Ward Growth Trajectory Continues in 2014 with New Client Wins

Ward Growth Trajectory Continues in 2014 with New Client Wins

HOUSTON (January 13, 2014) – Ward, a fast-growing, award-winning, top ten Houston-based marketing and public relations firm, recently expanded its client roster to include Kraton Polymers (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world’s largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and Pricelock, an online community where energy professionals transact energy products and services, network with energy insiders, and find the best energy jobs and talent online.

“The addition of Kraton and Pricelock to our client roster underlines our strength, reputation and presence as a leading marketing and public relations firm serving the international energy industry,” said Deborah Buks, president of Ward. “Ward achieved great success for our clients in 2013 and entered into an exciting new partnership with Worldcom Public Relations Group. We look forward to working with our clients and network partners in 2014 to leverage our collective expertise and cause communication through results-driven programs.”

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is based in Houston and a leading global producer of engineered polymers and styrenic block copolymers (“SBCs”), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered almost 50 years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability.

Kraton’s polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. The company offers their products to a diverse group of more than 800 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and are the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents.

Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Pricelock allows energy professionals to transact energy products online, connect with other professionals based on their interest in buying and selling specific types of energy, and to recruit talent and find jobs. The platform supports transactions for all energy products and services including motor and jet fuels, physical natural gas, storage and capacity, power generation and capacity, railcar leases and coal. The largest utilities, power cooperatives, power generators, investment banks, refiners, producers, marketers, transportation, industrial and commercial firms participate on the platform. Pricelock’s mission is to provide liquidity for energy products not traded on an exchange.

About Ward
A Houston-based public relations firm and partner of the international Worldcom Public Relations Group, Ward causes communication, both internal and external, that causes intended results through media relations, community relations, crisis communications, employee relations, social networking, marketing communications and more. The award-winning Texas public relations firm serves business-to-business and consumer clients. Founded in 1990, the firm has experienced steady growth and gained a reputation for producing excellent results with a strong commitment to client service. Visit  for more information.

About Worldcom Public Relations Group
Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations firms, with 140 offices employing 1,900 staff in 111 markets across six continents. In total, Worldcom partners reported combined revenue of  US$343 million last year from 3,286 clients, with some 80 Worldcom partner firms sharing business referrals across 90 clients. Established in 1988, the group was formed so that the strongest, most capable independent firms could deliver immediate impact and sustained value through the intelligent use of communications – wherever in the world a client needs support. Partners serve national, international and multinational clients, while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent agencies. Through Worldcom, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture and customs of the geographic areas in which they operate.

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