Oliver Russell branches out into Portland. Again.

Coinciding with the addition of Business Development Director Morgan Rider, Oliver Russell recently announced their expansion into Portland, Oregon. Their Portland office shares space with B-Line Urban Delivery, a fellow B Corp, in the Redd.

In the press release about the expansion, Rider says, “I couldn’t be more excited to be expanding Oliver Russell’s reach beyond Idaho to Oregon, Washington and California,” said Rider. “My focus will be on cultivating new opportunities with businesses and nonprofits that share our vision for positive world change. Portland is home to many purpose-driven brands, and Oliver Russell’s expertise in branding and marketing helps organizations across the Northwest achieve their goals with a strong sense of values and purpose.”

Longtime readers may remember that this is not Oliver Russell’s first foray into the Portland market, as the agency previously had a presence there in the mid-2000s.

New hires at Oliver Russell

Oliver Russell recently announced that they’ve added a few new folks to their team: Rebecca Mulkey as a studio designer, Morgan Rider as business development director, and Heidy Caruso as an account manager.

Rebecca Mulkey recently relocated to Boise from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has experience creating visual identity for stationary, advertisements and marketing collateral. She honed her eye for design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Morgan Rider will spearhead Oliver Russell’s new business opportunities from Portland, Oregon, She was previously with Grady Britton, and serves as a board member on both The Climate Trust and The Wetlands Conservancy.

Heidy Caruso returned to the agency world after most recently serving as a client services manager at MarkMonitor. A graduate of University of Idaho, she spent several years with Drake Cooper, and KTVB prior to that.

Congratulations to all.

The cycle repeats itself

If you follow an industry long enough, you start to see the same patterns and cycles repeat themselves every so often. The ebbs and flows of staffing as clients come and go through different shops. The shouting from the rooftops PR pushes, followed by periods of radio silence.

This one is no exception.

Every decade or so, there’s another wave of new businesses that make an appearance. Call them agencies, call them creative shops — whatever label you choose to put on them, it happens like clockwork. Some survive, some thrive, and others wilt away.

Often, those new agencies are formed by senior or experienced staff from other agencies that want to be in charge of their own destiny.

A decade ago, it was the likes of Carew Co., Red Sky, Sovrn, The Agency Creative Network, and Mitchell Palmer who made their grand entrances.

And like clockwork, another chapter in this story is being written.

It started a little over year ago with Duft Watterson, whose namesakes split from Stoltz Marketing Group to hang up their own shingle. Our friends at Boise Dev recently published a piece on them.

It continued earlier this year with the launch of Against. Founded by former Drake Cooper staffers Jennie Myers and Brad Weigle, Against bills themselves as a creative company that “focuses on helping companies define their purpose and rebel against the norm.”

Collectively, Myers and Weigle have over 20 years of experience, and have worked with clients in myriad industries, from finance and technology to consumer packaged goods, real estate and much more.

In addition to launching Against, Myers and Weigle have also developed a unique certificate of innovation and design (ID:EA Certificate), offered through the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State University.

Once again, the cycle repeats itself. The question remains — who else will join this latest group?

Meanwhile, at Oliver Russell

Our friends at Oliver Russell have seen their fair share of changes over the past few months, including new titles, new faces, and new job openings:

In February, Mike Stevens was promoted to Design Director, where he’ll be responsible for oversight over design initiatives within the agency, and management over Oliver Russell’s growing design team.

Also in February, Brian Millar was promoted from public relations intern to Studio Writer. Millar’s background is in journalism, and he also works as a freelance reporter for Boise Weekly.

These changes follow the addition of Rob Osler, who joined Oliver Russell in December as Managing Director. Osler previously held roles including director of brand strategy at Microsoft and senior vice president at Salt Branding.

On the job openings front, Oliver Russell has a couple positions they’re looking to fill:

PR Manager / Director

This individual will lead our PR practice, elevating the impact of organizations striving to do good for people and our planet.

Studio Designer

We’re looking to hire a purpose-oriented design all-star to complement and strengthen our team as we grow our roster of clients, which currently stretches from Silicon Valley to the Smithsonian.

Full details about those two positions and how to apply can be found via their respective links.

We’re also hearing word that a new account manager joined the Oliver Russell team in March. Stay tuned — more details on that down the road.

New hires at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group kicked off the new year with two new additions to their team — Adie Bartron and Mitch Kuhn:

Adie Bartron

Adie Bartron joins Stoltz as a Senior Account Manager. She previously spent the past eight years with Oliver Russell, and has worked on projects for a wide range of clients such as the Smithsonian, Nature Valley, HP, and The National Recreation and Parks Association. Adie is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in advertising.

Mitch Kuhn

Mitch Kuhn joins Stoltz as a Senior Art Director. He was most recently a visual designer at Healthwise, and also spent several years as a designer and art director at agencies in Eugene, Oregon and Boise, respectively.

From the “Things we missed in 2018” file

While reading CLM’s 2018 reflections, something caught our eye we hadn’t noticed: Early in 2018, Brad Surkamer bought CLM back from Ivie & Associates, which had previously acquired CLM in 2015.

2018 kicked off with Brad buying back the company from the Ivie family. Our time with Ivie was good in providing new experiences and perspectives, but we are thankful for Brad’s desire to focus on CLM and our team and clients. The move breathed a new life back into CLM. We spent time contemplating and developing CLM 3.0, CLM’s strategy for the future, and with that came a new mission, vision and set of values for the company.

The return to local control and decision-making marked the next chapter for the agency, whose roots date back to 1980.

While it appears that CLM still maintains a working relationship with Ivie & Associates, this move also seems to coincide with Quad Graphics’ acquisition of Ivie in 2018.

An abrupt reversal

In October we wrote about the news of Chad Rea joining Oliver Russell as its new creative director. Well, it appears there’s been an about-face on that front recently.

Chad posted an update on LinkedIn that he would not be moving to Boise, but rather will remain in Austin, Texas.

You can read his full post here: Tomorrow, I’m starting with a clean slate.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like the fit may not have been there, on either side. And as is the case with any shop, the fit and the culture is just as, if not more important, than the job function itself.

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.