MINNEAPOLIS—Tunheim Partners, one of the largest independent public relations firms in the Twin Cities, is acquiring St. Paul-based New School Communications, and will integrate the two firms over the next few months. Tunheim Partners had 2006 revenues of $3.5 million and has 30 employees. New School had 2006 revenues of $1.3 million and has 12 employees.
Blois Olson, president and chief executive of New School will serve as executive vice president at Tunheim, and will become a shareholder at the firm. He will provide particular leadership in public affairs and crisis communications, and lead new service and product initiatives. “Our regional public affairs strength and growing consumer practice will complement the already industry-leading corporate practices of Tunheim Partners,” says Olson.
At the same time, Tim Loesch, senior vice president of Tunheim Partners, was promoted to executive vice president of public relations, providing leadership in the retail and corporate communications practices.
“Each of our agencies has strong relationships with some great clients,” says Kathy Tunheim, chief executive of Tunheim Partners. “This is an opportunity to put our combined energies into innovation and new service offerings to meet future needs of those clients. We’ve had the opportunity to collaborate and compete with New School in the past, and appreciate the energy and vision they bring to our firm.”