Canadians Initiate U.S. Operations In the Southeast

Ryan & Deslauriers has opened its first U.S. office here.

The Montreal agency has set up shop in midtown Atlanta primarily to service client Intrawest, said Todd Ochsner, R&D’s vice president and director of client services.

Intrawest, also in Atlanta, is a real estate and resort developer with properties in Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Cozumel, Mexico.

Ochsner, who joined R&D from Temerlin McClain in Irving, Texas, where he was vice president and management supervisor in that shop’s interactive division, plans to hire Atlanta creative and account personnel within three months.

Combined billings for the R&D offices are $30 million, according to agency president David Harries.