Walker Sands

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Walker Sands

55 W. Monroe, #3925, Chicago, IL 60603

312/267-0066; fax: 312/876-1388

[email protected]


Key practice areas: artificial intelligence, automotive tech, cyber security, distribution & logistics, educational technology (EdTech), electronics & robotics, enterprise software, financial technology (FinTech), healthcare tech, HR tech, insurance technology (InsurTech), IT services, marketing technology (MarTech) professional services, retail and e-commerce technology, small business.
Employees: 170+. Founded: 2001.

Agency Statement:

Walker Sands is a full-service B2B marketing agency with core capabilities in public relations, demand generation, branding, creative, marketing strategy and web. The firm’s integrated approach to marketing drives awareness, credibility and conversions for 100+ clients around the world. A nine-time Inc. 5000 honoree, Walker Sands is one of the fastest-growing B2B marketing agencies in the world, with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Atlanta.

Since 2001, Walker Sands has been pushing the limits of what B2B marketing can do to get the results and recognition their clients deserve. They pride themselves on helping B2B brands reach their goals — whether that’s increasing revenue, pushing into new markets, attracting top talent, going public or getting acquired.

Walker Sands’ mission is to accelerate the growth of B2B companies. Through strategic programs tailored to meet clients’ needs, they offer a full range of marketing expertise — from strategy to execution — to provide endless possibilities for the best B2B brands in the world.

In addition to agency work, Walker Sands is a sponsor of the Illinois Technology Association and is a founding partner of their Women Influence Chicago Council. The agency has received recognition for client work from the PRovoke SABRE and In2 Awards, PRSA Skylines, PRSA Summit and PRNews Platinum Awards, among others.

Ken Gaebler, founder, prin.; Mike Santoro, CEO & prin.; Will Barthel, VP, biz. dev.; Martin Jones, exec. VP and mng. dir., US East; Andrew Cross, exec. VP, svcs. & partner; Dave Parro, exec. VP, ops. & partner; John Fairley, sr. VP, demand gen. & partner; Cheryl Gale, exec. VP, PR and mng. dir., Boston; Annie Gudorf, mng. dir. & partner; Brendan Shea, sr. VP, creative; Erin Spanski, VP, strategy & partner; Allison Ward, sr. VP, talent & partner; Mark Miller, sr. VP, finance

600 California St., #13-024, San Francisco, CA 94109
415/429-5155; [email protected]
Will Kruisbrink, sr. VP, PR & partner

2101 4th Ave., #2250, Seattle, WA 98121
206/480-1478; [email protected]
Annie Gudorf, mng. dir. & partner

560 Harrison Ave., #408, Boston, MA 02118
617/960-9900; [email protected]
Cheryl Gale, exec. VP, PR & mng. dir., Boston

3423 Piedmont Rd., NE, #264, Atlanta, GA 30305
617/960-9900; [email protected]
Martin Jones, exec. VP & mng. dir., US East

Clients Include:

Hub Group

Walker Sands in the news with O'Dwyer's:

On the Move: Diggs Exits Smile Train for M&C Saatchi

Tue., May 17, 2022

...recently serving as partner. Before coming to the agency, she worked at Burson-Marsteller and Walker Sands . In her new role, Walsh will collaborate with FINN’s global public affairs practice leadership...

On the Move: Walker Sands Promotes Parro, Miller

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022

... Dave Parro, Mark Miller Walker Sands promotes Dave Parro to chief operating officer and Mark Miller to chief financial officer....

Technology PR Firms Registered 'Hyper-Growth' in '21

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022

...percent to $46.2 million), #5 Zeno Group (up 44.7 percent to $30.2 million), #7 Walker Sands (up 40.2 percent to $28.5 million) and #9 The Hoffman Agency (up 33.4 percent...

News of Firms: Antenna Group Sets Up PA Unit

Thu., Nov. 11, 2021

...the policies and issues that affect their organizations and their stakeholders,” said Antenna CEO Keith Zakheim. Walker Sands celebrates its 20th year in business by making $1,000 donations to 20 charities that...

On the Move: Finsbury Glover Hering Hires Kaiser Permanente's Weier

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

...our team and growing roster of clients,” said FGH partner Kim James Annie Gudorf, Rachel Fukaya Walker Sands names Annie Gudorf managing director in its Seattle office and promotes Rachel Fukaya to...

Walker Sands Acquires March Communications

Wed., Aug. 18, 2021

...B2B marketing agency Walker Sands has acquired Boston-based tech PR firm March Communications. Financial terms of the deal were not...

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