A legacy of success.

Kohnstamm Awards & Agency Milestones
19-11-2017
2017

WINS PRSA BRONZE ANVIL AWARD

For use of Word-of-Mouth for client Beech-Nut by creating a 46-person Mom Ambassador program that generated 61,000 in-person consumer touch points in 22 U.S. markets dramatically elevating sales.
2017

Ranked #4

PR agency for Corp Social Responsibility by TopPRagencies.com
2016

Nation’s #1 HPP Food Processor

Universal High Pressure Pasteurization taps Kohnstamm to secure national awareness of this burgeoning approach to manufacturing natural food products
2016

Ranked #2

Nationally as a food and beverage “category leader” by TopPRagencies.com
2015

Red Wing Shoe Company

Awards competitive bid to Kohnstamm to provide global PR coverage for its workplace safety apparel and shoe and will add Corp. Comm work to make it the agency’s largest account. Staff each receive their “Wings” in celebration
2015

Beech-Nut

Brings on Kohnstamm to create a robust 22-city brand ambassador program and launch its Natural and Organic purees by hiring 46 ambassadors to work parenting events coast to coast
2014

Way Better Snacks

Founder Jim Breen, former executive for Hain Celestial, hires Kohnstamm to take the sprouted grain snack company national, resulting in exponential growth and expansion
2013

Noosa Yoghurt

Hires Kohnstamm to transform the regional Colorado company into a truly national brand, and generates hundreds of news stories, special events, and engagement by Target Stores, which catapults its popularity in a crowded category
2013

Angie’s Boomchickapop

Looks to Kohnstamm to break-out in a burgeoning better-for-you popcorn category, and within three years became one of the nation's leading popcorn brands with a major investment in community involvement
2012

Ranked #9

PR firm in the robust Minneapolis-St. Paul market
2012

Wins PR News’ ‘Legal PR Award’

For work with Nilan Johnson Lewis, which catalyzes the quiet defense law practice through a comprehensive professional services PR program that transforms its corporate profile and results in 450% growth
2011

America’s 25 Hottest Brands

Presented by Advertising Age names Kohnstamm and client MOM Brands for the agency's "Bag the Box" environmental campaign. Kohnstamm launches the company's natural cereal line and within four years the company is acquired by POST Cereals
2011

Natural Products Expo West

Provides the stage for Josh to present how the gluten-free diet phenomenon will be long-lasting and won't follow the Atkins Diet crash
2010

Summit Creative Award

For client Honest Tea's "Obama's Favorites" campaign
2010

Boutique Agency of the Year

Awarded to Kohnstamm at the Sabre Awards in NYC for its success with Fortune 500 companies and corporate social responsibility
2010

3M Healthcare

Hires Kohnstamm to lead its Food Safety division, and over the coming years assigns three additional divisions to Kohnstamm
2010

Organic babyfood innovator Happy Baby

Sees significant results from Kohnstamm's PR work including a $50M AmEx small business ad campaign, transformation of the brand and its acquisition by Groupe Danone
2009

“Best Places to Work”

PR agency for the first time by The Holmes Report
2008

Honeywell

Brings on Kohnstamm to launch the world’s first portable programmable thermostat system, an early precursor to The Nest, creating campaign roll-out of events and generating an initial 100 media placements
2008

Snap Fitness

Hires Kohnstamm, and almost immediately gets the Minnesota start-up placed atop the Wall Street Journal’s prestigious list of the 100 Fastest Growing Franchises, securing the company on a trajectory of success.
2007

BCA 10 Award

For best companies supporting the Arts in America, recognizing its 13 years directing Travelers’ community relations “Arts & Diversity” program
2007

International Summit “Best Special Events” Award

For NordicWare, Kohnstamm creates the concept of National Bundt Day and forges a partnership and 50-state contest with Martha Stewart, who dedicates a whole show to the brand. The campaign's PR leads to sales spiking 10% year over year, and NordicWare's induction into the Smithsonian Institution
2006

Naked Juice

Taps Kohnstamm to relaunch the natural juice brand by creating morning commuter sampling events in major metro areas, PR, and within three years, the brand was acquired by Pepsico for over $350 million, a record amount at the time
2005

International MarCom Award

For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities economic impact campaign
2005

Korn Ferry

Hires Kohnstamm to drive PR for its Leadersource Executive Coaching division, led by Kevin Cashman elevated by securing a monthly Forbes column on leadership
2004

Seventh Generation

launches key products for the nation's #1 green brand, such as chlorine-free diapers, and arrange the CEO to present to Target Corp's sustainability team insights about the emerging power of the green consumer
2003

Best in Show

wins Best in Show at the MN PRSA Classic Awards for "The Best Restaurant Opening in 25 Years" regarding the business impact made by PR for Midwest chain Green Mill restaurants
2003

Nilan Johnson Lewis

Who knew when we were hired by this hip and egalitarian Mpls law firm that we would crank out more than 14 years -- and running -- of PR together, one year better than the last
2002

Bestselling Author Robert Prechter

and his Elliot Wave International organization hires Kohnstamm to champion new books, speeches and sales
2001

