Leah Nurik

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Location: Reston, VA
Founded: 2011
Industry: Media/PR

Leah Nurik
CEO

Gabriel Marketing Group

Gabriel Marketing Group (GMG) caters exclusively to high-growth technology companies looking to increase market awareness. “I love working with growing companies and new products,” says CEO Leah Nurik. “Many startups do not have access to high-quality strategists and marketing services, especially when it comes to go-to-market and public relations services.” Though GMG is headquartered in the DC area, its client base extends all over the U.S. and beyond.

Quick Tip: “I encourage my employees to take the initiative and be creative.”

Under Nurik’s leadership, GMG has grown at a rate of 70 percent year-over-year for the past three years. At the same time, 10 of the agency’s clients made successful exits from their companies, “a testament to both their and our ability to execute,” says Nurik. “The biggest challenge is finding great people — when you are a services business, you are only as good as your team,” she adds. “We have implemented creative ways to retain our star performers, and attract new ones, but scaling rapidly and profitably can be difficult.”

“We try to donate 10 percent of our time to pro-bono activities,” says Nurik. “We have worked with Loudoun Breast Health Network, a local nonprofit that helps women with financial and emotional support while they are dealing with an active breast cancer diagnosis.”