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Public Relations Firms - Top 25

Ranked by net fee income | List information taken from the 2014 Black Book
Source: Company representatives and websites. If you were not contacted for this list but would like to be in the future, please contact research@tcbmag.com.
Abbreviations: NP--Not provided, B2B--Business to business, ROI--Return on investment
Note: Strother Communications Group, which appeared on this list last year, might have qualified for this year's list by did not provide ranking criteria to be considered.
Company
Address
Phone • Website
Founded/
Offices
Net fee income1
Employees in MN/
worldwide
Top local executive
Percent of business in:2Specialties
Major clients
Agr.
Env.
Cons.
Fin.
Gov.
HC
Hosp.
Mfg.
Non.
Pro.
Other
1
Weber Shandwick
8000 Norman Center Dr., Ste. 400
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-832-5000 • webershandwick.com
1981
73
$26,000,0003
155
2,400
Eric
Pehle
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
Consumer marketing, corporate communications, agriculture and food advocacy, financial services marketing, health care strategies, public affairs, digital and technology communications, media training, crisis preparation, corporate social responsibility, video production
Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Mall of America, Polaris Industries, IRS, Honeywell
2

PadillaCRT4
1101 W River Pkwy., Ste. 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-455-1700 • padillacrt.com
1961
2
$16,875,860
113
120
Lynn
Casey
24
1
6
7
2
19
5
29
2
5
0
B2B marketing, consumer marketing, creative, crisis and critical issues management, digital and social media, research
3M, Cargill, Coppertone, Glastron, SAP, UnitedHealth Group
3
Carmichael Lynch Spong
110 N. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-375-8500 • carmichaellynchspong.com
1990
2
$14,000,0003
40
50
Douglas
Spong
0
0
86
1
0
0
10
2
1
0
0
B2B, cause branding, consumer PR, corporate branding, events management, financial relations, internal communications, media relations, product and brand communications, social media, lifestyle marketing, experiential marketing
SuperValu, Sherwin-Williams, Trane, Jack Link's, Tempur-Pedic, Jennie-O
4
Olson
420 N 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-215-9800 • olson.com
1992
5
$13,300,000
369
442
John
Partilla
0
0
90
1.5
0.5
1
4
1.5
1
0
0.5
Advertising, public relations, interactive/digital, 1:1 loyalty marketing, mobile, social engagement
Target, Amtrak, Best Buy, General Mills, Miller Coors, Carlson
5
Exponent Public Relations
400 1st Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-305-6000 • exponentpr.com
1935
1
$7,300,000
49
51
Tom
Lindell
25
0
30
0
0
20
25
0
0
0
0
Brand PR, media relations, media training, public affairs, social media, experiential marketing, corporate communications, crisis management
Land O'Lakes, Purina, Medtronic Foundation, DuPont, General Mills, Duluth Trading Company
