The ad community here figures to get a boost from the Art Directors and Copywriters Club's new board of directors, which includes a who's who of the city's top creatives.
Chicago creatives, however, won't be represented in this year's district and national Addy competitions because of a delay in getting out entry calls for the Chicago Show, which serves as the gatepost to the district Addys.
The show was previously produced by the Chicago Portfolio School, but is now being handled by the club's new board, and the transition contributed to the delay. The district Addys show was judged March 20, said Steve Curran, Addy sixth district chairman.
The drive for a higher-profile creative ad club in Chicago was spearheaded by Jim Schmidt, executive creative director at McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown.
"We've never had a creative ad club in Chicago that went from the big agencies to the small agencies," Schmidt said.
The club's plans include sponsorship of seminars, workshops and guest speakers. "The goal is to do things to help creatives get better," Schmidt said.
Among the 15 members of the club's board are Cheryl Berman, chief creative officer at Leo Burnett; Bob Scarpelli, vice chairman and chief creative officer, DDB Needham; Jonathan Harries, executive vice president and creative director, Foote, Cone & Belding; and Bob Welke, chairman and chief creative officer, Euro RSCG Tatham.