Feb, 10 2017 — Rochester, New York

Local PR veteran, agency partner Ray Martino announces retirement

Announcement comes as Martino Flynn celebrates 20 years

Rochester, N.Y., February 10, 2017—Martino Flynn, LLC, an integrated marketing communications firm, has announced the retirement of partner Ray Martino. As of February 1, Ray has stepped down as partner and will remain on board as a part-time consultant until June 30. This announcement comes on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Martino Flynn, the agency Martino founded with fellow partners Chris and Kevin Flynn.

Ray Martino

“I’ve had several different jobs and a few businesses over the years, but working with the Flynns and the Martino Flynn team the past 20 years has been by far my greatest professional experience,” said Martino. “Chris and Kevin have been outstanding business partners and remain my close friends. I’m confident that they will take the agency to even greater heights in the years to come.”

Martino is one of the most prominent public relations figures in the Rochester community. He was honored with a Jack Palvino Lifetime Achievement Award from St. John Fisher College, accepted an ETHIE Award on behalf of Martino Flynn for high standards of business ethics, and received the Public Relations Society of America Rochester Chapter’s Sharleen M. Bruse Award. He also serves on advisory boards at Nazareth College and the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, where he is the former president.

Martino founded the PR agency Martino & Associates in 1990 and merged with the Flynn Agency in 1997 to create Martino Flynn, LLC. The Flynn Agency was founded in 1967 by Jerry Flynn and was being run by brothers Kevin and Chris Flynn at the time of the 1997 merger, when Martino & Associates was operating in the neighboring office.

“Ray has had a long and distinguished career, one that I’m honored to have been a part of for the past 20 years,” said Kevin Flynn, partner at Martino Flynn. “As partners, we’ve discussed our succession plan for several years now to ensure that when it came time to announce Ray’s retirement, our firm would be positioned for continued growth. We’ve accomplished a lot with Ray over the years and we’re excited for what the future holds.”

During his retirement, Ray intends to continue teaching at Nazareth College’s School of Management in the Integrated Marketing Communications master’s degree program. His course topics include persuasive communications, crisis communications management, and marketing concepts and strategy.

“Ray has not only been a great business partner, but a mentor and close friend to me and my family,” said Chris Flynn, partner at Martino Flynn. “He’s the godfather to my son and has always been a part of the Flynn family, in my eyes. He’ll certainly be missed around the office, but I know I speak for everyone at Martino Flynn when I say that we couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

About Martino Flynn

Martino Flynn, LLC, is a full-service, integrated marketing communications firm providing strategic insight in advertising, public relations, digital, media, and video production. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., the agency serves clients nationwide in the financial services, over-the-counter healthcare, medical device, telecommunications/technology, and consumer industries. Martino Flynn has received national recognition for its work and is affiliated with the Marketing & Advertising Global Network (MAGNET) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). For more information, please call 585-421-0100 or visit martinoflynn.com.