This company would hate for you to miss a class reunion. Harris Connect maintains membership databases for more than 4,900 institutions, including schools, alumni associations, and other membership-based organizations. It produces more than 600 directories a year both in print and online. Among its clients are colleges and universities, fraternities and sororities, and private and public high schools. The company has built more than 500 online communities for alumni groups and professional organizations to network and organize. The information hubs offer message boards, online chat, and e-mail services. New York-based private equity fund Wicks Communications & Media Partners III owns the company.
In addition to directory publishing, Harris Connect offers services such as phone and mail fundraising programs and custom data research projects. Clients have included Williams College, The Ex-Students' Association of The University of Texas, and Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library.
The company was founded in 1963 by Bernard Harris as The Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company. The firm first produced directories for small regionally based alumni clubs. It later branched out to institutions of higher learning with the production of directories for Fordham University and Manhattan College. The company changed its name to Harris Connect after establishing a presence on the Internet. Wicks Communications, which manages private equity funds that invest in selected segments of the communications, information, and media industries, acquired Harris Connect in 2008. – less