About US

We are a Denver-based agency made up of former big agency executives who have led major accounts and high-profile communications programs across a wide variety of industries. We started Rival because we’re tired of traditional agencies - working with them and for them - and wanted to build a company that allows us to work with brands we are passionate about, form deeper relationships with our clients, and do work we’re excited to share with our friends and family.

We deliver more than just excellent results. We are business partners that bring talent, tenacity, and creativity every single day to the brands we represent. Give us a project and let us show you.

About the Founder

Matthew Hargarten has over 15 years of experience in various communications roles within government, agencies and corporations.

Matthew was the Director of Communications for WhiteWave Foods, the fastest growing food company in the U.S. for over seven years. He managed corporate communications, corporate brand, and public relations initiatives for the company’s roster of better-for-you brands.

Prior, Matthew was a senior leader at Olson Engage, a fast-growing, award-winning agency. He ran the corporate affairs team, managed the agency’s San Francisco office, and ran business development. He managed communications programs for a wide range of companies nationally and internationally in the food & beverage, energy, agriculture, and technology industries. He also worked at Weber Shandwick where he counseled Fortune 500 companies and industry associations on complex issues and crisis.”