Mintz & Hoke Promotes Sheffield, Banta

Two staffers who have played key roles in Mintz & Hoke’s recent business development have been elevated to vice president.

The Avon, Conn., agency gave Eulah Sheffield, director of interactive services, and David Banta, associate creative director, the additional title of vp. Both will retain their current positions.

The pair will now have more responsibility in deciding the roles that creative and interactive will play in shaping business for the agency. A key goal of both is to expand the shop’s client roster, which last year saw the addition of The Hartford Courant, Sikorsky Aircraft and Electric Boat.

As head of the agency’s five-person interactive services department for two and a half years, Sheffield helped build the department’s client roster with names such as Mass Mutual, Ingersoll Rand, Crompton Corp. and the Taunton Press. Sheffield continues to manage the division’s relationship with current clients and serve as creative director on those accounts.

“Eulah’s impact goes beyond transforming our interactive de partment into a fast-growing and critical center of business,” said Chris Knopf, president and executive creative director of the 70-person agency.

In addition to interactive services, the shop also offers PR, print, broadcast and collateral services. Sheffield said he hopes to gain “more projects with multiple pieces to them.”

As head of the agency’s creative team, Banta will play a larger role in agency management, staffing and business development. In his post as a senior writer, he developed efforts for clients such as Webster Bank, Ames, Mohegan Sun and The Hartford Courant.

“[Banta] has been instrumental in managing the direction of content for our clients and shows tremendous versatility across B-to-B and consumer client work,” Knopf said.