• Fahlgren Mortine Extends Vision to Build Core Industry Practices
• Turner PR to Operate as Independent, Wholly Owned Subsidiary
• Turner PR Continues to Specialize in Travel, Tourism, and Lifestyle Communications
COLUMBUS, Ohio, NEW YORK, New York and DENVER, Colorado (January 8, 2014) – Fahlgren Mortine, one of the nation’s largest independent marketing and communications agencies, and Turner PR, a boutique public relations and digital communications firm, announced today that Fahlgren Mortine acquired Turner PR as a wholly owned subsidiary, effective January 1, 2014. Under the agreement, Turner PR will operate as an independent boutique agency, preserving its brand, leadership, employees, New York and Denver offices, and global client portfolio. Financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“The Turner PR team has more than just a solid reputation in the travel, tourism and active lifestyle industries; they’ve also been consistently at the forefront of the intersection of public relations and digital media, a space that complements Fahlgren Mortine’s offerings,” said Neil Mortine, president and CEO of Fahlgren Mortine. “They’ve done a tremendous job of talent acquisition and the retention of deep industry expertise, and their client list speaks for itself.”
Fahlgren Mortine’s vision to build core industry practices and Turner’s vision to maintain its independent culture, yet optimize operational efficiencies with resources that will provide a platform for growth, made this the right partnership at the right time for both firms. One of Fahlgren Mortine’s key industry practices is tourism with longstanding clients and award-winning work. Fahlgren Mortine will continue to service its current tourism clients and will build future tourism business under the Turner brand due to the company’s niche in this field.
Since its founding in 1997, Turner PR has become a leader in the travel, tourism and active lifestyle industries. The company’s expertise has helped Turner gain the reputation as one of the leading boutique practices with a roster of some of the world’s best destinations, resorts and lifestyle brands. Turner PR has 28 employees in two offices in New York City and Denver, Colorado, to best service its worldwide clients based in the U.S., UK, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
“Turner PR began 17 years ago at my kitchen table; today we have offices in New York and Denver, with 28 of the most skilled specialists in the industry, and a stellar client portfolio,” said Christine Turner, president of Turner PR. “Our next chapter as a Fahlgren Mortine company will be even more exciting as they’re allowing us to continue to do what we love, and giving us the resources to grow. They have a brilliant team of award-winning executives who bring the same passion to their work that we’ve worked so hard to cultivate.”
Through this partnership, Fahlgren Mortine and Turner PR will create opportunities for shared resources between the two agencies including transmedia strategy, operations and best practices. Turner PR will continue to specialize in its travel, hospitality, tourism and outdoor, fashion and active lifestyle brands.
The two operations combined are expected to rank in the top 15 of independent agencies, as listed by O’Dwyer’s, and the top five of independent tourism agencies in the same publication, based upon 2013 rankings. The company now employs 200 associates in New York City; Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Charleston and Parkersburg, W. Va.; Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, Fla.; Boise, Idaho; Lexington, Ky., and Greenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Fahlgren Mortine’s revenue has grown more than 27 percent through organic and new business growth, and strategic mergers and acquisitions, since 2009. In 2010, the agency acquired and absorbed Edward Howard & Co., a public relations firm based in Cleveland, GRIP Digital, an interactive agency based in Columbus, and Sabatino/Day, a marketing and communications agency based in Dayton, Ohio. This is the first wholly owned subsidiary transaction for the Board of Directors of Fahlgren Mortine, supporting the company’s vision to expand in specific vertical industries through a combination of strategic acquisition and organic growth.
StevensGouldPincus, the nation’s only consultancy exclusively for mergers and acquisitions in the PR, advertising and media industries, facilitated the transaction.
About Fahlgren Mortine
Columbus, Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine, Bulldog Reporter Small Agency of the Year in 2013, 2012, and 2011, and a finalist forPRWeek's 2012 Agency of the Year award, is one of the nation’s largest independent marketing and communications agencies with 2013 revenue of approximately $24.5 million and locations in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio; Parkersburg and Charleston, W. Va.; Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee, Fla.; Boise, Idaho; Denver, Colo.; Lexington, Ky.; Greenville and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and New York City. Fahlgren Mortine provides a full-service offering to clients around the world with industry specializations in automotive, business-to-business, consumer packaged goods, education, financial services, healthcare, retail, technology, and tourism and economic development and lifestyle brands. Capabilities include social media, digital services, advertising, public relations, research, branding, media planning/buying, creative and design. For more information, please visit www.fahlgrenmortine.com.
About Turner PR
Turner PR is a boutique firm specializing in PR, social media and digital communications representing some of the world’s best resorts, destinations and lifestyle brands. Turner's specialty divisions are travel, tourism & real estate and active lifestyle, outdoor & fashion brands. Founded in 1997, Turner became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fahlgren Mortine in January 2014. Turner has two U.S. offices in New York and Denver to best service worldwide clients based in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and South America. For more information, please visit www.turnerpr.com, facebook.com/TurnerPR, Twitter.com/TurnerPR.
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