Bob Phillips
Thompson & Berry Public Relations
(901) 251-5151
Andrew J. Groveman
Belz Enterprises
(901) 260-7278

Thompson & Company Selected As Agency of Record for Belz Enterprises

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, August 1, 2005 – Memphis-based Thompson & Company, a 28-year old full service communications firm, has been selected by Belz Enterprises as its agency for all marketing, advertising, promotions and public relations. Financial terms of the contract, which begins in August 2005, were not disclosed.

Thompson & Company will be handling marketing and advertising for Belz’s entire portfolio, with the exception of the hotel division. Key divisions include corporate, industrial/retail/office leasing, Factory Outlet World properties, Peabody Place and Orlando’s Festival Bay, as well as other interests.

“We are very excited to be awarded the Belz business,” said Michael Thompson, chairman & CEO of Thompson & Company. “They have been a long-term client of Thompson & Berry Public Relations, our PR division, for industrial and corporate public relations. We are pleased to be entrusted with an expanded portfolio of marketing and advertising for the rest of their business enterprises.”

“We are pleased to be hiring our Memphis-based neighbor Thompson & Company as our marketing and advertising partner,” said Andrew J. Groveman, senior vice president of Belz. “We have long admired the creativity and quality of Thompson & Company, and look forward to working with them to expand and enhance our business.”

About Belz

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Belz is a leading innovator in real estate development with interests throughout the Southern United States. Belz develops, owns and/or manages more than 25 million square feet of industrial/warehouse/distribution centers, shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-use centers and corporate campuses. The company also owns a group of premier hotels, including The Peabody Hotels in Memphis, Orlando and Little Rock. Additional information about Belz is available at

About Thompson & Company

Founded in 1977, Thompson & Company with its divisions – Thompson & Company Advertising, Thompson & Berry Public Relations, Conversant Relationship Marketing, BottleRocket Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Disciple Design – is a full-service marketing communications firm offering services in advertising, public relations, design, direct mail, web-based communications, and sports marketing from offices in Memphis, Nashville, and New York City. More information on the firm can be found at