Rob Osler joins Oliver Russell as Managing Director

Oliver Russell recently announced the addition of Rob Osler as Managing Director.

Osler, a Boise native, has held director-level roles in brand strategy and management at both public companies and at top agencies, including Fitch and Landor Associates.

At Oliver Russell, he’ll help manage business development opportunities, as well as provide operational support. Russ Stoddard will remain involved with the strategic direction of the agency and as a senior adviser on client work as needed. The hire comes on the heels of Chad Rea joining in September as Creative Director, and as Stoddard forms a new social impact consulting venture, Humanista.

Mitchell+Palmer picks up ISU

As first reported by the Idaho State Journal, Idaho State University has selected Mitchell+Palmer for its first comprehensive, statewide marketing and advertising campaign.

According to the article, the school entered into an eight-month, $975,000 contract with Mitchell+Palmer last month, with the majority of that budget allocated to media placement.

The article also mentions that Mitchell+Palmer previously worked on projects for Boise State University for more than a decade, but given the size and scope of this new relationship with ISU, it seems safe to presume that Boise State has been relegated to the “former clients” category.

Oliver Russell adds Wieden+Kennedy, Mother London veteran as Creative Director

Oliver Russell announced that Chad Rea recently  joined the agency as its new Creative Director.

From their announcement about the addition:

Chad Rea

“We’re thrilled for a creative leader of Chad’s caliber to join our team,” said Oliver Russell’s president and founder, Russ Stoddard. “He’s got the right mix of expertise, experience, and heart to position the agency as among the best in the world.”

“I knew from the first time I visited Oliver Russell that they had something truly special,” said Rea. “Getting the rare opportunity to live and work with purpose and use our collective talents to make the world a better place is a dream come true.”

In addition to consulting for major brands while creating his own art, Rea has been teaching Texas Creative’s portfolio sequence at the University of Texas in Austin for the past 4.5 years. Previously, he built brands with some of the top creative agencies in the world and worked as creative director at Wieden+Kennedy and 86 the onions, an unconventional ad agency he founded in Los Angeles, as well as holding senior copywriter roles at Mother (London), and KesselsKramer (Amsterdam).

 

New hires, new titles

Quick spin around (somewhat) recent new hires and related news:

Over the summer, DaviesMoore added a few new folks to their team: Account Coordinator Andrew Greenblatt, Digital Marketing and Media Specialist Shannon Reilly, and Account Coordinator Nick Kuzio.

Stoltz Marketing Group recently announced the addition of Content Strategist Jake Smith, and Account Coordinator Erick Gutierrez.

Elsewhere, Marc Cowlin was promoted to VP of Content and Digital Marketing at Duft Watterson.

Expanding footprint

SOVRN recently announced that they’ve expanded into Montana, with the addition of a presence in Helena.

From their announcement and post on their Facebook page:

HELENA, Montana — After 10 years of successful business in Idaho, SOVRN Creative is expanding its operations into Montana. 

In 2008, three friends left the security of a successful marketing agency and started SOVRN, an independent, design-build creative marketing company focusing on brand development and implementation over several media platforms. The agency’s targeted mission is “Have Fun, Be Different, and Deliver an Exceptional Product Every Time.”

Ten years later, the three partners are still doing what they love and are excited to open up shop in the Big Sky State. They have chosen their first Montana employee, Brian Elliott, a Helena-born entrepreneur who is an active member of the the local community and fully driven by his love for outdoor culture.

Destination CLM

It seems that CLM is the place to take that next step in your agency career as of late, if the trio of new hires they recently announced is to be used as an indicator.

Senior account manager Josh Mercaldo moved to CLM from Drake Cooper, where he spent the past decade as an account director.

Greg Montemurro joined CLM’s creative team as a digital art director, after spending time with shops such as Foerstel, Stoltz Marketing Group, and Wire Stone.

Digital media manager Ben Adams moved to CLM from DaviesMoore, where he was most recently a senior digital marketing and media strategist.

Congratulations to all.

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.