BRW LeGrand Full Speed Ahead - Despite the Cooling Economy

Fast-Growing Denver Firm Increases Client Billings by 100%,

Expands Leadership Team, Continues to Recruit Talented Staff



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from BRW LeGrand

    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BRW LeGrand, one of the fastest growing
 Denver public relations firms specializing in creating and sustaining leading
 market positions for companies in fast-growth sections of technology, life
 sciences and high-growth national corporations, is continuing to expand
 despite the market downturn.  BRW LeGrand continues to prosper by increasing
 client billings by 100 percent in the last year, augmenting its senior
 management and continuing to recruit talented staff members.
     The firm anticipates continued growth with the combined 40 years of
 experience that recently hired Bill Marino, executive vice president, and
 Karen Conway, senior counsel, bring to the firm.  BRW LeGrand has grown from
 10 full-time staff in 2000, to 20 full-time staff in 2001, and is ranked by
 the Denver Business Journal as one of the top 10 Denver public relations firms
 (September 2000).  The firm has not fallen to the technology-driven economic
 downturn that has hit other Denver public relations firms.
     "Economic booms and busts bring with them huge successes and dismal
 failures, but always serve as catalysts for growth," said DeeDee LeGrand,
 president and co-founder of BRW LeGrand.  "Our strategic view is to diversify
 our portfolio of clients, not only with high-technology clients, but also with
 life sciences, corporate and business intelligence divisions."
     Marino provides strategic communication counsel as executive vice
 president for the firm's high technology clients Reason, Artemis Management
 Systems, PC Pinpoint and Vroom Technologies.  He also oversees strategic
 communications efforts for Meritage Private Equity Funds, a Denver-based
 venture capital firm.  Marino comes to BRW LeGrand with more than 18 years of
 experience in the industry and eight years of experience in technology and
 Internet-based management.  Previously, Marino provided strategic
 communications counsel to a number of Internet-related companies, including
 FirstSolutions, Mercury Communications, Go Media, Vector Management Group,
 Service Metrics, NetFuzion, DonorNet.com and CableNetworkz.
     "BRW LeGrand's clear focused business plan, superior management and staff,
 corporate culture and ability to shift with the changing market condition made
 me want to be a part of this energetic team," commented Bill Marino, new
 executive vice president.  "The solid partnerships and rapport with our
 customers will strengthen our role in the economy today."
     Conway is an expert in strategic planning and crisis communications for
 the firm's life sciences division.  Currently, Conway is focusing on Global
 Healthcare Exchange and Applied Precision Inc.  Conway's areas of expertise
 include strategic communications, crisis communications, media training,
 special events and lobbying.  Previously, Conway spent seven years directing
 government and public affairs activities for a Fortune 100 company, and was
 responsible for all public relations, Web-site development, employee
 relations, advertising, marketing and government relations activities in six
 Western states.  She also directed the public relations division for one of
 Colorado's largest advertising and public relations firms, where she counseled
 clients in the healthcare, food, real estate, technology and tourism
 industries.
     "The industry as a whole is experiencing challenging market conditions,"
 said Bob Wolper, BRW LeGrand chairman of the board and co-founder.  "Despite
 the uncertain conditions, our fundamentals are strong and we will continue to
 grow our client base and our team."
 
     ABOUT BRW LeGRAND
     BRW LeGrand (www.brwlegrand.com) is one of Denver's largest PR firms and
 was ranked in the top 13 percent of public relations firms in the United
 States by PR Week in July 2000.  The firm offers a goal-driven approach to
 business communications that builds and protects shareholder value.  BRW
 LeGrand represents companies in fast growth sectors of technology, healthcare
 and high-growth corporate sectors.
 
 

SOURCE BRW LeGrand
    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BRW LeGrand, one of the fastest growing
 Denver public relations firms specializing in creating and sustaining leading
 market positions for companies in fast-growth sections of technology, life
 sciences and high-growth national corporations, is continuing to expand
 despite the market downturn.  BRW LeGrand continues to prosper by increasing
 client billings by 100 percent in the last year, augmenting its senior
 management and continuing to recruit talented staff members.
     The firm anticipates continued growth with the combined 40 years of
 experience that recently hired Bill Marino, executive vice president, and
 Karen Conway, senior counsel, bring to the firm.  BRW LeGrand has grown from
 10 full-time staff in 2000, to 20 full-time staff in 2001, and is ranked by
 the Denver Business Journal as one of the top 10 Denver public relations firms
 (September 2000).  The firm has not fallen to the technology-driven economic
 downturn that has hit other Denver public relations firms.
     "Economic booms and busts bring with them huge successes and dismal
 failures, but always serve as catalysts for growth," said DeeDee LeGrand,
 president and co-founder of BRW LeGrand.  "Our strategic view is to diversify
 our portfolio of clients, not only with high-technology clients, but also with
 life sciences, corporate and business intelligence divisions."
     Marino provides strategic communication counsel as executive vice
 president for the firm's high technology clients Reason, Artemis Management
 Systems, PC Pinpoint and Vroom Technologies.  He also oversees strategic
 communications efforts for Meritage Private Equity Funds, a Denver-based
 venture capital firm.  Marino comes to BRW LeGrand with more than 18 years of
 experience in the industry and eight years of experience in technology and
 Internet-based management.  Previously, Marino provided strategic
 communications counsel to a number of Internet-related companies, including
 FirstSolutions, Mercury Communications, Go Media, Vector Management Group,
 Service Metrics, NetFuzion, DonorNet.com and CableNetworkz.
     "BRW LeGrand's clear focused business plan, superior management and staff,
 corporate culture and ability to shift with the changing market condition made
 me want to be a part of this energetic team," commented Bill Marino, new
 executive vice president.  "The solid partnerships and rapport with our
 customers will strengthen our role in the economy today."
     Conway is an expert in strategic planning and crisis communications for
 the firm's life sciences division.  Currently, Conway is focusing on Global
 Healthcare Exchange and Applied Precision Inc.  Conway's areas of expertise
 include strategic communications, crisis communications, media training,
 special events and lobbying.  Previously, Conway spent seven years directing
 government and public affairs activities for a Fortune 100 company, and was
 responsible for all public relations, Web-site development, employee
 relations, advertising, marketing and government relations activities in six
 Western states.  She also directed the public relations division for one of
 Colorado's largest advertising and public relations firms, where she counseled
 clients in the healthcare, food, real estate, technology and tourism
 industries.
     "The industry as a whole is experiencing challenging market conditions,"
 said Bob Wolper, BRW LeGrand chairman of the board and co-founder.  "Despite
 the uncertain conditions, our fundamentals are strong and we will continue to
 grow our client base and our team."
 
     ABOUT BRW LeGRAND
     BRW LeGrand (www.brwlegrand.com) is one of Denver's largest PR firms and
 was ranked in the top 13 percent of public relations firms in the United
 States by PR Week in July 2000.  The firm offers a goal-driven approach to
 business communications that builds and protects shareholder value.  BRW
 LeGrand represents companies in fast growth sectors of technology, healthcare
 and high-growth corporate sectors.
 
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