Kaiser Narrows Contender List to 3 Shops
los angeles–Kaiser Permanante, Oakland, Calif., has narrowed the list of contenders for its $30 million corporate image assignment to Grey Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, both in New York, and Temerlin McClain, Irving, Texas. Final presentations are set for the first week of January, a Kaiser spokesperson said, with a winner to be named soon after.
Nike Executives Deny Talks With Shops
LOS ANGELES–Despite reports to the contrary, Nike executives have denied that the company has discussed the handling of its new Michael Jordan line of shoes with any agencies outside its roster. “It is absolutely untrue,” said Chris Zimmerman, Nike’s director of U.S. advertising. “We have no plans to make any changes in our agency roster.” Two weeks ago, Nike announced that roster shops Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, and Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore., were equals on Nike’s branding efforts [Adweek, Nov. 17].
Western International’s Dennis Holt Honored
LOS ANGELES–Dennis F. Holt, founder of Western International Media, has been named a recipient of the 1998 Horatio Alger Award. The award, presented by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, recognizes inspirational success, triumph over adversity and a commitment to helping others.
Raytheon Recruitment Assignment in Play
BOSTON–JWT Specialized Communications in Los Angeles is among the five agencies nationwide that are competing for Lexington, Mass.-based defense contractor Raytheon Co.’s estimated $12-15 million recruitment ad assignment, according to a client representative. A decision is expected as early as this week, sources said.
Accounts Roundup. . .
Sagon-Phior Group in Sherman Oaks, Calif., has emerged as the winner of the estimated $1.5-2 million Kenwood home electronics account. . . AT&T Language Line Services, a telephone translation service, has awarded its account to Wunderman Cato Johnson. The San Francisco agency prevailed over incumbent Bronner Slosberg Humphrey in Boston, which has handled the estimated $5 million global account for the past five years.
Onward and Upward
Cole & Weber in Portland, Ore., has installed a new management team of four executives: Steve Kokes, vice president and advertising account supervisor; DeeAnn McCoy, senior vice president and group account director; Michael Nalley, vice president and creative director; and Sue Van Brocklin, vice president and public relations director. The group will report to agency president Debby Kennedy. . . David Woodcock, formerly general manager of independent TV station KCAL in Los Angeles, has moved to Focus Media’s Santa Monica, Calif., office. Sources at Focus confirmed Woodcock’s hire but declined to specify his title.