Meredith Dropkin

Grapevine Communications Signs 24 New Clients in 2011 and Looks Forward to 10-Year Anniversary in 2012

Ad Agency Is Named One of the 'Top 25 Ad Agencies in Southwest Florida'
by Tampa Bay Business Journal for the 8th Consecutive Year

Sarasota, Florida – January 10, 2012 – Grapevine Communications, the area's leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, is continuing to grow with the addition of 24 new clients and two new staff members in 2011, and is looking forward to celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012. The agency also was recognized recently as one of the "Top 25 Ad Agencies in Southwest Florida" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the eighth consecutive year.

"As we celebrate 10 years of doing business in Sarasota-Manatee, we are continuing to grow and diversify, both in the types of clients we serve and the services we offer," said Grapevine Founder and President Angela Massaro-Fain. "With the economy beginning to rebound, we have recently grown our staff by hiring another Account Executive and a PR and Design Associate, and increasing the ways in which we can help position our clients for success, from social media to more traditional channels such as print, radio, TV and web. We're proud to be the only Sarasota-Manatee agency to be named one of the Top 25 Ad Agencies in Southwest Florida by the Tampa Bay Business Journal eight years in a row."

Grapevine's expanding client list represents a wide range of industries. The addition of Advantage Puck Technologies of Pennsylvania, Simplimatic Automation of Virginia and MultiFlex Inc. of Bradenton expands on one of the agency's specialty niches in the packaging industry. Other new clients include local service-based businesses, from Home-Tech, a leading air conditioning and major appliance sales and service provider based in Fort Myers and with a local office in East Manatee County, to Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA, based in Atlanta with a local office in Bradenton.

Grapevine also continues to serve the community with pro-bono services for non-profit organizations, from established non-profits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast to newly formed foundations such as the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund. Last October, Grapevine played a pivotal role in planning and promoting the first fundraising gala for The Payton Wright Foundation, which raised a net of $84,000 for the non-profit's mission of aiding families with children suffering from pediatric brain cancer and furthering pediatric brain cancer research.

"We're pleased to add to our already diverse roster of clients," said John Fain, Grapevine's Executive Vice President. "Our long-term growth strategy depends on serving a wide range of businesses across many sectors. We're seeing that strategy pay off as we continue to sign on new clients who require our services for a variety of advertising, marketing and public relations needs."

The full list of clients signed on by Grapevine in 2011 is as follows:

  1. Advantage Puck (Packaging Industry Manufacturer)
  2. Bay Point Wealth Management
  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
  4. Bright Futures Electric
  5. City of North Port
  6. Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
  7. Gulfstream Property & Casualty Insurance
  8. Gustafson & Associates (Healthcare Industry Revenue Cycle Consultants)
  9. Harrison, Kirkland, Pratt & McGuire, Attorneys at Law
  10. Home-Tech, Inc. (Air Conditioning and Major Appliance Sales and Service)
  11. IASIS Healthcare
  12. Living on the Suncoast Magazine
  13. Manatee County Medical Society
  14. Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA
  15. MultiFlex Inc. (Conveyor & Pallet Transfer Systems)
  16. Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, Attorneys at Law
  17. Octex LLC (Plastic Injection Molding)
  18. Payton Wright Foundation
  19. Robert L. Taylor Community Complex – City of Sarasota
  20. Simplimatic Automation (Conveyor & Material Handling Systems)
  21. Snowbird Concierge
  22. Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund
  23. The Ranch Family Grill & Bar
  24. Zivic Solutions, Ltd. (Attorneys)

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at