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Margery Kraus founded APCO 25 years ago and it continues to succeed. Its 2008 global revenues grew more than 15% despite the recession. Kraus remains active, traveling worldwide to counsel clients and overseeing 500-plus practitioners in 29 offices. In December she will become chairman of The Council of PR Firms, where she is also a board member. She's a trustee at the Institute for Public Relations and the Arthur Page Society. In the past, Kraus was named PR Woman of the Year by the Washington Women in PR, but clearly her influence extends beyond the Beltway.