Dailey & Associates, Suissa Miller in Talks to Merge

LOS ANGELES—Principals at Dailey & Associates and Suissa Miller are holding discussions that could lead to a merger, sources said. Executives at the two Los Angeles shops, which are both owned by The Interpublic Group of Cos., declined comment, but sources said the new agency would become Lowe Lintas & Partners’ West Coast office and even take on the Lowe Lintas name. Sources said meetings took place last week but no final agreement has yet been reached. It is unclear what conflicts might arise from such a union. Dailey claims $470 million in bil lings and clients such as Nestlé, Southern California Ford Dealers and Safeway. Suissa’s billings were about $325 million last year; clients include Princess Cruises, E&J Gallo Winery and the California State Auto Association.

List in $30 Mil. Nasdaq Review Shuffles

NEW YORK—The contenders list for the $30 million Nasdaq account has changed slightly. New York shops Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and Bouchez Kent + Co. are now participating, while The Richards Group in Dallas is out, sources said. Other contenders are McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C., Arnold in Boston and Grey, J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam, all in New York. Incumbent Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmet terer/Euro RSCG in New York is defending. The search is being run by Richard Roth Associates, which is relocating from Chappaqua, N.Y., to New York. Denise Benou Stires, evp of marketing for Nasdaq, is expected to meet with the shops the week of June 18.

Arnold Readies EuroVan Ad Push

BOSTON—Volkswagen of America is preparing an integrated TV, print, outdoor and direct campaign supporting its EuroVan, retooled for 2001 with a larger engine and lower price tag. Arnold in Boston kicks off the effort with a 30-second TV spot in July that carries the line, “There’s nothing mini about it.” Creative plays up the vehicle’s European styling and uses an outdoor motif to target men. Print ads use lines such as “Van-asaurus Rex” and “It’s big. It’s fast. It’s big and fast.” The effort will carry VW’s overall “Drivers wanted” tag.

Wieden Names New Managing Director

LOS ANGELES—Wieden + Kennedy has named Ben Kline managing director of its Portland, Ore., office. Wieden COO Dave Luhr had filled the managing director role for the past year following Bill Davenport’s move to director of Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment. Luhr retains his COO position. Kline, 37, was most recently director of account service at Wieden.

Account Activity

DDB has decided to withdraw from the $10-15 million Coldwell Banker review. An agency representative said the decision came after the agency’s briefing with the Parsippany, N.J.-based client last week (see Newswire, page 56). “The agency decided to focus on pursuing other new business opportunities,” the rep said. Five shops still in the review are J. Walter Thompson, McCann-Erickson, Wieden + Kennedy, Grey and The Kaplan Thaler Group, all in New York. Meanwhile, Dial soap has cut incumbent DDB in New York from the review for its estimated $20 million account. Three undisclosed shops remain.