Sells/Clark in Little Rock hired Kelly Poirier as senior art director. Previously, Poirier worked as supervisor of creative services at Alltel in Little Rock. Sells/Clark also added Megan Griggs as account executive in its Fayetteville office. Griggs joins from The Goggans Agency in Fayetteville, where she held the same post.


Jon Dupuis was promoted to management supervisor at NYCA in Encinitas. He will oversee accounts that include TaylorMade Golf, Maxfli golf balls, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Dupuis formerly was an account supervisor.


Merge tapped Jeffrey Jones as creative director. He will help the Atlanta shop expand its interactive practice. Jones’ résumé includes stops at Turner Networks and Elemental in Atlanta.


Interactive-marketing firm Firefly in Honolulu hired Wade Lance, previously an interactive art director and designer at Thunderbolt Creative, as an interactive designer on the Aloha Airlines, Ala Moana Center, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii, Starwood Hotels and Resorts French Polynesia and State Farm Insurance accounts. Allen Galiza, former lead technical architect at Commpac Interactive, joined Firefly as a Web programmer on Aloha Airlines, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Iolani School and Starwood Hotels. The company also added Bernice Arcenas, previously with and Localvibe Internet Technologies, as a project manager for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii, and Sabrina Velazquez, formerly with Ostrander-Chu, as a project coordinator.


The Laidlaw Group, an independent marketing shop in Boston, hired Craig Hill as a designer. Hill previously was a freelancer in the Philadelphia area following his graduation from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

Tom Bain and Jessica Lappen joined public relations shop Schneider & Associates in Boston as senior account executive and assistant account executive, respectively. Bain works in Schneider’s corporate-communications group and Lappen in its consumer unit. Bain will help service accounts such as Automation Partnership and Brookwood Financial Partners. He arrives from The Link Agency in Providence, R.I., where he was media relations manager. Lappen’s account responsibilities include Honey Dew Donuts and Subway.

Travis Small was named a senior account executive at Captains of Industry. He will work on the Watertown agency’s Whatman account. Prior to joining the independent shop, Small worked as a consultant. He also has held account-management posts at Boston’s ISM, a travel-marketing shop.


Antares Information Technologies, a marketing and communications firm in Hauppauge, hired Robert Schildkraut as chief financial officer. Schildkraut has more than 20 years of financial management and operations experience at small- and middle- market private and public companies. Prior to joining Antares, he served as vice president of operations at IntraSource/PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portland, Ore., and Virtual Growth in New York and South Carolina.

Kevin Joy launched Joy Productions, a music-production company in midtown Manhattan. Joy previously spent eight years as co-founder and president of Rocket Music. He has won Clio, Addy, Mobius and Cannes gold Lion awards for his work as a composer, producer and advertising executive. Joy is working on spots for Ford, Wyeth and Sherwin Williams.


Wray Ward Laseter hired two staffers. Brent Dunn joins the Charlotte shop as applications engineer. Previously, he worked as senior Web developer for crosstown companies Corporate Creative and Axiom Creative Group. David Haire, a designer, comes to the agency from Peter McRae Design in Charlotte.


CMD in Portland named Jeff Helm an account executive in the promotion marketing department and Daniel Getachew an account and media coordinator for the Jeld-Wen account. Helm formerly worked at KPAM radio and Pamplin Communications as an account executive. Getachew previously was employed at Nerve and Studio Riley as a freelance brand strategy researcher for the Portland Trail Blazers.


Jeff Hoffman was promoted to account executive at Erwin-Penland. The former junior account executive will manage business-to-business advertising for the Greenville shop’s Verizon Wireless account.


Dallas-based Imaginuity Interactive appointed Tim Langford creative director. Prior to joining the shop, Langford was an associate creative director at WongDoody in Dallas. Imaginuity also hired Dax Davis as senior vice president. Davis arrives from Benefit Delivery Solutions in Dallas, where he was CEO and chief operating officer.

Michael & Partners named Lauren Gall an account executive. A recent graduate of the University of North Texas at Denton, Gall was an intern with the Dallas shop as a student.

Baltimore-based Vertis appointed Christopher Farrell director of creative services at its Dallas studio, Zoom180. He will oversee the daily operations and development of the studio’s creative product. Farrell previously was a graphic designer at the Graphics Group in Atlanta.


Four staffers were elevated to new posts at The Martin Agency. Kerry Berkbigler, associate producer, has been with the Richmond shop for two years. Carrie Bird, account coordinator, joined the agency in 2000 and works on its UPS account. Todd Brusnighan, associate planner, has been with Martin since 2000. Steve Carter, media planning supervisor, joined the shop in 1999 and works on its UPS and Nick at Nite/TV Land accounts.


Publicis in the West in Seattle hired Eric Cosper and Simeon Roane as associate creative directors on the T-Mobile account. Cosper, an art director, has spent the last five years at Fallon in New York and Minneapolis, where he worked on Miller Light, Citibank, Lee Jeans, Starbucks and, most recently, Virgin Mobile. Roane previously was with 180 in Amsterdam, where he worked on Adidas. Prior to that, he worked on Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok at Berlin, Cameron & Partners in New York.

Copacino + Fujikado in Seattle added Qwyn Schremser as an executive assistant. Schremser, a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, previously held internships at KING TV, and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.