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Josh Kohnstamm has created a haven for experienced public relations practitioners who found that as they rose through the ranks in larger, established agencies they found themselves getting further and further from their clients.

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Josh Kohnstamm has created a haven for experienced public relations practitioners who found that as they rose through the ranks in larger, established agencies they found themselves getting further and further from their clients—focused either on bringing in new business for junior staff to service or managing the business rather than doing what they do, and enjoy, best. With a 10-person staff that includes veterans of larger firms including Shandwick, Hill & Knowlton, and GCI/Tunheim, Kohnstamm offers clients all the experience, wisdom, and media relationships of a larger firm with the flexibility and low overhead of a boutique firm.
 
The client list ranges from educational institutions (the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota) to food and beverage companies, with particular expertise in the natural and organic foods category. Interesting assignments in 2001 included media relations for Honest Tea (which culminated in the product being named to Oprah’s “favorite things” list), promotion of the world’s reigning pizza tossing champion for the opening of a new restaurant in Sioux Falls (which ended up on a Fox News broadcast), and an ongoing campaign for Zoe Foods (which was praised by The Today Show food and nutrition expert Phil Lempert).
 
New clients included HMO Health Partners, EbenX, the non-profit Community Solutions Fund, Cherokee State Bank, the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota, Earth Bud-Eze, Attitude Matters, and Rag & Bone. Growth for the year was a very healthy 25 percent.
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