Quick spin around (somewhat) recent new hires and related news:
Brandon Stoker joined Oliver Russell as a graphic designer. He brings experience in app design, paper goods, branding, illustration, video editing, print design and sculpture. He’s helped clients like Yard House, Olive Garden, Scholastic, Boise State University, Corkcicle, Full Sail University, as well as a string of startups. Most recently, Brandon worked as a Junior Art Director at Push, a digital creative agency based out of Orlando, Fl. He also spent nine years at Apple, teaching customers how to use Apple products and gaining valuable insight into the mind of the American consumer.
Shawna Samuelson has been promoted to Account Services Director. Previously, Shawna worked as a Senior Producer at Oliver Russell. In the new role, she will apply her 10-plus years of client experience to handling all aspects of contract execution, managing the agency’s account services team, and playing a greater role in business development. Shawna graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2006.
Last month, Drake Cooper announced that Andrew Piron has been named President and Chief Operating Officer. He’ll lead Drake Cooper’s team of employees in both the Boise and Seattle offices, with responsibility for management and operations, and will report directly to the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Cooper.
Piron, who joined Drake Cooper in 2016 as COO, picks up the addition to his title from Jamie Cooper, who now serves solely as CEO. Cooper will focus on leading the agency’s vision for creativity and innovation, as well as continuing to be a key advisor and strategist for the agency’s clients.
Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise recently announced their leadership transition, with internal promotions to form a new executive team. That new team is comprised of:
- Ward Duft – CEO, creative director
- Jill Watterson – COO, director of client services
- Kate Holgate – VP, associate creative director
Agency founder Ken Stoltz will remain as Chairman, and will still play an active role in the company.
Full details about the agency’s leadership transition is available here. Congratulations to all.
DaviesMoore has been going through a growth spurt as of late. Here are some of their latest hires:
Ben Adams — Digital Media Planner / Buyer
Jessca Hellwinkel — Account Services Assistant
Erin Westendorf — Accounting & Billing Assistant
Lindsey Schultz — Office Manager
Dustin Jones — Web Developer
In addition to these new hires, DaviesMoore has also had a couple of notable promotions:
Tyler LaDouceur is now Account Services Manager. He’s been with DaviesMoore since 2007, and was most recently
Digital Media Planner/Buyer & Media Buyer Senior Account Executive.
Tanya Vaughan has been promoted from Vice President of Digital to Chief Digital Officer, and is now a partner in the firm.
And finally, after 33 years in the business, Jeff Nielsen retired at the end of 2014.
A couple of notable promotions over at Drake Cooper recently:
Brad Weigle has been promoted from Project Manager to Manager / Digital Planning.
Dylan Amundson has been promoted from Brand Manager to Manager / Business Development.
Congratulations to both.
Sophie Sestero has been promoted to Account Executive at Ritter Public Relations. Sestero, who joined the firm in January, has focused her time on social media, writing, and media relations. She has worked with a number of clients on various campaigns, including the Imagine Twin Falls 2030 campaign.
Jennie has been with the agency for six years, and has led creative efforts for clients such as The Idaho Travel Council, CBH Homes, 44 North Vodka, Bodybuilding.com, Microsoft Office, Simplot, and The Idaho Department of Labor, among others. She also recently completed the Executive MBA program at Boise State University, serves as a board member of both the Boise Advertising Federation and AIGA Idaho, and is an adjunct professor at BSU.
You can read more about the news (and see some of the work that Jennie has played a part in) on the Drake Cooper website.
While belated, congratulations to Jennie are still in order.
Kelly Mitchell, a graphic designer for 21 years with Pete Wilson DesignWorks, has been promoted to Managing Partner of the firm. He has been a project leader and designer for a variety of clients over the years, including work for Hewlett-Packard.
Kelly is a graduate of Boise State University, with a B.A. in Graphic Design.
challenging you guys to help round up 40 turkeys! Bring a frozen turkey to Drake Cooper this Friday am and we will take them to the foodbank
Helping out the Idaho Food Bank is a worthwhile cause, so I’ll bite. If you’d like to get involved, here’s what you need to do:
- Take a frozen turkey to Drake Cooper’s office, at 416 S. 8th St. in Boise on the morning of Friday, November 21st.
- Enjoy the coffee and donuts that they’re providing as an incentive.
Their goal is 40 turkeys, but I think this crowd can do better. 50? 60? 100? Who knows. For those of you who have wanted to see the new Drake Cooper office space, here’s a chance to do it.
And, for those who are outside of the Boise area, or can’t make it on Friday, you can still get involved (although you’ll miss out on the Friday morning treats). Just order one online by the 20th and have it delivered to them.