This year marks the 40th anniversary of our agency. We started in 1980 as Ed Moser & Associates (EMA). Scott joined the firm in 1986 and bought the agency from Ed in 1991, renaming it to Hanson, Moser & Associates (HMA). I joined the firm in 1993.
In 2000, everyone was up in arms that computers would stop working, clocks and cellphones would go on the fritz. We figured if the world as we knew it was going to be disrupted, let’s take the opportunity to disrupt our agency a bit, too, and change our name. Everyone called us HMA so we decided to formalize that and officially changed our name to HMA Public Relations. (There are still some longtime friends and colleagues that still call us Hanson, Moser & Associates).
We are quite proud of our tenure in the marketplace – we are the oldest, continuously operating public relations firm in the state. Our stability, coupled with our long-time clients and staff, can be credited with this important milestone.
A lot has changed in the 40 years since Ed opened up the agency. Typewriters, editing pencils and white-out were standard office supplies. Eventually, the fax machine and desktop computers with floppy discs were the norm in the office. I remember the “dah, dah, dah” sound of the CompuServe dial-up when we first got connected to the World Wide Web. And then running across the office to see if the email I sent to Scott had arrived in his inbox.
Although our office supplies may have changed and we aren’t faxing our news releases for approval anymore, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing topnotch communications programs to our clients.