Agency News

Witherspoon & Associates was named agency of record by the North Texas Tollway Authority. The Fort Worth shop has been charged with raising public awareness about the benefits of toll road travel and the progress of roadways under construction, as well as promoting Toll Tag usage.
Bozell Kamstra, Austin, developed a billboard campaign about the Austin Humane Society finding homes for animals.
An illustration by James Michael Starr of RBMM, Dallas, was accepted for the Society of Illustrators’ annual exhibition. The illustration originally appeared in USA Cycling’s 1998 annual report.
Stuart Bacon, Fort Worth, was named Small Business of the Year (for companies with 11-50 employees) by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
The Point Group, Dallas, created a logo for the White Rock Marathon, staged Dec. 13 in Dallas. The new design was used on all of the event’s promotions and marketing materials.
The Direct Marketing Association of Dallas/Fort Worth has set an early registration rate of $155 for members and $195 for non-members attending its annual Southwest Roundup. The early registration deadline is March 1 for the May 6, 1999, event. For information, call (817) 640-7018, ext. 203.
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, Houston, was retained by John Lingo, president of A New World Production of Cocoa, Fla., to promote its line of glassware and mixed-drink accessories and to develop cocktail presentation concepts.
PR/Texas, Fort Worth, earned a 1998 national Telly award for its work with the Texas Department of Health. The winning entry was a statewide campaign for the department’s Safe Riders program. The series included radio and television public service announcements in English and Spanish. The Tellys were founded in 1980 to recognize excellence in non-network and cable TV commercials.
M/C/C, Dallas, has formed a planning task force of staff members to help build Y2K compliance communications programs for clients. The shop plans to offer both advertising and public relations resources.
The eM Group, Houston, won eight Texas Star awards in an annual competition sponsored by the Texas Association of Home Builders. The winning entries were produced for General Homes Corp., Cinco Ranch, Greatwood and Silverlake.
Altmans Winnebago, which operates three recreational vehicle dealerships in the Los Angeles area, has signed Wheeler Advertising, Arlington, to handle its marketing. The agency’s assignments include print and radio advertising, as well as public relations and collateral development.
Brassy Bear Advertising & Public Relations, Houston, has launched a print campaign for Lathrop’s Jewelry of Bellaire. The effort marks the client’s first concerted use of consumer advertising.
The McIntosh Advertising and Design House, Austin, was recently named agency of record for the Berry Facility Development in Durango, Colo. The first assignment is the redesign of the client’s corporate identity package. Berry specializes in space planning for medical facilities.
The Mason Jar, a restaurant company with locations in Austin, Dallas and Houston, hired The Marketing Group, Carrollton, as its agency of record. Assignments include broadcast production, media placement, direct mail and public relations. Also new to the agency’s roster is Hopkins Commercial Real Estate, a Dallas-based retail development company.
A holiday card designed by DAM Creative, Dallas, earned inclusion in Print’s regional design annual.
Freed Advertising, Houston, is developing a pro bono direct mail piece for Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Houston.
The Greater Denton (Texas) Arts Council hired Payne Advertising and Design, Fort Worth, to create brochures and a logo for its 1999 membership drive.
The Yellow Pages Producers of America awarded a bronze Appy award to GibbsBaronet, Dallas, for a promotional and community service campaign created for GTE.
Stuart Balcom, president of The Balcom Agency in Fort Worth, will chair the city’s 1998 Addy Awards. The awards dinner and presentation is slated for Feb. 13 at the Radisson in downtown Fort Worth.
Stone & Ward, Little Rock, earned an award of excellence at the Graphic Awards Competition sponsored by the Printing Industries Association of the South. The winning entry was an invitation design for Southwestern Bell.

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