DeRiggi & Evans Opens in Atlanta

ATLANTA Two associate creative directors at Grey Direct here have left the shop and opened their own agency.

Danamarie DeRiggi and David Evans said they formed DeRiggi & Evans in Atlanta after working together as a creative team for the past nine years, the last three at Grey.

DeRiggi, an art director, has worked in advertising for 17 years, and Evans, a copywriter, has been in the business 18 years. They have worked on accounts in the telecommunications, utilities, healthcare and retail sectors.

The partners are looking for office space in the city and recruiting a staff. They said they expect to land their first client “within weeks.” They did not take any clients or staff from Grey.

The new shop will focus mostly on direct mail campaigns, but D&E also will offer other forms of advertising, they said.

“There are plenty of agencies out there offering direct in addition to their general advertising services, but few can do it in a way that’s unique, creative, results driven and leverages brands,” DeRiggi said. “D&E brings all those things together.”

Their goal is to reach $1 million in billings within two years, they said.