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Advertising Age Names Hitchcock Fleming & Associates as One of the 50 Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media

AKRON, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2015) – Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc. (hfa), a leading marketing communications agency, today was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media in the U.S. by Advertising Age. hfa, the only Ohio agency to receive this distinction, placed 15th overall based on criteria such as hiring practices, benefits packages, salaries, office perks, workplace environment and design. More than 21,000 employees from agencies from across the country were surveyed as part of the selection process.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, hfa's core values include collaboration, engagement, integrity, aspiration, creativity and fun. hfa management believes in nurturing associate success by creating a framework for collaboration, providing a work environment that's a reflection of its employees—energetic, vibrant and creative—and implementing cross-departmental career development programs.

Senior management also encourages creativity by filling the agency with bright minds and cutting them loose to ricochet off one another and spark moments of genius.

"As always, the competition was tough. Out of the hundreds of companies who applied, we're calling out more honorees than ever before. Fifty big shops, independents, agencies, ad tech, and media companies earned recognition for being leaders in recruiting, retaining, and cultivating talent," said Ken Wheaton, editor of Advertising Age. "At the end of the day all these organizations are in the talent business and they're doing it right. They're finding interesting, relevant, and often unexpected ways to create cultures and work environments that keep employees engaged."

Chuck Abraham, hfa managing partner/CFO, said, "At hfa, our most important assets walk out the door every night. We wouldn't be where we are today without the talented minds of the associates who have dedicated their careers to hfa throughout the last 75 years, and it's important for us to recognize this through our business practices. To be named one of the 50 best advertising and media work places in America by such an esteemed organization as Advertising Age is very humbling. We feel very honored."

Submissions were evaluated by Advertising Age research partner Buck Consultants LLC. With nearly a century of experience in employee and human resource consulting, Buck crafted two surveys to help Advertising Age find the companies with the best benefits and most-engaged employees. The employer survey contained about 100 questions, including questions about pay, promotions, health care and other benefits and hiring practices. The employee survey contained about 50 questions. It measured aspects of the workplace environment that contribute to an engaged staff, including matters such as fairness of pay, vacation time, relationships with management and co-workers, career development and other workplace issues. Any agency, ad tech or media company with more than 40 full-time employees in the U.S. was eligible.

About hfa

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc. (hfa) is more than a top-caliber marketing communications agency—it is a force for success for all of its clients. Named one of the 50 best places to work in advertising and media by Advertising Age in 2015 and twice named one of the Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, hfa provides creative expertise in branding, research, strategic planning, digital solutions, social media marketing, public relations and media. hfa has the skill set to take on projects in any category with specialties in the automotive, building and healthcare industries. For more information, visit teamhfa.com.

About Advertising Age

Advertising Age is the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for the marketing and media community. Ongoing coverage of strategic topics like CMO Strategy and data-driven marketing is complemented by breaking news on digital, social media and more. The 85-year-old media group also produces original rankings including the 100 Leading National Advertisers, 100 Leading Media Companies, and Agency A-List.