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Portrait: Sullivan Higdon & Sink

This advertising agency has a pitch for guys

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Who (l. to r.) Lynell Stucky, managing partner; Jim Vranicar, vp, director of brand contact; Rand Mikulecky, managing partner; Ali Sizemore Mahaffy, vp, director of brand management; John January, svp, executive creative director
What Advertising, PR and marketing firm
Where Kansas City, Mo.

Founded in 1972, Sullivan Higdon & Sink has helped clients like Cessna pitch business jets to high-flying CEOs and Helzberg Diamonds sell engagement rings to grooms. Now, it’s the lead creative agency for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and uses its man-marketing chops for brands like Blue Rhino propane (one spot featured an exasperated grill master smacking his buddy in the face with a rib eye for using the wrong brand of gas tank). SH&S, with offices in Wichita, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C., also specializes in the aviation and food supply categories, counting Cargill among its clients.