MWW Acquires AVS, Expands L.A. Operations
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MWW Acquires AVS, Expands L.A. Operations

New Jersey-based MWW Group, a subsidiary of Golin/Harris, is expanding its west coast operations, merging Los Angeles public affairs firm AVS Consulting into its existing L.A. office.

Paul Holmes

LOS ANGELES, July 26—New Jersey-based MWW Group, a subsidiary of Golin/Harris, is expanding its west coast operations, merging Los Angeles public affairs firm AVS Consulting into its existing L.A. office. MWW entered the Los Angeles market in 1999 with its acquisition of The Englander Group and expanded there last year with the addition of David Herbst to its management team.
 
Joining MWW through this latest acquisition is Arthur Sohikian, president and founder of AVS, which serves clients including Allied Waste Industries, The Newhall Land and Farming Company, ATC Public Transportation, Trillium USA, and the Edmund Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles.
 
According to general manager Harvey Englander, “Arthur has an impressive track record in developing successful campaigns, along with a well-established client base in the Los Angeles region.”
 
Before founding AVS in 1997, Sohikian was the director of government affairs for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he was the primary contact with the Clinton Administration and Congress and was responsible for overseeing one of the most ambitious transportation policy and funding programs in the country. Prior to the MTA, Sohikian worked for California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, Mike Roos.
 
“The addition of Arthur and his clients to our Los Angeles office strengthens our already solid public affairs and issue advocacy department,” said Michael Kempner, president and CEO of The MWW Group. “The merger with AVS brings our firm a new and expanded focus in the transportation funding arena.”
 
Kempner said  the L.A. office had added$1 million in new business over the past six months, and now has revenues of $2.5 million from 29 clients.
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