Walker Sands Named to Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Seventh Consecutive Year

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With 111% Three-Year Revenue Growth, Walker Sands Appears on the Inc. 5000 for the Seventh Year Running with Ranking No. 3,274.

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So much has changed as we’ve grown, but we’ve always maintained our focus as an agency that values happy employees, happy clients and great work. That’s been the key to our seven-year stretch on the list.

For the seventh consecutive year, Inc. magazine revealed that Walker Sands, a marketing agency focused on accelerating the growth of B2B brands, is No. 3,274 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This year marks Walker Sands joining the one and a half percent of companies that have made the list seven times. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

“So much has changed as we’ve grown, but we’ve always maintained our focus as an agency that values happy employees, happy clients and great work. That’s been the key to our seven-year stretch on the list,” says Mike Santoro, president of Walker Sands. “This achievement wouldn't have been possible without our driven employees and the partnerships they’ve built with their clients. Their dedication has been fundamental in the company’s continued success and growth.”

In this past year alone, Walker Sands has hired 36 new employees, expanded its West Coast presence with a third office in Seattle, and grown its leadership team by elevating 11 veterans to VP and SVP titles after over 50 percent growth in 2018. The agency has launched three major research reports in recent months: The Future of B2B Content, State of Marketing Technology 2019 and The Future of Retail 2019, demonstrating Walker Sands’ commitment to continually building a strong foundation of industry expertise.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

In addition to being featured in the Inc. 5000 list, Walker Sands was also named the No. 6 best midsize company and No. 26 overall in Crain’s 2019 Best Places to Work in Chicago, as well as one of the Top 5 Small Agencies of the Year by The Holmes Report.

“Thus far, we’ve been able to maximize the momentum of our successes,” said Santoro. “We’re looking forward to what the future brings for Walker Sands as we continue to expand our team and further the complexity of our work.”

About Walker Sands
Walker Sands is a public relations and digital marketing agency for business-to-business technology companies. With an integrated approach to creative services, Walker Sands helps clients build brand awareness, enhance credibility and drive new business. Walker Sands is a seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree and regular recipient of some of the industry’s most prestigious awards from organizations including Entrepreneur, Holmes Report and Hermes Creative. Walker Sands was founded in 2001 and has offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. To learn more, visit walkersands.com.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

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The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

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