Agency News

Bates Southwest, Houston, promoted account executives Jane McMillan and Linda Mills to public relations account supervisor posts. McMillan, a Bates Southwest veteran of three years, oversees the GTE Wireless-Texas area account. Mills, who joined in 1994, will handle public relations for Belmont Corp.
R.J. Kolar Advertising & Marketing, Austin, named Chad Harlan an Internet art director. Harlan spent three years as a senior graphic designer at The Buckner Group in Indianapolis.
GSD&M, Austin, created a 30-second television commercial for the University Interscholastic League that promotes participation in extracurricular activities while addressing the issue of gang violence. The spot was funded by another of the agency’s clients, SBC Communications of San Antonio. UIL is the organization that oversees extracurricular activities in Texas high schools.
Rhymes & Co. Advertising, Houston, has launched a multimedia campaign for AccelerNet, a Houston-based provider of high-speed Internet access. The campaign uses the tagline, “Access the fast lane for less.”
CMark/Pennebaker, a joint venture of Pennebaker.LMC in Houston and Communications Mark in Mexico City, was hired to handle marketing chores for Amaritel, a telecommunications company based in Mexico City.
Gugel Advertising, Dallas, was named media planning and buying agency for Dallas-based Overhead Door Corp., according to the shop. Billings were undisclosed and no details were provided on creative assignments.
Goswick Advertising, Houston, recently launched a print ad in Dallas and Fort Worth for Newmark Homes. The ad offers a free year of TU Electric utilities with the purchase of a Newmark home.
WarrenCordes+, Austin, was named agency of record for Addressing Your Needs, a sales and marketing database company in Austin.
Logos created by Witherspoon & Associates, Fort Worth, for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and FFP Partners were selected for inclusion in Print’s regional design annual.
Austin-based software developer Tivoli Systems selected FG Squared, also in Austin, to create its interactive media. FG’s initial assignments include the development of two CD-ROMs that will be used as sales tools.
Robert Lamons & Associates, Houston, completed a 230-page catalog for Cooper Cameron Valves. The Houston-based client manufactures valves under the names Cameron, W-K-M, Demco, Foster and Thornhill Craver.
StuartBacon, Fort Worth, was designated advertising and public relations agency of record for TNT Marketing. The Arlington-based company helps its clients market their products in convenience stores.
Whole Wheat Creative, Houston, has introduced a new television campaign for American Homestar, a firm specializing in manufactured residences. The spots feature the musical group Riders in the Sky and are airing in Texas, New Mexico and other markets. Also, the agency has hired account manager Marjorie Eastman and production artist and designer Marcus Cook and production artist Cecelia Lala. Eastman was with Posters Inc., Houston; Cook joined from Desktop Service Bureau, Houston; and Lala is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Houston.
The Dallas Advertising Volleyball Tournament is seeking teams and sponsors for its Oct. 25 event at The Longbranch Sports Club. For complete information, contact Nancy Willis of Willis Communications at (972) 503-3338 by Sept. 25. Sponsorships range from $250 to $1,000.
Boswell & Partners, Houston and Dallas, won three Excel Awards at the Southeast Florida Builders Conference in Orlando. Awards for best brochure, 60-second radio commercial and four-color print ad recognized Boswell’s work for Julington Creek Plantation in Jacksonville, Fla.
Assistant account executive David James has arrived at Richards/Gravelle, the public relations affiliate of The Richards Group in Dallas. James will work on accounts such as The Staubach Co., Terrabrook and JPI.
The Wittmann Group, Dallas, added account manager Amy Pawlowski. Prior to joining the agency, Pawlowski was a human resources analyst at consulting group William M. Mercer.
Fellers Marketing and Advertising’s Houston office has been retained by Boral Material Technologies of San Antonio to develop and implement an integrated communications campaign. The $200,000 program, which is still in development, is expected to include marketing research, trade publication advertising, public relations and trade show support.
Quest Business Agency, Houston, has released a trade print ad introducing Houston-based GeoQuest’s new Drilling Office software package for oilfield companies. The shop will also provide direct mail and trade show support.
Resource 3, Dallas, was chosen as public relations agency of record for Seafood Supply Co., a Dallas wholesaler catering to restaurants and hotels. The agency’s first effort kicked off last week.
Bob Downs, founder of Heritage Press in Dallas, announced his retirement last month after more than 35 years in the business. He most recently served as chairman of Heritage, with primary responsibility for sales and sales promotion. Heritage is owned by Graphic Industries, Atlanta.

Senior account executive Beverly Harlan and production manager Rhonda Davis have joined Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock. Harlan previously was with the Frank J. Wills Co., also Little Rock, while Davis arrived from Zale Corp. in Irving, Texas.
Martin & Martin, Little Rock, has unveiled a new campaign for Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith. The tagline, “Where people get better,” is utilized in television and newspaper ads, outdoor boards and collateral pieces.

The New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will host its 40th anniversary meeting Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Petroleum Club. The featured speaker will be Kathy Bushkin, chief communication officer and senior vice president of America Online. For information, call Anne Monson at (505) 262-3640.

Allison Radcliffe was named vice president of client services at Tulsa-based Hartman Communications. She was previously marketing communications manager for Williams Network, Tulsa.