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Headquartered in Houston, where the business headlines over the past 18 months have been dominated by news of Enron, Vollmer Public Relations saw a significant upswing in community relations activity by its clients, a reaction to both business scandals and the events of September 11, which caused many companies to take a long hard look at the way they were relating to their communities. Similar factors drove the firm’s crisis management practice, housed in subsidiary Shelton & Caudle.
 That helped Vollmer, which had grown rapidly during the dot-com era through its work for clients like Travelocity.com, hold its own last year, with revenues down just 4 percent and staffing levels steady at around 60 people despite softness in the tech sector. The firm’s New York office, opened in 2001, held its own and expects to add staffers in 2003. New business came from the consumer category, with major additions including Marie Callender’s Frozen Foods, the Harris County Flood Control District, Pinnacle Financial Strategies, and HQ Global Workplaces.
 High-profile assignments in 2002 included the Texas Council on Family Violence campaign to encourage victims of domestic abuse to seek help. And the firm’s continued work with Travelocity continued, even in a soft travel marketplace. Vollmer has positioned Travelocity through the use of a variety of spokespeople to be the most visible travel resource to national broadcast and print media as well as to travelers at large.
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