Sells Taps Successors

By Steve Krajewski

DALLAS–In a precursor to the planned sale of his small Little Rock, Ark., agency later this year, Sells & Associates founder and chief executive officer Bob Sells has promoted two senior executives.

Taking on day-to-day operations of the agency, along with new titles, are president Mike Sells (no relation to the shop’s founder) and executive vice president Brian Clark. Sells was previously vice president of advertising; Clark had been vice president of client services.

S&A, founded six years ago, has capitalized billings of $5-6 million.

Bob Sells, who spent 28 years in Southwestern Bell’s public relations department before opening his shop, said he plans to sell the agency to the new management team at the end of the year. He will continue handling public relations activities for agency clients.

Neither party would disclose financial terms of the sale.

‘We’ve come to the agreement that I’ll work here handling public relations as long as I can, and they promise to tell me when I’m becoming ineffective,’ Sells joked. ‘But I don’t think it’ll come to that.’

Mike Sells came to Sells & Associates three years ago after two stints with Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, also in Little Rock. His last post at Cranford was associate director of account services. He also was marketing officer for First Commercial Bank in Little Rock for two years.

Clark also worked at Cranford and served as account supervisor and managing partner with Peter A. Mayer in New Orleans, where he worked on the Louisiana Office of Tourism business.

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