South Carolina Utility Names 4 Finalists

ATLANTA—Officials from South Carolina Electric & Gas have confirmed four finalists in the utility’s review. Incumbent Chernoff/Silver & Associates in Columbia, S.C., will defend against crosstown rival C.C. Riggs and Rawle Murdy Associates of Charleston, S.C. Atlanta’s McRae Communications will also participate. Billings are less than $2 million. The client is based in Columbia.

Georgia Restarts Cancer Awareness Review

ATLANTA—Agencies interested in pitching the Georgia Cancer Awareness and Education Campaign have another chance. The Georgia General Assembly has authorized an additional $1.5 million for the initiative, causing officials in the department of human resources to reopen its review process. The total budget is now $3 million. The state had whittled its search to six finalists: Maris, West & Baker in Jackson, Miss.; Atlanta agencies Porter Novelli with BBDO, Fletcher Martin Ewing and Ketchum; and New York’s Ogilvy & Mather.

Orkin’s Top Marketing Executive to Depart

ATLANTA—Veteran Orkin Exterminating marketing director Steve Danuser is leaving the company. Sources in Atlanta called the departure a “corporate restructuring.” J. Walter Thompson here has handled the local account for 35 years, according to executive creative director Scott Nelson, who denied rumors of a forthcoming review.

Pro-Cuts Trims to 6 Dallas Agencies

ATLANTA—Pro-Cuts has narrowed its review to six finalists. Incumbent Grey will defend against The Loomis Agency, Fogarty Klein Monroe, Levenson & Hill, The Richards Group and The Integer Group, all in Dallas. All agencies, except the incumbent, will make presentations to an ad hoc committee of franchisees and staff on May 29-30, according to Julie Wilson, who is conducting the review. A decision is expected in June. Billings are $2 million. The haircutting operation is headquartered in Dallas.

Texas Dairy Queen Council Narrows Search

ATLANTA—Six agencies have advanced in the review for the $7 million account of the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council. Consultant Julie Wilson in Dallas said the following shops will make final presentations on May 23-24: The Loomis Agency, Dallas; Brighton in St. Louis, Valentine Radford in Kansas City, Mo., and RuffCoffin and Warren Creative +, both in Austin, Texas. Incumbent Grey in Las Colinas, Texas, will defend. A decision is expected in early June. The client is based in Bedford, Texas.

Riley Leaves Wieden + Kennedy

LOS ANGELES—Chris Riley has left Wieden + Kennedy to start his own communications business. Riley, 43, had been with Wieden for 11 years. He established the Portland, Ore., agency’s planning department in 1991 and most recently served as global director of strategic planning. His new venture in Portland, Studio Riley, will offer design, brand identity and business communications services. Wieden is currently searching internally and externally for Riley’s replacement, an agency representative said.