Left to right: Tim Riester, Mirja Riester, Dan Santy, Tom Ortega and Alan Perkel.
RIESTER acquires full-service agency Santy
RIESTER announced the purchase of Santy Integrated Inc., a 25 year-old, regional advertising and public relations company that bolstered its public relations offerings two years ago with its acquisition of top Phoenix-based PR firm BJ Communications. RIESTER gains all of Santy’s full-time employees, including experts in creative, public relations, digital and strategic planning. The Firm is also delighted to welcome Santy’s top-notch clients in the categories of consumer-packaged goods, communications, construction, commercial and residential heating and cooling, restaurant, social issue and healthcare marketing as well as the iconic restaurant brand, Peter Piper Pizza. The signed agreement reflects an acquisition date of April 1. The integration process began this week to assure a seamless transition.
“We have always had tremendous respect for Dan and admired the advertising and public relations work his team created at Santy,” said RIESTER Founder and CEO Tim Riester. “Since early in 2019, RIESTER has been fortunate to earn a significant number of new clients, and adding Santy’s talented staff will help support that growth. RIESTER also has a deep expertise in the Santy client industries, making this move an immediate value for everyone.”
Founder of Santy and newly appointed RIESTER senior partner, Dan Santy, said, “There is no better group suited for the future of our current employees and for the continued success of our clients. Work will continue uninterrupted, and starting April 1, our clients will have instantaneous access to expanded services and resources from RIESTER. This includes additional executive-level perspective on their business with RIESTER’s experienced and established partners.”
Announcing this instant expansion of in-house experts and clients this month is especially timely for RIESTER, as the Firm celebrates its 30th year in business. Growth by acquisition has been one of RIESTER’s core strategies and has contributed to its 30 years of success.
All of Santy’s Scottsdale-based employees will integrate into RIESTER’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix. The current Santy office located in Brea, California will begin to operate in sync with RIESTER’s Los Angeles Office and under the RIESTER name. In addition to the iconic pizza chain, Peter Piper Pizza, transitioning clients include Kitchell, Goettl Air Conditioning, Bona, Arizona Public Service, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Circle the City, Arizona Department of Agriculture, Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Health System Alliance of Arizona.