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Strategic Communications Firm Reputation Partners, LLC, Acquires Vollrath Associates, Inc.

April 28, 2016 | Permalink

MILWAUKEEReputation Partners, LLC, a full-service strategic communications firm with operations in Chicago and Milwaukee, announced today that it has acquired Vollrath Associates, a public relations and investor relations firm based in Milwaukee.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Headquartered in Chicago, Reputation Partners has had a dedicated presence in the Milwaukee market since 2004.  Founded by Nick Kalm, Jane Devron and Megan Hakes, Reputation Partners is nationally recognized for its expertise in building and protecting brands and reputations, and has helped more than 350 public, private and not-for-profit clients across the country and around the world drive greater recognition for and buy-in to their strategies, brands, thought leadership, executive teams and investment/philanthropic merits. Reputation Partners is also known for effectively guiding organizations through challenges that threaten their reputations, such as litigation/disputes, regulatory/legislative challenges, product recalls, incidents and accidents, financial situations (funding shortfalls, bankruptcies, restructurings, etc.), among other issues.


Reputation Partners has enjoyed years of incremental growth in Wisconsin. Led by co-founder Hakes, a Brookfield, Wisconsin, native and current resident, the firm’s Milwaukee office serves clients in the health care, social services, cultural, manufacturing, education and financial services industries.  With Wisconsin operations representing more than 25 percent of the firm’s total 2015 revenues, Reputation Partners made the strategic decision to deepen its local reach and capabilities through the addition of experienced, local professionals.


“Vollrath Associates is a firm we have long admired, and as we’ve come to know them better, we’ve been thoroughly impressed by their work and longstanding client relationships,” said Hakes.  “Our combined local market knowledge, industry expertise and commitment to driving results make a powerful combination that will benefit clients of both firms.”


Vollrath Associates brings more than 35 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations and investor relations.  Founded by Phil and Marilyn Vollrath in 1979, the firm works with leading public companies in telling their stories to shareholders and the investment community.  Other services include corporate public relations, marketing communications, media relations and major events.  Vollrath Associates serves clients in industries including hospitality, entertainment, manufacturing, shipping, and professional and consumer services.


“We are thrilled to be joining Reputation Partners, a firm that has earned a terrific reputation in this market,” said Marilyn Vollrath.  “Our clients will continue to receive the same senior-level counsel and personalized attention they have come to expect, with added resources and expertise that are even more compelling.  This is the right decision for Vollrath Associates, at the right time and with the right partner – one who shares our values and is committed to Wisconsin for the long term.”


Marilyn Vollrath, president and CEO of Vollrath Associates, joins Reputation Partners as an executive vice president, Jessica Vollrath Huebner as vice president and Samantha Orne as associate, all on May 2, 2016.  They join Lynn Sheka, account director at Reputation Partners, Frances Fyten, associate, at Reputation Partners and Hakes in Reputation Partners’ Milwaukee office, located at 322 East Michigan Street.  Phil Vollrath, co-founder of Vollrath Associates, is pursuing his goal of transitioning out of the firm to focus on his work as an adjunct professor at Marquette University, consulting and volunteer activities.


About Reputation Partners, LLC

Reputation Partners, LLC, is a full-service strategic communications firm established in 2002 with operations in both Chicago and Milwaukee. The firm employs 18 professionals and in 2015 was named a Top Place to Work in PR by PR News. The firm’s client base is diverse, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including real estate, retail, food and beverage, financial services, manufacturing/industrials, non-profits, private universities and other education institutions, religious institutions, among many others. Since Reputation Partners’ founding, 100 percent of clients – more than 350 – have come from referral or firm reputation. Learn more at: http://www.reputationpartners.com/.


Congratulations Phil!

March 15, 2016 | Permalink

Congratulations to Phil Vollrath for being appointed as the professional adviser for Marquette’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Phil will give counsel to the chapter’s executive board using his extensive knowledge and experience on public relations and communications.


PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications.  Their mission statement is to “Serve our members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities and to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.”



Tara Kniep Joins Our Team as PR Intern

January 29, 2016 | Permalink


The VA team welcomes Tara Kniep as our spring intern! Tara is a junior at Marquette University studying corporate communication, English and French.

A note from Tara: “Hello! I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the VA team. I come from a small town in northern Illinois, so I am no stranger to these freezing winters. I like to keep warm by drinking tea and watching movies with friends and family. I am so grateful for this opportunity to build professional connections and learn more about the public relations world. I am certain that my time here will be nothing short of wonderful.”

Congratulations Jessica!

January 29, 2016 | Permalink

Congrats to Jessica in being named to TEMPO Milwaukee’s first EMERGE class for rising women leaders! For more information, read here.


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The VA Team Welcomes Sam Orne as Our Newest PR Pro

January 29, 2016 | Permalink


The VA team is very excited to welcome Sam Orne as assistant account executive! Sam will assist with media relations, public relations and social media strategies for our clients. Sam is a May 2012 graduate of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, with a major in communication studies and a minor in biological sciences.


A note from Sam: “I’m so excited to join the VA team. Everything from the downtown location to the popcorn makes this organization perfect for me. I am ready to hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to meeting clients, helping with the events in the summer and all the projects in between.”



USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) Commissioning

December 29, 2015 | Permalink

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Despite Wisconsin’s cold, blustery weather on November 21, 2015, the USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) was commissioned along Milwaukee’s lakefront.


The USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) is one of only a few Naval ships to date to be commissioned in her namesake city, in the state she was built, among the people that built her. In return, she will carry Milwaukee’s brand worldwide.


We are proud to have assisted in the PR efforts for this historical event and would like to thank local media for the amazing coverage the USS Milwaukee received over the last few months, such as the Milwaukee Business Journal, Journal Sentinel, TMJ4 and so many more.


To view the total PR coverage of this event, click here