Drake Cooper has added to Andrew Piron’s title

Andrew PironLast 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.

Job opening – Interactive Designer

Our friends over at Drake Cooper have an opening for an Interactive Designer. From the job description:

Are you the kind of person that dreams in wire-frames? Do your doodles come in options for HTML or CSS? Have you ever woken up with a brilliant idea for user-system interaction? Us too!! It’s kind of what we are all about. You are the 1 to our 0. Or maybe the other way around—who cares? If you can honestly say that you do—then…well, have we got a deal for you.

We are looking for a talented Interactive Designer to create amazing user experiences. The ideal candidate should have an eye for clean and artful design, possess superior user interface design skills and be able to translate high-level requirements into interaction flows and artifacts, and transform them into beautiful, intuitive, and functional designs.


  • Execute all visual design stages from concept to markup
  • Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design roadblocks
  • Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and sitemaps to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas
  • Present and defend designs and key milestone deliverables to peers and executive level stakeholders
  • Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards
  • 2+ years of interactive design experience
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Familiar with creating wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and sitemaps
  • Proficiency in Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other visual design and wireframing tools
  • Proficiency in HTML and CSS
  • Familiar with CSS preprocessors (preferably Sass)
  • Familiar with JavaScript and jQuery
  • Familiar with PHP and designing/developing in WordPress
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively
  • Up-to-date with the latest web trends, techniques, and technologies
  • Understanding of Agile/Scrum development process
  • Bachelor’s degree in related subject

Check out the job listing for all the details and how to apply.

A little Jelli in the middle

A few months ago we wrote about Jelli’s upcoming expansion into Boise, and the new positions they were looking to fill. Then, more recently, our friends over at Boise Dev shared that Jelli would be moving into the then-vacant first floor space in the Drake Cooper building.

And now, they’ve made it official.

On Wednesday, June 7th, Jelli held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new office, according to the Idaho Business Review.

Photo credit: Jelli via IBR

With Drake Cooper occupying the floors directly above and below them, we’ll let you fill in the blanks on the sandwich-related jokes.

Congratulations to Jelli on the expansion, and welcome to Boise.

Making waves in the talent pool

These days it’s hard to keep up with all the comings and goings in the agency world. But every once in a while someone makes a big enough splash that it sends waves throughout the entire pool.

This is one of those.

Recently, Mitchell + Palmer announced that Joe Quatrone will be joining their team as Creative Director. Joe, for those who may not be familiar, was a longtime Creative Director at Drake Cooper, before moving from Boise to Seattle about eight years ago. In Seattle, Joe worked at GreenRubino for several years, before branching out on his own with Artists, Vagrants and Thieves in 2015.

Joe brings more than 25 years of experience and additional creative muscle to the Mitchell Palmer team. Over the years he’s worked with clients such as Microsoft, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Micron, Delta Dental, Coast Hotels, Idaho Lottery, United Dairymen of Idaho, Idaho Tourism, Boy Scouts of America, the LDS Church and many more.

The folks at Mitchell Palmer are obviously pleased with Joe’s decision to join their team. “We’re extremely pleased to have Joe as part of our team,” said Tom Donahoe, Creative Partner at Mitchell Palmer. “We’ve been recruiting Joe for many years, and the lure of low pay and impossible hours proved too irresistible,” he added.

Congratulations, and welcome back Joe.

The interns are coming! The interns are coming!

Well, as long as they apply in time, that is.

Both Drake Cooper and DaviesMoore are currently accepting applications for their internship programs.

Drake Cooper’s Backstage Pass program is described like this:

The Backstage Pass is one of the largest advertising internships in the Northwest. Hundreds of resumes are submitted each and every year for the most competitive advertising internship in the Northwest, with only four interns being selected to become Drake Cooper-ites for an entire summer. We can teach you art, copy & code. You bring the ambition.

