From Weapons To Advertising

Senior managers at Ingalls Advertising last week treated boss Bink Garrison to a luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he was surprised with an all-expenses-paid trip to London for him and his family.
The occasion: Garrison’s 20th year at the Boston shop, the only agency he has ever worked for.
The chairman and chief executive officer began his ad career as a copywriter at Quinn & Johnson in 1977.
Two years later, he was named creative director.
In 1982, Garrison was promoted to president and chief executive officer. He spearheaded the 1986 merger of Quinn & Johnson/BBDO with Ingalls Associates to form Ingalls, Quinn
& Johnson that resulted in a period of turbulence marked by account shifts and management turnover. In 1989, he completed a leveraged buyout of the shop from the Omnicom Group.
Garrison is a Princeton graduate and an ROTC student. Before he got into advertising, he was a nuclear weapons officer in the U.S. Navy. -David Gianatasio