Alan Rimm-Kaufman, PhD (1968 – 2009)

Alan Rimm-Kaufman

Alan Rimm-Kaufman founded the Rimm-Kaufman Group in 2003. In 2008, RKG was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

Prior to founding the firm, Alan was the vice president of marketing for Crutchfield Corporation. During Alan’s five years at Crutchfield, company revenues grew 48%, reaching $192 million in 2002. Internet revenues grew over 450%, reaching $80 million in ‘02. During this period, Crutchfield earned “Best of the Web” commendations from Time Magazine, Internet Retailer, BizRate, Forbes, and US News & World Report.

Alan held a doctorate degree in operations research from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS degree with honors in applied mathematics from Yale University. Alan held appointments as Visiting Professor in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and was a Fellow at the Center for the Management of Information Technology (CMIT) at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. In 2002, he founded the web advertising roundtable.

Alan died from leukemia in July of 2009. He was a 14 year survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Between bone marrow transplants, he built a strong, profitable, Inc 500 company that continues to thrive.

Those who had the good fortune to meet Alan knew him as a man of integrity, intelligence, and humility, which he combined with nearly boundless energy and a joy of life few can match. We miss his exuberance and his tremendous generosity of spirit.

The Rimm-Kaufman Group remains committed to providing both thought-leadership in the industryand peerless results for our clients. Like any good leader, Alan built this team to be stronger than any individual member. Our growth and continuing success since the onset of his illness in the Spring of 2008 is a testament to his leadership and our shared vision.

We hope that individuals will consider joining the national bone marrow registry.

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RKG Honored as #315 on Inc 500

August, 2008

RKG has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. This prestigious list, which has been published annually since 1982, is a leading index of the manufacturers, service providers, and entrepreneurs that fuel our nation’s economy. RKG appears on the list at #315, and is ranked 24th in the Advertising & Marketing segment.

RKG is #315 for 2008 Inc 500“We’ve bootstrapped the company, placing our emphasis on creating a great place to work and on providing great value to our clients. Rapid growth wasn’t our objective. Online advertising has boomed, and we’ve grown along with the channel. I am tremendously proud of what our team has accomplished.” said Alan Rimm-Kaufman.

From 2005-2007, RKG has grown nearly 900% and currently manages search advertising programs for more than 100 clients, from internet start-ups to multichannel retail titans.