As a Backstage Pass Intern, you will be working with a team to create strategic and creative work for real clients. You’ll get a taste of every aspect of advertising from some of the most talented folks around. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in a short amount of time. You’ll probably go away knowing whether advertising is your thing or if it’s time to join a Father John Misty cover band (it’s certainly the more profitable career choice). You’re going to work your ass off, but we’re confident you’ll have a good time. One thing is certain; our Backstage Pass Internship program will provide you with a line item for your growing resume that will be way stronger than “Agency Barista.”

The application deadline for this program is Friday, April 8th.

DaviesMoore’s Experience 805 program is described as such:

The Experience 805 goal is to provide a few, select interns with marketable skills, constructive feedback, a better understanding of the structure of an agency and an appreciation for what makes working in this industry so rewarding … and a paycheck.

During the 6-week program, each intern will be immersed in daily work, shadowing DM employees and working collaboratively on projects. Choose either the suits or sandals track to learn about the Intern Experience you want.

The application deadline for this program is Sunday, April 16th.

Job opening: Media Buyer

Drake Cooper in Boise has an opening for a Media Buyer. From their job listing:

You understand content, ratings and relationships – in fact, negotiating is your middle name. You know mass media, social media and online advertising like the back of your hand. Research and analytics are always part of your game plan when it comes to strategic placement for our broad range of clients. You like creative environments, sriracha and catching up on the latest tv series, new media and cat videos. If this sounds like you and you’d like to be part of our ambitious team, please send us your résumé, we’d love to hear from you.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage and negotiate rates and make-goods in multiple markets
  • Maintain positive working relationships with media sales reps.
  • Manage media buys and promotions from start to finish
  • Ensure accurate execution of any media contracts or agreements
  • Request and enforce receipt of appropriate proof of performance
  • Coordinate with accounting for invoices and billing
  • Support client requests
  • Coordinate social ads through appropriate dashboards
  • Evaluate vendor proposals
  • Coordinate, traffic and ensure timely delivery of creative assets
  • Knowledge of research methods and available sources related to the different types of media

Check out the job listing for full details and how to apply.

Drake Cooper adds a trio of new talent

Drake Cooper in Boise recently added a trio of new talent to their team:

Vina Rathbone

Vina RathboneAs a graduate of Willamette University with a degree in Art History and Anthropology, Vina had no choice but to leave the country for lack of career prospects. She spent three years living in Buenos Aires, Argentina working remotely as a headhunter for tech PR professionals. Back stateside in 2013, she started a branding agency, ATOM, offering full digital design and marketing solutions to clients. In 2014 she joined Vacasa, a rapid-growth startup and built the international division, expanding the company into three new continents.

She serves on the board of the Boise Angel Alliance, and loves the local entrepreneurial and tech community. She is a graduate of Boise’s first code school, Boise CodeWorks, where she studied front end web development and UX design.

Vina negotiates better in Spanish than in English, and dances tango, but not as well as she downhill skis. She exclusively reads non-fiction, is always on the look-out for a new piece of art to add to her collection, and if you ever give her anything – she will probably sell it on Amazon.

Molly Horn

Molly HornAs a project manager, Molly sets goals and uses her skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose amongst her team. She works in close collaboration with Jacksons and Idaho Central Credit Union, coordinating promotions and campaigns for both companies. Molly appreciates the variety in her work, ensuring that every task is addressed and accomplished on-time. One day she could be on a TV shoot and the next she could be lost in research for a brand.

Molly received her BA in Marketing from Boise State University in December of 2015. Before joining the Drake Cooper team, she was the Digital Marketing Director for Proof Eyewear, a small sustainable eyewear company based out of Boise. There, she pioneered many of the marketing processes and fell head over heels for everything advertising. She still holds Proof near and dear to her heart, “Don’t Forget Your Roots!”

When she’s away from her work, Molly is usually with likeminded humans tromping trails, chasing first chair, or begging for brunch. All she wants for Christmas is a puppy.

