MINNEAPOLIS AND PORTLAND, Ore. (March 16, 2017) – Harvest PR & Marketing, a food, farm and lifestyle communications firm with offices in Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., has been named the nation’s most outstanding boutique agency in the 2017 PRWeek Awards.
Held tonight at a gala event at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street, the prestigious PRWeek Awards recognizes the very best corporate, agency, nonprofit and education teams. The PR industry considers a PRWeek Award one of the highest honors in the profession.
Harvest took top honors in the Outstanding Boutique Agency category, which recognizes the accomplishments of firms with annual revenues less than $5 million. Judges selected Harvest among five finalists based on financial results, client retention and growth, human resources programs and community service.
Founded in 2005, Harvest brings to its clients the progressive food and beverage mindsets of the Pacific Northwest with the agricultural heritage of the Midwest. Its staff features agency veterans who have worked with some of the nation’s leading food, farm and lifestyle brands, paired with dynamic strategists who are experts in the latest media, digital and social media practices. The 14-person agency realized more than 40 percent growth last year, while strengthening employee retention and wellness programs – such as its “5 for 5” program, which rewards employees with an all-expenses paid vacation valued at $5,000 at their five-year anniversary.
Harvest clients include American Lamb Board, Delacon, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, Mushroom Council, Pear Bureau Northwest, Southern Peanut Growers and U.S. Apple Association.
“This is without a doubt the highest honor our agency could receive,” said Heidi Nelson, Harvest founder and principal. “Outstanding Boutique Agency of course recognizes our agency growth and client results, but it also honors the resources we have invested in creating a healthy working environment, empowering our team members with fulfilling roles and developing effective internal processes.”