On hiatus

16 years is a long time.

Yes, dear friends, the Idaho Ad Agencies blog has been around for over 16 years.

When I started back in early March of 2006, the first tweet hadn’t been sent. Facebook was exclusive to colleges and universities, and YouTube was still in its infancy.

Oh how times have changed.

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116 & West went north

And came back with a new agency.

Boise-based 116 & West has acquired Klündt Hosmer, a Spokane, Washington-based agency of similar size that was founded in 1987 by Darin Klündt and Rick Hosmer.

In a statement about the acquisition, Darin Klündt said, “We have worked with thousands of organizations, created hundreds of brands, and guided visual communications for clients throughout the Inland Empire, and we’re excited to offer more robust full-service marketing with the additional resources and experience 116 & West provides.”

Also, from Carolyn Lodge, chief operating officer at 116 & West, “Klündt Hosmer’s design-centered approach, longevity in the market, and value proposition to a loyal client base made them an attractive addition to 116 & West, and Spokane is a city we love and have had roots in for many years.”

The four partners of Klündt Hosmer will remain with the company, as principals, with offices in the historic Commission Building in downtown Spokane.

This marks the second acquisition for 116 & West. As MMG, the agency acquired Davies Rourke in 2009. The newly-combined entity subsequently rebranded to DaviesMoore, which then took on its current 116 & West identity in early 2020.

Jobs! Jobs everywhere!

Okay, maybe not everywhere. But there are a handful of them out there, including:

At 116 & West

Account Coordinator

Digital Marketing Specialist

Graphic Designer

At Stoltz Marketing Group

Digital Project Manager

At Peppershock Media

Marketing/Sales Coordinator

If a full time gig isn’t quite what you’re after right now, Drake Cooper is looking for “some design and HTML production design freelance folks” to add to their bench.

Job opening: Account Manager

Duft Watterson is looking for an Account Manager to join their team. From the job posting on LinkedIn:

We’re looking for a good-natured, hard-charging account manager.
We’re Duft Watterson, an Ad Age Agency of The Year and Outside Magazine Best Places to Work agency, headquartered in Boise. We’re on the hunt for an account manager to join our forward-leaning team of marketing writers, artists, strategists and digital natives.

You are?
A good-natured, team-playing, detail-oriented account manager or project manager currently at an advertising/design/digital agency or inside a high-performing marketing department. You’re an insightful self-starter who values inclusivity and a culture of trust. You’ll jump in to help wherever needed and ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and on target.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found here.

In memoriam: Shane Jibben

North by Northwest recently shared the news that Shane Jibben passed away.

From the online tribute:


On June 5, 2022, Michael “Shane” Jibben, loving husband, father of two, and grandfather of one, passed away at the age of 68 after an all too quick and difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.

Shane was born on April 23, 1954 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Ernie and Hazel Jibben. While attending the University of South Dakota, he met the love of his life, Barbara (Manolis) Jibben. They married in May of 1978, and their two children, Mathew and Katy, were born in Rapid City before moving to Seattle in 1985. The family spent eight years there, where Shane and Barb built lifelong friendships and enjoyed being active in the community. The family moved to Boise in 1993, a place Shane loved to call home.

Shane put his family and friends first, and took pride in taking care of others. He served as manager of North by Northwest Productions, a film and video productions agency, for 25 years. There, he was honored to lead his team not only professionally, but personally. Shane made lunch for his employees and clients nearly every day, a simple gesture that spoke volumes to his giving nature. He had a passion for music, played multiple instruments including guitar, banjo, and accordion–most self-taught–and was a collector of Beatles memorabilia. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, going on walks near the Boise River Greenbelt, playing music and studying music theory, taking on household projects with his wife, volunteering as the Maintenance Director on his HOA Board of Directors, and being an active member in the Rocky Mountain Highrailers model train club. Shane was known for his quick wit, his kind and compassionate spirit, and his love for family.

Shane was preceded in death by his son, Mathew, his parents, Ernie and Hazel, and his sister Lana. He is survived by his wife Barb, his daughter Katy son-in-law Adam, his granddaughter Kennedy, his grand-dog and walking buddy Moose, and his six sisters and their many family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 12th, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Barber Park Event Center, 4049 S. Eckert Road, Boise, Idaho, 83716. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, please consider donating to the Mathew Jibbensmith Scholarship Fund at Pacific Lutheran University via the following link where you will find information for donating in Shane’s honor: plu.edu/tribute


Deepest condolences to Shane’s family and friends.