Ripley PR Receives Keep Blount Beautiful Bravo! Award

Ripley PR, a global public relations agency specializing in franchise and business-to-business (B2B), has received the 2017 Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) Bravo! Reuse/Redesign Award for the renovation of its headquarters at 357 Ellis Avenue in Maryville.


KBB presents the award annually to a business or organization that has creatively reused or redesigned existing buildings in Blount County. The agency moved into the new office in July 2016 after Maryville-based Leon Williams Contractors extensively renovated the space.


“Thanks to all those who voted for Ripley PR for this wonderful award,” said Heather Ripley, CEO of Ripley PR. “Not only did we want an office that would make the community proud, we also wanted to create a great place to work. The location is perfect for our employees, and we are especially grateful to Leon Williams Contractors for making what should have been a difficult transformation easy.”


Studio Four Design, a leading architecture firm located in Knoxville, did the redesign work for the entryway, stairs and conference room.


“We were able to combine functionality with a nod to mid-century modern through furnishings and the use of color throughout,” Ripley said. “We’re thankful each day to not only be in this building, but to see beautiful Pistol Creek from our office windows. We’re located along the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. To be so close to such a community treasure is a real benefit to our agency and our employees.


“I chose Blount County as the home for my business because I can think of no better community in which to invest. I grew up in Blount County. I’m passionate about this wonderful community and so proud of the commitment of its citizens to preserving the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. I had a vision to create a world-class PR agency right here in East Tennessee, and we’re proud to win this award and call Blount County home.”