Everything you achieve in business – from innovation and process improvement,
to market share gains, safety goals, financial performance and more
– occurs through conversations that lead to those results.
“Ward has added great value to us as a trusted advisor and team member acting as an ‘extension of our staff’. Ward has helped us to implement a wide range of branding strategies for Springwoods Village. Their work has enhanced our visibility locally and nationally and has allowed our key in-house staff to focus on the many other business matters related to new community development." Keith Simon, Executive VP and Development director
Springwoods Village/CDC Houston
Ward continues to be a trusted partner to American Electric Technologies, Inc. that we rely upon for steady counsel to effectively cause action with all of our various stakeholder audiences whether that be customers, partners, investors or employees. They are knowledgeable, strategic and exceptionally responsive to our needs. I strongly recommend Ward to anyone looking to drive their company’s awareness to garner valuable business results. Kent Breaux, Vice President, Marketing
AETI (American Electric Technologies, Inc.)
As a company with over 180 years of history, and a strong global presence, it was challenging to enter North America in 2003 as a market newcomer. We’ve built our domestic reputation over the last ten years through word of mouth, but it wasn’t until we engaged Ward in 2012 that our brand began to really take off in the U.S.
Ward’s great work ethic and exceptional understanding of Bureau Veritas’ value proposition are the keys to Ward’s success in obtaining relevant, high profile media coverage for Bureau Veritas. I’ve been exceedingly happy with the results! Jack Cochran, Director of Marketing
Develop a proactive, targeted and sustainable public relations plan segmented by market
Increase awareness of services by riding the news to identify current sector media trends
Place in-depth how-to articles in top-tier trade publications relevant to the business
Increased awareness through earned media
Increased credibility among decision makers
Increased thought leadership by securing in-depth pieces in target publications
Bringing on Ward as our PR team has been very successful. They were integral to our marketing efforts as we changed our headquarters and transitioned into the Houston business community. Ward has kept up to the minute on our dynamic developments and worked on multiple fronts to deliver quality results. We have received unsolicited, positive feedback from the community about our company's placement in publications. This is a testament to their deep understanding and connection within the Houston media publications. T.J. Thom, Chief Financial Officer
EPL Oil & Gas
Ward’s strategic planning and media relations expertise played a critical role in the public relations/marketing efforts for the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Through their efforts we were able to position the hotel as ‘the place to be’ even before our grand opening. They are great to work with, built excitement and anticipation among our target audiences in advance of our opening and firmly established our luxury identity in a highly competitive hotel market. Natalie Wiseman, Director of Sales and Marketing
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Pearl Hospitality Corp. purchased Houston’s historic Samuel F. Carter Building – the city’s first skyscraper – in 2009 with plans to restore the building to its former glory in a new form – a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Houston. The press launch was the first glimpse Houstonians had of the new hotel plans. PEARL CONTRACTED WARD to develop and execute an 18-month public relations plan from announcement to grand opening. The press conference was the first piece of the overall strategy and:
Formally unveiled the hotel plans
Laid the groundwork for future announcements
Significant, positive local print, trade and online coverage
including the Houston Business Journal, CultureMap, and
BisNow Real Estate
¡ Article with photos and renderings published in the
Houston Chronicle online edition immediately after event
¡ Front-page Houston Chronicle business section coverage
the day following the press conference
¡ Post-event release generated coverage in key meeting, travel and
tourism and real estate media outlets including Frequent Business
Traveler, Travel Weekly, BestHotelsInUSA.com, Hotel News
Resource, Meetings Focus and Meetings & Conventions
The Ward team is strategic, nimble, results-driven and extremely responsive to client needs. Their reliable counsel helped Prairie Companies successfully launch North Dakota LNG into the highly competitive Bakken shale play market and drive awareness across all of our various stakeholder audiences including customers, partners, investors and government officials. We could not have obtained the high level of communications results for NDLNG without Ward’s support and thank them for taking our brand presence in North Dakota up another notch. Patrick Hughes, CEO
You took us from bankruptcy to being a Wall Street and media darling. Retired CEO
Global Marine Drilling, Inc.
In the mid-1990s, Ward developed a 12-month communication plan for Global Marine, an offshore drilling contractor traded on the NYSE, to position itself as the preferred drilling contractor known for its superior equipment, customer service and value among the investment community, media and the general public.
Global Marine reported it built value by communicating to specific audiences established by the plan. Company executives completed a series of luncheon presentations that produced positive feedback from analysts via a follow-up survey, fostering new and existing analyst relationships. The company also garnered positive media coverage with an annual SCORE (Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics) press conference Ward created, strengthening media relationships while garnering positive press coverage.
The Ward team and Weatherford have accomplished much together. Their team has always been willing to support our dynamic needs, putting forward the extra effort to make us look good, and we are most grateful. Each job they have done for us has been handled professionally and always in a timely manner, even when our demands were (at times) unreasonable. Christine Mathers, Corporate Communications Manager
"Our engagement with Ward occurred during our quest to improve HSE performance but ultimately led to improvement in many aspects of our business. In addition to developing an extraordinary HSE program for us, Ward showed us the power of starting any communication process with a clear definition of the desired outcome of the communication and the importance of thinking about the "channel" that the recipients are tuned to. This helped us improve all forms of communication we are using to drive our company to higher levels of operational execution. I highly recommend Ward to any organization interested in improving company and personal performance through the power of excellent communication." President & CEO
North American Division of one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies