Via News Release
“ST. PAUL, Minn., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Growing Minneapolis-based Ackmann & Dickenson (A & D), a web and mobile application development and digital marketing agency, has joined forces with Clear Night Group (CNG), a marketing services holding company and subsidiary of Evening Post Industries (EPI).”
As part of CNG, A & D will retain its name, leadership team and headquarters in the North Loop of Minneapolis, where it employs nearly 60 people.”
“As a company that has experienced significant growth over the years, we were looking for a partner who shared our culture and our values and was able to help us scale to a national level,” said Michael Ackmann, co-founder and managing partner of A & D. “CNG and EPI share those same attributes and will be tremendous partners for us as we continue to expand our offerings to clients across the country.”
Founded in 2007, A & D has grown more than 30 percent per year on average. The company offers clients a unique breed of digital craftsmanship, delivering tailored technology solutions in mobile and web development, user experience design and digital marketing. A & D, with offices in Minneapolis and Phoenix, has clients in a variety of verticals including retail, health care, education, financial services and more. Clients range in size from startups to the Fortune 100.
“Joining CNG further evolves our strong commitment to employees and clients,” said Andrew Dickenson, co-founder and managing partner of A & D. “It offers us new business opportunities, new geographies, and the ability to grow our already robust capabilities.”
“With the addition of A & D, CNG encompasses teams of world-class talent in advertising, public relations, marketing, creative, digital and software engineering,” said John Hyduke, president and CEO of CNG. “This positions CNG firms to offer complete strategic solutions to clients.”
The acquisition of A & D advances CNG’s plans to build a next-generation network of premier marketing companies delivering visionary, strategic solutions for clients of all sizes and industries. In December 2014, CNG made its first acquisition, Minneapolis-based creative agency Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB). In 2015, CNG added a public relations division, McFarland Communications, which became GdB Pitch.
“CNG anticipates adding two more firms in 2016, to further round out our companies’ abilities to develop and execute winning strategies for clients,” said Hyduke.
About Ackmann & Dickenson
Ackmann & Dickenson (A & D) is an application development and digital marketing firm that delivers tailored technology solutions. A & D’s unique breed of digital craftsmanship brings organizations to the forefront of technology by providing expertise in mobile and web development, user experience design, and digital marketing. A & D operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offices in Phoenix, Arizona. To learn more about A & D, please visit ackmanndickenson.com.
About Clear Night Group
Clear Night Group (CNG) is a marketing services holding company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Evening Post Industries (EPI), one of the most storied and well-respected communications and media organizations in the U.S. Founded in 2012, CNG oversees agencies in a variety of disciplines to deliver strategically sound, creatively inspired solutions for clients of all sizes and industries, from regional to global. To learn more about CNG, please visit www.clearnightgroup.com.