Agency News

GSD&M, Austin, released a 30-second television commercial last week touting Southwest Airline’s Friends Fly Free promotion. The ad features Noah in front of the ark, watching animal duos board before he spots a pair of unicorns through a telescope that will not make the trip. “So purchase your ticket by Dec. 9, because you don’t want to be left behind,” a narrator says. Tagline remains: “You are now free to move about the country.”
Rob Wilson was promoted to senior vice president of Bustin & Co., Dallas. Wilson, who joined the firm in February 1997 as vice president, will report to partner Blair Franklin. “His promotion is a reflection of our confidence in Rob and his proven ability to develop employees into marketing professionals and leverage their strengths against the wide variety of clients we service,” Franklin said.
Quest Business Agency, Houston, has completed a direct mail program for
GeoQuest, a provider of geophysical data for companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production. A series of five mailers for GeoQuest’s Houston-based PowerHouse unit features replicas of old oil company stock certificates.
Dallas post house charlieuniformtango has wrapped several recent editing jobs, including a Mary Kay International television campaign for Gleason Calise Associates, Dallas, and new American Airlines spots for Temerlin McClain, Irving.
Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, San Antonio, this month finished a photo shoot for Procter & Gamble’s first Hispanic print and outdoor campaign for Pepto Bismol. Dallas photographer Bill Debold shot the ads from Oct. 14-18.
Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, was hired as agency of record for Goldsmith’s Inc., an office furnishings supplier with branches in Fort Worth and Wichita, Kan. The agency will develop advertising and direct mail and provide public relations support. Stuart Bacon also earned top honors in the public relations category at the 1998 MAX Awards for The Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.
The Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is holding a joint meeting with the Fort Worth chapter of IABC on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. For more details, check the organization’s Web site at
Digital Domain acquired an additional 900 square feet to open a second audio suite at its Austin facility. The full-service sound production studio was founded in 1992 by Chris Erlon.
Video Post & Transfer, Dallas, upgraded its production capabilities with the recent purchase of two Onyx 2 computers. The company plans to utilize the Discreet Logic systems in several applications, including use by its broadcast design group, Hothaus Design.
Aries Productions, Arlington, won a Flame Award for an internal communications video it produced for the United States Postal Service. The Flame Awards recognize outstanding film, video, CD-ROM and music productions.
Love Advertising of Houston is producing a series of radio commercials for Auto Insurance Discounters. Spanish-language spots will feature Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Lima, who recently signed an endorsement deal with the company. General market spots will feature Lima and client representative Kathy Szoeke. Auto Insurance Discounters has 16 locations in Texas.
Texas Monthly, Dallas, has purchased the name and subscription fulfillment responsibility for Presidio Media’s Texas Business, which ceased publication this month. “We chose Texas Monthly to acquire our name for many reasons. Most important, we thought Texas Monthly would be a great product for our advertisers and subscribers,” Presidio president Robert Bennett said in a statement.
The deadline for resume and advertising submissions for the Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals’ 1999 Directory is Saturday, Oct. 31. TAF/TP offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to process last-day submissions. For complete information, call (214) 630-7373 or (888) 630-7373. TAF/TP is holding its “Production in the Park” vendor fair event on Nov. 1 at Zilker Park in Austin.
Spark/KJS, San Antonio, has broken an outdoor campaign for Anheuser-Busch’s imported Azteca beer. The ads feature depictions of ancient Aztec statues partying with bottles of Azteca, with copy reading “Saludchitl Amigoxtli” and “DaBombuchitl.”
Youth Sports Today in Dallas marked its one-year anniversary with its September issue. The magazine is published by Rick Selah, owner of Dallas agency Selah Associates.
Rhodes Stafford Wines Creative, Dallas, has launched its Web site at The design firm’s new division, RSW Interactive, also created a site recently for Classic BMW of Dallas.
Coffee/Black Advertising, Dallas, produced a poster for the North Texas Music Festival held earlier this month in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district. A singer’s picture served as the backdrop to the copy, “Experimental music, human test subjects wanted.”
Gleason Calise Associates, Dallas, has launched the print component of its fall campaign for the Petmate carriers made by Doskocil Manufacturing, Arlington. One of the ads, promoting pet safety while traveling, shows a bulldog in the front seat of a vehicle, stating: “Yeah, I could use a face-lift. I just don’t want the dashboard to be my plastic surgeon.”
