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