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PRWeek Names Linhart PR One of the Nation’s Best Small PR Firms
Prestigious trade publication award recognizes growth, investment in employees
DENVER, March 10, 2008 – Linhart Public Relations, a Denver-based public relations and corporate communications counseling firm, has been named one of the top three small PR firms in the country by PRWeek, a respected national PR publication.In January, the magazine named Linhart PR one of five national finalists for its prestigious “Small Agency ofthe Year” award, which honors firms with annual PR income of up to $10 million. Last week, at the PRWeek awards dinner in New York, Linhart PR was awarded an honorable mention in the category, one of only two finalists to be recognized in this way by PRWeek’s judges, making Linhart PR one of the top three small PR firms in the country.
Linhart PR Managing Partner Sharon Linhart, CFO and Partner Carri Clemens, Senior Vice President and Partner Paul Raab, Vice President Dawn Doty and Account Supervisor Kim Sporrer were in New York to accept the award. Linhart, Clemens, Raab and Doty are members of the firm’s management team, and Sporrer was nominated by her colleagues to represent the firm at the awards ceremony.
“Linhart PR is thrilled to be honored with this recognition,” said Linhart. “The PRWeek Awards are among the most prestigious in our industry. We appreciate the support of our team and our clients, for helping our firm earn the right to be recognized as among the top PR firms in the nation.”
PRWeek’s annual “Small Agency of the Year” competition finalists and winner are selected by a committee of judges with extensive PR industry experience, based on financial results, new client acquisition, retention of existing clients and overall creativity and innovation.
Linhart PR grew by more than 30 percent in 2007 and began partnerships with several new clients, including global lifestyle footwear brand Crocs. Other major clients include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Frontier Airlines, Johns Manville and MWH.
In addition to the company’s growth in 2007, PRWeek Award judges noted Linhart PR’s investment in its employees. On average, the firm invests more than $2,000 per employee for training and development. The firm also organizes and budgets for team activities to maintain the firm’s culture and reward employees for their hard work.
In 2007, Linhart PR took on two new partners – Carri Clemens, chief financial officer, and Paul Raab, APR, senior vice president – and restructured its partnership agreement to create the opportunity for additional employees to become partners in the future. Linhart PR also was elected as a partner in the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independent PR firms, which includes more than 100 partner firms in 36 countries.
Linhart PR also has earned national honors from The Holmes Report, another respected public relations trade publication. The publication named Linhart PR the 2006 Boutique Agency of the Year, as well as one of the best agencies to work for in 2005 and 2007.
Linhart founded the firm in 1996; her first client was cable pioneer Bill Daniels and his record-setting round-the-world jet flight. Today, Linhart PR has a staff of 17, blending the local-market knowledge of native Coloradans with perspectives of alumni from PR firms such as Burson-Marsteller, Fleishman-Hillard, Ketchum, Golin/Harris and Ogilvy.
More than 900 entries were submitted to the 2008 PRWeek Awards, which recognize top individuals, companies, nonprofit and agency teams over a one-year period. Florida-based rbb Public Relations was named the “Small Agency of the Year.”
For more information, please visit www.prweekus.com/PRWeek-Awards/section/174/