Susan Hempel has progressed from controller to vice president of finance at NourzAds Advertising. Hempel, who has been with the Austin, Texas, agency for a year, will be responsible for the daily operations of the accounting department and the financial management of the business. Prior to joining the shop, she was the assistant finance director at the Jewish Community Association. NourzAds has also hired Prentice Howe as creative director. In his new role, Howe will manage the agency's creative department and the development of client campaigns. He most recently served as senior copywriter at Ignited Minds in Marina del Rey, Calif. In addition, NourzAds has added Bobby Bitner as senior media planner and buyer. He previously worked at TM Advertising in Irving, Texas, as associate media director on the Subaru and ExxonMobil accounts.