Ruder Finn is Founded
David Finn and Bill Ruder found Ruder Finn (known as Ruder & Finn), one of the first PR agencies, in the linen closet at the Lombardy hotel.
President Kennedy hires the firm to rally public support for the 1960 nuclear test ban treaty.
Seeing through a new lens
After purchasing his first camera at age 40, David begins his photography career, embarking on what he calls “the wonderful adventure of seeing”. He went on to publish over 100 photography books.
The Corporate Oligarch
David Finn writes The Corporate Oligarch, which ultimately lay the foundation for stakeholder capitalism, portraying corporations as the “central institution in American life”.
The Pritzker Architecture Prize
David Finn and Bill Ruder work with Jay Pritzker to create the prestigious “Pritzker Architecture Prize”, which would live on to become the most coveted award in the field.
Work with Henry Moore
David Finn works with the world-famous sculptor Henry Moore, to bring 25 sculptures to New York City, in an exhibition sponsored by art collector George Ablah.
Ruder Finn executes the “Glad Bag-A-Thon,” the nation’s largest organized clean-up and recycling initiative largely predating other corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, in partnership with Glad Bags and Keep America Beautiful.
Committing to the Arts
David Finn counsels the curation of the PepsiCo Donald M. Kendall outdoor sculpture garden, housing a remarkable collection of works by major twentieth-century artists that further emphasizes Finn’s unique ability to bring art to the public.
A New Chapter for Ruder Finn
David Finn’s daughter, Kathy Bloomgarden, pushes Ruder Finn to new frontiers - launching the firm’s China office and Healthcare practice, kicking off a new chapter for the agency.
Academy of the Arts & Sciences
David Finn becomes a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Sculpture at the White House
David Finn works with Bill and Hillary Clinton to bring 20th-century sculpture to the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at The White House.
National Council on the Humanities
President Bill Clinton names David to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory committee to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Ruder Finn becomes the first major PR agency to launch a digital shop, Ruder Finn Interactive (RFI Studios).
Work with the UN
David Finn begins working closely with the United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, with whom he would collaborate for over a decade.
David photographs Ground Zero following the tragic World Trade Center attack. E.L Doctorow and David write the book Lamentation: 9/11 to document the historical moment.
Breakthroughs with Novartis
Ruder Finn helps Novartis launch the global introduction to a newly FDA-approved Gleevec — the first targeted therapy breakthrough on the road to a cure for cancer.
Citi’s 200th Anniversary
To commemorate Citi’s 200th anniversary, Ruder Finn creates a multi-channel global campaign which is recognized in PRWeek’s 15th-anniversary edition as one of the 15 most innovative campaigns.
Kathy Bloomgarden becomes CEO
Ruder Finn undergoes restructuring, and Kathy Bloomgarden assumes the role of sole Chairman and CEO of the Ruder Finn Group, with David Finn as Chairman Emeritus. Ruder Finn continues to build momentum in building a global leadership position.
PRWeek Hall of Fame
David Finn is inducted into PRWeek’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the communications industry and the establishment of the PR profession.
David Finn’s Photography
David Finn donates his extensive photo archive to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
The agency continues the expansion of its tech, innovation and digital practices under Bloomgarden’s leadership, taking clients from now to what’s next, with new communication tools, and adding RF Experience, RF TechLab, RF Relate, RLA, Osmosis Films, jacobstahl, Mantis PR, Peppercomm and Comunicad PR to its arsenal.