4 SHOPS SEEK DAEWOO'S U.S. BUSINESS
ATLANTA-The four regional agencies of Daewoo Motor America will meet this week at the client's Atlanta office to make their pitches for the Korean automaker's national branding assignment, according to sources. Ground Zero, Santa Monica, Calif.; Korey Kay & Partners, New York; The Leap Partnership, Chicago; and Tausche Martin Lonsdorf, Atlanta, are scheduled to present. The national branding work is separate from the regional accounts the four shops secured earlier this year. It is not known how soon Daewoo will make a decision.
STARBUCKS COFFEE CONSIDERS ATLANTA TRIO
ATLANTA-Three local shops have apparently made the finals of Starbucks Coffee's $800,000 Southeast regional account review. Sources said Pringle Dixon Pringle, Tausche Martin Lonsdorf and one undisclosed Atlanta shop have all made final presentations. The account, primarily a mix of public relations and promotional work, does not affect Starbucks' national agency, BBDO West in Los Angeles.
MARYLAND PORT DOCKS AT GRAY, KIRK
WASHINGTON, D.C-Gray, Kirk Vansant has acquired the Maryland Port Administration's advertising and public relations account. Sources estimated the business to be worth $600,000 annually. The Baltimore-based shop won the account after a competitive review that involved undisclosed agencies.
DEL RIVERO DROPS OUT OF DISNEY REVIEW
ATLANTA-Coral Gables, Fla.-based del Rivero Messianu withdrew last week from Walt Disney World's review for a Hispanic agency. According to the agency, the decision came after Disney, based in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., asked del Rivero Messianu to sign an agreement allowing the client the right to use the agency's creative ideas, even if the shop was not selected. Client officials could not be reached for comment at press time. Remaining finalists include Leo Burnett Hispanic in Chicago and Bromley, Aguilar & Associates in San Antonio.
WILLIAMS WHITTLE TURNS 30, ADDS CLIENT
ATLANTA-Williams Whittle Associates in Alexandria, Va., was tapped by Optical Technologies Group Software in Bethesda, Md., following a review of WWA and undisclosed local agencies. Sources estimated the budget at $1 million. Separately, WWA marked its 30th anniversary this month by establishing an annual scholarship program for its interns.
MERRY LAND SELECTS CRUMBLEY & ALBA
ATLANTA-Merry Land & Investment Co. of Augusta, Ga., hired Crumbley & Alba here to develop a new brand positioning. C&A won the apartment management company's business over Henderson Advertising in Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta shops Lester & Associates and Bressler & Yauger.