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Vistage Honors Rob Gaedtke With 2022 Leadership Award

Rob Gaedtke, president and CEO of integrated marketing agency KPS3, is the recipient of a 2022 Leadership Award by Vistage, the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses. The Vistage Leadership Award celebrates a member’s enduring excellence in leadership, recognizing the discernible impact they’ve had on their business, Vistage group and community. “As my longest-term member of my CEO peer group, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Rob grow personally and professionally through...

Love your community, love your work

Not many fond memories exist from 2020. The pandemic had pushed people into isolation, depression, and fear of the future. Many of us didn’t know what to do—but as a group of folks who have always put community first, we knew we couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. In this time when so much was unknown, our clients rose to the occasion to help meet the people who were the most in need. We banded together to transform...

KPS3 Ranks on the 2022 Inc. 5000 Annual List

Second consecutive year that KPS3 has been ranked Inc. revealed that for the second consecutive year KPS3 has ranked on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. KPS3 ranked No. 4,911 on the 2022 Inc. 5000. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their...

Annie Wagner Earns Certificate in Principles of Public Relations

Annie Wagner, social media coordinator at KPS3, has successfully completed the Examination for the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations (CPPR). The CPPR is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which also administers the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). According to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the CPPR is an entry-level certificate designed to demonstrate a fundamental level of knowledge for graduates entering the public relations profession and related fields. “We are proud of...

Welcome Students – Kicking off the College Externship Program

Introduction Education isn’t just about academics, but the experiences we have in between. I always believed the reason for college is to land an internship. And that internship would lead to a person’s first job. That’s how my career started anyway. As I worked towards my degree, I met an adjunct professor, Stan Byers. He worked at the time as the creative director at Rose/Glenn (and later started his own agency), and he helped me land my first internship....

Julia and Jenna join the ranks of KPS3 ownership

Julia Jones, director of SEO & digital media, and Jenna Hubert, creative director, are the newest agency shareholders. Both Jones and Hubert have been with KPS3 for more than 10 years and have played an active role in growing the team from 10 employees to more than 55 in the last decade. “Julia and Jenna are crazy talented individuals who have contributed greatly to the success of KPS3,” said Rob Gaedtke, president and CEO. “We are committed to a...

KPS3 Ranks on the 2021 Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine Reveals Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 Inc. magazine today revealed that KPS3 is No. 4,335 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. “I’m...

PRSA Celebrates the Champions of Public Relations

In May, the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognized public relations, communications and marketing work and professionals from across the region at their annual Silver Spike Awards. The theme of the event was “Champions,” acknowledging that PR practitioners have been among the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic as they remained committed to success and survival – for themselves, for their community and for their clients. We sent our personal salute to our...

Santa Maria Valley Paid People to Visit. And It Worked.

The Visit Santa Maria Valley team, like every other destination marketing organization, was feeling the adverse effects on travel due to COVID-19. Santa Barbara County was still in the “purple tier.” This tier indicated a widespread status, meaning many non-essential indoor business operations still remained closed, and high daily averages of COVID-19 cases (per 100K) as well as a high positivity rate of COVID-19, were still in effect. In December 2020, the pandemic showed no signs of slowing. In...

Brittany Silva Promoted to VP, Client Strategy

KPS3, a full-service marketing and digital communications firm, has elevated Brittany Silva to vice president of client strategy, leading marketing efforts for KPS3’s growing team and its expansion of clients regionally and nationally. Silva has more than a decade of successful marketing experience. She will collaborate and engage with clients across a multitude of industries and support the growth and success of their marketing communication efforts. In addition, she will work with the firm’s current client strategy team to...