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The Focus Agency, Dallas, has installed Jason Fotter as a copywriter on the Shell Energy and Simplexity.com accounts. Matt Campbell and Melissa Manchen have been hired as assistant media planners. Leslie Gibbs has been promoted to senior account executive for her work on the Shell Energy account. Geoff Blaine has joined the agency as assistant account executive on the Shell Energy business.

The Center For The Persuasive Arts, San Antonio, has added five new members to its creative department: senior art director James Ballard, art director Andy Gass, senior copywriter Christopher Walther, copywriter Misi Woolard and graphic artist Tina Rossell.

Leslie Barr has joined Shirleybarr Public Relations, Houston, as account manager. Barr was previously creative director at Forerunner Music Group and Bug Music, Nashville.

Bates Churchill Public Relations, Houston, has hired Randy Stuart as account executive. Stuart was formerly marketing and public relations manager at equipment manufacturer Alien Golf, Arlington.

Jill Montgomery has been appointed business development coordinator at Dallas-based GroupBaronet. Elizabeth Stewart has come aboard as account executive after a stint in account service at The Point Group, Dallas.

American IronHorse Motorcycle Co., Fort Worth, has named Elizabeth Owens vice president of marketing and sales.

Video Post & Transfer, Dallas, has appointed Mark Sullivan editor and compositor. Sullivan arrives from broadcast design firm EGAD, Dallas.

Stuart Bacon Advertising-Public Relations, Fort Worth, has named Elizabeth Eslick public relations account executive.

Kathy Cullen has joined Brierly & Partners, a Dallas-based customer relationship management company, as chief financial officer and senior vice president.

The Houston office of J. Walter Thompson has appointed Alison Nolen and Erin Goddard assistant media planners. Nolen was previously with Gugel Advertising, Dallas, and has experience as a media planner, account manager and value-added manager. Goddard has completed internships in media, production, creative and public relations.

Melissa Gessell has been promoted to senior art director at The Container Store’s in-house advertising department in Dallas. John Thrailkill has advanced from marketing manager to e-business marketing director. Casey Priest has progressed to public relations director.

DDB Dallas has added 21 full-time employees to its staff and promoted three members of the agency team. The new additions include group account directors Karen Clapper and Mike Uecker; account supervisor Renee Beard; account executives Chris Hanley, Kelly Lichtenberg, Kim Toronyi and Kristie Kennemer; multimedia designers Michelle Chapman and Michael Lamb; assistant media planner Brenda Ortiz; traffic managers Becki Overton and Carrie Spicer; senior media planner Michael Hernandez; art director Kathy Redick; print producer Todd Pruetz; creative director Jeanette Tyson; interactive producer Lilly Todd; interactive art director John Wells; associate interactive creative director Trina Uzee; interactive financial manager Danielle Reggia; and interactive account executive (Continued on page 66)(Continued from page 62)

Josh Copeland. Dale Travis has been promoted to managing partner, and Sean Dorminy and Sarah Murray have moved up to account supervisors.

Kolar (formerly r.j. kolar) in Austin has recruited creative director Cindy Goldman, a former principal of ad firm Walsh and Co., Austin. Robert Johnson, formerly of The Richards Group, has been appointed senior art director.

Fort Worth agency Stuart Bacon has promoted Rusty Looney to account executive.

Marc Stone has progressed to editor at Post Op Inc., Dallas.

Bill Reardon is the principal of Advanced Communications Services, a new Dallas shop focusing on manufacturing, high-tech and midsize retail clients.

Dena Biase has joined WarrenCordes+ as public relations account coordinator. Margaret Munro has arrived at the Austin firm as accountant and office manager.

Charlieuniformtango, Dallas, has appointed Jim Eberle to head up its new Smoke*/Flame* special effects suite. Eberle has recently been working as a freelance compositor in Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Christopher O’Connell has been promoted to the post of director of marketing communications at Regnier, Valdez & Associates, San Antonio.

Edward Ritenour, a former account director at Dallas-based Gleason/Calise & Associates, has been named marketing director for The Shops at Willow Bend development, Plano.

David Lerch has joined Axiom Design Group, Houston, as associate creative director. Lerch was most recently multimedia creative director at Pennebaker Design.

Pennino and Partners, Houston, has several new staffers. Melanie Guthrie has become a senior account supervisor in Austin. Amber White, formerly with Enron, has joined as account supervisor. Nathan Guitrau and Tim Loecker have been added as interns. Lacy Attuso has been promoted to account executive.

Pennebaker.LMC, Houston has added four new staff members. Graphic designers Halina Dodd and Neil Brown hail from Poland and England, respectively. Juan Luis Galeazzi, a native of Mexico City, has joined the agency as a multimedia developer. Andra Rigsby, another British transplant, joins the staff as a marketing associate and copywriter.