Buffalo Groupe

Buffalo Groupe, which focuses on the golf market, is acquired by West Palm Beach, FL-based ClubWorks LLC, a club, leisure, and hospitality-focused professional services platform. Buffalo Group will operate independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of ClubWorks. Agency CEO Kyle Ragsdale will remain, joining the ClubWorks board. Emily Clark has been promoted to president and chief marketing officer of Buffalo Groupe and will also join the ClubWorks board. “With the addition of Buffalo Groupe, we’re elevating our offering with industry-leading expertise in creative, digital marketing, events, public relations, and research as a significant value-add to existing clients and prospects,” said ClubWorks chairman and CEO Michael Leemhuis.


CG Life, which works with medicine and life science companies, formalizes its public relations and social media teams and capabilities into a strategic communications group. The move follows the agency’s integration of recently acquired public relations agency Berry & Company. Longstanding CG Life managing partner Erik Clausen leads the group, which incorporates centers of excellence in the areas of scientific, medical and corporate communications, as well as social media. It also offers deep expertise in patient advocacy initiatives and includes a multi-disciplinary business and crisis communications advisory team providing senior counsel to C-suites. CG Life is also bringing on MacDougall managing partner Karen Sharma to be a part of the group as an SVP. “Emerging pharma faces unprecedented complexity on the path to commercialization and must overcome many challenges to lift the patients they serve,” said Clausen. “Through smart, coordinated planning, it’s possible for these companies to communicate strategically and simultaneously to corporate, clinical, and research stakeholders throughout pre-clinical and commercial stages.”


Altor, a family of funds that has raised more than EUR 11 billion in total commitments, signs a binding agreement to acquire a majority stake in SaaS crisis management and business resilience software provider F24 from Hg, a leading investor in European and transatlantic software and services businesses. F24’s management will reinvest and Hg will retain a minority stake in the company. The partnership is intended to position F24 for accelerated growth and continued regional expansion. Founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany, F24 offers solutions that cover emergency and mass notification, incident and crisis management, business messaging and service notification, as well as governance, risk and compliance. “F24 is a pioneer in building organizational resilience in the face of an increasingly volatile world,” said Hajo Krösche, Partner at Altor.