Digital Relativity ranks fast-growing

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Digital Relativity has been ranked No. 202 on Inc. Magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

“This honor is a testament to our team, our partners, and the work we are able to accomplish together,” said Digital Relativity Founder and CEO Pat Strader, a Wood County native who graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1991.

The list represents a look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000, according to a press release.

Digital Relativity, of Fayetteville, is one of eight companies in West Virginia to receive a spot on the list, ranking second in the state.

“In the early years of Digital Relativity, Justin Ferrell, Sarah Powell, and I sat at a table in our very small office and developed goals for the company,” said Strader. “One was to make the Inc. 5000 list. Since then, we have grown to a team of 18, have established two locations, and exceeded our goal of making the Inc. 5000 list. Instead, we made the Inc. 500! I am grateful for everyone that has trusted and supported us on this journey.”

“We are proud to be a West Virginia-based company creating jobs,” said Chief Operating Officer Sarah Powell. “We want to disprove the notion that you have to leave southern West Virginia to work in a creative space. Our world-class talent is from every corner of the state, and we’ve also attracted team members from outside our borders who have decided to make West Virginia their home. Along with other innovators, we want to be part of the solution to diversify West Virginia’s economy,” Powell said.

Digital Relativity serves clients in West Virginia and throughout the United States.

Along with the Inc. 500 honor, the agency has won several PRSA Crystal and American Advertising awards, including 2016 and 2017 Best of Show. The agency is deeply rooted in its community and volunteers time with various local organizations, said Strader, a graduate of West Virginia University.

In the coming years, the company is hoping to continue to grow and have a positive impact on the work it does for its partners and the state of West Virginia as a whole, company officials said.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” said Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

Founded in 2011, Digital Relativity is a full service marketing agency headquartered in Fayetteville, with a second location in Charleston. The agency works with a variety of partners, including the West Virginia Lottery, the West Virginia Tourism Office, GoMart, Visit Southern West Virginia, Bridge Day, Bear Republic Brewing Company, CGI Windows and Doors, Bridge Brew Works and West Virginia State Parks.

For more information, visit digitalrelativity.com.

The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014.

They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of Dec, 31, 2017.

The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at inc.com/inc5000.

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