FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Former Award-Winning NBC News Producer and Past AT&T PR Executive Combine Forces in Chicago and Quad Cities to Serve Small and Large Businesses
CHICAGO AND BETTENDORF IA (September 4, 2018) — Today, Ripson Group expanded its media relations, digital marketing, video production, and crisis communications service offerings by opening a second office in Bettendorf, Iowa — Quad Cities area. The company, which got its start in a 12th floor West Loop Chicago home office eleven years ago, is poised to continue its double-digit growth track with clients across the country.
Ripson Group also changed its name from Ripson Communications to better reflect the wide array of resources its management team brings to the table as a group of senior experts in media relations, video production, media buying, creative design, digital marketing, social media management, media relations measurement, and analytics.
“Our strategic business platform is based on the ability to be phenomenal storytellers to a variety of stakeholders. With the convergence of media relations, video, social media, and digital marketing, we lead clients through today’s communications challenges from Chicago to Toronto to Tampa Bay to Los Angeles.”
— CEO and Founder Lisa Ripson
Ripson Group also announced the appointment of Christopher Comes as president and partner. A fifteen-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Comes will be responsible for overseeing strategic sales growth for the company and continue to consult on clients in the retail, real estate, restaurant, sports marketing, telecom, and technology. He joined Ripson Communications in 2013, following his role as national public relations director of Seattle-based Clearwire. Prior to that, he was the Midwest regional director for AT&T overseeing the launch of the first Apple iPhone in 2007.
Veteran Communications Expertise
From crisis communications consulting to new business launches, the Ripson Group management team has more than 100 years of combined journalism, public relations, and marketing consulting expertise. Recent clients include Culver City, ROK Mobile (Malibu CA), ROK Vision (Malibu CA), Green Golf Partners (Indianapolis IN), Green City Market (Chicago), Southern Cut Barbecue (Chicago), La Buona Vita (Chicago), Lincoln Square Ravenswood (Chicago), and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (Chicago). Not-for-profit work has included projects with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Old St. Patrick’s Church for eleven years.
Ripson Group’s resources include best-in-class expertise to serve clients and their diverse communication needs. The experience on our team includes individuals who have worked for AT&T, Sprint, Clearwire, Motorola, Deloitte, NBC News, Tribune Company, The McGraw-Hill Companies, A.T. Kearney, Edelman, Golin and Fleishman-Hillard.
“We look forward to extending our geographic reach beyond Chicago to a burgeoning Quad Cities marketplace. Our clients in the Midwest, West, and East Coast appreciate our senior counsel in their respective industries. We believe our boutique, journalistic, and hands-on approach will continue to generate amazing results for small and large businesses.”
— President Christopher Comes
About Ripson Group
Ripson Group is a Midwest-based, full service, boutique public relations and marketing service agency with offices in Chicago and Bettendorf, Iowa. The company was founded in August 2007 in Chicago’s West Loop by Emmy-Award winning news producer Lisa Ripson. Ripson also worked at Edelman Chicago headquarters office prior to founding her own company. Storytelling expertise is at the heart of this Midwestern company.
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