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.

1980

In the beginning, there was a whisper.

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.
1982

From the kitchen dining table to the big city.

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.

1984

Seeding our foundation with agriculture clients.

1984 AgriPro

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

1985

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

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 farmer — Charlie Stephens, Chuck’s dad.

1989

One little agency making a big local impact.

One little agency making a big local impact.

S&A creates “Bach Till You Drop” student outreach for the Kansas City Symphony, beginning of our passion for supporting the arts in the Metro.

40th anniversary news & notes

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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