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Deane | Smith, Gray PR partner to grow business





Deane | Smith, a leading public relations, marketing, advertising and branding agency based in Nashville, Tenn., and Gray Public Relations, based in Franklin, Tenn., have partnered to leverage their growing business and expand client service across the Southeast and throughout the nation.

Under the agreement – a shared services affiliation – the two firms will have more than 30 employees in three offices nationwide to serve a growing roster of clients. The partnership allows both agencies to sharpen their vision and leverage new business opportunities.

“As we have grown in the marketplace, I was seeking a senior level practitioner who could advance our proud tradition of excellent client service and passion for building brands,” said Todd Smith, president and CEO of Deane | Smith. “Amy and I have frequently discussed working together, and she has established an innovative and successful firm – marshaling our resources will help our agencies thrive in an ever-evolving communications world.”

Deane | Smith – founded in 1999 – is consistently ranked among the Top 5 PR firms and Top 10 advertising agencies in the Nashville market – and was recently ranked No. 4 PR firm in the annual Nashville Business Journal rankings. Founded in 2005, Gray Public Relations provides integrated marketing communications services to clients in industries including commercial real estate, health care, technology, and restaurant and retail.

“Todd and I have known each other professionally for many years and were looking for ways to collaborate,” said Amy Kovar, principal of Gray Public Relations. “I’ve been impressed with the growth of his firm and the caliber of his clients, so forming an alliance to better serve clients from both firms just made sense.”

In the past five years, Deane | Smith has had significant growth. The agency affiliated with Mad Genius, a full-service design, print, digital and video production branding firm based in Jackson, Miss. to leverage growing business across the Southeast and throughout the nation. Deane | Smith also opened a Jackson, Miss. office, to better serve its clients in Mississippi’s capitol and across the state.



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