FINN Partners Acquires Award-Winning Integrated Marketing Agency AHA | national news

NEW YORK, February 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Independent global marketing and communications firm FINN Partners today announced the acquisition of AHA (Alling Henning Associates), a 52-person women-owned branding and creative agency and whose head office is located at Vancouver, Washington. Betsy Henning, founder and CEO of AHA, will join FINN as managing partner of the new global internal communications and employee engagement practice to capitalize on the growing demand for these specialized services.

Founded in 1994 and today one of the largest independent marketing agencies in the Portland metropolitan area, AHA is a pioneer in goal-oriented marketing and specializes in creative storytelling. The agency offers the full spectrum of branding, creative and execution, and program implementation. For more than 25 years, AHA has honed its expertise in employee engagement, content marketing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, all key growth areas for FINN.

AHA’s diverse portfolio spans technology, consumer, financial services, B2B and employee engagement. Current and past AHA customers include Nike, Microsoft, HP, VMware, Johnson & Johnson, Comcast and NBCUniversal.

“AHA and FINN are a perfect match on many levels. We share the same core values ​​and a goal-oriented approach. They have deep experience in the financial and technology industry, adding firepower to two of our practice areas at most importantly, they bring highly coveted specialist expertise in internal communications and employee engagement programs, as well as communications to support talent recruitment and retention. have increased their focus on these services and now FINN will be able to provide strategic advice and creative services to meet this growing need, to current clients and a wide range of prospects,” said Peter Finn, Founding Managing Partner and CEO, FINN partners.

Betsy Henning, Managing Partner, Internal Communications and Employee Engagement, FINN Partners, added, “It’s an incredibly exciting time. The Great Resignation fundamentally transformed the employer-employee relationship. In many ways, it’s a blank slate, but there’s one fundamental thing we’ve learned from our long and deep experience working with clients on employee engagement programs: helping employees to seeing the power of the brand and business by connecting to its purpose generates real business impact. Joining FINN Partners offers the rare combination of aligned values ​​and precisely the global reach, expanded services and additional resources that our clients and employees crave. We are delighted to join this exceptional agency. »

AHA’s leadership will remain in place and the agency will continue to operate as usual without staff reorganizations or layoffs. AHA will operate under the FINN brand.

John Burns de Clare Advisors made the introduction between FINN Partners and AHA and helped facilitate the transaction.

About FINN Partners, Inc.

Founded in 2011 on the fundamental principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, FINN Partners has grown from approximately $24 million close to fees $170 million fee over ten years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company’s record pace is the result of organic growth and bringing new businesses and people into the FINN world through a common philosophy. With more than 1,000 professionals, FINN offers its clients global access and capabilities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In addition, FINN offers its clients access to the best agencies around the world through its membership in the global PROI network. Based at New York, FINN’s other offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, denver, Detroit, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, hong kong, Honolulu, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, Southern California, Vancouver and washington d.c. Find us on and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @finnpartners.

About the AHA

AHA Inc. is an independent, women-owned creative agency founded in 1994. We are a new generation of agencies that combine award-winning marketing and storytelling for targeted brands with deep expertise in content marketing, social responsibility businesses and employees. commitment. Our forward-looking approach draws on over 25 years of experience in everything from sustainability to social impact. From our office just outside Portland, OR, we team up with Fortune 500 leaders including lululemon, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, VMware and more. Visit our website at to learn more.


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