Alba to Leave Atlanta but Not Crumbley
ATLANTA–Barbara Alba, executive vice president and co-principal of Crumbley & Alba/MRA here, will relocate to Philadelphia this summer. Alba will continue to consult with the agency, as well as with clients of the shop’s parent, MRA Group in Syracuse, N.Y. She cited a desire to be closer to family as the reason for her move.
Fallon McElligott Wins Navistar Trucks
CHICAGO–Navistar International has tapped Fallon McElligott of Minneapolis to handle its $6-7 million ad account, client officials said. The Chicago-based heavy truck manufacturer picked Fallon after a two-month review that included Howard, Merrell & Partners of Raleigh, N.C., and Arnold Communications in Boston, said Andy Oplia, Navistar’s vice president of branding. The company parted ways with Ogilvy & Mather’s Chicago office in February.
3 Southeast Shops Vie for O’Toole Awards
ATLANTA–Three Southeast agencies are among the finalists for the 1999 O’Toole Awards, the creative competition sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies. In the category of agencies with less than $30 million in billings is Lawler Ballard Van Durand, the fourth time in five years the Birmingham, Ala., shop has made the finals. In the over-$30 million class, the region’s nominees are Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami, and The Martin Agency, Richmond, Va. Winners will be announced April 24.
N.C. Ad Hall of Fame Inducts Winslow
ATLANTA–Rockett Burkhead & Winslow’s Michael Winslow, the Raleigh, N.C., agency’s creative director, was inducted into the North Carolina Advertising Hall of Fame last week. Winslow spent his first 20 years in advertising at Raleigh’s McKinney Silver & Rockett (now McKinney & Silver), where as art director he was once named to Adweek’s Southeast creative all-star team. During this period he became known in the ad world through his work for Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines, Piedmont Airlines, Benihana and Volvo Trucks.
Rafferty’s Restaurant Hires Gish, Sherwood
ATLANTA–Gish, Sherwood & Friends in Nashville, Tenn., has been hired by Rafferty’s Restaurant & Bar, Bowling Green, Ky., which has 17 casual dining locations in seven states. The agency will develop Rafferty’s first advertising in four test markets beginning next month. Work will include print, television and outdoor. Billings are projected to top $1 million.
Doner Defeats Mullen for PNC Bank Corp.
DETROIT–Doner of Southfield, Mich., bested Mullen in Wenham, Mass., to win PNC Bank Corp.’s $25 million account after a nearly five-month review. The agency’s first work for the Pittsburgh-based client is set for September and will include TV, print and possibly other media. The account had been at Ketchum Advertising, Pittsburgh, and McKinney & Silver, Raleigh, N.C.