S&H was founded in 1973 by J. Brian Smith and Mark Harroff. The firm initially established its reputation as a highly successful political consulting and advertising agency, known for winning seemingly "unwinnable" races. Until 2002, S&H produced advertising for 10-15 candidates in each election cycle  and, with over a hundred victories, had one of the best win-loss records in the business.

Our History

In the mid-1970s, S&H became one of the first political consulting firms to successfully transition into corporate public affairs, issue and image advertising, and public relations counseling, which now accounts for most of the firm’s client relationships. Today, S&H ranks among the most highly regarded public relations firms in the country.

In recent years, S&H has added expertise in digital marketing, website design, SEO and social media services. In 2014, Rick Morris, President of S&H, became owner of the firm. In 2016, Carina May of C. May & Associates, merged her business into S&H and is now co-owner.

[Smith & Harroff is among the] “Best of the best.”

— The Hill

Leadership

Rick Morris

President

Carina May

Executive Vice President

In the News

The Holmes Report

April 2016

O'Dwyer's

March 2016

The Holmes Report

March 2016

Capitol Communicator

March 2016

Nuclear Energy Institute,

March 2012

Alzheimer’s: Early Detection Matters

2008

Awards

2016 Communicator Award of Distinction

Your Home, Your Investment – Campaign for the Community Associations Institute

2014 MarCom Platinum Award

Future of Energy Campaign, Nuclear Energy Institute, Produced by Rick Morris

2013 Silver ADDY Award

Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable, Institutional/ Corporate Image, Nuclear Energy Institute, Produced by Rick Morris

2013 National Gold & Silver Telly Awards

Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable, Institutional/ Corporate Image, Nuclear Energy Institute, Produced by Rick Morris

2007 Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, PRSA

National Christmas Tree Association

2006 Gold SABRE Award

Superior Achievement in Reputation and Branding, National Christmas Tree Association

2006 Silver SABRE Award

National Christmas Tree Association

2005 Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, PRSA

National Christmas Tree Association

2005 Marketer of the Year, AMA-DC Chapter

National Christmas Tree Association

2001 Golden Web Award

Earth Day Groceries Project

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