The Richards Group

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The Richards Group
Industry Advertising
Founded 1976
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, United States
Key people
Stan Richards, Founder and Creative Director

The Richards Group is an American advertising agency. It is the largest independently owned agency in the country.[1] Working with founder Stan Richards, there are 35 creative group heads.

Based in Dallas, Texas, The Richards Group reports annual billings above $1 billion. Memorable work includes the Chick-fil-A Cows ("Eat Mor Chikin"),[2] and the Motel 6 campaign featuring Tom Bodett.

Major clients include or have included Fruit of the Loom, The Home Depot, Sub-Zero/Wolf, and Zales. The agency handles advertising, public relations, and promotions for dozens of clients nationwide, in addition to sports/entertainment marketing for colleges and universities. Partial list of clients:

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • GameStop
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ram Trucks
  • Sub-Zero
  • The Home Depot
  • The Salvation Army
  • MetroPCS
  • Motel 6
  • Orkin
  • TXU Energy
  • Patrón
  • QuikTrip

The Richards Group is associated by common ownership with Houston advertising agency Richards/Carlberg.[citation needed] In 2014, a $10 million fundraising campaign was completed to rededicate the advertising and public relations department at the University of Texas at Austin, naming it the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations.


Key Dates:[3]

1953: Stan Richards begins doing freelance design work in Dallas.

1976: Company becomes a full-service advertising agency.

1986: Motel 6 is signed as a client.


  1. ^ "Stan Richards's Unique Management Style". Inc. Magazine. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Chick-Fil-A Cows Infiltrate Cyberspace". AllBusiness. 2002-07-31. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ "The Richards Group, Inc.". Funding Universe. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2009-09-21.