In a Bid to Strengthen Its Independence, Barkley Buys Back All of Its Stock

Former employees held a majority of shares in the agency

Barkley has been a Kansas City advertising institution for 55 years. Barkley

One of the benefits of being part of an independent agency—or any agency, for that matter—is the opportunity to become a shareholder. Whether shares are earned, gifted or bought, when growth happens, a piece of ownership means getting part of the windfall.

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@zanger Doug Zanger is a senior editor, agencies at Adweek, focusing on creativity and agencies.