Oklahoma Agency Mourns Executive Slaying

DALLAS—Jordan Associates has brought in counselors to help its staff cope with the recent murder of senior vice president Rob Andrew, an agency representative said. Andrew, who served as director of account services at the Oklahoma City agency, was fatally shot at his home Nov. 20, allegedly by two masked men. Police have since filed murder charges against his estranged wife and her boyfriend, who are now missing. “It’s been a very difficult time,” said Jordan representative Peggy Sealy. “Rob would have wanted the business to go on, though, and that’s happening. He himself had a very difficult personal life and still continued to give above and beyond the call of duty.”

Publicis Drops Out of TGI Friday’s Review

DALLAS—Publicis in Mid-America said last week it has withdrawn from the review for TGI Friday’s $40 million account. “We are proud of the work that we have done for TGI Friday’s over the past seven years and wish them well in the future,” said Publicis in Mid-America president Steve Price in a statement. The remaining finalists, including McCann-Erickson in New York, TBWA\Chiat\Day of Marina del Rey, Calif., and Deutsch/L.A. in Marina del Rey, Calif., are gearing up for the last round of presentations the week of Dec. 17.

Future of FCB’s Dallas Office Is Uncertain

DALLAS—The future of FCB’s 12-person field office here is uncertain following the loss of its only client, Taco Bell, according to representatives at the agency’s San Francisco headquarters. Houston-based Rives Carlberg won the advertising account of the Houston Taco Bell Advertising Association, a co-op representing 96 area restaurants, following a review which included both the incumbent and Houston-area shops. Billings were not disclosed. A client representative said the review was motivated by the association members’ desire to work with a local agency. FCB’s San Francisco office handles the Taco Bell brand nationally. A representative of FCB in Dallas declined comment.

Trumpet Elevates Burdine to COO

DALLAS—Trumpet has promoted Todd Burdine to chief operating officer, a new position at the agency. Burdine joined the New Orleans shop in May as account director from the now-defunct Duke Marketing. In his new role, Burdine will be responsible for overseeing daily operations, account management and business development for Trumpet, the second-largest advertising agency in Louisiana.

Dallas PR Companies Join Forces

DALLAS—Cummings McGlone & Associates has merged into Michael A. Burns & Associates to form one of the largest independent public relations companies in this market. Founded in 1989, Burns employs 16 associates and reported fee income in 2000 of nearly $2 million. The acquisition of Cummings McGlone will add four more staff members, including CM principals Brian Cummings and Neil McGlone. Cummings McGlone garnered close to $1 million in fee income during their second year in business in 2000.