Finn Partners has acquired Washington-based Widmeyer Communications, which chalked up $9.8M in fees last year.
Peter Finn, CEO of the New York shop with $32.3M in '12 fees, told O'Dwyer's that he was attracted to Widmeyer's strong position in the burgeoning education market and its PA savvy.
Scott Widmeyer, whom Finn has known for about 20 years, will continue in his leadership role as managing partner of Finn Partners.
Margaret Dunning remains as head of Widmeyer's higher education practice and research/polling operation. Jason Smith retains his responsibility for the PK-12 unit. Jessica Ross stays in charge of Finn Partners in Washington. The trio reports to Finn and Richard Funess, senior managing partner in New York.
Finn said Washington is now Finn Partners' No. 2 office. His plan calls for the shift of Finn Partners' 15 capital city staffers into the 30-strong Widmeyer office on 20th St. by the end of the year. In New York, Widmeyer's 10 people will join the 130 Finn Partners' employees on 57th St.
Finn said his goal is to build share in all his key markets, which include Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jerusalem.
The Widmeyer deal follows the 2012 acquisition of travel specialist M. Silver by the 18-month old firm that split from Ruder Finn.
Stevens Gould Pincus handled the Widmeyer transaction.