“What is…” Wednesday – What is the Public Relations Global Network? (@prglobalnetwork)

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HMA Public Relations is a proud member of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), the world’s fourth largest network of independent public relations firms. PRGN was formed in 1992 when Edelman Public Relations decided to disband its affiliate network. Some of those affiliates chose to continue their partnership by forming a new organization. Started right here in Phoenix, the group adopted the name The Phoenix Network, as a nod to its rebirth from the ashes of a disbanded group and the city of its founding.


When the Network reached its 10-year mark in 2002, it began recruiting members internationally and changed its name to the Public Relations Global Network to better reflect the strategic growth of the Network.

In addition to HMA Public Relations, Stevens Strategic Communications, Inc. (Cleveland), Buchanan Public Relations LLC (Philadelphia), The Fearey Group (Seattle) and DVL Public Relations & Advertising (Nashville) – still remain active in the organization.

The mission of the Network is to serve as a resource to one another, openly sharing knowledge and contacts, in order to promote best practices and to provide global support for our clients. PRGN has 41 member firms around the globe. The invitation-only network is made up of independently owned and operated public

relations firms in 80 markets. Collectively, PRGN agencies generate revenues of more than $110 million (USD) and employ more than 900 people.

The Network meets every six months in cities where members are headquartered. The April meeting is being hosted by HWB Communications in Cape Town.

PRGN is commemorating its 20th anniversary this year with a year-long series of events, including the underwriting and building of a house

for an impoverished family in Cape Town.

Partnering with the Niall Mellon Township Trust, PRGN members gathered today in Cape Town to complete and present “The PRGN House” to a needy family. The

build coincides with the Network’s semi-annual business meeting begins.

The Network’s  member agencies have pledged more than $7,000 and volunteered their “handyman services” for a day in order to present a township family with a new home.

“When we considered how to mark our 20th anniversary, our members were unanimous in wanting to create something of lasting value,” said Francine Robbens, president of the Network and head of PRP in Brussels. “What better way to give back than to donate our time and talent in the city in which we have chosen to celebrate our anniversary.”


Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio


  1. Some of the best of the best — congratulations on the 20yr anniversary.

  2. Stephanie Lough says:

    What a dream business trip! 20th Anniversary, house building, sarfari-ing….glad to be part of an amazing group!

  3. What a tremendous group. I could not be more proud to be associated with the PRGN.

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