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Direct Marketing News Names Walker Sands President Mike Santoro to 40 Under 40 List

CHICAGO – July 15, 2014 – Walker Sands Communications President and Principal Mike Santoro has been named to the Direct Marketing News’ 2014 40 Under 40 list. Walker Sands is a full-service public relations and digital marketing firm for technology and business-to-business companies. The firm is a 2013 Inc. 5000 honoree as one of America’s fastest growing companies and was a 2012 finalist for both PR News and Bulldog Reporter awards for small agency of the year. Santoro, 32, has been president at Walker Sands since 2008, and this is his first recognition on the annual list.

Each year, Direct Marketing News recognizes 40 outstanding marketing professionals under the age of 40. The magazine considers senior-level marketing executives who have helped their company achieve significant growth and produce exceptional campaigns for their clients.

Santoro has led Walker Sands through a period of rapid expansion, helping the agency jump from $700,000 to $3.8 million in revenue in just four years by adding several elite clients in a number of tech sectors to the company’s roster. Walker Sands works with businesses in industries including mobile, e-commerce, electronics, logistics, retail, media, enterprise and IT services and wearable technology, among others. He has grown the company from six to 45 full-time employees in his time as president, requiring the firm relocate to new modern high-rise in Chicago’s loop, scheduled for August 2014.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award and I congratulate all the outstanding marketers who were also named to this year’s list,” said Santoro. “This recognition marks an exciting time for Walker Sands as we continue to advance our position in the industry, tying public relations closely with our digital marketing capabilities.”

Walker Sands provides a mix of earned, owned and paid media strategies for its clients, integrating social media, search and public relations to produce award-winning programs for clients. The agency prides itself on providing measurable business impact for B2B and B2C technology clients, from customer acquisition and increased sales to increased visibility prior to an acquisition or IPO.

The agency has also a dedicated digital department that leads its offerings in SEO, web design, digital strategy, pay per click and content marketing. Walker Sands Digital enables the firm to deliver more comprehensive services to its clients and paves the way for future growth and development.

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About Walker Sands
Walker Sands is a public relations and digital marketing agency technology and business-to-business companies. With offices in Chicago and San Francisco, Walker Sands was founded in 2001 to provide data-driven marketing support for a wide array of companies with the business mission of providing best-in-class communications counsel and services. In 2013, Walker Sands received recognition from the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies, as well as several other industry-specific awards, such as PRSA Skylines, Hermes and PR Daily, among others. To learn more, visit

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