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Journalist Grills Me on Indonesia, the PR industry and Fun

After the press event to launch our office in Jakarta last month, a journalist from one of the local publications interviewed me. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.     Q What is interesting about the Indonesia market that makes Hoffman want to open a branch in Indonesia? A As one of the smaller global …more

Building bridges across and beyond the Hoffman offices

By Karuna Tsang, Associate Account Director   “Welcome to San Francisco. The local time is 10:45 p.m. …” announced the captain. Finally, after a 12-hour flight, I arrived in the United States. It had been a while since I visited the U.S., and what excited me the most was that I would be working in …more

As the Postcard Says, We Are Now Officially Telling Stories from Indonesia

We launched Hoffman Agensi Indonesia today. It’s worth taking a moment to step back and reflect on our infrastructure. Given our focus on the tech sector — defined broadly as semiconductors, fitness gadgets and everything in between — we don’t need offices everywhere. Instead, our approach has been to make sure we’re in the markets …more

Quantifying a Company’s International Mentality

If it weren’t for our international offices, the business of communications wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. After 100-plus trips overseas since 1994, my senses still go on red alert when I’m boarding that United flight at SFO headed to Asia or Europe (no jokes about correlating the “red alert” to how United treats customers). But …more

Reflections on the Agency’s 30-year Anniversary

We will celebrate the Agency’s 30-year anniversary tomorrow. Alumni are flying in from New York and Tokyo and places in between. The two clients who generated that thing called revenue when we opened our doors in 1987 will be there. Current staff are ready to get this party started. We’ll see so many people who …more

Unconventional Official “Sponsors” for 30-year Anniversary

The Olympics does this. As does the World Cup. We figured that our 30-year anniversary should fall in line, recognizing a select group of “sponsors.” I say select group because a democratic process — hey, it’s still a viable concept — led to the final results. With that as the stage setting, here are the …more

“The Time to Repair the Roof is When the Sun is Shining.”

This quote from John F. Kennedy is one of my favorites and definitely relevant to the Agency’s trajectory. Last year was the first time in our history that all geographies — Asia, the U.S. and Europe — generated double-digit growth. From this position of strength, we’ve made several recent changes, including the hiring of Mark …more