Agency News

TEXAS
Marketing research and consulting company Roper Starch Worldwide, New York, has opened a Dallas office. Roper Starch signed an agreement to hire 11 employees from Savitz Research Center, a Dallas market research firm. Roper and Savitz will continue as separately owned and operated companies.
Bromley, Aguilar & Associates has completed the move to its new offices at 401 E. Houston St., San Antonio 78205. Phone remains (210) 244-2000.
Executive Specialty Productions, Dallas, developed an audio-visual presentation for an annual awards program held by The Staubach Co., a Dallas-based real estate company headed by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.
Larry Lubenow & Associates, an Austin public relations company, launched a Web site at www.lubenow.com.
Following a competitive pitch, Olive-Design, Austin, was hired by Ryk…, the women’s athletic footwear company in Portland, Ore. Olive will design Ryk…’s Web site and consult on Internet marketing in conjunction with On Your Mark, an agency based in Kansas City. The site will incorporate electronic commerce capabilities as part of the client’s plans to increase its product sales via the Internet. The site is located at www.ryk….com.
Laurie Shane, vice president of communications for Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, will be the speaker at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Woodruff will discuss marketing a city as a cultural destination to attract tourist dollars. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Junior League of Houston. Info: (713) 663-8790.
The Austin location of Sibley/Peteet Design created a new logo for The Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts. The new mark was created to help update the image of the 83-year-old Austin performance center.
Calloway’s Nursery selected Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, to create and implement an advertising and public relations program for the 1998 holiday season. The shop is developing a multimedia campaign to promote the Fort Worth-based company’s Christmas trees and poinsettias. Calloway’s will operate 16 stores throughout Dallas and Fort Worth by November.
Rigsby Design is relocating to 2309 University Blvd., Houston 77005. Phone: (713) 660-6057. Fax: (713) 660-8514.
A Riddle Technologies logo designed by Rhodes Stafford Wines Creative, Dallas, was chosen for inclusion in Print’s regional design annual.
DesignWorks Advertising Group, Wichita Falls, earned two first-place prizes in the Texas Lone Star Awards sponsored by the Texas Credit Union League. Both winning entries were for the Wichita Falls Teachers’ Federal Credit Union.
Shelton Communications Group, Dallas, recently acquired several new accounts. New to the roster of the high-tech public relations and marketing group are DGI Technologies, a supplier of wireless and long-distance switches in Richardson, and Lexra, a microprocessor developer in Waltham, Mass.
Forsythe & Butler, Houston, was designated agency of record for Advantage BMW Downtown, also in Houston. The agency already has begun providing newspaper advertising for the car dealership and is finalizing fourth-quarter marketing plans. A multimedia campaign is also in development and is scheduled to break in January.
Dallas high-tech marketer M/C/C is expanding its current office space by nearly 5,500 square feet to accommodate its recent growth. The expansion increases M/C/C’s space to 21,000 square feet at 8131 LBJ Freeway, Suite 275, Dallas 75251.
In Houston, BD Langham Public Relations changed its name to BDL Public Relations and spun off a business consulting and management company as Renaissance Resource Management. Both entities will operate under the Renaissance House International (RHI) banner. “Placing the expanded services under the one RHI roof translates into cost-effective, one-stop shopping that produces immediate results,” said RHI president Barbara Langham, founder of BD Langham Public Relations.
NEW MEXICO
The (Albuquerque) New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has created a $10,000 endowment at the University of New Mexico in memory of veteran public relations professional Richard Elliott. Elliott was a founding member of the New Mexico PRSA chapter and its first president. The fund will provide scholarship support to undergraduate students.
A series of self-promotion print ads created by Vaughn Wedeen Creative, Albuquerque, earned the shop inclusion in How’s 1998 Self-Promotion Annual. The ads ran in local theater publications.
OKLAHOMA
Hutchinson, Kan.-based school bus manufacturer Collins Industries expanded its project relationship with Fireant Advertising & Marketing to an agency of record agreement. The Tulsa shop will develop ad campaigns for each of the client’s four subsidiaries.