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.

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.