Jobs! Jobs everywhere!

Okay, maybe not everywhere. But there are a handful of them out there, including:

At 116 & West

Account Coordinator

Digital Marketing Specialist

Graphic Designer

At Stoltz Marketing Group

Digital Project Manager

At Peppershock Media

Marketing/Sales Coordinator

If a full time gig isn’t quite what you’re after right now, Drake Cooper is looking for “some design and HTML production design freelance folks” to add to their bench.

Chase-ing blue skies

After 40 years with W.R. Drake, Elgin Syferd Drake, es/drake, Drake Cooper, Sara Chase has called it a career.

From the announcement and Q&A with Sara on Drake Cooper’s reverb site:

In August of 1981 W.R. Drake & Co. hired a Media Buyer who would become a pillar of the agency for 40 years. Sara Chase has been our mentor, navigator, north star, and sunny side through every up and down of agency life during her dedicated and fulfilling career.

Sara has held several positions at Drake Cooper; she was our Media Director for ten years and our Account Director for over 25 years. She’s also been a Vice President of the agency. She’s been through four agency name changes, three downtown buildings, three ownership changes, and too many timesheets to count. In fact, she’s worked at Drake Cooper longer than our founder, Bill Drake. Sara has led some of our largest accounts throughout her career and those accounts have produced some of our most award-winning campaigns including the Idaho Lottery Commission, The Department of Health and Welfare, and The Idaho Travel Council. Her dedication and commitment to Drake Cooper has always helped us flourish and helped our clients shine.

So we say thank you, Sara, for being the person you are, and for being the person we needed to help us through all those years at Drake Cooper. We say it with a heavy but full heart and with the utmost respect and admiration. We can never thank you enough for all you’ve done for the agency — you built it, you brought it to life and you made it a better and brighter place every damn day. We raise a glass to you and wish you nothing but blue skies ahead.

The full Q&A is a must-read.

So much has already been said about Sara by those who’ve worked with her and know her well. Her influence on the industry, and on those she has worked with over the years, is unmistakable.

I’m certain it’s been said hundreds of times already, but I’ll say it once more:

Thank you, Sara, for all you’ve done.

Enjoy everything that’s next — whatever it may be.

New Co-Presidents at the helm of Drake Cooper

Drake Cooper recently announced an update to their agency leadership with the appointment of Co-Presidents John Drake and Mindy Stomp.

From the post on their Reverb site:

John Drake will add the title of Co-President to his current role as Chief Strategy Officer, which he assumed in 2019. Since his teenage years, John has been around the agency, with his first role being the somewhat less-prestigious “Runner.” His official career began in Los Angeles at Deutsch, then moving to senior positions with WongDoody and leading his own agency, FourStories, in Portland before joining Drake Cooper fifteen years ago. That journey involved working on brands that included Disney, Carl’s Jr., Tillamook, DIRECTV, Nestlé, Baskin-Robbins, UCLA, and more. John’s role will be to oversee the agency’s work product. His teams will include planning & strategy, creative, media, and analytics.

The other Co-President is a new addition to Drake Cooper. After an extensive search process inside the industry, the agency is excited to welcome Mindy Stomp as Co-President, General Manager. Mindy will oversee the agency’s business operations, client success, and business development teams. She most recently held leadership positions with VMLY&R and brings to Drake Cooper a deep background built at agencies large and small. Her significant digital experience ranges from complex website build projects to leading digital AOR relationships. Her teams have led efforts for clients such as Facebook/Meta, SKYY Vodka, Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Driscoll’s, Haas Automation, and Mazda.

Jamie Cooper will remain in the CEO role through 2022, and will continue after as chair of Drake Cooper’s ESOP Board of Directors.

Additional coverage at Adweek and Mediapost.

Calling all interns! Calling all interns!

It’s that time of year again. Internship application season, that is. And here are a few of the shops currently promoting their internship programs:

116 & West: Go West Internship

Against: The Unrestricted Internship

Drake Cooper: 2022 Backstage Pass Summer Internship

Stoltz Marketing Group: Graphic Design Summer Internship

See each agency program’s link for specific details about deadlines, application details, etc.

Remembering Gary Martinez

Those who have been around this business for some time may remember Gary Martinez.

In 2000, Gary, together with Chad Connally, founded AB Positive — an interactive shop that was subsequently acquired by es/drake (now Drake Cooper) in 2006.

Recently, Chad shared on his Facebook page news of Gary’s passing during the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship St. George.

From Chad’s post:

Sometimes a human comes into your life and changes you forever. Gary Martinez was that kind of guy. Heartbreaking to hear this news. Details from his Triathlon coach below:

Hi all,
Last Saturday, over 2000 athletes toed the line at the water’s edge for the St. George 70.3. One of those athletes was Gary Martinez, from Boise, Idaho. St. George would be Gary’s second 70.3, and like most triathletes who pick up triathlon later in life, the swim start would bring forth feelings of excitement and nervousness. Excitement to get started, and nervousness for the unknown that is inherit to endurance racing.
As his coach, I was especially proud of Gary this season. He had made a concerted effort to confront his fears and obstacles head on. Open water swimming made Gary nervous: so he swam in the pond multiple times per week until open water swimming felt second nature. Hills intimated Gary, so he committed to riding three continuous laps of the infamous “Boise Dump Loop” as a key training ride. What was once intimidating was now just another weekend workout. Over the two years I worked with Gary, I got to know a complicated man who was always clear on his priorities: family, faith, work, and personal fitness. When we first started working together he recommended we schedule a weekly coaching call- just 15-20min to touch base and review the week. At first I naively thought I would be the one teaching Gary about training, triathlon, etc. Instead, during those calls Gary taught me how to be a better coach by simply listening. Half the time we talked triathlon training, but the rest of the time we talked about family, faith, or work. When we first started those calls Gary was a client, but soon he became my friend.
We spoke the day before the race about focusing on the elements of the race within his control: his pacing, his nutrition and hydration, his focus. We agreed that his finishing time will simply be a reflection of how well he manages these elements.
Back in his hotel room the night before the race, Gary spoke with his family on FaceTime. They could not make it to the race, but Gary’s wife, Jessica, had slipped drawings from their two young children into his travel bag. Gary had embraced triathlon as a way to improve his quality of life and to set a healthy example for his three children. Though in this moment he was away from family, triathlon was a way Gary could extend and improve the quality of time with his family for years to come.
On the morning of May 1st, 2021, Gary Martinez toed the line at the water’s edge. He was ready to conquer the St. George 70.3 course.
I was later told approximately half way through the swim course Gary suffered a massive cardiac event. He died soon after being brought onto a race support boat.
Some of you may have know Gary. But for those of you who did not: he was a husband, father of three, business man, friend, and triathlete. His friends have started a GoFundMe for his wife, Jessica, and his three beautiful children, Sam, Elaine, and Angelo. Please consider donating to his family during this time of sudden loss. Gary was self-employed and the primary income earner for the household, and any amount will help build a nest egg to help his family through the future. If you would like to be informed about funeral services or simply want to share a story about Gary, please respond to this email.
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for Gary’s family.

Our condolences go out to Gary’s family, his friends, and all who knew him.