Crosswind Media & Public Relations (www.crosswindpr.com), one of the fastest growing PR agencies in the American Southwest, announced its ranking as the top agency in Texas for healthcare clients, according to the O’Dwyer’s annual survey of U.S. PR Firms.
Crosswind President and CEO Thomas Graham reports a 59 percent increase in client billings over the past 24 months. According to Graham, who is also the founder of Crosswind, the new positioning is a reflection of the firm’s continuing success in serving the growing number of industry-leading healthcare and biotechnology companies and foundations headquartered in and expanding across Texas.
“It’s an honor to have O’Dwyer’s magazine recognize our success in Texas and list us among the best-known and largest PR firms in the country,” said Graham. “And it’s a tribute to our team’s depth of experience and Texas-sized roll-up-your-sleeves approach to work.”
Growing IR strength
Crosswind also ranked as the 2nd largest agency in Texas for financial and investor relations, according to the 2015 O’Dwyer survey. Graham also personally leads the firm’s IR practice and is a longstanding member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world, with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization. Graham previously served as head of communications for North America for a top-ten global financial institution and was a practice leader and senior mergers-and-acquisition positioning counsel for two of the largest PR firms in the world.
Crosswind’s Austin-based top-ranking healthcare practice is led by Angela Dejene, who joined the firm in 2014 from Washington, D.C. Dejene previously worked in the nation’s capital as a lobbyist for America’s nursing professionals and as an issues specialist with Families USA, which spearheaded a national alliance critically important to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.
“Angela has a tremendous national reputation in the healthcare industry, and her passion and enthusiasm for our clients is unmatched,” said Graham. “She challenges assumptions and pushes boundaries. Her tenacity and strategic insight has allowed us to forge new partnerships and win new clients, propelling us to the top position in Texas healthcare PR.”