BB/SRC Makes Room for Trumpet

ATLANTA About half of Trumpet Advertising’s staff is operating from space in the Blattner Brunner/SRC offices here following damage to its offices during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The remaining personnel are working at a client’s office in Baton Rouge, La., and a marketing research firm in that city.

Frank Compton, co-managing director of the Atlanta shop, extended the offer days after the storm. He moved some members of his own staff to give Trumpet an entire section of the space, all rent free.

“It’s pretty simple,” Compton said. “They’re in need and we’re helping.”

The accommodations include an independent telephone system, a secure e-mail connection and a separate code system for the digital copiers.

Sylvia Fox, an executive assistant at BB/SRC, has devoted much of her time helping Trumpet’s employees make living arrangements. They have found accommodations in hotels, apartments and the homes of relatives. Several have enrolled their children in Atlanta-area schools, Fox said.

Trumpet also received offers of assistance from other agencies. Young & Laramore in Indianapolis offered space; Beber Silverstein in Miami offered financial support; and Mintz & Hoke in Avon, Conn., sent a G5 workstation. GSD&M in Austin, Texas, and The Richards Group in Dallas also offered help.

“It feels damn good to have people care about you,” said Robbie Vitrano, a principal and creative director at Trumpet. “It’s going to be hard to thank them adequately.”

Vitrano said he expects to remain in Atlanta for several months before his staff can return to New Orleans.