Regional Rock Stars: PR Pros Across America

New York PR pros may try to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn, but California has different infrastructure in mind. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

New York PR pros may try to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn, but California has different infrastructure in mind. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

While the PR Power List focuses on New York agencies, the industry is thriving outside of the city as well. With that in mind, we present a demographic sampling of notable agencies in regions throughout the United States.

West

Davies Public Affairs, Santa Barbara

Whatever you think of their clients, mostly real estate, mining, natural resources and energy giants,there’s no denying Davies’ influence in what it calls “positive conversion”—mainly, overcoming opposition to clients’ plans.

Blast, Santa Barbara

Gannett, BlogHer, PubNative and an impressive roster of digital/media clients

Apple relies on Karbo Communications for its California marketing needs. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Apple relies on Karbo Communications for its California marketing needs. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images) (Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Karbo Communications, San Francisco

Forward-thinking, digital-minded firm with clients from Apple to Uniqlo.

Landis Communications, Inc., San Francisco

Powerful track record for big consumer brands, and a solid LGBT practice.

Blaze PR, Los Angeles

Major player in destinations, food/beverage and luxury, in the U.S. and worldwide.

If Gene Simmons likes Miller PR, what more of an endorsement do you need? (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

If Gene Simmons likes Miller PR, what more of an endorsement do you need? (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Miller PR, Los Angeles

They’ve got an effusive endorsement from client Gene Simmons.  

Central

Motion PR, Chicago

Very smart 10-year-old agency with a meaty local/national client roster. There’s a focus on entertainment (Ringling Bros., Disney on Ice, Medieval Times), non-profits (Susan B. Komen Foundation, Salvation Army) and retail (Simon outlet malls).

Chicago is a toddlin' town- and a PR mecca.(Photo by Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Chicago is a toddlin’ town- and a PR mecca.(Photo by Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Henson Consulting, Chicago:

They rep city institutions like Navy Pier and Giordano’s Pizza.

Pierpont Communications, Houston

Big, solid agency with major healthcare, non-profit, public-sector clients.

Whenever George Clooney's in Texas, he relies on The PR Boutique. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Whenever George Clooney’s in Texas, he relies on The PR Boutique. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

The PR Boutique, Houston, Austin and San Antonio

Celebrity clients from George Clooney to Zac Posen- and nonprofits and healthcare, too.

Spong PR, Minneapolis

Quarter-century-old agency with vast track record with national brands from GNC to H & R Block to American Standard.

Maccabee, Minneapolis

Smart multichannel campaigns for international brands from General Mills to Cirque de Soleil.

Southeast

French West Vaughan, Raleigh-Durham

The Southeast’s largest independent PR firm is a powerhouse generalist firm with clients local (Asheville Savings Bank, City of Raleigh Public Utilities) and global (Melitta Coffee, Wrangler).

Roar Media, Miami

Ralph Lauren, American Airlines, Home Depot and a website available in Spanish.

Thank Duffey Communications for REI's ubiquitous #OptOutside campaign. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)

Thank Duffey Communications for REI’s ubiquitous #OptOutside campaign. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for REI)

Duffey Communications, Atlanta

They convinced REI customers to #OptOutside on Black Friday.

Geiger PR, Tallahassee

They’ve publicized just about every vacation spot in the South.

Hope Beckham, Atlanta

They made sure the Titanic exhibition didn’t sink when it toured the country.

How does working at the Salvation Army help you in PR? Hodges Partnership staff can tell you. (Photo by Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)

How does working at the Salvation Army help you in PR? Hodges Partnership staff can tell you. (Photo by Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)

Hodges Partnership, Richmond

Their team has worked everywhere from the FBI to the Salvation Army.

Northeast

Beckerman PR, Hackensack

Major real estate, construction and banking clients statewide and beyond.  With its acquisition of SF’s Antenna PR this year, Beckerman’s also diving into tech in a big way.

Rasky Baerlein is a PR powerhouse behind many successful Boston politican campaigns. (Photo: Chris Oakley/Flickr)

Rasky Baerlein is a PR powerhouse behind many successful Boston politican campaigns. (Photo: Chris Oakley/Flickr)

Rasky Baerlein, Boston

Serious muscle behind big public affairs and legislative campaigns.

Eric Mower Associates, Syracuse

Mower’s now nationwide, with nine office and giant consumer brands like Dixie, Ford and Bosch.

MCS Healthcare Public Relations, Bedminster, NJ

All they’ve focused on for 30 years is healthcare.  They’re now category leaders.

Sullivan & LeShane, Hartford

Calling themselves “Connecticut’s PR firm” is no boast; they work with government agencies as well as corporates.

Connecticut's Foxwoods Casino is in the money thanks to Cashman + Katz. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino is in the money thanks to Cashman + Katz. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Cashman + Katz, Glastonbury, CT

They use their eight-pronged “octagration” approach to rep everything from casinos  to colleges.

Regional Rock Stars: PR Pros Across America