PON CELEBRATES 40th

 Orignally established as Penny & Penny Advertising by Robert and Jean Penny, the agency’s name gradually changed as Walter Ohlmann joined the agency in 1964 and Ralph Neiman in 1969.

As the years have passed, the agency has grown, the agency was quartered in a single room at 11 West Monument Avenue with one desk, a two drawer file cabinet, one chair and an “antler” clothes rack in the corner. When Walter joined the agency, all that was needed was the addition of another chair to work on the other side of the desk from Bob.

But the agency soon moved to 323 Salem Avenue where three offices with a small reception area became the home of Penny/Ohlmann, Inc. Each of the partners now luxuriated in their own offices although they were somewhat sparsely furnished. Walter worked off a folding metal table until a desk was purchased several months later.

Of course, the big event that year was the hiring of a receptionist/typist. Obviously, the agency was growing since it now had an employee…albeit only one. Bob and Walter hustled up business during the day, writing copy at night.

But the agency did grow… to the point that there were five people occupying the 700 sq.ft.of leased space. By 1967 new quarters were deemed not only desirable but necessary.

Penny Ohlmann Neimann

The Ohlmann Group has a rich history that began in Dayton, Ohio in 1949, where the agency was founded as Penny and Penny by Bob Penny and his wife Jean. In 1964, Walter Ohlmann joined the firm. Ralph Neiman came on in 1969 and the firm became Penny/Ohlmann/Neiman. In 2011, P/O/N was renamed The Ohlmann Group to better reflect the agency's ongoing evolution and collaborative nature.

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