Strickland to Leave CHD for Carolina’s FGI

ATLANTA–Denzil Strickland, president and creative director of Cole Henderson Drake here, is leaving Atlanta to join FGI in Chapel Hill, N.C., as that advertising agency’s chief creative officer, sources said late last Friday. Neither Strickland nor FGI officials could be reached for comment at press time.

Norwegian Cruise Line Seeks Agency

SAN FRANCISCO–Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami has compiled a list of undisclosed contenders in the review for its image advertising account, said company officials. The estimated $10 million account had been handled by San Francisco-based Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, which parted with the client over creative differences.

Baltimore Shop Adds 5 Clients to Roster

ATLANTA–Citing a concerted effort to grow its business, Fast & Associates, Baltimore, has reeled in $5 million in new business from five new clients. The largest account win of the group is Southern Management, a property operation company with a budget of $2 million-plus. The $24 million agency also gained St. Agnes HealthCare, the National 4-H Council, Larox North America and Stratton Furniture.

Eastman Chemical Consolidates at Tombras

ATLANTA–The Tombras Group in Knoxville, Tenn., secured the $3.5 million trade account of Eastman Chemical Co. A roster agency for Eastman since 1991, Tombras defeated three other client shops to sign the Kingsport, Tenn., company.

Zimmerman to Relaunch New York Hotel

ATLANTA–Because of its experience managing the advertising account of The New York Palace hotel in the early 1990s, The Zimmerman Agency, Tallahassee, Fla., was enlisted to relaunch The Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The property closed two years ago to undergo renovations. The client will spend approximately $1.2 million annually on print and direct mail.

Meka Promotes Garcia-Serra to Partner

ATLANTA–The Meka Group, a $20 million Hispanic specialty agency in Miami, advanced 30-year ad veteran Al Garcia-Serra to chief operating officer and partner from executive vice president.

HDC, McKinney Carry On for Cruise Lines

WASHINGTON, D.C–Officials at advertising agencies for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruise Lines said late last week that they knew of no changes to those accounts despite the fact that the two clients announced their merger earlier in the week. Harris Drury Cohen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., handles Celebrity and McKinney & Silver, Raleigh, N.C., represents Royal Caribbean. So far, executives at the newly merged company said that the two brands will continue to operate separately.

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