RICHMOND—J.R. Hipple, one of the founding partners at Virginia-based Carter Ryley Thomas, has resigned to spend more time with family and possibly pursue other business interests.
Hipple’s management duties will be split among three long-standing CRT executives: Mike Mulvihill, chief operating officer and chief strategic officer; Brian Ellis, executive vice president; and Peggy Cummings, executive vice president.
Chairman and CEO Mark Raper will continue to lead the firm, and will continue focusing on CRT’s more aggressive strategy to grow via merger, acquisition and office openings in new markets.
“J.R.’s vast experience, his management talents and his heart will be missed,” said Raper. “CRT has grown into a top 25 independent agency and established itself as the number one place to work in our industry, in no small part because of J.R.”
Said Hipple, ““I’m leaving great friends at CRT,” explained Hipple. “Over the last 10 years, we’ve built one of the best agencies in the world. I’m proud of that.”
Prior to joining CRT, Hipple was managing director of public relations for Fahlgren Martin, a Lintas:USA agency, where he supervised operations in Atlanta, Richmond, Tampa, Toledo, Cincinnati and Parkersburg, W.Va. Hipple also was the founder and president of Richmond-based Hawley Martin Hipple Public Relations. He also worked with Edward L. Bernays, considered to be one of the founders of the public relations profession.