For 40 years, S&A has helped build and support top-tier brands and make lasting contributions in the agriculture, animal health, life sciences and human health industries. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, here’s a retrospective of moments in our history that made us who we are today.

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Four decades of S&A history

Check back throughout the year as we reveal one decade at a time.

In the beginning, there was a whisper.
1980

In the beginning, there was a whisper.

Chuck Stephens founds a little agency called Stephens & Associates in his dining room and gets his first client, North American Plant Breeders.
A first-rate ad for one of our first clients.
1980

A first-rate ad for one of our first clients.

This early ad for P-A-G Seeds stands out not only for its clean layout and clear copy, but for featuring a real-life dairy farmer — Charlie Stephens, Chuck’s dad.

From the kitchen dining table to the big city.
1982

From the kitchen dining table to the big city.

S&A moves out of Chuck’s house and into an office in City Center Square in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Seeding our foundation with agriculture clients.
1984

Seeding our foundation with agriculture clients.

Work for MigroSeeds, AgriPro and McCurdy establishes S&A as experts in agriculture and lays the foundation for our future work in animal health.

40th anniversary news & notes

Meet our founder, Chuck Stephens

Chuck StephensRaised on a Kansas dairy farm, Chuck Stephens threw haybales, milked cows and drove the herd in at night. Through his Midwestern work ethic, he’s evolved S&A over the last 40 years from a one-man show to a leading marketing firm.

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KC Animal Health Corridor Spotlights S&A

After 40 years of building animal health brands, a virus reminded S&A that relationships and adaptability matter most

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News release: S&A commemorates 40th anniversary

Stephens & Associates celebrates 40 years with a focus on lasting relationships and client service.
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When the unexpected changes your plan, plan to change

After 40 years, a virus taught us the most important lesson: When uncontrollable change occurs, brands need to be ready to change along with it.
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