Maine Shops Engages Shimala

Via said it has hired Ryan Shimala as an account manager. He will work primarily on Banknorth. Shimala joins the Portland, Maine, agency following almost two years as a project manager at Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett in Chicago, where he worked on accounts including Starbucks, Walt Disney and Bank One. “His agency and television production experience make him a great addition,” said Via principal Rich Rico. Prior to Burnett, Shimala worked at Havas’ Brann in Chicago for four years in various account service and traffic positions. He has also held production posts at Home and Garden TV, Northwest Teleproductions and WTTW, Channel 11, all in Chicago.