SGP Worldwide introduced Finn Partners and Seigenthaler PR to each other and then over time facilitated the transaction in which Finn Partners acquired both Seigenthaler and DVL.
The new combined agency will be known as DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company and it will be the biggest public relations agency in Nashville and in the state of Tennessee, and one of the largest public relations firms in the southeastern U.S. Together the combined operation will have annual fees of approximately $11 million with a staff of 80. This acquisition will bring Finn Partners annualized fees to approximately $65 million, its total number of employees to 450 and its number of offices to 12.
Beth Courtney will serve as President and Ronald Roberts will serve as CEO of DVL Seigenthaler. They will report to Richard Funess, Senior Managing Partner of Finn Partners.
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn’s vision to create a leading public relations agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong drivers of the brand. Finn Partners is ranked as one of the top ten, and also as one of the fastest growing independent PR firms in the U.S.
SGP Worldwide has worked with Finn Partners since its inception. It has facilitated two other acquisitions for Finn Partners – M. Silver, a travel and tourism PR agency specialist; and Widmeyer Communications, a Washington, D.C. based education, public affairs and general PR agency.
SGP Worldwide is co-managed by Rick Gould and Art Stevens. Each has also started his own PR agency consulting and mergers/acquisitions firm in 2014. SGP Worldwide will nevertheless continue into the near future because of the pipeline of clients retained by that entity.