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Dynamic Graphics Hires Bates Churchill
DALLAS–Bates Churchill, the business-to-business advertising unit of Bates Southwest in Houston, was appointed agency of record for Dynamic Graphics of Alameda, Calif. The client is a software supplier serving the oil and gas industry. Billings were undisclosed. The first assignment is to launch Dynamic Graphics’ EarthVision 5, a geological modeling program.
WestJewel Broadcast Job to Saunders-Ream
DALLAS–Saunders-Ream Advertising here has gained broadcast advertising assignments for WestJewel’s six grocery stores in Central Alabama. WestJewel of Tuscaloosa, Ala., owns and operates New Lorch Diamond Center stores in markets including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala. Billings were undisclosed.
Communications Group Advances Crider
DALLAS–Scott Crider, formerly executive account planner at The Communications Group in Little Rock, Ark., has been promoted to director of client services. Prior to joining the agency, he held marketing positions at two Little Rock hospitals and was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly.
T3 Buys Buildings to Meet Expansion Needs
DALLAS–T3 has purchased the historic Rio Grande Street mansion that has housed the Austin, Texas, ad agency for several years, plus two neighboring buildings to accommodate recent growth, shop officials said last week. The shop, reporting 1998 billings of $32 million, has added more than 20 employees since December to serve new clients such as Taco Cabana, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, HEB Central Market and additional work from Dell.
Houston’s AIGA Adds 5 Board Members
DALLAS–The Houston chapter of the American
Institute of Graphic Arts has named five new members to its board of directors. Rebecca Trahan, Kim Bond, Kristin Kearns, Robin Tooms and Kenny Ragland join the group’s eight current members.
Erwin-Penland Lands Online Retailer
ATLANTA–Erwin-Penland of Greenville, S.C., has been named agency of record for FurniturePoint.com, a new online furnishings retailer. Erwin-Penland will be responsible for the e-commerce company’s interactive marketing, advertising, media and collateral strategies. Account billings for this year are expected to total $5 million, according to the client’s chief executive officer, Michael West.
For the Record
The former toll-free number for Sebring Capital was 1-800-HELPFUL [Adweek, Feb. 15]. . . Comments made by Excel marketing official Steve Richards regarding future growth opportunities for the company’s dial-around services were in regard to Excel unit Telco, not the parent company itself [Adweek, Feb. 22].