Linn gives up San Francisco firm for greener pastures

EUGENE, OR: Bill Linn, founder of Linn PR, has traded in the San Francisco skyline for cattle and a chicken coop.

EUGENE, OR: Bill Linn, founder of Linn PR, has traded in the San Francisco skyline for cattle and a chicken coop.

Having grown tired of running Linn PR, his video-game and electronic-entertainment specialty firm, Linn sold his house and moved his family to a 33-acre cattle ranch in middle of Oregon. He closed down Linn PR August 30.

Much of Linn's staff and clients have gone to work for EVP Erica Kohnke, who opened her own video-game PR firm in Linn's former San Francisco space.

"Bill created the perfect opportunity for us," says Kohnke, now president of Kohnke Communications. "We had developed such a kick-ass team, I thought it would be such a waste to see that disappear."

"I wanted to reconnect with my family," Linn explained. He started the firm five years ago in San Francisco, and also had a New York office.

"In the agency world, PR can take its toll," he added. "I'd often travel three or four days a week. My family suffered a little. So now I'm raising chickens, geese, lambs, and kids."

Linn will still work as a consultant, and said he has already signed a client. He has also been approached by various video-game companies.

"You can do PR from anywhere as long as you have a phone," said Linn, whose home office now overlooks pastures and a chicken coop.

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