Gavin™ acquires Holberg Design as part of strategic growth plan

Gavin™, a digitally minded public relations and marketing agency with offices in York and Harrisburg, today announced that it has acquired Holberg Design, a longtime York firm known for its extensive brand strategy and integrated design services.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Recently named a Business of the Year finalist by the Central Penn Business Journal, Gavin has become an agency of choice, housing the best-of-the-best talent. With the acquisition of Holberg Design, the Gavin team has expanded to more than 20 people who provide a comprehensive suite of services, including brand strategy, public relations, digital marketing and media buying.

Holberg Design founder Rick Holberg brings more than 30 years of advertising and marketing experience, adding a new layer of depth to one of the largest boutique agencies in Central Pennsylvania. As part of the deal, he has been named Vice President of Creative Strategy and Branding.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Holberg Design as part of Gavin’s strategic growth plan. Gavin continues to pursue its mission to prove that Main Street can give Madison Avenue a run for the money by growing its exceptional house of talent. Rick Holberg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences that will benefit our growing team and, ultimately, enhance the client experience,” said Mandy Arnold, Gavin’s President/CEO.

Rick Holberg brings an extensive background in insightful and creative solutions, having managed both regional and national Fortune 500 companies. At Gavin, he will continue to serve his clients with the added value and backing of expanded agency services, including public relations, crisis communications and comprehensive digital services.

“I’m excited to join the talented team at Gavin and help take the agency to new heights,” said Rick Holberg. “I’ve always seen myself as a problem solver that strives to help companies with complex branding and marketing needs reach their desired outcomes through creative solutions. Mandy Arnold shares this vision and I look forward to working with her and her team.”  

During his career, Rick has been the recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award and the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award. He is currently a professor at York College of Pennsylvania.

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About Gavin™

Gavin™ is a digitally-minded public relations and marketing agency devoted to truth in branding and driving action. Headquartered in downtown York, PA with offices in Harrisburg, PA, Gavin serves local, regional, national and international clients in b2b and b2c industries with expertise in CPG, education, health care and manufacturing/building supply. Gavin’s client roster includes WellSpan Health, Kinsley Properties, HB Global, HACC, Papa John’s Regional Coop, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Kunzler Meats and more.