There are more big winners than we can count among Forbes Agency Council, as there has been some exciting award and recognition news among the community this spring. From regional honors to winning coveted partnerships, these members and their companies are accomplishing great things left and right.

Below, we highlight six members and their big news.

Expand Agency and VP Receive Honors From Local Associations

Amanda Ellis Stein. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Amanda Ellis Stein, Vice President of Social Media at Expand, a digital marketing agency based in Oregon, has two pieces of great news to share. In addition to being recognized as one of Portland’s 40 Under 40 Award recipients, Expand has been identified as one of Oregon’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.

Recipients of the 40 Under 40 honor include companies across all industries, including food, nonprofit, real estate and more.

To view the other companies named to this distinguished list and to learn more about the honor, click here.

Search Optics Joins Forces For Cross-Country Campaign

Troy Smith. Photo courtesy of individual member.

As of this April, Search Optics, a global leader in digital marketing led by President Troy Smith, has partnered with Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. and Innocean Worldwide Canada to create an advanced digital marketing strategy that will extend to all corners of Hyundai’s Canadian presence.

“It’s a privilege and honor to partner with Innocean and Hyundai Auto Canada to achieve a level of digital marketing integration that the automotive industry has never seen before,” said Search Optics CEO David Ponn.

“We’re excited to leverage Search Optics’ proven track record to implement a program that strategically supports our business goals,” said Lawrence Hamilton, Hyundai Auto Canada’s Director of Marketing.

Learn more about the new venture here.

Reborn Agency MERGE Atlanta To Be Helmed by Tom Brand

Tom Brand. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Tom Brand, founder of AVID Design, has announced a merger sure to cause a stir. In combining forces with Dodge Communications, the two companies will now be known as MERGE Atlanta, and will work as one to deliver marketing communications and technology solutions for the health care industry. The newly joined team is excited to work together in this complex marketplace.

Brand will serve as President of MERGE Atlanta. To learn more about this union and what we can expect to see from MERGE, click here.

AgenciesOnline Named An All Star and Area’s Best

Valerie Jordan. Photo courtesy of individual member.

President of AgenciesOnline Valerie Jordan shares two distinct honors recently given to the South Carolina-based marketing and communication agency. For the second year in a row, AgenciesOnline is The Best of Chapin 2017 Internet Marketing Service Company. In addition, AgenciesOnline was selected as 2017 All Star Solution Provider Winner by Constant Contact. A mere 10% of Constant Contact customers receive this recognition.

RNO1 Agency Partners With UT and Founder Appears on Podcast Expert Series

Michael Gaizutis. Photo courtesy of individual member.

Michael Gaizutis, founder and CXO of the digital and branding agency RNO1, is thrilled to announce RNO1’s newly minted partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas and the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab (CNL). The teams will work together to grow CNL’s web and digital storytelling efforts.

“We align in so many ways…and that’s the driving force behind this partnership,” said Gaizutis. The venture will emphasize research, education and opportunities being explored in the neuroscience community.

In addition to this great news, Gaizutis was recently interviewed for the Oodi Expert Interviews podcast series on an episode titled, “Why Brand & Digital Storytelling Should Be a CMO’s Top Priority.” Check out the full episode here.

Learn more about the CNL partnership here.

5WPR Wins Awards And Increases Creative Offerings

Ronn Torossian. Photo courtesy of individual member.

5WPR, the agency founded by CEO Ronn Torossian, has been up to quite a lot lately.

5WPR has been named a Top 10 PR Agency in the U.S. by leading industry publication O’Dwyers. In addition, the agency has won the Agency of the Year Silver Stevie Award, and a Gold Stevie Award for PR Campaign of the Year for its work with All-Clad Prep&Cook by the American Business Awards.

And no wonder it’s been raking in the awards. 5WPR has increased its creative services offerings and client program integrations. Known for high-impact campaigns already, the agency is upping the ante.

“More and more, creative services are being integrated into our client programs. We know the consumer is connecting with the brand through story-telling and 5W is here to help our clients tell that story and then present it through various media platforms,” said Torossian.

Read the full press release on these new services here.

These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here.

Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team by visiting the “get media exposure” page in your member dashboard.


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