on the move

TEXAS
Video Post & Transfer, Dallas, named Robert Haasz its new client development manager to serve a multi-state region, including Texas. Haasz, with 14 years of experience in sales, marketing and new business development, was most recently business development manager at The Stokes Group, also Dallas.
Gary Fraser was assigned to assume the newly created vice president of sales and marketing post at Authentic Specialty Foods’ Calidad Foods division in Grand Prairie. Fraser arrived from Mission Foods, where he held a similar post for the California-based producer of corn and flour tortillas, tortilla chips, taco shells and related Mexican food products. He has also held senior-level marketing positions with Keebler Co., Borden Snacks Group and Frito-Lay.
Ackermann Public Relations & Marketing hired Michelle Bleiberg as client services manager in its newly opened Dallas office. She will handle new business development, community relations and day-to-day account activities. Bleiberg moved from Publicis Public Relations, also Dallas.
Hank Cherry was named account supervisor at Rhymes and Co. Advertising, Houston. Cherry previously held account management positions at W.B. Doner in Cleveland, Moroch & Associates in Houston and Stern Advertising, Pittsburgh. At Rhymes, he will also assist with new business development.
The Maxfield Group, Irving, promoted Chris McIntyre from senior writer and producer to creative group director and James Madsen from art director to senior art director. McIntyre, who came to Maxfield in 1995 from Detroit, will oversee creative teams for the GTE and Wilsonart International accounts. Madsen will also work on GTE and Wilsonart. He came to the agency in 1996 from JWT Specialized Communications in Dallas.
The Dallas Ad League elected its 1997-98 board of directors, including president Mark Johnson, the Southwest advertising manager for The Wall Street Journal. Other officers include Brandee Knox, Byron Morrison, Tracey Mahoney, Ernest Sparacin, Bill Beckhart, Allison Faust, Dana Gibson, Jim Goodnight, Donna Halverson, Elena Rohweder, Poppy Sundeen, Kathy Doyle Thomas and Kym Yancy.
Sonny Ham was named publisher and chief executive officer of Houston-based Golfer Magazines, publisher of Gulf Coast Golfer and North Texas Golfer. She recently rejoined the company as general manager, having been a member of the company’s start-up team in the mid-1980s.
The Coastal Corp., Houston, appointed Vicki Guennewig vice president of the Coastal States Management Corp. subsidiary, where she will oversee public affairs and corporate communications activities for the parent company. She was director of public relations and marketing communications for PanEnergy Corp., also Houston.
Kelly Makant Barton moved up to vice president of communications and product marketing at Metro Networks in Houston. Barton, who has been with Metro for six years, previously served as director of corporate communications.
LOUISIANA
Duke Unlimited, a Metairie advertising and marketing agency, promoted Monte Ammons to account manager and director of new business development and Laura Tobin to account supervisor. Ammons will oversee the Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Advance Polybag, Encore Design and The Palace Truck Stop & Game Room accounts. Tobin’s duties will include work for Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Singer Kitchens.
OKLAHOMA
Medallion Gas Services, Tulsa, advanced Rachel Tarantola to director of gas marketing. She will be responsible for the overall management, planning and administration of oil and gas marketing activities. She has 17 years of experience in the energy industry.
David Bates progressed to general sales manager at KRAV-FM, Tulsa. He started at the station in 1992.
Linda Taber joined KCFM-FM, Tulsa, as general sales manager and director of corporate development. She previously served as vice president and general manager of KRAV-FM and KGTO-AM, both Tulsa.