John Bliss is retiring today after leading the firm that bears his name for just shy of 35 years. Bliss followed his father in to the industry after completing a Masters in Journalism.
According to a Tweet from his daughter Elizabeth Sosnow, a managing director at Bliss, the party is at the end of the day.
Bliss PR sits 50th on the O’Dwyer’s independent agency rankings with $4.2 million in billings and 28 employees. Clients include financial and professional services brands like MetLife, KeyCorp, and Victory Capital Management. The firm is owned by Pennsylvania Dudnyk Exchange, a group of marketing communications companies.
UPDATE: John Bliss got back to us on the details of his retirement:
“Actually, it’s only going to be a semi-retirement, since I’ll be working 2-3 days a week for Bliss and our parent company, the Dudnyk Exchange, on whose board I sit.
After 35 years, I think I’m proudest of the fact that we have had some wonderful people work here — most right out of college — and it’s been very satisfying to see them go on to lead happy, productive lives and to give us some credit for helping them on the way. I leave the firm leadership in extraordinarily capable hands, three people who have been with the firm since 1991 and who have functioned as a management committee since 1996.”
[Disclosure: This PRNewser worked for Bliss (then Bliss Gouverneur) several years ago.]