Liesle Jensen

Liesle JensenAs a media buyer, Liesle analysis, negotiates and manages the ins and outs of all things media. Her borderline OCD for organization and passion for people make her a force to be reckoned with. Liesle values her partnerships with local media and strongly believes that the mutually beneficial agency/media perspective results in the most powerful campaigns.

Liesle is an equally proud Vandal as she is a Tri Delta sorority alumna and received a B.A. in Public Relations in 2013. Liesle brings years of media expertise with her time at the Idaho Statesman as well as at another local ad agency learning the tricks of the trade.

When she’s not buying TV, radio and print for our clients, Liesle loves to make huge messes baking in her kitchen, learning how to garden or taking advantage of the Boise foothills with her fiancé and lab puppy, Boone.

Job openings at Drake Cooper

In what feels like a song stuck on repeat…

Drake Cooper is looking for the right people to fill a couple of positions on their team:

Art Director

Are we a good match?

YOU: Strategically minded Art Director/Designer rock star type person. Highly developed collaborative muscles and concept chops with mad execution skills. Comfortable living and playing in the digital world. Fluent in geek, gradient, GFX and glass half full vernacular. Not afraid to throw ROI into a sentence, between FTW and a fist bump. Have the talent to back up a huge ego, but you don’t. Passionate, driven, curious, resourceful, inventive, problem solver.

US: We have mad love for advertising and we thrive on creating great work that works. We value debate, breaking trail and making things better than we found them. We collaborate fiercely, we play nice and drink beer together. We’re good at what we do, but we’re constantly working to get better, we embrace change, we take risks, we show up, we stay late when we need to and leave early when we can but we don’t leave anyone hanging, we’ve got each others back. We don’t believe in limitations of titles, we dedicate time to learn and grow. We are artists, nerds, hackers, gamers, coders, storytellers, strategists, analysts, and makers. We don’t work for Drake Cooper, we are Drake Cooper.


  • Current experience talking the talk and walking the walk in marketing, advertising and design
  • Bonus for degree in advertising design
  • Video content and broadcast experience
  • Understand how people live and communicate in the digital / mobile world
  • Understanding of all Agency disciplines and how they work together strategically

Buck the Quo Student Ambassador

We are on a mission, searching the globe (actually just Idaho) for a group of rockin’ teens with crazy cool ideas. We’re looking for high schoolers from all over Idaho to help ideate and generate content for a YouTube series. The series – “Buck The Quo” – follows Chris, our host, as he discovers the not so typical, super awesome life paths that await teens after high school.


  • Respond to weekly “challenges” and send video/photo content back to Buck The Quo headquarters.
  • Interact with friends and classmates to gain feedback and generate additional ideas.
    Respond/react to Buck The Quo content
  • Tell it like it is. No sugar coating.

For full details about either of these positions or to apply, follow the links in their respective titles.

Fresh faces in new places

We’ve heard of a few new hires and additions recently. Here are some we’ve come across:

Jodi Sali, Senior Copywriter & Director of Production, DaviesMoore

Jodi joins DaviesMoore after a 20+ year career in radio that included on-air, engineering and production roles. Most recently, he was Director of Production Awesomeness at Town Square Media.

Kristin Fitzpatrick, Digital Account Coordinator, DaviesMoore

Another recent DaviesMoore addition, Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, and was previously with Conservation Voters For Idaho (CVI) as a Membership, Events, and Communication Coordinator.

Tyler Schnur, Engagement Specialist, Drake Cooper

As Engagement Specialist, Tyler interacts within the digital realm and creative spaces at Drake Cooper. He was previously a Communications intern in the United States Senate for Senator Mike Crapo, and graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Communications-Public Relations.

Nichole Santa Maria, Digital Sales Manager, KTVB News Group

Nichole was recently appointed digital sales manager with KTVB News Group. She was previously senior digital account executive and KTFT digital sales manager. Nichole is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a master’s in communication and leadership.

Nichole also replaces occasional IAA contributor Don Day, who announced that he was leaving KTVB after 17 years with the organization.

Who else have we missed?