Acquisition: MCI’s Black Flower Agency in the house

The New York City-based Black Flower Agency, a group brand of MCI, has acquired In House Ideas, a Miami-based agency specialising in experiential marketing and events to fashion, arts, real estate, publishing, hospitality and health and fitness brands.

“In expanding our footprint in the global luxury market, Miami was an obvious choice. Through direct experience in prior collaborations with In House Ideas, we clearly share a progressive, client-first philosophy and reputation for creativity and innovation,” Black Flower president Blake Kotenbrink said following the merger. “I have followed with keen interest In House’s growth and influence and have great respect for its principal Melissa Katz and her team.”

Katz founded In House Ideas in 2011 and has been named Black Flower senior vice-president.

“I’m thrilled that In House Ideas is taking this important step in its strategic evolution and we are excited to be a part of Black Flower Agency,” said Katz. “We look forward to serving the most important brands in Miami and beyond with our full service global agency.”

Black Flower Agency clients and partners include American Express Platinum and Centurion Card Product, Ermenegildo Zegna, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Gucci, Tesla, Cartier and NFL Players, Inc.

The agency is a group brand of MCI, a privately held company with headquarters in Geneva, with 1,900 professionals and wholly-owned offices in 60 cities and 31 countries.

“New York and Miami are top-tier global commercial, corporate and luxury hubs with unique synergies,” said MCI USA chief executive officer Tom Gibson. “With this merger, Black Flower Agency, together with MCI’s offices throughout the world, is uniquely positioned to meet our prestigious clients’ needs locally, nationally and internationally.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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