Rockies – the winners

Saturday evening, The Rockies happened. As an in-person event. Outdoors.

There was sun, and rain, and wind, and even some lightning in the distance. But Idaho spring weather aside, much credit to the Boise Advertising Federation and Idaho Advertising Federation for pulling off the show, making it comfortable for those who attended in person, and for offering a livestream for those that chose to watch from afar.

And now, a few highlights.

Best of Show

Duft Watterson
Idaho Transportation Department, ITD Distracted Driving Image

Gold Rockies

Mitchell + Palmer
Idaho Lottery, Goodness at Play

Mitchell + Palmer
Tobacco Connection, Uncle Bob – Wisdom | Trouble | #1

Duft Watterson
Washington Trust Bank, Can’t

Duft Watterson
Idaho Transportation Department, Ice Chest Stickers

Duft Watterson
HiRoad, HiRoad Car Mailer

Porter Pro Media
Bison Boys, Bison Boys

Duft Watterson
ITD, Distracted Driving Image

Name Brand
Mill 95, Here for the Hops

Drake Cooper
Light & Motion, Stella Pro Identity

Porter Pro Media
Bison Boys, Bison Boys Trailer

Name Brand
44 North Vodka, Vodka Grown in Idaho

Drake Cooper
Drake Cooper, 100% Employee Owned

Redfox Visual
#StopTheSpread

CLM Marketing & Advertising
Flying Pie, Flying Pie Brand Box

CLM Marketing & Advertising
Flying Pie, Flying Pie Brand

Gold highlights from the livestream, for those who are interested.

Silver Rockies

Far too many to list, but highlights from the Silver Awards portion of the show started here.

District XI ADDY Awards

Following the Rockies judging, all Gold winners are automatically forwarded to competition at the regional level, and Silver award winners had the option of forwarding their entries as well. Among those receiving ADDY Awards at the regional level were:

Silver ADDY
Porter Pro Media
Bison Boys, Bison Boys Trailer

Gold ADDY
Drake Cooper
Drake Cooper, 100% Employee Owned

Regional ADDY Best of Show
Against
Payette Brewing Company, Payette Can Redesign

The National ADDY Awards Show will be held virtually on June 11th.

Missed the show, or want to watch it again? The full livestream — including the evening-ending fireworks — is available on YouTube.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Moving on

People in the agency business come and go on a regular basis. For any number of reasons. While the trends may not be as pronounced locally as they are at a national level, it certainly happens.

But every once in a while there’s a departure that makes us stand up and take notice. In recent months, there have been two.

In late November, Marc Cowlin exited his role as VP of Content and Digital Marketing at Duft Watterson, and in doing so effectively shuttered the shop’s San Francisco presence. A little digging around LinkedIn in the weeks that followed revealed that he is now with BlueOwl, a San Francisco-based technology company.

Separately, in late December Jeremy Chase left Drake Cooper (again), this time to take on the role of VP of Business Development at Salt Lake City-based Love Communications. The update came a couple weeks after Drake Cooper’s announcement that agency ownership had been converted to an ESOP structure.

I do not presume to know the reasons behind either of these departures, as there’s always more to the story than what may be shared publicly.

I’ve known both Jeremy and Marc for many years, and wish them nothing but the best in their respective new roles.

Bursting at the seams

Duft Watterson has gone through quite the growth spurt over the past several months.

In April, they announced the addition of two new team members, Designer Sam Fischer and Account Coordinator and Content Writer Angie Heuring.

Shortly thereafter, they grew by three more, as Account Managers Casaundra Petersen and Shauna Tefft, and Designer Jeff Lautenslager joined the team.

Thought they were done? Not even close.

Their most recent additions, based on what they’ve shared on Instagram and published on their website, are Designer Randi Arnot, Senior Designer Inna Grishchuk, Account Manager Hanna Wenter, Senior Copywriter Rich Lufrano, Digital Programmer David Scholer, and Videographer and Photographer Michael Bonocore.

Phew! That’s a lot of new names and faces to try and keep track of. And yes, there will be a quiz. Better study up.