Makovsky is a global PR firm headquartered in New York City with another office in Washington DC. They have access to a global network of affiliates since they are a founding member of IPREX, the world’s second largest corporation of global independent public relations agencies
They specialize in three key sectors, finance and investor relations, technology, and healthcare. Over the 35+ years or so since the company was founded in 1979, they have kept strong in these areas of specialization. Allowing them to use their brand energy line – “The Power of Specialized Thinking.” The firm’s mission founding statement is “There is no task so difficult that it can’t be accomplished by a team of smart people working in harmony.”
Makovsky won 39 people, firm, and campaign awards for their PR work and financial services in 2014. Recognition came from such groups as the Bulldog Awards, Holmes Sabre, PR News Elite Awards, PRSA, the American Business Awards, and the Financial Communications Society Portfolio Award. Speaking of awards – the company hosts internal MAK awards held annually allowing various members of the company to see what others are doing well.
Some clients of Makovsky PR include Beacon Trust, American Express, Bausch & Lomb, JED Foundation, Charles Schwab, Quest Diagnostics, New York Life Investments, and WebMD.
The company receives good reviews from current and past employees. They host a monthly training and development session at what they call MAK U. Some of the other perks are Cereal Fridays, free snacks, waters, soft drinks, wine tasting events, ping pong nights, and starting employees receive three weeks paid vacation time per year. The Holmes Report named them as one of the top PR places to work in 2014.
Ken Makovsky is the founder and CEO and is a recipient of the John Hill Award for outstanding contributions to the public relations field, and a member of the PR News Hall of Fame. Ken’s blog “My Three Cents” has frequently been named the PR Blog of the year since it began in 2006.
The agency supports many charitable causes and encourages their staff to get involved in causes they believe in as well. Some members of the staff serve in positions such as board members of the American Jewish Committee, National Investor Relations Institute, CancerCare, American Heart Association, Elka Park Association, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.
This firm is one which is best for penny-stock companies and C-Level players – from everyone we speak to we believe that this firm has seen its best days.