Industry Veteran Rich Wahl Returns to Central Florida to Join Forward-Thinking Marketing and Communications Agency
Rich Wahl, Principal of Innovation and Development
Orlando, Fla. (October 11, 2012)—He’s back. Ad agency veteran and marketing industry leader Rich Wahl is returning to his roots in Orlando to join WebSolvers, a digitally dominant design, marketing, branding and communications agency headquartered in Baldwin Park. Wahl will be the Principal, Innovation and Development, leading the charge with agency operations, development and client management.
Wahl, who co-founded and served as president and chief operating officer of Push for more than 14 years, joined The Duffy Agency in 2010, with its headquarters in Malmö, Sweden. He led the company’s United States operations as managing partner in Boston. Rich’s experience with the international agency provided connections with such brands as the United Nations, the Boston Globe, Schneider Electric, Reckitt Benckiser, Almirall, Textappeal and Jones & Bartlett Learning.
While Wahl was building business for the Duffy Agency in the Northeast, Central Florida-based WebSolvers was busy growing its business as well. In fact, in the face of a bleak economy, WebSolvers grew by nearly 30 percent in 2012, bucking the trend of the vast majority of agencies whose revenues have remained flat at best, and down in a more likely scenario.
“We’re narrowly focused on helping our clients find and win new customers. The addition of Kelly Lafferman to our firm late last year has helped to widen our expertise dramatically. Combining her capabilities in brand marketing and communications strategy with our 17 year track record in interactive communications has really resonated with clients.”, said Matt Certo, CEO and Principal of WebSolvers. “As we have moved forward on this path, the opportunity to add Rich Wahl to our group was a natural fit. I have admired Rich’s talents and abilities for years and been particularly impressed by his track record of client and agency growth. His experience with brands such as Walt Disney World®, Orlando Health and the United Nations will bring added strategic perspective and tactical experience to the growing client roster at WebSolvers. His passion, imagination and relentlessness have become his trademark for success. I think our agency and clients stand to benefit a great deal by his presence.”
Wahl, a graduate of the University of Florida, always knew he wanted to be a leader in the advertising industry. He began his career with Vergason•Sojourner•Johns. Following a three-year stint at VSJ, Wahl founded his first agency, Gregory & Wahl, which later became Wahl & Company.
In 1996, Wahl teamed up with two other ad industry leaders to found Push, where he was instrumental building and managing the company over a 14-year period. At Push, Wahl helped to obtain and retain a client roster that included The Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Visit Orlando, AT&T Wireless, Florida Citrus Sports, The Orlando Sentinel, The Kessler Collection, Orlando Health, Pointe*Orlando, Middleton Lawn & Pest Control, CHEP Americas, Smokey Bones Bar & Grill, The Melting Pot, Tijuana Flats, Earl of Sandwich, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Lake Nona.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Matt, Kelly and me. I have always been impressed with Matt’s industry-leading business approach and the company’s 17-years of success. Kelly and I actually went to high school together and she was my client at one point. The three of us have a unique synergy and share the same passions for success and innovation. I am really looking forward to working with WebSolvers’ diverse client mix.” -Rich Wahl
WebSolvers is a digital marketing agency based in Orlando, Fla. In true entrepreneurial spirit, Matt Certo founded the company in his Rollins College dorm room at the age of 19. With the support and partnership of Sam Certo, Steinmetz Professor of Management at the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Matt Certo launched the original Website for Rollins College. WebSolvers helps organizations find and win customers through Web development, mobile app creation, branding, social media marketing, search marketing as well as traditional marketing services.