INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Blandford-Akins is absorbed by Point

DALLAS: Participants insist Point Public Relations did not buy out

or acquire 25-year-old full-service Texas agency Blandford-Akins, but of

the two independent firms, only Point will exist by the end of the

year.



Founder and CEO of Blandford-Akins, Leslie Blandford-Akins, has joined

Point Public Relations as senior vice president, taking four of her nine

employees, along with 20 clients, with her. Blandford-Akins told PRWeek

that she was eager to fold her agency because she was tired of

administrative work, rather than wanting to cash in. She also stressed

that she pocketed no money from the deal.



Blandford-Akins had agency billings of over dollars 2 million last year.

Point executives estimated 30% client growth through their ingestion of

former Blandford-Akins clients. Point had billings of dollars 36 million

last year.



"I was working 18 hours a day, seven days a week," said

Blandford-Akins.



"I wanted to go back to what I do best and that's account services,

public relations and promotions."



N. Scott Jones, president of Point Public Relations, said the clients

and expertise of Blandford-Akins would complement Point's recent

acquisition of the Hay Agency, making Point a dominant player in real

estate PR in the Southwest.



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