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Austin & Williams on Agency Post's fast-grower list

Hauppauge-based Austin & Williams has been named one of the 100 fastest growing ad agencies in a ranking by The Agency Post, a trade publication for advertising, public relations and marketing professionals.

The firm was ranked 78th based on a three-year growth rate of 64 percent in total gross income minus the costs of ad placement.

Another Long Island company, the EGC Group of Melville, was ranked 80th on the list with a 59 percent growth rate from 2009 through 2012.

Heading the list was Manhattan-based YellowHammer LLC, a small, 3-year-old firm with a growth rate of more than 6,700 percent.

At Austin & Williams, chief creative officer Rick Chiorando said the company was founded in Manhattan about 30 years ago and operated under several different names until 22 years ago when it became Austin & Williams. Company founder Bill Pesce is retired.

The ad agency employs 33 people.

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