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June 6th, 2015
SmithBucklin Acquires The Townsend Group

SmithBucklin said that it has acquired The Townsend Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based advertising, exhibit and sponsorship sales and management organization for associations. The companies’ combined expertise and resources will provide client organizations with new opportunities for non-dues revenue generation.

The announcement was made by Henry Givray, President and CEO of SmithBucklin, and Holly Townsend, founder and CEO of The Townsend Group.

Retaining its highly respected brand name, The Townsend Group will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin. Townsend will continue as President, reporting to James McNeil, Senior Vice President at SmithBucklin and President & Publisher of Information, Inc., a SmithBucklin-owned company that regularly collaborates with The Townsend Group.

“Each association has its own unique culture and goals, and I am excited to become part of an organization that recognizes that. SmithBucklin’s mission – to achieve the missions of the client organizations it serves – is completely aligned with ours,” Townsend said. “Being part of SmithBucklin will help us both identify and execute many more opportunities to help organizations increase non-dues revenue growth, offer industry-leading practices and deliver unique new services to our clients.”

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