agency news: SOUTHWEST

Susan Knape, president of Dallas shop Knape, was appointed to chair the Tops Awards, the local Addy competition sponsored by the Dallas Ad League.
McGarrah/Jessee, Austin, has launched a campaign in the New York area for the Seiko Message Watch. The campaign includes outdoor, radio and print executions running in The New York Times Magazine. Portions of the campaign will be rolled out later in markets including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Espidotcom, Dallas, was tapped to create a Web site for Mrs Baird’s Bakeries. The venue will include Baird family history, company employment opportunities, product profiles, plus other information and resources for customers. The site will launch by the end of the year at
DDB Needham, Dallas, has begun relocating its offices to 3500 Maple Ave. The agency move is expected to be completed next month.
Witherspoon & Associates, Fort Worth, was selected to handle media relations for the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation’s awards dinner recognizing football coaches Gene Stallings, formerly of the University of Alabama, and Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University.
M/C/C, Dallas, won two awards in a Personal Communications Industry Association marketing competition. The agency took first place in consumer Internet marketing for its work on PrimeCo Personal Communications’ Web site and second place in business-to-business magazine advertising for a campaign for Ericsson Radio Systems.
Dallas design firm May & Co. is profiled in the new Graphic Design: America II book. May & Co. was the only local company among 37 selected.
Ackermann Public Relations & Marketing, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based firm, opened a Dallas office to provide public relations services in the Southwest. The new facility is located at 2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300, Dallas 75219. Phone: (214) 559-8320. Fax: (214) 599-8321.
Edmondson/Quest Business Group, Austin, received a marketing excellence award from the Austin chapter of the American Marketing Association. The award recognizes benchmark research compiled for Fisher-Rosemont Industry Solutions, also in Austin.
Richards/Gravelle, Dallas, is working on a public relations effort for Atlanta-based Malibu SpeedZone, the new racing entertainment theme park opened this summer in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The effort involves SpeedZone investors and professional race car drivers Al Unser Jr., Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta and Cristen Powell.
A Cellular One graphic standards manual created by KWGC Advertising & Design, Dallas, will be included in an upcoming edition of the American Corporate Identity book. The shop also picked up an award of merit from the Printing Industries of America for its Motorola Memos pocket folder.
Freelance illustrator Calef Brown will speak to the Dallas Society of Visual Communications on Oct. 1. The program begins at 7 p.m. and guest admission is $10. Info: Sue Reynolds, (972) 241-2017.
El Paso firms Mithoff Advertising and Infolink have formed a strategic alliance to offer Internet site development services to businesses. The alliance will be called Ibis and operate as a separate division of Infolink.
Big Hand, a Dallas interactive agency, has launched a new multimedia initiative for Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus. The effort includes a Web site centered on the client’s catalog. Dubbed “the store,” the site is located at
The Balcom Agency, Fort Worth, appointed Susan Watt account executive and community relations coordinator. The agency completes a move this week into new office space at 1500 Ballinger.
Jennifer Steinmann was hired as marketing assistant at Blandford-Akins, Dallas. Steinmann will be involved in coordinating research, special events and projects in support of various clients.
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has published its 1997 media directory, covering print media in the Fort Worth metropolitan area. Orders can be made through Lana Boner at (817) 336-2491.
Freed Advertising, Stafford, celebrated its 13th year in business at a recent agency gathering attended by 100 guests.
June Rives Public Relations, Houston, added Petrocon, a full-service, international engineering company, to its client roster. Petrocon has corporate offices in Beaumont and Houston. The agency’s initial projects include developing a corporate brochure.
Bromley, Aguilar & Associates in San Antonio has developed a public relations initiative to introduce Polaroid’s OneStep Express camera to the Hispanic market. The camera hit store shelves this month.
Stone & Ward, Little Rock, and client Wendy’s of Arkansas were presented the Diamond Award for the Southeast region from Wendy’s International. The yearly award recognizes the franchisee with the most innovative marketing efforts.
Sells & Associates president Mike Sells was named to Arkansas Business’ “40 Under 40” list. The Little Rock shop also took 20 of 43 first-place awards in the Arkansas Bank Marketing Association’s 1997 advertising competition.
Director Scott Edwards of Sunrise Films, Albuquerque, won a 1997 AICP Show award in the student category for a spec TV spot created for Right Guard.
Joanne Grant Sellers has formed Tulsa-based Sellers and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in community, government and public relations.