6
Flint Group of Agencies
330 Hwy 10 S.
St. Cloud, MN 56304
320-259-7976 • flint-group.com
1946
4
$6,805,000
50
125
Roger
Reierson
20
0
0
15
0
20
5
25
10
5
0
Brand, mobile site, app, web, intranet, creative, and content development; market research and analytics; traditional and digital media; e-mail and mobile marketing; integrated and crisis communications planning
Bobcat, AGCO, Maurices, SunButter, Education Minnesota
7
Public Affairs Company
333 S 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-313-2620 • pubaffairsco.com
2003
2
$5,000,000
11
13
Steve
Knuth
0
0
0
0
0
40
5
20
5
15
15
Issue advocacy, ballot campaigns, grassroots and grasstops communications
PhRMA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Minnesota Indian Gaming Association
8
Risdall Public Relations
550 Main St., Ste. 100
New Brighton, MN 55112
651-286-6774 • risdallpr.com
2006
1
$4,900,000
23
23
Joel
Swanson, APR
0
0
10
15
0
35
5
20
15
0
0
Digital PR, reputation management, thought leadership and executive visibility, media relations, branding and key messaging, marketing communications, crisis communications, social media
Affinity Plus Credit Union, Allina Health, Healthways, Fairview Pharmacy, Star Tribune,
9
Haberman & Associates
430 1st Ave. N., Ste. 216
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-338-3900 • modernstorytellers.com
1994
1
$4,818,490
43
43
Fred
Haberman
0
5
30
0
15
25
0
5
10
10
0
Business strategy, branding, media relations, cause-related campaigns, interactive marketing, web and graphic design, investor relations, event strategy and management
Gold-n-Plump, Organic Valley, Bush Foundation, Hennepin County, Volvo, Annie's
10
Tunheim
8009 34th Ave. S, Ste. 1100
Bloomington, MN 55425
952-851-1600 • tunheim.com
1990
1
$4,431,165
25
0
Kathryn
Tunheim
5
20
10
20
0
15
10
15
5
0
0
Online strategy; public affairs; media relations and training; event marketing; B2B; recruitment and retention communications; crisis communications for various industries
Nestle Waters North America, Target, Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission, U.S. Golf Association, St. Jude Medical
11
Karwoski and Courage Public Relations
60 S 6th St., Ste. 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-342-9898 • creativepr.com
1992
1
$4,175,000
32
32
Glenn
Karwoski
10
5
20
0
0
40
0
25
0
0
0
Influencer marketing, innovation
NP
12
Himle Rapp & Company, Inc.
333 S 7th St., Ste. 2400
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-843-4500 • himlerapp.com
1989
1
$2,850,000
15
15
John
Himle
8
5
0
10
12
25
0
5
15
10
10
Reputation management, PR, public affairs strategy and communications, crisis management, social media, corporate social responsibility, research services
Mayo Clinic, ClearWay MN, Johnson Controls, Vikings, Canterbury Park
13
Broadhead
123 N 3rd St., Ste. 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-623-8000 • broadheadco.com
2001
2
$2,700,000
52
56
Dean
Broadhead
60
0
20
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
Agriculture, government, rural health care, food safety, and outdoor lifestyle marketing and communications
Mosaic, Boehringer Ingelheim, Toro, USDA
14
Goff Public
255 E Kellogg Blvd., Ste. 102
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-292-8062 • goffpublic.com
1966
1
$2,500,000
11
11
Chris
Georgacas
0
0
5
10
20
10
5
30
10
5
5
Public affairs strategy, media relations and training, social media, lobbying, crisis communications, grassroots and grasstops organizing, community relations, presentations and speeches, video production
Polaris, Flint Hills Resources, Andersen Corporation, St. Mary's University, Securian
15
Gage
10000 Hwy. 55
Plymouth, MN 55441
763-595-3800 • gage.com
1992
2
$2,400,000
118
120
Tom
Belle
0
0
9
26
0
10
0
44
0
0
11
Consumer and channel promotion programs; games management, development, and execution; digital design, development, and production; incentive and loyalty programs; sales programs and services; social; mobile
Microsoft, 3M, Thomson Reuters, Coca-Cola, UnitedHealth Group, Walmart
16
Kohnstamm Communications
400 N Robert St., Ste. 1450
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-228-9141 • kohnstamm.com
1991
1
$2,368,304
15
15
Joshua
Kohnstamm
0
3
44
3.5
0
0
20.4
12.8
9
7.3
0
Consumer PR, social media services, new product launches, key opinion leader cultivation, spokesperson hiring and training, branding, content development
3M Food Safety, MOM Brands, McCormick, Nilan Johnson Lewis Law, University of St. Thomas
17
FleishmanHillard, Inc.
