Propeller, Waller PR Merge to Expand Services

COMBINED EXPERTISE: Jesse Boudiette, center, founder of Propeller Communications, stands with Barrett and Mary Waller, founders of Waller & Company PR. The two companies recently announced their merger in order to offer their clients enhanced services and broader staff expertise. The combined company will operate as Propeller Communications.

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Propeller Communications and Waller & Company, two Tulsa-based marketing and public relations consulting agencies, have joined forces to offer their clients enhanced services and broader staff expertise.

The combined company will operate as Propeller Communications.

Jesse Boudiette is the agency’s president. Waller & Company founders and principals Barrett Waller and Mary Waller will join Propeller’s leadership team: Barrett Waller will serve as vice president and Mary Waller as executive strategist.

“Our clients will continue to have access to the people and services they’ve known for years,” says Barrett Waller. “At the same time, they will benefit from the new services, expertise and networking that a larger team can provide. Offering this expanded capability together is our whole reason for doing this.”

Current Propeller staff members Meredith McDaris and Trina Kelly will remain in their roles as account director and operations manager, respectively. McDaris also will lead the company’s creative services and nonprofit strategies practice areas.

Waller & Company staff members Kristy White, Rebecca Fast and Vanessa McLearan also will join Propeller. White will serve as account director and lead the company’s restaurant and hospitality practice area.

Fast and McLearan join Propeller’s Bria Moore and Kayte Spillman as senior consultants. Adrianna Catalanotto is an intern from The University of Tulsa. Propeller now employs a total of 11 people at its new headquarters located in Tulsa’s Pearl District.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our new combined company,” says Boudiette. “Barrett and Mary are consummate professionals with exceptionally strong reputations in this community and in the industries they serve. Their entire team delivers remarkable service to some of Tulsa’s most admired companies.”

On the corporate side, the new Propeller team has worked in newspaper and magazine newsrooms, with hospitals, nonprofits, an electric utility, a publicly-traded bank, a university, consumer packaged goods, publishing, and an insurance agency. 

On the agency consulting side, the company combines the best of Propeller and Waller & Company, with staff also having worked for other agencies in Oklahoma, St. Louis and South Bend, Indiana.

“The merger allows us to bring all our various areas of expertise under one roof for the benefit of our clients,” Mary Waller. “As we look to the future, we also see clear growth opportunities for our talented team as the company continues to evolve to offer best-in-class services.”

The Wallers founded Waller PR in 1999, and Boudiette began Propeller Communications in 2012. The combined agency offers in-house services including public relations strategy, media relations and media spokesperson training, crisis communications, paid advertising and media buying, content development and copywriting as well as graphic design, digital communications, and social media. Propeller began offering in-house graphic design and creative services in 2015.

The expanded agency serves a wide breadth of client industries, including healthcare, restaurant/hospitality, non-profit, manufacturing, technology, gaming, banking, education and municipalities.

Propeller Communications is a brand visibility consulting firm offering a variety of marketing, public relations and creative services.

Updated 12-05-2016

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