Founded in 1964 in Detroit, we are Michigan’s oldest independent public relations firm. Our nearly five decades of work include the complete range of public relations programming across many industries and geographic boundaries. Today, we represent clients with operating units located regionally, nationally and internationally.
We connect people.
We listen to our clients, understand their needs and create communications programs that support their business goals.
Franco has received more than 100 awards for exemplary work in public relations, marketing and branding. Among the organizations that have recognized Franco are the International Association of Business Communicators-Detroit, the International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences, Hermes Creative, MarCom and the Public Relations Society of America. Additionally, in 2009, Franco was named one of the Cool Places to Work in Tough Times by Crain's Detroit Business.
Franco’s president, Maria Leonhauser, was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women by Crain's Detroit Business and a Leader Innovator by Grant Thornton and Lawrence Technological University. She also has received service awards and recognition for her volunteer/philanthropic activities. CEO Dan Ponder has earned several distinguished service awards and recognition for his contributions to organizations including the Detroit Regional Chamber, American Heart Association, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers of Michigan.
Courage - Integrity - Balance
We work hard and play hard. We love what we do and we excel at it.
We practice what we teach. Learning never stops at Franco. All employees are enrolled in Franco YOUniversity, our internal professional development program.
Centers of Experience
Franco’s experienced staff members provide clients with exceptional service in a wide range of creative communication programs. Our Centers of Experience approach ensures clients are served by a team of specialized practitioners to best meet their needs and exceed their goals. Our clients benefit from a customized team that specifically addresses their communications needs. This offers an optimal mix of backgrounds and knowledge that generates new and creative ideas. It’s fresh thinking that often is not available through more traditional agency structures.
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, Mich. 48243
P: (313) 567-2300
F: (313) 567-4486
"Franco has developed a solid social media campaign that has helped increase awareness and business to our downtown shops and restaurants. The service and follow through with our businesses has been excellent."