Gavin acquires Holberg Design

Michael Yoder//October 16, 2019

Gavin acquires Holberg Design

Michael Yoder//October 16, 2019

Rick Holberg and Mandy Arnold of Gavin. (Photo: Submitted)

York-based public relations and marketing agency Gavin announced on Wednesday the acquisition of another York County marketing firm.

Holberg Design, based in Spring Garden Township and specializing in brand strategy and integrated design services, is now officially part of Gavin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the acquisition, Gavin will now consist of more than 20 employees providing services ranging from digital marketing to media buying. It will continue to operate offices in York and Harrisburg.

Holberg Design founder Rick Holberg will continue to serve with Gavin as part of the deal, being named vice president of creative strategy and branding.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Holberg Design as part of Gavin’s strategic growth plan,” said Mandy Arnold, Gavin president and CEO. “Gavin continues to pursue its mission to prove that Main Street can give Madison Avenue a run for the money by growing its exceptional house of talent. Rick Holberg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences that will benefit our growing team and, ultimately, enhance the client experience.”

Holberg has 35 years of experience managing various aspects of integrated marketing communications agency operations and client relationships, launching brand initiatives for clients like Wyndridge Farm, The Pfaltzgraff Co., OSS Health and Harsco Corp.

During his career, Holberg has received the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award and the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award. He is currently a professor at York College of Pennsylvania in graduate studies.

“I’m excited to join the talented team at Gavin and help take the agency to new heights,” Holberg said. “I’ve always seen myself as a problem solver that strives to help companies with complex branding and marketing needs reach their desired outcomes through creative solutions. Mandy Arnold shares this vision and I look forward to working with her and her team.”