Top 10 Job Creator in Virginia
Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Awards recognizes America’s leading job creators
New York, NY (October 24, 2013) – Search and digital marketing agency, RKG, ranked among the top job creators in the advertising & marketing industry in the US – and is the highest ranking full-service search and digital agency in the 2nd annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years.
RKG generated a 56% increase in jobs from January 1st, 2012 to June 30th 2013, placing it among the top private business job creators within the advertising & marketing industry, as well as being a top 10 job creator in Virginia – ranking #8 in the state. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, RKG hired over 73 people during the eligibility period.
This year, RKG was named the fastest-growing search agency by Advertising Age and experienced over 80% growth in 2012. The agency continues to grow and is now hiring: www.rkgjobs.com.
“RKG helps clients get discovered in a digital world,” said George Gallate, CEO of RKG. “Working with more of the IR Top 500 retailers than any other digital marketing agency, we have built our reputation by building their businesses – we’re smart people, working with proprietary technology. While we’re proud of our business growth and the results we achieve for clients – we’re most proud to be a top US job creator.”
RKG is among the 437 private growth companies that are HIRE POWER AWARDS honorees, leading the way in creating more American jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only 222,000 full-time jobs were added in 2012—compare those numbers to the honorees of the Inc. magazine’s HIRE POWER AWARDS, which created 69,182 jobs between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. These small to mid-sized companies and others just like RKG could hold the key to restoring America’s economic vitality.
“For the second year in a row, we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work for a second time,” says Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “The HIRE POWER AWARDS are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.”
“At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we understand the vital role of small and mid-sized businesses in the local economy,” said George Smith, head of Business Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “And we are proud to partner with Inc. to sponsor the Hire Power Awards to recognize these business leaders.”
An award ceremony, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will take place November 12, 2013 in San Francisco.
The Inc. Hire Power Award is for US-based, private companies (both for profit and non-profit). Companies must have been founded in 2011 or earlier and have employed at least 10 full-time US-based employees as of December 31, 2012. Companies must complete the Employee Verification Report. Top award finalists may also be asked to provide their 2012 EEO Employer Information Report.
Award categories include most jobs created in the US, most jobs created by state, most jobs created by industry and highest employee growth percentage,). Companies featured in Inc.’s November issue represent the top tier winners for the Higher Power Award and a complete list of the winners can be found on www.Inc.com.
RKG is a search and digital marketing agency that combines superior marketing talent with leading edge technology to create the industry’s most effective data-driven digital marketing solutions. RKG drives business to clients by maximizing a full range of opportunities including pay-per-click, SEO, social media, display advertising and comparison shopping engine management services. Founded in 2003, RKG partners with clients in retail, travel, financial and B2B organizations ranging in size from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, including CareerBuilder, Drugstore.com, Express, Herman Miller, Jones New York and Urban Outfitters. In 2013, Advertising Age ranked RKG the fastest growing search agency. A privately held company, RKG is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA with offices in Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Bend, OR and Boston, MA. For more information visit www.rimmkaufman.com or follow RKG on Twitter @rimmkaufman.
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. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com
About Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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