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Lowe Wins InterNAP Review

SAN FRANCISCO—Lowe, Lintas & Partners here won the $25-30 million InterNAP account, a decision that may take some of the sting out of Lowe’s loss of Sun Microsystems. The decision followed a three-month review by Select Resources International, Los Angeles. The other finalists were not named. InterNAP helps Web users move their computer information faster by bypassing heavily trafficked Internet connections. InterNAP officials said Lowe was chosen in part because of its technology expertise. “InterNAP is a brand with enormous potential,” said Jerome Conlon, vp and chief marketing officer for the client, “We were looking for a partner that not only has technology experience and international reach, but strong brand-building acumen.” Contenders for the $100 million Sun Microsystems account include The Martin Agency, J. Walter Thompson USA and Tonic 360, all San Francisco.

Pacific Capital Taps Open Minds

LOS ANGELES—Bank holding company Pacific Capital Bancorp, Goleta, Calif., opted for Open Minds, Newport Beach, Calif., as its creative shop following a review that also included Sagon-Phior, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Katz & Loeb, San Francisco. Open Minds will handle the account in partnership with fellow Orange County shop Ponzi Group, which will handle media. Budget is estimated at $3 million-plus. Select Resources International here conducted the search.

Radio Star Chuck Blore Goes Online

LOS ANGELES—Legendary radio advertising producer Chuck Blore, one of the creators of AT&T’s famous “Reach Out and Touch Someone” advertising, has formed The Blore Group, a San Francisco-based online ad agency. Joining Blore will be partners John Myrick and Robin Sharp, formerly of Myrick Sharp Media, and Sandi Woodruff, creator of the HappyPuppy.com games portal site.

Southeast Toyota Makes Cuts

ATLANTA—The field continues to narrow in the competition for Southeast Toyota Distributors’ $70 million account. Sources confirmed that incumbents Saatchi & Saatchi in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., McGee & Starr Advertising in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Moran Group in Baton Rouge, La., have been eliminated. Omni Automotive in Birmingham, Ala., survives to compete against West Wayne (Atlanta and Tampa, Fla.), Della Femina, Rothschild, Jeary and Partners, Grey Worldwide and Gotham, all in New York. AAR/Bob Wolf Partners, New York and Los Angeles, is handling the review.

RateOne Search Down to 3

LOS ANGELES—RateOne, a new subsidiary of realtor Kaufman & Broad, has narrowed its search for an agency to three Southern California shops: M1, working in partnership with media agency PWA Media, Fotouhi Alonso and Berenson Janson. The client offers first-time buyers a simplified home-loan process online and through a telephone number. Select Resources International, Los Angeles, is conducting the review.