60 S 6th St., Ste. 2750
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-337-0354 • fleishmanhillard.com
1946
80
$2,000,0003
6
2,500
David
Hakensen
0
0
25
0
0
25
40
0
0
5
5
Consumer marketing; media relations; corporate, digital, social, crisis, and integrated marketing communications for organizations in health care, consumer products, food and restaurant, retail, and B2B industries
3M, Select Comfort, Buffalo Wild Wings, Proctor & Gamble, Hyatt Regency
18
Ainsley Shea
213 E 4th St, Ste. 201
St. Paul, MN 55101
612-670-9465 • ainsleyshea.com
2010
2
$1,800,000
12
12
Patrick
Rosenstiel
0
0
10
10
0
30
0
0
0
30
0
Public affairs, government relations, PR, media relations, digital platforms, communication strategy and design
Arborjet, Recombinetics, design, LLC, National Popular Vote, Northern Oil and Gas, Oz Systems
19
Words At Work
800 Washington Ave. N, Ste. 250
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-334-5960 • wordsatwork.com
1987
2
$1,483,000
12
13
Dave
Levi
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
Branding, graphic design, writing, naming, illustration, website design, SEO, new media presentations, PR, social media
Datacard Group, Ricoh Americas, Global Traffic Technologies, Carestream Health
20
Beehive PR, Inc.
1021 Bandana Blvd. E, Ste. 226
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-789-2232 • beehivepr.biz
1998
1
$1,401,614
10
10
Lisa Kolrud
Hannum
0
3
17
29
0
18
0
19
4
9
1
Media relations, corporate communications, events and sponsorship activation, corporate social responsibility, mergers and acquisition, social media marketing, crisis management, content marketing, brand development and positioning, graphic design
Deluxe Corporation, 3M Infection Prevention, Zappos.com, Verizon Wireless
21
Nemer Fieger
6250 Excelsior Blvd., Ste. 203
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-925-4848 • nemerfieger.com
1957
1
$1,286,656
31
31
Tom
Whelan
0
0
25
0
0
2
60
0
13
0
0
Media relations, event marketing, creative production, and media buying and planning, primarily for franchises, restaurants, and the entertainment and automotive industries
Subway, Bachmans, Apple Auto Group, Twin Cities United Way, Frattallone's, Ace Hardware, Snap Fitness
22
Maccabee Public Relations
211 N 1st St., Ste. 425
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-337-0087 • maccabeegroup.com
1996
1
$1,222,941
9
9
Paul
Maccabee
0
0
10
20
0
30
20
25
5
0
0
Media relations, social media and online engagement, crisis counsel, event marketing, marketing communications, product publicity, content curation
GNP Company, Hazelden, Jostens, Henson & Efron, Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, RedBrick Health
23
Snow Communications, Inc.
12 S 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-337-0747 • snowcommunications.com
1985
1
$1,000,000
6
6
Joshua
Schneck
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP
Marketing and branding; advertising; PR; health care, IT, law and regulatory, and food industries
Hormel Foods, Merchant & Gould, Wolters Kluwer
24
Harvest PR & Marketing, Inc.
401 N 3rd St., Ste. 430
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-246-4815 • harvest-pr.com
2005
2
$910,000
4
6
Heidi
Nelson
25
0
65
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
Specializes in communications and marketing for food, farm, and lifestyle brands
U.S. Apple Association, Cotton, Inc., Organic Trade Association
25
Lola Red PR
107 N. Washington Ave., Ste. 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-333-1723 • lolaredpr.com
2001
1
$825,000
11
11
Alexis
Walsko
0
0
50
0
0
0
50
0
0
0
0
Media relations, PR strategy, social media strategy and execution, event promotions
J.W. Hulme, Life Time, Fresh Produce, Smashburger, Creative Kidstuff, Madden's on Gull Lake

1 For each company's most recently completed fiscal year as of August 2013
2 Key to abbreviations for percent breakdown of business: Agr. = agriculture, Env. = environmental, Cons. = consumer products/retail, Fin. = finance/insurance, Gov. = government, HC = health care, Hosp. = hospitality/leisure/restaurants/food, Mfg. = manufacturing/technology/biotechnology, Non. = nonprofit/education, Pro. = professional/trade associations
3 Estimate based on independent industry data
4 Formerly Padilla Speer Beardsley