Love Communications expands into Idaho, names VP to lead office

Love Communications, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based agency, recently opened an office in Boise, led by Julie Hart, who joined the company in May.

From the press release on their website about the expansion:

“Boise is a natural fit for Love Communications,” said Tom Love, president of Love Communications. “We have an existing client base that spreads across Idaho and we’re ready to keep growing that footprint. With a great new space in one of the most well-known buildings in Idaho, I don’t think we could have found a better place to be. And we can leave Salt Lake City and be in a meeting in Boise within two hours!”

The full press release about the expansion into Idaho can be found here, and more about Julie Hart can be found here.

Love Communications was founded in 1999, has a staff of approximately 40, and 2017 capitalized billings in excess of $50 million, according to their website.

New faces at Oliver Russell

Word is that Oliver Russell has added a couple new members to their team recently. A little poking around online revealed two new additions:

Jenai Jasper, Finance Manager

Jenai joined Oliver Russell in May, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, she was with Idaho Timber as a Financial Analyst/Special Project Manager, and with KPMG US as a Senior Auditor before that. Jenai is a graduate of the University of Idaho.

Ashley Hollenbeck, Producer

Before joining Oliver Russell, Ashley spent the past five years at Bodybuilding.com, most recently as Ecommerce Program Manager. She’s a graduate of Linfield College.

New hire at Rizen Creative

According to a recent Instagram post, Kris Bloom is the newest member of Rizen Creative’s team.

 

In memoriam: Ken Stoltz

Ken Stoltz passed away on Wednesday, June 13th, following a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Born in 1951 in Pasadena, California, Ken was the second of seven children. He spent his childhood in California, and later found his way to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

In 1978, Ken and his wife Terry moved to Pocatello, Idaho. There, he and Jim Steele founded Steele, Stoltz & Associates. Over the years that agency grew, a Boise office was opened, and by the 1990s it had become the largest in the state.

In 1997, Ken launched his own agency, Stoltz Marketing Group, and for more than 20 years grew that business, developing a large roster of clients in a diverse range of industries.

He is survived by his wife Terry, his children Brian, Jaime, and Ashley, their respective spouses, and five grandchildren.

Ken’s full obituary can be read here.

Milestones

A handful of shops have celebrated notable milestones recently, including…

10 Years

Red Sky and SOVRN both marked 10 years in business earlier this year.

Red Sky chronicled their past decade in this infographic.

While SOVRN celebrated their anniversary with a block party that included a $10K giveaway.

20 Years

DaviesMoore recently crossed the 20 year mark, and chronicled the journey here – 20 Years on the AgenSea, and with this video.

40 Years

Not to be left out, Drake Cooper — the elder statesman of the group — celebrated their 40th anniversary with an event at Cinder Wines.

Congratulations to all on the milestones.

People on the move

Some recent moves and new hires of late:

Christina Hirsch recently joined DaviesMoore as an Account Executive.

Duft Watterson added Lindsey Lankford as an Account Coordinator, Jamie Donley as an Account Manager, and Alex Rhodes as an Art Director.

Over at Foerstel Design, Katy Kithcart and Greg Montemurro have joined the team as Junior Art Director and Art Director, respectively.

Elsewhere, Drake Cooper looks to be once again flirting with the 50-employee mark, based on a quick count of DC’ers on their site.

Musical chairs

We got word recently of a couple moves affecting shops in the Boise area:

Jason SIieversIn February, Jason Sievers moved from DaviesMoore — where he most recently served as Creative Director — to One Stone, where he’s Creative Director for Two Birds, the student-led creative studio. The move also reunites Sievers with Michael Reagan, who spent 17 years with DaviesMoore prior to joining One Stone.

Dan StoneDan Stone also recently moved from Oliver Russell — where he was Senior Copywriter — to Duft Watterson, in the same capacity. It also reunites Stone with a few of his former Stoltz Marketing Group colleagues, including Ward Duft, Jill Watterson, and Tony Hart.

Boomerang

Back in 2008 we wrote about Jeremy Chase’s departure from Drake Cooper and impending move to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jeremy ChaseSince then, he went on to broaden his experience with the creative agency Struck, and over 10 years honed his travel and tourism chops with clients like the Utah Office of Tourism, Experience Scottsdale, Catalina Island Company, CMH Heli Ski, Ski Utah, Snowbird, and Sundance. He also was a public speaker and presenter at state, regional and national industry events.

Fast-forward to today, and things have come full circle.

Last month, Jeremy returned to where it all began, and rejoined Drake Cooper as VP of Client Services. In his new role he leads the client services team and collaborates with clients to plan work focused on strategy and results.

Fittingly enough, his first day back at Drake Cooper — Groundhog Day.

Welcome home, Jeremy.

Reunited

A few months ago we got word that Carew Co. was on the hunt for a Relationship Manager to join their team, and recently we discovered that they found the person they were looking for in Pat Brubaker.

In their words:

He’s a whiz at client and customer management. He’s a master at agency flow and schedules. He’s able to see the big picture and develop processes that work. He figures out people’s best qualities and plays to them. And he’s a smart strategy guy.

In other words: He’s a catch.

This also reunites Brubaker and Carew Co. founder Paul Carew, who worked together at Oliver Russell in the mid-2000s.

You can read more about Carew Co’s new hire here.

Oliver Russell joins The Purpose Collaborative

Last month, Oliver Russell announced that they’ve joined Carol Cone’s The Purpose Collaborative, a growing collective of the foremost purpose-oriented agencies and consultants created by one of the world’s purpose pioneers, Carol Cone.

Oliver Russell is the first Idaho-based company to join The Purpose Collaborative, and is among more than 37 agencies and subject matter experts with significant experience in–and an authentic commitment to–purpose. The Purpose Collaborative’s services include the discovery and definition of an organization/brand’s purpose, culture development, employee and customer engagement, sustainable product sourcing and innovation, social issue identification and partnerships, storytelling and marketing communications, multimedia and digital activation, and program effectiveness analytics.

Read Oliver Russell’s full announcement about the news here.