CHICAGO—SmithBucklin Corporation, a leading association management company, has acquired Tech Image, one of the leading technology public relations firms in the Midwest.
Tech Image will retain its offices in Buffalo Grove, and CEO and founder Michael Nikolich and chief operating officer Dennis Collins will continue in their current executive leadership positions at the firm. In addition, Nikolich will become a member of SmithBucklin’s corporate management team. Cindy Kuhn, SmithBucklin’s senior vice president of marketing & communications services, will oversee Tech Image post-acquisition.
“We are very excited about this acquisition because Tech Image is regarded as a trusted business partner by several of our key technology association and user group clients,” says Henry Givray, chairman and CEO of SmithBucklin. “Tech Image has a 13-year track record and has grown at an accelerated rate during the past five years, making it one of the strongest technology PR boutiques in the country.
“There are strong business and operational synergies between the two companies. Tech Image will have the opportunity to create award-winning campaigns for SmithBucklin’s clients and provide additional capabilities to its clients through our service offerings.”
All Tech Image employees were hired as SmithBucklin employees and the firm will continue its partnership in the Worldcom Public Relations Group, an international network of independent public relations firms.
According to Nikolich: “Tech Image shares the same values as SmithBucklin and our cultures are very similar. We have very ambitious growth plans and this acquisition will help us accelerate the process.”