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Charlottesville-Based Rimm-Kaufman Group Named One of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies

August 20, 2008

The Rimm-Kaufman Group, a Charlottesville-based search marketing agency, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. This prestigious list, which has been published annually since 1982, is a leading index of the manufacturers, service providers, and entrepreneurs that fuel our nation’s economy. RKG appears on the list at #315, and is ranked 24th in the Advertising & Marketing segment. RKG is the only Charlottesville firm to make the Top 500.

“We’re beaming that RKG made the Inc. 500, though I am still a little surprised,” said Alan Rimm-Kaufman, RKG founder and president. “We’ve bootstrapped the company, placing our emphasis on creating a great place to work and on providing great value to our clients. Rapid growth wasn’t our objective. Online advertising has boomed, and we’ve grown along with the channel. I am tremendously proud of what our team has accomplished.”

Inc. Magazine based its rankings on percentage revenue growth over the 2004-2007 time periods. The list is comprised exclusively of privately held, independent companies headquartered in the U.S.

Pay-per-click search marketing — sponsored links on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other engines — has grown into a $10 billion a year industry. Many large advertisers rely on specialized search marketing agencies like RKG to manage their search campaigns.

Over the past three years RKG has grown nearly 900% and currently manages search advertising programs for more than 100 clients, from internet start-ups to online retail titans.

“To me, the greatest joy has been in the manner of growth, not the amount of growth,” said George Michie, RKG co-founder and current Principal of Search Marketing. “We’ve grown on revenues; not VC funding, not loans, not acquisitions, but rather from providing great service to a growing pool of clients. Moreover, we’re doing it in a way that generates quality jobs and career options in my home town without grinding our employees into the ground. People work hard here, but its 40 hours a week, not 60. That’s important to us.”

“We’re looking ahead to continued steady growth,” Rimm-Kaufman added. “We’re actively hiring, especially software developers.”

About The Rimm-Kaufman Group (RKG)

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia RKG was founded in 2003 by Alan Rimm-Kaufman and George Michie. RKG manages over $100 million in online search advertising for companies like Overstock.com, 1-800-Flowers, OnlineShoes.com, Zales, Drugstore.com, and many others. RKG employs more than 40 people, including many University of Virginia and James Madison University graduates.

For more on The Rimm-Kaufman Group please see www.rimmkaufman.com; for more on the Inc. 500 please see www.inc.com.

 Contact: Ryan Gibson The Rimm-Kaufman Group 434-970-1010, ext. 110 Email Contactwww.rimmkaufman.com

SOURCE: Rimm-Kaufman Group




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