40 Under 40 2020 | Aaron Blank, The Fearey Group, 39

The epitome of growth at one company, Blank first joined Seattle-based The Fearey Group in 2005 as a senior account executive. After accumulating numerous senior titles, he took ownership as CEO, president and partner in 2014 — and in a 12-month period saw 35% revenue growth. This began a still-ongoing streak of double-digit annual increases that saw the firm’s revenue approach $3 million in 2019.

Blank’s impact, though, is felt far beyond his office. Emerald City residents will owe him a debt of gratitude when Seattle’s still unnamed National Hockey League team debuts in late 2021. Numerous local leaders have turned to Blank to help shape the story of hockey in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his key role during the team’s birthing process, he helped grow youth hockey culture in town and created numerous popular sponsorship opportunities, including the first official team Zamboni.

Blank has made an international impression, too. He is the immediate past president of the Public Relations Global Network, with 54 offices on six continents. He is the second-youngest person to ever hold that position.

And he still finds the time to give back — a lot. The ArtsFund, which supports Seattle-area arts organizations, and Children’s HopeChest, a nonprofit that empowers orphaned and impoverished children and their communities, are just two of the groups with which Blank works closely.

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