R.J. Kolar, Austin, hired illustrator and production artist Slade Seaholm and production manager Julie Farnie. Seaholm previously freelanced in Austin and San Marcos, while Farnie has five years of experience in production for Cohn & Wells, San Francisco, and SicolaMartin, Austin. In addition, the agency brought aboard art director Marty Merrell, formerly a designer at SicolaMartin.
Debbie Morehouse has joined the staff of Wallace Sanders & Co., an accounting company in Dallas, as director of marketing. Morehouse relocated from Oregon.
PSW Technologies in Austin named James Kelsey senior vice president of sales and marketing. Most recently, Kelsey was vice president of global insurance at Computer Sciences Corp., also Austin.
Helshi Lockwood, formerly vice president and managing director of Emmis Publishing National Sales (EPNS) in Austin, has been promoted to president. Emmis handles advertising sales for magazines including Texas Monthly. Lockwood now manages national sales operations at EPNS (formerly Mediatex National Sales) offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas and Austin.
The Beaird Agency, Dallas, added three new staff members: senior account executive John Hollingsworth, formerly client services manager at NCH Corp., Irving; art director Mary Lou Catoe, previously with Hubler Olivette Graphics, Dallas; and assistant account director Lisel Cherry, who was employed by Gulf Capital Partners, Dallas.
Temerlin McClain, Irving, hired management supervisor Mack Miner, formerly client services director for Thompson & Co., Memphis, Tenn.; account supervisor Jeff Kazaka, who was marketing manager of retirement plans at Dain Rauscher Inc., Houston; senior research analyst Stephanie Ouyoumjian, previously account planner for The Richards Group, Dallas; and account executive Ashley Fick, who held the same post at Publicis/Bloom in Dallas.
MC2 Advertising & Design in Austin landed art director Roland Jimenez from Corel Draw Magazine, also located in Austin. Jimenez was a senior art director at the magazine.
Internet agency Synapse Group, Dallas, appointed Bill Ford creative director. Ford is an adjunct professor of advertising and design at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Hadeler Sullivan & Law, Dallas, added copywriter Mary Berndt and studio manager Matt Brunworth, a former freelance graphic artist and photographer. Berndt is a former intern at HS&L and a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The Powell Group, Dallas hired account coordinator Candice Casas, formerly of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Dallas. Casas will work on account activities, press release development, special events and media relations.
In Fort Worth, Witherspoon & Associates recently enlisted Shawna Quinlan as account executive. Quinlan, who will direct the agency’s new employment communications department, will be responsible for building and managing the agency’s recruitment practice. She previously owned and managed Midnight Sun Designs in Fort Worth.
J.C. Kelly, a former publisher of Adweek in Dallas, was named advertising manager for the Dallas office of Nation’s Business, a publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital welcomed communications manager Laura Moore Van Hoosier, who formerly served as director of marketing, public relations and business development for numerous Columbia-owned medical facilities in North Texas. Van Hoosier will coordinate media relations.
Vignette Corp., Austin, installed Peter Klante as vice president of marketing. Klante previously was vice president of worldwide marketing for Fulcrum Technologies, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.
Sheryl Gatto was named director of marketing for Sabre Interactive, a division of The Sabre Group, Fort Worth. Gatto will oversee marketing activities for the company’s consumer direct travel products, Travelocity and easySabre. She was previously director of marketing for Macmillan Digital Publishing, a reference division of Simon & Schuster, New York.
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock, hired account coordinator Steven Allen, associate art director Jana Frost and copywriter Chris O’Brien. Allen is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, while Frost was a freelance graphic designer. O’Brien was formerly with Dillard’s corporate advertising department in Little Rock.
Thompson, Earnhart & Associates, Fayetteville, signed Donna Williams as vice president of creative services. Williams arrives from Littlefield Advertising in Tulsa, Okla., where she was associate creative director.