University of St. Thomas Dean

Christopher Puto hires Kohnstamm to drive national rankings for its MBA program leading to an 11 year partnership that places the newly accredited business school in the national limelight
2000

Sabre Award

Speechwriting for the dean of the Carlson School “Has Minnesota Lost its Blue-Chip Status?” campaign
2000

CIPRA Creativity in Public Relations Award

Prestigious title awarded to Kohnstamm for 22-City Catch The Poetry Bug tour with Volkswagen in celebration of National Poetry Month for client Magnetic Poetry
1999

Aaron Berstler starts as an intern at Kohnstamm

Kohnstamm hired a Bethel College class president who would go on to transform the agency's B2B group over the course of dozens of client contracts, campaigns, and many handfulls of years
1998

Inc. Magazine features Kohnstamm

Josh and Ricka are featured in a story about the clash between raising a family and growing a thriving PR business
1998

Founding Shareholder of Honest Tea

Kohnstamm becomes a founding shareholder and for nine years provided PR to the forerunner of the organic and Fair Trade bottled beverage world, leading to its acquisition by Coke
1998

Ranked #24 up from #44

The U of M’s Carlson School of Mgmt MBA program was ranked #44th in US News when Kohnstamm started national PR in 1993 and was elevated to 24th when we finished 8 years later, meeting Curt Carlson's goal for the school
1997

Bulldog Awards

For Magnetic Poetry public poetry wall events in cities across the country including the World Trade Center
1997

Magnetic Poetry

Becomes a pop culture phenomenon with the help of Kohnstamm, setting up public space “poetry walls” across the country, including the World Trade Center in NYC
1995

JA National Business Hall of Fame Awards

Chaired by 3M's CEO and hosted by Levar Burton, Kohnstamm was brought in to secure national media for this gala event. Only problem: the Oklahoma City bombing and media blackout occurred days prior— but the show and media went on!
1993

First email list of reporters

No longer did PR people have to fax out press releases, and for the first time, Kohnstamm purchased email lists of reporters. Somehow, the work hours did not shrink, though
1992

First clients

First clients out of the gate include: Creative Kidstuff, AMA Market Research Division, Junior Achievement, Cultural Toys, a State Fairgrounds hot rod event sponsored by "The Gopher State Timing Association," and our first retainer contract with the Carlson School of Management, which allowed the agency to grow in earnest
1991

Founded

Josh Kohnstamm is fired from Hill & Knowlton during a parental leave of absence after the birth of his second child, starts Kohnstamm Communications, founding date of June 15 coincides with when his unemployment ran out
2017

WINS PRSA BRONZE ANVIL AWARD

For use of Word-of-Mouth for client Beech-Nut by creating a 46-person Mom Ambassador program that generated 61,000 in-person consumer touch points in 22 U.S. markets dramatically elevating sales.

2017

Ranked #4

PR agency for Corp Social Responsibility by TopPRagencies.com

2016

Nation’s #1 HPP Food Processor

Universal High Pressure Pasteurization taps Kohnstamm to secure national awareness of this burgeoning approach to manufacturing natural food products

2016

Ranked #2

Nationally as a food and beverage “category leader” by TopPRagencies.com

2015

Red Wing Shoe Company

Awards competitive bid to Kohnstamm to provide global PR coverage for its workplace safety apparel and shoe and will add Corp. Comm work to make it the agency’s largest account. Staff each receive their “Wings” in celebration

2015

Beech-Nut

Brings on Kohnstamm to create a robust 22-city brand ambassador program and launch its Natural and Organic purees by hiring 46 ambassadors to work parenting events coast to coast

2014

Way Better Snacks

Founder Jim Breen, former executive for Hain Celestial, hires Kohnstamm to take the sprouted grain snack company national, resulting in exponential growth and expansion

2013

Noosa Yoghurt

Hires Kohnstamm to transform the regional Colorado company into a truly national brand, and generates hundreds of news stories, special events, and engagement by Target Stores, which catapults its popularity in a crowded category

2013

Angie’s Boomchickapop

Looks to Kohnstamm to break-out in a burgeoning better-for-you popcorn category, and within three years became one of the nation’s leading popcorn brands with a major investment in community involvement

2012

Ranked #9

PR firm in the robust Minneapolis-St. Paul market

2012

Wins PR News’ ‘Legal PR Award’

For work with Nilan Johnson Lewis, which catalyzes the quiet defense law practice through a comprehensive professional services PR program that transforms its corporate profile and results in 450% growth

2011

America’s 25 Hottest Brands

Presented by Advertising Age names Kohnstamm and client MOM Brands for the agency’s “Bag the Box” environmental campaign. Kohnstamm launches the company’s natural cereal line and within four years the company is acquired by POST Cereals

2011

Natural Products Expo West

Provides the stage for Josh to present how the gluten-free diet phenomenon will be long-lasting and won’t follow the Atkins Diet crash

2010

Summit Creative Award

For client Honest Tea’s “Obama’s Favorites” campaign

2010

Boutique Agency of the Year

Awarded to Kohnstamm at the Sabre Awards in NYC for its success with Fortune 500 companies and corporate social responsibility

