Columbus, OH -- Columbus, Ohio-based event production agency IM Creative has recently been named one the fastest growing privately-held companies in America by INC. Magazine.

This is the second year in a row the event design + production firm made the list.  Their rank jumped from #1767 in 2015 to #1328 this year.  

“We’re thrilled to once again be among this list of premier companies that represent the best in entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Scott Ihrig, Founder and CEO of IM Creative.  “Our growth has been fueled by expanded business with our keystone accounts, as well as the cultivation of new relationships in both Technology and Pharmaceutical industries that have responded positively to our value proposition - creating bespoke events that drive business objectives in ways that are memorable.”

Founded in 2000, IM Creative has grown 521% since relocating to Columbus in 2011.  That’s one aspect of their growth that has placed them on the radar of both INC. and clients.  In just the past year, IM Creative was named a preferred vendor for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and one of the world’s largest investment banks.  

The growth of IM Creative’s business has also created a need for an expansion to their team.  “The nature of our work is such that we need talent that not only has the operational skills to realize the creative ideas that are our signature, but also the emotional intelligence to manage client relationships with the level of Maniacal Client Focus that forms a core value of our culture,” says Shannon Morrison, Chief Creative Officer.  “Our search for people who embody the IM Creative spirit and industry leading skill sets has been national in scope, and we have identified a number of new team members who continue to help fuel our growth and serve the needs of our clients around the globe.”

The newest members of the IM Creative team include:

CHRIS EPPERLY, a Charlotte, NC-based producer of corporate and experiential events.  Chris’s background in events has led him to create memorable experiences for clients including Sprint, Verizon, and NASCAR over the years.  With experience at both production companies and advertising agencies, Chris is an especially unique blend of the tactical and idea-driven processes that makes IM Creative effective.

FATIMAH ADAMS, a former New Yorker born and raised in Texas, Fatimah joined the Columbus headquarters where she brings extensive theatrical and television experience to bear on our experiences and corporate meetings.  In addition to appearing on screens and stages nationwide as a performer, Fatimah has produced television shows including Vacation House for Free, Ice Loves Coco, Cake Boss and more.  

CASSIE BRICKMAN calls Iowa City, IA her home, but IM Creative has become her family.  Cassie brings extensive corporate meeting, conference and experiential talent to the table, which is why she is the Executive Producer of IM Creative’s largest account.  Cassie has worked with the NFL, FOX Sports, and NASCAR among numerous corporate clients from throughout the Fortune 500.  Her infectious positivity, paired with her logistical and budgetary savvy have made her a valuable new addition to the team.

PHIL FREGEAU joined the team most recently to manage IM Creative’s extensive business development and relationship management efforts.  After over a decade with Regus, a real estate management company at which he pioneered the idea of office sharing, he arrived at IM Creative ready to activate the magic that is their unique blend of client service and innovative ideas.  

This news of growth also comes on the heels of IM Creative’s announcement of a new joint venture, an agency offshoot that targets Professional Sports with experiential engagements.  This venture, called AWESOME, pairs IM Creative with Michael Verlatti of NC-based Traction Event Labs.  Verlatti has worked extensively with NASCAR for over a decade specializing in sponsor activation, hospitality and fan engagement that uses technology to enhance and track guest experiences.

“Between our new team members and partnerships, new relationships with companies like Disney and Red Hat, and our established reputation as disrupters in the conference, experiential and event space, we expect 2017 to show even more growth,” adds Ihrig.  “And for that, we can only thank our clients for the trust and dedication they have to working with a small agency that does big things.”

About IM Creative:

IM CREATIVE TRANSLATES BRANDS INTO POWERFUL LIVE EXPERIENCES.

We use theatre, technology, and media to deliver on your business goals. Our team has killer ideas that destroy cliche. We bring people together to realize a vision of strength, productivity and excellence where anything is possible.  Visit us on the web at www.i-m-creative.com to learn how our belief that BEING TOGETHER MATTERS can create amazing live events.  

About the INC 5000:

In 1982, Inc. introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Since then, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. Pandora, 7 Eleven, Toys 'R' Us, Zipcar, Zappos.com and numerous other well-known brands have been honored by the Inc. 5000. In 2007, the Inc. 500 list expanded to the Inc. 5000, giving readers a deeper, richer understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape and capturing a broader spectrum of success.  Today, the list is a distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation, a network of entrepreneurial leaders, and an effective public relations showcase. The Inc. 5000 ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. All 5,000 honoree companies are individually profiled on Inc.com.

About AWESOME:

We’re engagement experts specializing in gutsy strategic approaches for sportertainment that drive people to feel more so they do more. Our awesome ideas connect strategy to consumer experiences through panoptic activation. We work across channels to activate people in ways that you can effectively calculate.  Good enough isn’t good enough. That’s what makes us Awesome.  For more information, visit www.hiweareawesome.com.

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For More Information, Please Contact:

Phil Fregeau, IM Creative

VP, Business Development

phil@i-m-creative.com

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