Agency News

TEXAS
Keeton & Rich in Dallas changed its name to Keeton, Rich & Dickerson to reflect the new principal status of David Dickerson. Dickerson, formerly senior vice president of client services, has been named senior vice president and general manager of the agency’s new Denver office. The Colorado outpost is the first branch location for the 15-year-old shop. The Denver office will initially be focused on client service activities, with creative duties handled in Dallas.
The Snyder Agency and Business Video Network, both Houston, have merged with International Marketing Team, which plans to become a public company by mid-April. The roll-up merger also includes Nissen Advertising in Lakeland, Fla., Trademark Communications in Minneapolis and Forbes/Toppino Creative Group of Albuquerque, N.M. All of the companies will retain their current management and employees and operate autonomously.
Anderson Advertising, San Antonio, was awarded the advertising account of Cavender Auto Family dealerships, also San Antonio. The $1 million-plus account includes work for Cavender Toyota, Saturn of San Antonio, Cavender Chevrolet, Rodeo Chevrolet, Cavender Cadillac, Cavender Buick and Cavender Oldsmobile. Anderson will be responsible for creative chores and media buying.
Richards/Gravelle, Dallas, was named agency of record for Dallas-based AmeriServe, a food and supply distributor to quick-service restaurant chains including Pizza Hut, KFC, Arby’s and others. Richards/Gravelle will develop a marketing communications plan that includes advertising, collateral, corporate positioning, internal communications, media relations and research.
Corporate Images Advertising, Austin, was selected to handle strategic and tactical planning, advertising, media relations and collateral material design and production for InfoSource International. The client is a database developer serving the travel industry.
TateAustin, Austin, was named Iomega Corp.’s 1997 Partner in Excellence at the storage technology company’s annual vendor retreat. TateAustin began working for Iomega six months ago.
Blandford-Akins, Dallas, picked up silver prizes for several clients in the 1998 advertising awards competition sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. Among those earning silver statues, and the chance to win gold awards at NAHB’s national show, are: Shoal Creek, Choice Homes, the Goodman Family of Builders and Fairfield Homes. The Hay Agency in Dallas also received three silver awards in the competition for its work for Landstar Homes, Stonebridge Ranch and Timarron.
M/C/C in Dallas recently added public relations coordinator Chandra Baty, associate account manager Lee Darnold and public relations writer David Fulginiti. The agency also promoted three staffers. Those moving up are junior copywriter Matt Christensen, public relations representative Robyn Folmar and public relations coordinator Courtney Knutson.
Joe Knudson was hired as vice president of information services at The Image Bank, Dallas. Knudson was vice president of information technology with U.S. Pharmacopoeia in Rockville, Md.
Artist Gene Hoffman was the featured speaker at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications meeting on Jan. 7.
Parker & Wood, San Antonio, donated more than $4,800 in food, clothing and toys to the Wesley Community Center in San Antonio last month.
POV Editing and Visual Effects, Houston, became the city’s first post house to purchase the Flame editing system developed by Discreet Logic.
Editor Andrew Cerino of Dallas post-production facility Tom’s Easy Way recently completed a new 30-second TV spot for McDonald’s. The commercial was created by Moroch & Associates, Dallas.
Austin Express, a new airline serving business travelers in Texas, selected Bradfield Martino, Austin, to handle advertising. Bradfield will develop radio, print and outdoor executions. That Agency, Tyler, is handling public, community and government relations for the airline.
David McClanahan, president and chief operating officer of Houston Lighting & Power, will discuss deregulation of the energy industry at the Jan. 14 Houston chapter meeting of American Women in Radio and Television. The program starts at noon at the HESS Club. For information, call (713) 663-8790.
An ad created by Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, for the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival was recognized with a Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association. The silver award was won in the public service announcement category.
Michael Carter Co., Austin, was featured in a recent issue of 3M’s Image Graphic Ideas publication. The agency was noted for its work on an ATM project for Horizon Bank & Trust.
Graphic designer Teresa Neal and media coordinator Zack Hall have joined Caviness Advertising/Public Relations. The agency has offices in Lubbock, Midland and Houston.
Lee Brown, mayor-elect of Houston, is scheduled to speak to the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America meeting on Jan. 14. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Junior League of Houston. Info: (713) 526-1089.
Rives Carlberg Advertising & Public Relations in Houston promoted three staff members and added five employees. Moving up are associate media director Kate Taylor, media planner Rachel Motal and media buyer Renne Remillard. New to the agency are director of broadcast Kathleen Maca, assistant media buyer Sandra Kirk, media assistant Mindi Swenson and public relations account executives Gina Mueller and Kathleen Daly.
The Dallas Advertising League will present its Tops awards–the local tier of the American Advertising Federation’s Addy awards–on Feb. 7 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Information on the show is available at www.dallasads.com.
The Dallas Society of Visual Communications is soliciting donations for its annual Art & Other Things Auction on Feb. 21 at Southern Methodist University. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 6. Contact Neal Farris for information at (214) 821-5612. The auction benefits DSVC’s Dick Sloan Memorial Scholarship fund and other initiatives.
NEW MEXICO
Bowlin Outdoor Advertising & Travel Centers, Albuquerque, acquired the assets of Sweezy Outdoor Advertising in the Killeen/Fort Hood area of Texas. The acquisition includes 68 painted bulletin displays that provide out-of-home media advertising to a market of 250,000.