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.

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.

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.

Job opening: Digital Marketing & Media Specialist

From the DaviesMoore website:

DaviesMoore, a full-service marketing firm in Boise, is looking for a Digital Marketing & Media Specialist to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented atmosphere. The successful candidate for this role is a strategic thinker, has a knack for all things digital, and is task oriented enough to do the buying/billing/analytics in addition to digital marketing & media implementation. This person possesses a passion for the digital space and understands the many nuances that come with facilitating integrated media campaigns across paid, owned and earned media channels.

This individual will be a member of the DaviesMoore Media Team and report to the Integrated Media Director while working closely with other media team personnel. This position will also work closely with the Digital, Accounts, and Accounting teams to ensure that a variety of tasks are completed for clients across a number of different industries.

The right person for this position is able to be nimble and wear many hats, as well as fit into the agency’s established culture that promotes autonomy with results.

Key Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Research utilizing in-house tools as well as 3rd party data based on the needs of the Media Team.
  • Creation of Email Marketing Campaigns and Newsletters.
  • Work within multiple digital analytics platforms.
  • Understanding CMS (WordPress) platforms and completing various tasks related to data entry and content upload.
  • Create reports based on monthly/quarterly data across multiple digital platforms.
  • Work closely with the billing team to match digital orders based on approved media plans/buys to received invoices.
  • Curating Influencer lists for campaigns across a variety of social and digital channels.
  • Implement social media campaigns and monitor client social media accounts for messages & engagements.
  • Stay appraised of industry standards.
  • Research emerging digital media trends and vet opportunities for clients.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found in the job listing on their site.

Job opening: Operations Assistant/Office Manager + HR + Culture

DaviesMoore in Boise has an opening for an Operations Assistant/Office Manager + HR + Culture. From the job description on their website:

The OPERATIONS ASSISTANT/ OFFICE MANAGER will assist the COO in the agency’s day-to-day operating activities and will need to be versed in a variety of industry concepts, practices, and procedures, relying on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

With involvement in Human Resources and Culture, the operations assistant will manage the administration of all HR activities and policies, and direct implementation of policies, programs, and procedures.

This person will work closely with members of the DaviesMoore management team to support goals and culture that ensure the success of DaviesMoore.

Reports to the COO

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure maintenance of a clean, healthy office environment for all personnel, and maintain an attractive office appearance for visitors and clients.
  • Answer all phone calls and email inquiries in a friendly but professional manner, and forward all inquiries to the appropriate staff members promptly and smoothly.
  • Inventories office supplies and purchases what is necessary upon approval from COO and director of finance.
  • Restock kitchens each Monday with new groceries and supplies.
  • Communicate regularly with management team to ensure that office needs are met.
  • Interview, screen, and, on approval of COO, assist in the hiring of agency support personnel. Manage employee onboarding process once applicant has been hired.
  • Advise management and employees on HR questions and concerns.
  • Establish and oversee agency records and maintenance procedures to ensure all business operations information is correct and readily available.
  • Oversee OSHA regulations as they apply to the agency, ensuring requirements are met and employees are aware of such requirements.
  • Assist the director of finance with operational duties including file management, building management and various tasks as assigned.
  • Monitor programs and provide feedback on the organization’s culture and work with partners to determine actionable steps toward desired culture.
  • Work with partners to design and develop and implement programs, communications, events, workshops, etc. for leaders, managers and team members that creatively and authentically reinforce our unique values and culture.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found in the original job listing.

Big boulder in a little pond

You’ve seen it. And probably done it more than once. You’ve picked up that big, heavy rock and heaved it into a pond.

First there’s the big splash.

Then the ripples spread. And spread.

Ripples in water

As we rolled into 2018, the boulder dropped with the seemingly abrupt departure of Ward Duft and Jill Watterson from Stoltz Marketing Group.

Shortly thereafter, a new player emerged in the Boise agency game, and at least two other shops have been pulled into the fray.

The first ripple: Stoltz Marketing Group

The departure of Duft and Watterson left an obvious hole at the top of the agency, as they represented two-thirds of the new leadership announced in the summer of 2017.

The vacancy was short-lived, however, as SMG recently announced that Jaime Ekman has taken the helm of the company as president and COO. This marks Ekman’s second go-around with the company originally founded by her father, Ken Stoltz. She most recently spent the past eight years with Castor & Pollux, now a Nestle Purina brand.

Shortly after taking the reins, Ekman appointed Kate Holgate creative director, and announced that Crissie McDowell will be rejoining the agency as associate creative director. Holgate has been with SMG for 16 years, progressing from art director to associate creative director and now to her current role. McDowell rejoins the agency, having been an art director from 2006 to 2015.

The second ripple: Duft Watterson

Shortly after their departure from Stoltz Marketing Group, Duft Watterson emerged as a new addition to the agency lineup in the Treasure Valley.

According to their website, Duft Watterson is led by Ward Duft as co-founder, CEO and creative director, and Jill Watterson as co-founder, COO and head of client service. Joining them are two other former SMG colleagues, Marc Cowlin as director of content and digital, and Tony Hart as associate creative director.

Rounding out the Duft Watterson team is designer Madeleine Godwin, Kesey Badgett handling branding and digital, accounting specialist Talia Spencer, and Lisa Cloyd as account manager.

Duft Watterson is based in Boise, and also has a presence in the San Francisco bay area.

The Oliver Russell connection

How does Oliver Russell factor into all of this, you ask? The answer, of course, lies in the moves outlined above. At the end of her first stint with Stoltz Marketing Group in 2015, Crissie McDowell departed to join Oliver Russell, where she’s spent the past three years as a senior art director.

The DaviesMoore association

Similarly, DaviesMoore factors into the drama, as Lisa Cloyd spent a short stint with them as director of client services, before joining Duft Watterson in January.

The rest

Time will tell what — if any — other fallout there will be as a result this shakeup in the Boise-area agency scene. Is there more to the story? Most definitely. But those are details that are best left to the parties involved to share (or not share) as they see fit.


On a personal note:
As some may know, I spent several years at Stoltz Marketing Group, and have worked with many of the people mentioned here. That being said, I’ve done my best to be as impartial an unbiased as it relates to these changes. Hopefully it came across that way.

 

Quick spin around the new hire news

A number of new faces have been showing up in various shops, so it seemed fitting to do a quick run-through of new hire news we’ve come across over the past few months or so. In no particular order:

Jenni Kimball has joined Rizen Creative as an account manager. Before joining Rizen, Kimball was director of marketing for 43rd State Holdings in Boise.

Over at Oliver RussellCaitlin Copple Masingill recently joined their team as public relations director. Masingill is a former Missoula, Montana city councilwoman, a longtime communications consultant and a former journalist. Most recently, she worked in the Boise office of a public affairs firm. Masingill holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho.

Also at Oliver Russell, Holly Conti joined the team in March of this year as an account coordinator (and we were remiss in noting it).
Update: Shortly after publishing, we discovered that Holly has since been promoted from account coordinator to producer. Congratulations Holly. 

At Stoltz Marketing Group they’ve added two new folks to their staff recently. Katherine Johnson has joined the agency as a senior account manager, while Stephanie Clements is an account coordinator.

DaviesMoore is in on the trend, too, adding Becca Owens as their newest senior web developer, and Lisa Cloyd as director of client services.

Meanwhile, over at Mitchell+Palmer, they’ve added Jenni McConnell as an account / project manager, and Kymm Cornelison as social media strategist

There you have it. Have we missed anyone? Most likely. If so, drop us a line and let us know, so we can do it again.