media strategy, spokesperson training and crisis management. Our “No Jerks” policy, which was featured in The Wall Street Journal, is the core of SPM’s culture. It means we foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust among clients, team members and company leaders.

From former newspaper reporters and TV journalists to social media strategists, media relations specialists and corporate communications experts, our team is made up of experienced professionals who approach each client’s brand holistically. Whether the client is a category-leading national powerhouse or a start-up, SPM works to build businesses by creatively telling clients’ stories in many voices to many audiences to not only resonate with consumers, but provide measurable ROI.


TURNER PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.

A Fahlgren Mortine company
250 W. 39th St., #1602
New York, NY 10018
212/889-1700
info@turnerpr.com

Christine Turner, President

Turner PR is a progressive communications agency dedicated to the intersection of earned, owned and paid media strategy. Specializing in travel and lifestyle brands, we represent some of the world’s best hotel, resort, destination, fashion, active and modern outdoor brands. Our clients include all of the places you’d like to travel, and what you’d pack for those journeys.

We have two U.S. offices in New York and Denver to best service our worldwide clients based in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Caribbean and South America. Founded in 1997, our tenured team of talented, full-time veterans has a passion for travel and active lifestyles. We live and breathe our clients’ cultures and deliver meaningful results from our deep industry relationships with journalists and influencers.

Our dedicated 360 approach to delivering integrated public relations, digital, content and social media campaigns continues to deliver bottom-line results for our clients through powerful media exposure, influencer followings and consumer engagement. We are a relationship agency, acting as in-house support for our clients, and we are proud of our culture — we work hard, we get results and we give back.


VANTAGE PR

90 New Montgomery St., Suite 1414
San Francisco, CA 94105
415/984-1970
Fax: 415/984-1971
info@vantagepr.com
www.vantagepr.com

Ilene Adler, CEO
Robert Adler, SVP

Driven by a passion to deliver outstanding results, Vantage PR is an award-winning tech public relations agency that goes the extra mile for clients. Our customers value the top-tier connections that we have, and appreciate the personalized experience that we offer.

Over 25 years, we have expanded across the US, and now have offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Orlando. Our presence on both coasts enables us to seamlessly service clients across the US, Europe and Asia.

We have a range of B2B and B2C clients across multiple practice areas, including enterprise, security, mobile, adtech, consumer tech, cleantech, biotech and medtech.

We have been recognized with numerous industry awards for our ability to deliver creative campaigns that drive results. If you are looking to raise your company profile and drive leads, please contact us at info@vantagepr.com or vantagepr.com.

Clients: Array Networks, Biocodex, Building IQ, CALMAC, DIRTT, Dream Audio, GreatCall, Kaleidescape, KEMP, Moovit, PureClick, Simplexo, and Starcounter.


W2O GROUP

60 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
415/362-5018
Fax: 415/362-5019
info@w2ogroup.com
www.w2ogroup.com

Jim Weiss, Chairman & CEO
Bob Pearson, President and Chief Innovation Officer
Tony Esposito, CFO
Mike Hartman, CCO
Jennifer Gottlieb, COO
Paul Dyer, President of Analytics and Insights
John Cunningham, CTO

W2O Group provides integrated communications, business and technology services to diverse organizations in industries ranging from healthcare to consumer goods, entertainment, automotive, aviation and technology.

W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing, communications, research, and development firms focused on integrated business solutions to drive change and growth through “pragmatic disruption” for the world’s leading brands and organizations. W2O Group serves clients through a network of firms WCG, Twist Mktg, and BrewLife through offices in Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Sunnyvale.


WEISS PR

1101 East 33rd Street
Suite C303
Baltimore, MD 21218
443/451-7144
www.weisspr.com

Ray Weiss, President, Rweiss@weisspr.com
Jessica Trzyna, Executive Vice President, jtrzyna@weisspr.com
Matt Pugh, Vice President, Mpugh@weisspr.com

Founded in 2008, Weiss PR, Inc. helps businesses and non-profit organizations reach, engage, and influence the right audiences in order to achieve their communications and business objectives.

We serve organizations in five key industry sectors — Construction (including commercial real estate development, architecture, design, and engineering); Healthcare and Employee Benefits; Professional Services; Technology; and Nonprofit Organizations. While the specific services we offer vary by client, we focus primarily on media and influencer relations, social media, and marketing services, all of which are anchored by strategic communications planning.

In addition, we have extensive experience in crisis communications, including strategy development and rapid response implementation for both corporations and individual executives. Our background features work on crises for government agencies, nationally-recognized corporations, commercial real estate firms, and healthcare organizations, among others. 

At Weiss PR, you’ll find ideas built on strategy — not egos — from a team of senior-level public relations professionals who are committed to providing exceptional service, great work, and measurable results.


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Wise Public Relations staff and friends showing support at the 5th Annual NYC Bowling for Breastcancer.org fundraiser.

WISE PUBLIC RELATIONS

77 Bleecker Street, Suite C2-23
New York, NY 10012
212/777-3235
www.wisepublicrelations.com
Twitter: @wisepr

25 Taylor Street, Suite 509
San Francisco, CA 94102
415/480-4059

Harrison Wise, Founder& President
John McCartney, Managing Director, SF
Tracey Boudine, Director of Media Rels.

At Wise Public Relations, we use our collective expertise, industry knowledge, experience and vast networks to create bespoke, effective, strategic and inspiring earned and owned media campaigns for the disruptors, big thinkers, innovators, game changers, influencers and problem solvers that are pushing the boundaries of the industries that they serve.

Wise Public Relations has proven expertise and experience helping both B2B and B2C businesses achieve tangible growth. We deliver commercially focused PR and content marketing programs, which is essential to an effective market-making, growth or exit strategy. And, we make a measurable impact — our clients’ profits grew significantly from previous years, establishing many of them as fixtures on the 2014 Inc. 500 fastest growing companies list — or they were better positioned for exits totaling more than $1.5BN: 3Q Digital acquired by Harte Hanks (2015); LiveRail acquired by Facebook (2014); Spindle acquired by Twitter (2013); Admeld acquired by Google (2011).

We’re so successful at helping businesses scale because we base PR and marketing on processes, not guesswork. First we understand the exact marketing challenges your business faces, then we build a strong, strategically integrated communications foundation and marketing strategy to enable you to confidently address those challenges.

Whether you’re an emerging tech start-up or a global blue-chip company, we can nurture and guide you towards a more profitable future. Our clients have all made the “Wise” choice. Shouldn’t you?


THE ZIMMERMAN AGENCY

1821 Miccosukee Commons
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850/668-2222
www.zimmerman.com

Carrie Zimmerman, President

The Zimmerman Agency blends bold basics and endless energy with strategic creativity, capturing revenue-driving results. Ranked by O’Dwyer’s as one of the largest hospitality public relations firms in the United States, the agency amplifies brands with the potent combination of the public relations division and a robust, digital/social discipline. The empowering and creative culture of The Zimmerman Agency yields fresh, dynamic dimensions of consumer influence.

The global hospitality division includes clients from Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos to SpringHill Suites by Marriott, luxury properties including Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys, Waikoloa in Hawaii and Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, as well as destinations like Park City, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and the country of Aruba.

An invigorated consumer division boasts national brands including Party City, Pilot Pens, Cooper Tire, Firehouse Subs, TPC and A.C. Moore.

The Zimmerman Agency blurs the lines of traditional public relations, attracting some of America’s most iconic brands, in and out of the world of hospitality.

 
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