Nuffer Smith Tucker president Teresa Siles and executive VPs Mary Correia-Moreno and Price Adams have purchased the San Diego-based shop.

The 45-year-old NST is the city's oldest PR firm, according to the Times of San Diego.

The trio purchased the firm from Nola Trumpfhelller, widow of Bill Trumpfheller, who died Dec. 29 2016. “Teresa, Mary and Price have been at the helm of NST for several years during a time of transition for the firm—and they didn’t skip a beat,” said Nola Trumpfheller in a statement. “They have not only maintained strong relationships with their clients and team, and brought on new client partners, but have also served as good stewards of the Nuffer Smith Tucker brand in the San Diego region and I’m confident that will continue."

Due to the "air of fear, uncertainty and somberness" surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, the new owners had considered delaying news of their purchase. "We decided now is not the time to hold back. Rather, it’s a time to come together with transparency, candor and a spirit of perseverance," they said in a joint statement.

NST, which has 20 staffers, has worked for California State Lottery, Port of San Diego, McDonald's, Sunkist Growers, San Diego Tourism Authority, Scripps Health, WD-40 Company and the San Diego Zoo.