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West Virginia's oldest and largest strategic communications firm, Charles Ryan Associates, observed its 40th anniversary with an Aug. 21 celebration along with more than 100 clients and friends in Charleston.

CRA Founder Charlie Ryan was in attendance and was surprised by managing partners Susan Lavenski and Caryn Foster Durham presenting him with the first “Charlie Award.” Ryan retired in 2007. Prior to founding CRA with just a typewriter and a phone, he worked as a broadcast journalist.

“We are excited to celebrate 40 years in this ever-evolving industry,” Lavenski said. “The company started as a one-man shop and has grown into a multi-disciplined agency that services clients in dozens of industries across the country.”

In the coming years, CRA will continue to honor professionals who demonstrate excellence in communications throughout their careers with the “Charlie Award.”

CRA has 27 employees and three divisions in offices in both Charleston and Richmond. The company offers advertising, public relations, crisis communications, research and social media services.

“One of the reasons we believe we have remained successful for four decades is because we're not a typical communications firm,” Lavenski said. “Communications is ever-changing, and so are we.”

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