2010

3M Healthcare

Hires Kohnstamm to lead its Food Safety division, and over the coming years assigns three additional divisions to Kohnstamm

2010

Organic babyfood innovator Happy Baby

Sees significant results from Kohnstamm’s PR work including a $50M AmEx small business ad campaign, transformation of the brand and its acquisition by Groupe Danone

2009

“Best Places to Work”

PR agency for the first time by The Holmes Report

2008

Honeywell

Brings on Kohnstamm to launch the world’s first portable programmable thermostat system, an early precursor to The Nest, creating campaign roll-out of events and generating an initial 100 media placements

2008

Snap Fitness

Hires Kohnstamm, and almost immediately gets the Minnesota start-up placed atop the Wall Street Journal’s prestigious list of the 100 Fastest Growing Franchises, securing the company on a trajectory of success.

2007

BCA 10 Award

For best companies supporting the Arts in America, recognizing its 13 years directing Travelers’ community relations “Arts & Diversity” program

2007

International Summit “Best Special Events” Award

For NordicWare, Kohnstamm creates the concept of National Bundt Day and forges a partnership and 50-state contest with Martha Stewart, who dedicates a whole show to the brand. The campaign’s PR leads to sales spiking 10% year over year, and NordicWare’s induction into the Smithsonian Institution

2006

Naked Juice

Taps Kohnstamm to relaunch the natural juice brand by creating morning commuter sampling events in major metro areas, PR, and within three years, the brand was acquired by Pepsico for over $350 million, a record amount at the time

2005

International MarCom Award

For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities economic impact campaign

2005

Korn Ferry

Hires Kohnstamm to drive PR for its Leadersource Executive Coaching division, led by Kevin Cashman elevated by securing a monthly Forbes column on leadership

2004

Seventh Generation

launches key products for the nation’s #1 green brand, such as chlorine-free diapers, and arrange the CEO to present to Target Corp’s sustainability team insights about the emerging power of the green consumer

2003

Best in Show

wins Best in Show at the MN PRSA Classic Awards for “The Best Restaurant Opening in 25 Years” regarding the business impact made by PR for Midwest chain Green Mill restaurants

2003

Nilan Johnson Lewis

Who knew when we were hired by this hip and egalitarian Mpls law firm that we would crank out more than 14 years — and running — of PR together, one year better than the last

2002

Bestselling Author Robert Prechter

and his Elliot Wave International organization hires Kohnstamm to champion new books, speeches and sales

2001

University of St. Thomas Dean

Christopher Puto hires Kohnstamm to drive national rankings for its MBA program leading to an 11 year partnership that places the newly accredited business school in the national limelight

2000

Sabre Award

Speechwriting for the dean of the Carlson School “Has Minnesota Lost its Blue-Chip Status?” campaign

2000

CIPRA Creativity in Public Relations Award

Prestigious title awarded to Kohnstamm for 22-City Catch The Poetry Bug tour with Volkswagen in celebration of National Poetry Month for client Magnetic Poetry

1999

Aaron Berstler starts as an intern at Kohnstamm

Kohnstamm hired a Bethel College class president who would go on to transform the agency’s B2B group over the course of dozens of client contracts, campaigns, and many handfulls of years

1998

Inc. Magazine features Kohnstamm

Josh and Ricka are featured in a story about the clash between raising a family and growing a thriving PR business

1998

Founding Shareholder of Honest Tea

Kohnstamm becomes a founding shareholder and for nine years provided PR to the forerunner of the organic and Fair Trade bottled beverage world, leading to its acquisition by Coke

1998

Ranked #24 up from #44

The U of M’s Carlson School of Mgmt MBA program was ranked #44th in US News when Kohnstamm started national PR in 1993 and was elevated to 24th when we finished 8 years later, meeting Curt Carlson’s goal for the school

1997

Bulldog Awards

For Magnetic Poetry public poetry wall events in cities across the country including the World Trade Center

1997

Magnetic Poetry

Becomes a pop culture phenomenon with the help of Kohnstamm, setting up public space “poetry walls” across the country, including the World Trade Center in NYC

1995

JA National Business Hall of Fame Awards

Chaired by 3M’s CEO and hosted by Levar Burton, Kohnstamm was brought in to secure national media for this gala event. Only problem: the Oklahoma City bombing and media blackout occurred days prior— but the show and media went on!

1993

First email list of reporters

No longer did PR people have to fax out press releases, and for the first time, Kohnstamm purchased email lists of reporters. Somehow, the work hours did not shrink, though

1992

First clients

First clients out of the gate include: Creative Kidstuff, AMA Market Research Division, Junior Achievement, Cultural Toys, a State Fairgrounds hot rod event sponsored by “The Gopher State Timing Association,” and our first retainer contract with the Carlson School of Management, which allowed the agency to grow in earnest

1991

Founded

Josh Kohnstamm is fired from Hill & Knowlton during a parental leave of absence after the birth of his second child, starts Kohnstamm Communications, founding date of June 15 coincides with when his unemployment ran out