agency news


August Associates in Wheaton moved to new offices in The Grove Office Park, tripling the agency’s space. August also maintains a research office in Wheaton. The firm is 11-years-old.

Chicago-based PVI Communications moved its offices to Arlington Heights to remain close to its clients. The integrated marketing agency said it hoped the new location will attract key full-time and freelance talent.

Topin & Associates in Chicago was named lead agency for MDS Pharma Services, a contract research organization. The company was formed by MDS’s drug discovery and development companies and Phoenix International Life Sciences, which MDS bought in April. The selection followed a review involving two other shops.

Rhea & Kaiser in Naperville was named lead agency for Merial, a Merck and Aventis Company, to promote its full line of equine animal health products.


Montgomery Zukerman Davis in Indianapolis has been enlisted as lead agency by Rhino Ecosystems, which treats wastewater and has patents pending on a device that allows the collection, removal and disposal of wet solids and grease.


Stephens & Associates Advertising in Overland Park celebrated its 20th-year with a party at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City. The shop handles animal health products for Bayer Corp.


Fred Yaffe, chairman and chief executive officer of Yaffe & Company in Southfield, was elected to a two-year-term as chairman of Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester.

Bird Brain Inc. awarded its broadcast media buying account to Media…Period in Bloomfield Hills. Bird Brain designs and makes decorative garden accessories.

Marx Layne & Company in Farmington Hills was assigned public relations duties for the Detroit Chamber Music Society, a 57-year-old outfit that has hosted performers such as Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma.


Compass Design in Minneapolis won a gold award from the Beverage Packaging Global Design Awards for its redesign of Marigold Foods gallon and half-gallon Kemps label milk containers.

Geoffrey Carlson Gage in Excelsior was named lead agency for the Carlson Leasing Company. GCG’s duties will include Web-site development and promotion. Separately, the agency was named agency of record for artist Gloria Tew. The agency will create and market a Web site for the local sculpture artist.


Geile-Rexford Creative Associates in Clayton beat five other agencies to win ad and public relation duties for the Custom Cuts chain of hair salons. Geile-Rexford will also handle media buying and planning. Custom Cuts has 25 shops in Missouri and southern Illinois.

Valentine Radford won the Web-site development business for Lighthouse Communications. The Kansas City-based agency will be in charge of redesigning the business networking firm’s site.


Conrad, Phillips & Vutech, Columbus, was hired to develop a marketing campaign for Dominican Catholic College. CPV is the first outside agency to handle advertising for the 90-year-old college.

HSR Business to Business received a 2000 Pinnacle Award. The Cincinnati-based Internet services company was recognized as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the area.


Zizzo Group Advertising acquired Schulhof, Walsh & Associates, a Milwaukee-based healthcare communications company. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Lindsay, Stone & Briggs in Madison was selected by Hanley-Wood to launch an interactive business Ebuild. Billings were estimated at $6 million. The assignment includes brand consulting, advertising, public relations and promotions. Also new on the agency’s client list is Agrilink Foods, which tapped the shop as lead agency for its Wilderness and Comstock fruit pie filing and topping brands, as well as Brooks chili.