Stein Exits Dailey

Veteran creative director John Stein has parted ways with Dailey & Associates and is considering reviving the small creative boutique he disbanded when he signed on with the West Hollywood, Calif., agency.

Stein joined Dailey two years ago, and left the shop last week due to “creative differences” with management.

Cliff Einstein, chairman and creative director, declined to discuss the details surrounding Stein’s departure. “Things didn’t work out here for John,” said Einstein. “But he is a great guy, and we wish him well.”

While his immediate plans are up in the air, Stein said he may reopen his old shop, Band of Gypsies. That outfit, which was based in Pacific Palisades, Calif., was open for three years and handled creative work for a number of high-profile clients, including Hardee’s and EarthLink.

Prior to Band of Gypsies, Stein worked at a number of shops during his 25-year career. His experience includes twice heading major West Coast agencies. In addition to Stein Robaire Helm, which he formed with fellow TBWA\Chiat\Day alumni Jean Robaire and Greg Helm, he was a principal at Kresser Stein Robaire.

Stein joined Dailey in June 1999 along with Pat Robertson, who was tapped as a strategic planning consultant. She and Stein had created a business partnership in late 1997 to work on several accounts and shared an office in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

While Stein remains enthusiastic about the creative end of the business, he said he has never seen the industry in such a state of flux. “There is not a day that goes by that at least three people don’t call me wondering what the future looks like,” he said.