Universal Sports America, a Dallas-based company that develops high school, collegiate and lifestyle/sports marketing programs, hired Denise Hart as director of operations for its sports retail and sponsorship department. Hart joins from Nike in Beaverton, Ore., where she served as a team leader in the global purchase planning division.
The first trade print campaign for new client Netier Technologies of Carrollton has been introduced by Dallas-based M/C/C. “We’re making quite a name for ourselves” is the tagline.
Jake Paine was appointed director of sales and marketing at the Doubletree Hotel Austin. Paine comes to the Doubletree from the Harvey Hotel at DFW Airport, Irving. He was also national sales manager for the Lakeway Resort and Conference Center in Austin.
Jack Reed Reps, Dallas, was hired to represent Tom Faulkner Productions, also located in Dallas. Faulkner, a composer and musician, has worked for advertisers including Chili’s, Texas Tourism, Nestle and Southwest Airlines. This is his first alliance with a rep.
OSC Teleservices, Lubbock, has named Chris Bonner executive vice president of marketing and business development.
Triad Business Marketing, Dallas, has divided its print and multimedia creative duties between two separate teams at the shop. Heading print creative services is Mark Hancock, while Laragh Gallagher is in charge of multimedia.
Temerlin McClain, Irving, recently made a series of staff promotions. Moving up are management supervisor Frank Kern, senior account executive Cheri Webb, account executive Sean Browning, relationship marketing creative director Vinnie Minchillo, relationship marketing creative supervisor Pam Gampper, art directors Chris Fullwood and Kevin Reid, copywriter Tina Widner, media supervisor Christine Zullo and media planners James Castaneda and Gracie DeHoyos.
Recent communications projects for Dallas public relations and marketing company The Powell Group have included the Family First Helping Handbook program for WFAA-Channel 8, Dallas; the grand opening of Blockbuster’s distribution center in Dallas; and the introduction of the new cigar and wine room for client Del Frisco’s restaurant.
Price Communications Group, Lubbock, created a four-color newsletter for Minsa, which bills itself as the second-largest masa flour manufacturer in the world. The quarterly periodical will feature company news and manufacturing tips. PGC handles design and writing.
The Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America dedicated its annual Sept. 23 Media Day gathering to the late John Holliman, a Cable News Network national assignment reporter killed earlier last month in an automobile accident. Holliman was scheduled as the luncheon’s guest speaker at the event. Appearing at Media Day was CNN anchor Catherine Callaway.
The Maxfield Group, Irving, has launched a campaign for Me-N-Ed’s Pizza Parlor, marking the California chain’s 40th anniversary. The effort includes direct mail and point-of-sale displays incorporating a new logo design for the 58-unit chain. The restaurant, which expanded into Texas in 1997, has units in cities including Irving, Richardson and Plano.
Mangan Holcomb & Partners, Little Rock, is breaking print campaigns this month for three agricultural clients. For Stuttgart, Ark.-based soybean firm Hartz Seed, it developed print ads tagged, “Get more jack from your bean stock.” For Delta King Seed Co. of McCrory, Ark., the shop positions “The soybean of the South” with the line, “Bring on the King.” Ads for Paymaster Cottonseed of Tupelo, Miss., employ the tagline, “Other cotton’s just fluff.”
Dan Cowling, president and partner of The Communications Group in Little Rock, was named president of the Arkansas Community Health and Education Foundation, which promotes preventative and home health services.
The Association of Coupon Professionals will host a fall conference and industry forum this week at Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans. Info: (312) 782-5252.
A marketing and promotional partnerships conference is scheduled Nov. 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, sponsored by the International Quality and Productivity Center. Info: (800) 882-8684.
Kilmer & Kilmer, Albuquerque, earned a gold Mark Award in Chicago. The competition recognizes excellence in cable TV advertising. Kilmer’s winning entry in the image/awareness category was a campaign for Jones Intercable, Albuquerque.
Littlefield Marketing & Advertising, Tulsa, has launched a direct mail, print and Internet campaign for Christopher Sound and Vision.

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