Stefanides, Hampel Attract Former Clients, Staff

NEW YORK A little more than a month after opening a Cramer-Krasselt office here, sources said creative directors Dean Stefanides and Larry Hampel have siphoned off two accounts and three staffers from their former agency, Tucker Hampel Stefanides.

Art director Tom Kane and account supervisor Tony Graetzer, both stewards of the Steve Madden ad business, and Andrew Swank, account supervisor of Comcast’s trade advertising, have joined the new venture, bringing those clients with them, according to sources.

Sources estimated the Comcast account to be worth $2 million in billings, while Steve Madden spent about $4 million on ads last year, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

All told, about six staffers now handle advertising at Cramer-Krasselt/Hampel Stefanides and share space with CKPR, the Chicago-based agency’s New York public relations unit.

Stefanides and Hampel left what is now called The Tucker Partnership in mid-September to open the new office the last week of September. The facility will complement the $525 million network’s offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Orlando, Fla., according to C-K president Peter Krivkovich.

C-K’s client list includes Corona beer, Hyatt Hotels and Master Lock. Krivkovich has said he is hoping the New York outpost would help land more East Coast clients.