Ivie & Associates acquires CLM Marketing and Advertising

Word got to us a few days ago, and was confirmed via a press release recently issued by Ivie, that Ivie & Associates has acquired CLM Marketing & Advertising in Boise.

A couple of excerpts from the release:

CLM, founded in 2003, is a strategic creative agency headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with expertise and capabilities expanding the variety of client verticals that the Ivie family of companies serve.

Ivie has grown considerably since it was founded 21 years ago. Through acquisitions and client portfolio expansion, Ivie has achieved 40 percent year-over-year growth for the past five years. In a continuing effort to provide world-class marketing services to its clients, Ivie is constantly seeking knowledge and expertise in new areas of marketing and advertising. CLM was a perfect fit for the Ivie family of companies.

Ivie & Associates is headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, and employs over 550 professionals throughout its U.S. and China offices.

Given that Ivie established a presence in Boise last fall, it will be interesting to see what—if anything—becomes of either local office.

Job Openings at Drake Cooper

Drake Cooper is adding to their team again, this time on the digital side. They have openings for a Junior Developer and Interactive Designer. A little more detail on each:

Junior Developer

We are looking for a Junior WordPress/PHP developer who is dedicated to their craft, writes code that they are proud of, and can hit the ground running. We need this person to write beautiful code in a timely and scalable way that improves the code-base of our products in meaningful ways. This person will be a part of a digital team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing development from the initial specification, through developing, testing and deployment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Write “clean,” well designed scalable code
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices

Interactive Designer

DESCRIPTION
We are looking for a talented Interactive Designer to create amazing user experiences. The ideal candidate should have an eye for clean and artful design, possess superior user interface design skills and be able to translate high-level requirements into interaction flows and artifacts, and transform them into beautiful, intuitive, and functional designs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Execute all visual design stages from concept to markup
  • Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design roadblocks
  • Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and site maps to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas
  • Present and defend designs and key milestone deliverables to peers and executive level stakeholders
  • Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards

Full details and how to apply can be found in the respective job descriptions.

Job Opening: PR Professional

Oliver Russell in Boise is looking to add a savvy PR professional to their team.

From the job posting on their website:

Our needs:

  • Senior-level experience in media relations—strategy development, program management and active pitching
  • Successful track record securing national coverage
  • Fluent in social media strategy and implementation
  • Conversant in PR and social media online tools and software, including measurement and reporting
  • Experience in corporate social responsibility
  • Established business editorial and blog contact
  • Experience with industry analyst relations
  • Strong writing skills across multiple media
  • Demonstrated personal involvement in social impact or nonprofit causes
  • Desire to work for a certified B Corp.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, changing environment
  • Agency experience helpful
  • Somewhere in the neighborhood of 10+ years’ experience desired, but not required—as we’re looking for the right person and often accomplishments and ability aren’t neatly packaged into a timeline

Full details and how to apply can be found on their website.

Backstage Pass Internship Program

Drake Cooper’s Backstage Pass internship program is back for the summer of 2015. From our friends at DC:

The Backstage Pass is the largest advertising internship in Idaho. Hundreds of resumes are submitted each and every year for the most competitive advertising internship in the state with only six interns being selected to become Drake Cooper-ites for an entire summer. We can teach you art, copy & code. You bring the ambition.

As a Backstage Pass Intern you will be working with a team to create strategic and creative work for real clients. You’ll get a taste of every aspect of advertising from some of the most talented folks around. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in a short amount of time. You’ll probably come away knowing whether advertising is your thing or if it’s time to join a Hanson Brothers tribute band (it’s certainly the more profitable career choice). You’re going to work your ass off, but we’re confident you’ll have a good time too. One thing is certain; our Backstage Pass Internship program will provide you with a line item for your growing resume that will be way more beneficial than “Agency Barista.”

Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Call for nominations: Silver Medal Award

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Silver Medal Award, presented annually by the Idaho Advertising Federation to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to advertising by furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and responsibilities in areas of social concern.

Call for Nominations: Silver Medal AwardPlease submit nominations on 8.5″ x 11″ pages outlining in detail the extent to which the Nominee has met or exceeded the Silver Medal Award Criteria by April 10th. You are encouraged to expand on the Nominee’s experience and contributions to such degree that judges will be fully informed. Please be advised that abbreviated nominations may be dismissed as insufficient to demonstrate a Nominee’s true qualifications.

Provide the Nominee’s name and company affiliation on a cover page with the contact information of the nominator, followed by all pertinent qualifications of the Nominee for consideration on subsequent pages.

You may submit nominations by email to Bob Rosenthal, Cumulus Media at bob.rosenthal@cumulus.com or mail nominations to:

Cumulus Media
Bob Rosenthal
1419 West Bannock
Boise, ID 83702

Advantage Advertising’s Chuck Christopher Supports University of Idaho’s JAMM Program

Excerpted from the University of Idaho’s Letter from the President, February 27, 2015.

Generous Gift Supports Award-winning JAMM Program

When Chuck Christopher ’84 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, he was prepared for success in his career. As a participant on the University of Idaho’s award-winning advertising team in the School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM), Chuck developed the skills and experience needed to become president of Advantage Advertising in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1987. “Being on the ad team gave me the precise experience to take into my career,” said Chuck. “The ad team prepares the best talent for success in the industry.” Chuck and his wife, Mindy, recently gave to the Advertising Team Endowment so that current Idaho students can prepare for their own future successes. The ad team, advised by JAMM faculty member Justin Barnes, has won the five-state regional competition for two years in a row.

DaviesMoore

Comings and goings at DaviesMoore


DaviesMoore
has been going through a growth spurt as of late. Here are some of their latest hires:

Ben Adams — Digital Media Planner / Buyer

Jessca Hellwinkel — Account Services Assistant

Erin Westendorf — Accounting & Billing Assistant

Lindsey Schultz — Office Manager

Dustin Jones — Web Developer

In addition to these new hires, DaviesMoore has also had a couple of notable promotions:

Tyler LaDouceur is now Account Services Manager. He’s been with DaviesMoore since 2007, and was most recently Digital Media Planner/Buyer & Media Buyer Senior Account Executive.

Tanya Vaughan has been promoted from Vice President of Digital to Chief Digital Officer, and is now a partner in the firm.

On the goings front, Isaac Squyres is no longer with DaviesMoore. According to his LinkedIn profile he left in November and has formed Squyres Strategic Communications.

And finally, after 33 years in the business, Jeff Nielsen retired at the end of 2014.