Eli Kirk Announces Acquisition of Creative Agency Riser | EKR

Eli Kirk Acquires Award-Winning Creative Agency Riser

Eli Kirk today announced the acquisition of Riser, a Utah-based creative agency that produces award-winning creative work for global brands ranging from Disney and Pepsico to National Geographic and Google.

Through the acquisition, which was formalized on August 1, the two agencies are now housed together in Provo, forming a 67-person team that will fuse Eli Kirk’s proven approach to brand development, comprehensive marketing strategy and industry-leading interactive capabilities with Riser’s deep creative experience, industry leadership and national audience.

“This move strengthens our profile as one of the top marketing and creative firms in the region,” said Eli Kirk CEO Lance Black. “Through the union of our talented teams and their combined experience and expertise, we stand better poised than ever to serve Utah’s best companies while expanding the breadth of work available to Riser’s national client base.”

As part of the acquisition, Riser CEO Michael Janda, who brings more than 20 years of experience as a designer and agency executive, has joined the company’s management team as an equity partner and chief creative officer. In that role, he will oversee creative work for all of the agency’s clients.

“The strengths and weaknesses inside each of our businesses are made whole through this acquisition, and I couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunities ahead of us as a unified agency,” Janda said. “We’ll now be able to offer our Riser client base a broader range of marketing, design and development services through a dramatically larger team and infrastructure. I am excited about many new ways to produce ROI for our clients by helping them grow revenue.”

Prior to founding Riser in Los Angeles and relocating to Utah in 2002, Janda served as a senior creative director in Hollywood, where he headed the internet groups for Fox Family and Fox Kids. He is also the author of Burn Your Portfolio, a top-selling book in the design industry that teaches the real-world practices of business that frequently get overlooked by design schools.

Founded in Los Angeles in 2002, Riser is a digital agency built on more than a decade of working with global brands, including Google, Disney, Sony, National Geographic, ABC and FOX. Riser has been ranked as one of the top 100 digital agencies in the world and has received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Favourite Website Awards (FWA) and the American Advertising Federation. In Utah, Riser has received 17 Best of State awards and has been recognized by the Mountain West Capital Network, Utah Business magazine and BusinessQ as one of the state’s fastest-growing companies.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Provo, Utah, Eli Kirk is a leading brand management, Web development and marketing firm focused on creating memorable brands that produce measurable results. As one of Utah’s largest marketing firms, Eli Kirk serves international technology brands like Hewlett-Packard, Adobe, Micro Focus, and Landesk, as well as local brand giants that include Big-D Construction, d?TERRA and Brigham Young University. In all cases, Eli Kirk focuses on creating brand experiences and marketing programs that drive revenue, increase customer loyalty and create lasting business value.

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