7. IMAGES USA

IMAGES USA was founded by Robert L. McNeil in 1989 while he was a student at Georgia Tech University. Twenty years later, McNeil has grown IMAGES into one the nation’s leading African American-owned advertising agencies.

The Atlanta-based firm specializes in multicultural marketing, public relations, market research, event marketing, and government relations.

Clients include AOL, the CDC, Hershey’s, Nike, Sara Lee, and the Walt Disney World Resort.

In 2009, the firm added Lifelock and Teach for Americas to its growing roster of clients.

In 2008, IMAGES reported $76.7 million in billings–up 5.9% from last year.

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