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.

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.

Job Opening: Office and Project Coordinator

Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise has an opening for an Office and Project Coordinator. From the job description we recently came across online:

The Opportunity:

We’re Stoltz Marketing Group, a hard-charging, jolly, full-service marketing and brand design agency located in downtown Boise and the San Francisco Bay area, with clients located across the U.S. We’re looking for a front-desk Office and Project Coordinator who loves making trains run on time.

You’re a Swiss Army knife that is detail oriented, good with words and numbers, and you jump in to keep things moving along where others take their feet off the gas. Put simply, you enjoy doing everything from being the first smile that greets clients to trafficking projects, and you do it with a sense of humor and can-do attitude.

The Essentials:

Front office:

  • Answer phones, organize common areas, maintain office supplies, coordinate office functions.
  • Event planning, scan/copy documents, file documents, send faxes, and coordinating schedules, arranging conference calls, travel arrangements, etc.

Trafficking:

  • Maintain and manage job and project list and run weekly traffic/status meeting to keep everyone up to speed
  • Remind agency teams about project deadlines and project workflow
  • Clearly communicate and enforce media and print deadlines
  • Assist account team and creative director with workflow as needed

Production coordination:

  • Work directly with vendors and coordinate production and delivery of all print materials
  • Act as liaison between vendors and accounting department, gather quotes, create purchase orders and handle invoices
  • Ensure art files get to the media on time
  • You have an attention to detail and efficiency surpassed by none

Interested applicants should contact Stoltz Marketing Group for more information or submit their cover letter and resume directly.

On a personal note

Forgive the personal nature of this one…

After more than a decade in and around the agency business, including a long tenure with Stoltz Marketing Group and a summer fling with Mitchell + Palmer, I decided it was time for a change, professionally. I’d had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind for a while, and it wasn’t going away: The agency business just wasn’t as much fun to me as it used to be. I know it’s not a new story, but that continuous drum beat of clients wanting more, faster, and for less can wear anyone down after a while.

And I was at that point.

So I’ve made a change.

Recently, I took a position with HP in Boise, on a small, newly-created marketing team. Being on the client side will certainly be different, but will be a nice change of pace, I think. After years worrying about clients’ businesses, budgets, timelines and everything in between, it’ll be interesting to be on the other side, and see where things go from here.

But enough about me. On to the really pressing question you have right now — what’s going to happen to this site? Well, for the foreseeable future, nothing will change. I’ll still continue to post – likely on the same infrequent schedule – as I have been for the last several years. One thing that may change, however, is the perspective. Since I’m no longer at one specific agency, I won’t have to worry about a perception of bias one way or another on the things that I do, or don’t, choose to write about.

Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy this crazy business we call marketing, advertising, or whatever it’ll be known as down the road. That much will probably never change. But for me, it was time for something different. Does that mean I’ll get back into the agency game at some point? Possibly, if the right opportunity presents itself. I’ve got way too much industry and institutional knowledge to completely give up on it.

For now though, the scenery has changed, and it’s on to the next great adventure.

Stoltz Marketing Group announces new leadership

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:

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.

Job opening at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise is looking for a Media and Production Coordinator to join their team. From the job listing on their website:

The opportunity:

We’re Stoltz Marketing Group, a full-service advertising agency located in downtown Boise with clients located throughout the U.S. We’re looking for a production/media coordinator who loves making trains run on time.

You’re a Swiss Army knife who’s incredibly detail oriented, good with words and numbers, and you jump in to keep things moving along where others take their feet of the gas.

You’ll assist the creative team and account managers to ensure projects move through the agency smoothly and get to the respective media outlets and production companies on time. You’ll handle all purchasing for the company, whether that be the coordination of a printed brochure or planning and buying a new media campaign. You’ll also ensure office supplies are purchased and stocked, and you’ll be the first voice clients hear when they call our office.

The Essentials:

  • Ensure art files get to the media on time
  • Coordinate and buy media
  • Coordinate production of all print and promo materials and work directly with vendors
  • Gather project quotes from vendors and put together formal estimates
  • Work with design staff to ensure project feasibility and cost effectiveness
  • Act as liaison between vendors and accounting department
  • Maintain and manage job lists
  • Communicate and enforce media and print deadlines
  • Perform media research, make recommendations and assist in creating client proposals
  • Meet with media and print reps and maintain current media kit and rate information
  • Place buys with tv, radio and print reps
  • Assist account executives as needed
  • Organize common areas, maintain office supplies, coordinate office functions
  • Perform various office tasks such as event planning, scanning documents, filing, sending faxes, copying, and arranging conference calls, travel arrangements, etc.
  • Great attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Keynote
  • Sense of humor

See the full job listing for more information and how to apply.

Disclosure

‘Round the new hire horn

It’s been a while since we’ve caught up on new hires around the area, so here’s what we’ve come across recently:

Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group has added three new staff members: Graphic Designers Alex Rhodes and Greg Montemurro, and Content and PR Specialist and Copywriter Cameron Stewart.

Read the full announcement here.

DaviesMoore

Danna Smith and Ryan Roberts have joined DaviesMoore. Danna joined the team as an Account Coordinator, and Ryan came on as a Digital Account Coordinator.

More about Danna and Ryan here.

Samantha Carmer has also joined DaviesMoore as a Digital Marketing Manager. Read more about her here.

Pith Works

Brandon Reidhaar joined Pith Works as their Marketing Director.

Learn more about Brandon here.

Oliver Russell

Ryan Donahue has returned to Oliver Russell.

Who else have we missed? Let us know.

New hire at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group has added to their staff recently, with the hire of Jay Bowen as Senior Account Director. From their recent release about the hire:

Stoltz Marketing Group (SMG), a Boise-based integrated marketing communications company, recently welcomed Jay Bowen as senior account director with a specialty in content and marketing automation.

In her new position, Bowen will oversee accounts in a variety of industries, including financial and professional services, retail, foodservice, and construction and maintenance.

“Jay is an innovative marketing game-changer in the digital space,” SMG President Ken Stoltz said. “She will help broaden our services in account management and digital marketing capabilities, and we are thrilled to have her on board.”

Prior to SMG, Bowen was VP of Sales and Marketing at Metageek, and Digital Content Director at DaviesMoore before that. She has over 15 years of agency and client-side experience working in the technology and digital space in South Africa, London, and the United States in a broad range of industry sectors such as travel, telecommunications/cable, government, non-profit, and financial. Bowen has degrees in both marketing and journalism from the London School of Marketing.

In addition to her experience in marketing, Bowen is the founder of Idaho Women in STEM, a nonprofit that raises scholarship money for young women who want to study STEM subjects in Idaho. She is also on the board of directors for the Boise Advertising Federation and recently represented the STEM space on the TEDx Woman Boise panel event.

Congratulations Jay.

Disclosure

Job opening: Art Director

Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise is looking for an Art Director. Is it you?

From the job listing on LinkedIn:

We’re looking for an Art Director raconteur.

We need AD’s and brand designers in Boise. Bring your design and concepting chops– a.k.a., your ability to distill complicated marketing problems into elegantly simple solutions–and we’ll provide you a platform to thrive in an agency filled with super-smart creatives, brand strategists and digital agitators. Clients range from packaged goods to outdoor rec, finance, tech and insurance. Shoot me a link to your portfolio and CV if you’re interested.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found here.

Disclosure: By day I can usually be found here, so you’d have to put up with me regularly. But longtime readers already know that.