Gibbs Calls A One-Year Time-Out; Baronet: Shop Won’t Miss A Beat

GibbsBaronet principal and co-owner Steve Gibbs is taking a year-long break from the agency and will consider selling his share in the Dallas shop after his sabbatical.
Gibbs did not indicate why he is leaving or say what he intends to do if he sells his share of the agency to partner Willie Baronet.
He made his announcement last Wednesday, April 1. “I asked him if it wasn’t some sort of [April Fools joke],” quipped Baronet last week. “Unfortunately, it’s not.”
Gibbs founded the advertising agency six years ago with Baronet. Gibbs said in a statement he has not decided what he will do over the next year after he officially leaves the shop April 24.
“I have accomplished a number of personal goals, such as working with great people, doing strong creative and having fun,” said Gibbs.
According to the agency, Gibbs’ departure does not affect relationships with clients like the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nortel, GTE and Paymentech.
Baronet said if Gibbs does sell his share of the agency, Baronet does not plan to enlist another partner. Current staffers will handle the workload following Gibbs’ departure, he said.
The company “has matured to the point that it can handle this transition without missing a beat,” said Baronet, in a statement.
Gibbs previously owned Gibbs Design in Dallas. He also worked as a creative director and designer at several Dallas companies, including Sibley/Peteet and Richards Sullivan Brock & Associates.