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Central Alum, Jeff LeBeau, Honored with Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Award


On October 27, 2020, WRL Advertising President, Jeff LeBeau, was honored with the Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Award by Smart Business Magazine as one of the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in Northeast Ohio for his ability to effectively build and lead a successful organization. This award not only honored LeBeau, it also highlighted WRL’s continued success as Canton, Ohio’s premier advertising agency. Smart Business Magazine, Events, and Books have been educating and inspiring business professionals for 30 years. The company provides insight from the country’s leading CEO’s on how they made it to the top and most importantly, how they stay there. Serving 18 different markets worldwide, their platform offers networking, podcasts, newsletters, awards, educational events and more.

Established in 2014, Smart Business Magazine’s Smart 50 Awards currently take place in the cities of Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. This award ceremony honors top executives from 50 of the smartest companies for their achievements in creating, maintaining, and leading successful businesses. This year’s award ceremony was slightly different. Due to COVID-19, the event was held virtually, giving honorees a safe place to be recognized.

The Smart 50 award is largely due to LeBeau’s leadership and commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. Since taking over the company, LeBeau has overseen the addition of more than 100 new clients, increased sales, expanded WRL’s client services, and further enhanced his team of award-winning talent. Though this is an individual award, LeBeau attributes the honor to his talented team. “Being recognized with the other 49 Smart Business leaders is an honor but wouldn’t be possible without the amazing team of talented individuals at WRL,” said LeBeau. “They are the true award winners, who continuously impress me with their ever-evolving skills, creativity and drive to succeed for our clients.” WRL’s diverse team combines experience and youth creating a workplace that promotes trust, motivation, commitment and pride.

Under the leadership of LeBeau, WRL continues to adapt to industry changes, exceeding client expectations and delivering positive results. Recently, WRL expanded service capabilities in 3D animation, motion graphics, digital marketing, social media advertising, advanced SEO, SEM, Amazon marketing and more. In addition to these new services, WRL also expanded into the Columbus market, growing its client base and extending its reach.

Receiving this award has been a well-deserved recognition of LeBeau and WRL’s hard work. The honor has also reinforced WRL’s position as a leader in the advertising industry. The future at WRL is extremely bright. With the tools LeBeau has installed and his vision for success, anything is possible!

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