‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ Review Nears End

DALLAS—The Texas Department of Transportation is expected to award its “Don’t Mess With Texas” account early this week. The client confirmed that contenders for the estimated $2 million account are incumbent Tuerff-Davis EnviroMedia, Kolar Advertising & Marketing and SWG&M, all of Austin, Texas. The two-year contract for the creative and media account has an option for a two-year extension. Twelve agencies initially responded to the written questionnaire, which was issued two months ago. Oral presentations were given by the three finalists on July 23.

GSD&M Vet McAfee Joins SWG&M

DALLAS—SWG&M has hired Scott McAfee as vice president and executive creative director. Before joining the Austin, Texas, agency, McAfee served as vice president and creative director for crosstown shop GSD&M, producing campaigns for Chili’s Bar and Grill,FannieMae and Pennzoil, among others. McAfee came to GSD&M from Earle Palmer Brown, where he worked at the Atlanta and Bethesda, Md., offices.

Mindshare Executive Jumps to OMD

CHICAGO—The managing director of Mindshare here, Kathleen Brookbanks, will join Omnicom Group’s media arm, OMD Worldwide, as managing director of the Midwest office. Brookbanks, who will report to OMD’s president and chief executive, Joe Uva, will assume her new management position on Aug. 1. She will oversee OMD’s Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis locations. Brookbanks took over the WPP Group’s media office in Chicago two years ago.

USPS Goes With Pair of IPG Agencies

CHICAGO—The U.S. Postal Service selected the Interpublic Group team of Campbell-Ewald and DraftWorldwide to handle its $100 million account following a three-month review. C-E in Warren, Mich., and Chicago-based DraftWorldwide will form “a single entity” to service the business, according to Larry Speakes, manager of postal advertising. The review started with 21 agencies, Speakes said. Foote, Cone & Belding’s FCBi unit and Frankel were incumbents, along with Leo Burnett in Chicago and MediaCom, New York. The assignment to Campbell-Ewald and Draft includes creative and media. Media-buying duties will be handled by IPG’s Initiative Media North America.

New Nike/Champs Campaign Breaks

LOS ANGELES—St. Louis Rams star running back Marshall Faulk takes on the role of personal trainer in a new advertising campaign for Nike from Cole & Weber/Red Cell. The effort launched last week and touts the new Air Mission Extra football cross-trainer shoe, available only at Nike retail partner Champs Sports. The Portland, Ore., shop handles retail and co-branded work for the Beaverton, Ore., client. A 30-second television commercial shows a would-be high school jock deciding the shoes are good enough to help him make the varsity after Faulk takes him through a grueling exercise regimen. The campaign also involves in-store displays and magazine advertising.