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Kuhn & Wittenborn merges with Trozzolo

Kuhn & Wittenborn, a household name in the Kansas City advertising industry, has merged its operations with Trozzolo Communications Group. With the merger, Trozzolo gains several new associates from Kuhn & Wittenborn, adding significant talent and capabilities to its team.

Whitey Kuhn, founder of the agency, joins Trozzolo’s board of directors, and Julie Robinson, Kuhn & Wittenborn’s senior vice president, joins Trozzolo as senior vice president/account group director and a member of the agency’s executive team. The new associates will join the team at Trozzolo’s Gee Whiz Factory.

“We have respected the work coming out of Kuhn & Wittenborn since we opened our own doors. When this opportunity presented itself, we knew it would be a great fit for all of us,“ said Angelo Trozzolo, president and CEO of Trozzolo. “We are humbled Whitey has entrusted us with his clients and staff, and are excited about what this means for the future of our agency.”

Kuhn & Wittenborn, founded in 1978, has long been an established and respected firm within the Kansas City advertising community and beyond. The agency has worked with a broad range of clients, including Government Employees Health Association, Kansas Speedway, the Vanguard Group, Assurant Employee Benefits and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

“As we began exploring options for our agency’s next phase, it was critical to find a cultural match,” said Kuhn. “We have admired the Trozzolos for many years. The synergies between our agency cultures are amazing, and our combined strengths will mean expanded capabilities for both agencies’ clients. I can’t imagine finding a better partner than Trozzolo.”

In 2003, Trozzolo merged with public relations firm Blades & Associates to form one of the region’s first fully integrated marketing agencies. In 2008, the agency added Corporate Communications Group to strengthen its strategic consulting and crisis communication practices. That same year, Trozzolo acquired Prairie Dog, a national hospital marketing firm.

With each of these mergers, Trozzolo has added significant talent and expertise to both its staff and its board of directors. The board includes Becky Blades, founder of Blades & Associates; David Westbrook, founder of Corporate Communications Group; Phil Smith, founder of Prairie Dog; and now, Whitey Kuhn.

“Our board of directors is quickly becoming a Hall of Fame of Kansas City business leaders and communicators. It’s exciting for me to have such a strong group of mentors to help strengthen our business and create an impact for our clients and our community,” said Trozzolo.