Knape Exits Valentine

A month ago, Dallas shop Knape lost its name when its shingle switched to that of Kansas City-based parent Valentine Radford.
Last week, the agency lost its president and former namesake–Susan Knape–following her resignation after a brief leave of absence.
The shop is now in the hands of Knape’s partner, Ted Ingersoll, who co-founded the agency with her last year. Both led operating units of Larkin, Meeder & Schweidel (now LMS/Marc) in Dallas before breaking out on their own in the Valentine Radford-backed entity.
Ingersoll said the shop is moving forward with existing staff and clients, with no current plans to install a successor to Knape. When asked whether Knape’s departure would force the shop to close, Ingersoll said, “Not a chance.”
Explaining the reason for her departure, Knape said, “I’d say 40 percent of it was wanting more time to be with my family, but I also wanted to do some professional reevaluation . . . I wanted to step back and decide what I want to do over the next 10 years.”
Knape said her decision was not tied to any problems with VR management. Among the options she will consider is working at a larger agency.
Valentine Radford chairman and chief executive officer Chuck Curtis said he had not discussed the office’s situation with Ingersoll at press time and declined further comment.
Executive creative director Les Kerr and creative director Jim Starr will maintain their roles in that department, said Ingersoll.
Since being formed last year, Valentine Radford/Knape has won varied accounts, from retailers like City Garage, BeautyCo, Beretta Gallery and candy maker Pangburn’s to petroleum industry specialist Simmons. The company began with clients–including Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)–brought over from Knape and Ingersoll’s former Larkin units. Both DART and City Garage have since left the fold.