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Akrete Ranked PR firm


1880 Oak Ave., #301, Evanston, IL 60202

847/892-6082; fax: 847/556-0738



Financial services, commercial real estate, economic development, media, content development, media training.

Employees: 10. Founded: 2011.

Agency Statement:

Your business, articulated. Your impact, magnified. Team Akrete articulates the business stories of rapid-growth organizations primarily in real estate, the built environment and in financial/investment services. More recently, we’ve expanded into the global cannabis business as well. Our work spans public relations, marketing, digital/social, communications consulting, and executive counsel and training. No content is too complex for our team of expert media relations pro’s, digital strategists content developers and marketing specialists.

Global corporations, destinations and entrepreneurs alike turn to us to plan, produce and promote vibrant, strategy-shaped storytelling that inspires growth and action. We connect investors, customers and corporations in our focus industries by articulating your ideas through full-stack marketing, from proactive media relations to email marketing and social media, investor relations to thought leadership development.

Our team of writers, marketers and public relations consultants know your industry, your terminology. We apply this knowledge and experience to bring your growth stories alive using our dynamic mix of services including five core categories: (1) Content marketing and editorial services; (2) Strategy, aligning business and marketing communications goals; (3) Digital campaigns, including integrated email marketing, websites, social media and analytics; (4) Public relations and media relations; and (5) Executive counsel and training.

We combine offerings that are more than the sum of their parts, with programs that drive growth using unlimited combinations of thought leadership, digital strategies, ghostwriting, content marketing, key messages, change management consulting, media outreach, infographic design and an ever-evolving set of content creation and marketing consulting services.

As part of our core focus on real estate and the built environment, we also offer deep experience promoting and developing marketing for #proptech, architecture, construction, financing, brokerage, investment management and other related disciplines.

We’ve taken our expertise launching companies and helping them navigate the marketing communications aspects of rapid growth and are applying it to one of the world’s fastest growing industries: cannabis. Our services in the cannabis industry, including a marquee relationship with Garden Remedies, one of Massachusetts’ top vertically-integrated cannabis companies with both medical marijuana and adult use cannabis dispensaries, include a broad spectrum of marketing, digital and PR disciplines. Cannabis industry services include investor relations and communications, public and media relations, full-service social media content and channel management, political communications, marketing strategy, website and email newsletter content generation and distribution services, company and industry event presence, speechwriting and more. As legalization is embraced in more and more States, we offer these services throughout the United States where cannabis is legal, both directly to cannabis companies and their service providers, or in partnership with other agencies. We are a part of the Women in Cannabis community, and actively support other women-owned and minority-owned businesses in this space.

Key professionals include Margy Sweeney, founder & CEO, and leaders including Patricia Agos, Sophie Bartolotta, Craig Bloomfield, Lana Demyanyk, Brian Greenberg, Amanda Hargrove, Jennifer Harris, Lisa Karel, Sue Kawecki, Donna McSorley, Renata Pasmanik, Becky Reno, Daisy Simmons, Nicole Stenclik, Morgan Sweeney, Elise Szwajkowski, Griffin Teller and Aleks Walker

Clients Include:

Area Development Magazine
Bentall Kennedy
Burwood Group
Drawbridge Community Revitalization Foundation
Franklin Partners
Garden Remedies
Grupo Ferré Rangel
The Goldie Initiative
Golub & Company
JLL Hotels & Hospitality
JLL Corporate Solutions
JLL Healthcare Real Estate
JLL Higher Education
JLL Industrial
JLL Life Sciences
KeyBanc Capital Markets
Key Private Bank
KeyBank Real Estate Capital
Kingbird Investment Management
Maverick Commercial Mortgage
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) – Chicago
Wright Heerema Architects