Drake Cooper has added to Andrew Piron’s title

Andrew PironLast month, Drake Cooper announced that Andrew Piron has been named President and Chief Operating Officer. He’ll lead Drake Cooper’s team of employees in both the Boise and Seattle offices, with responsibility for management and operations, and will report directly to the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Cooper.

Piron, who joined Drake Cooper in 2016 as COO, picks up the addition to his title from Jamie Cooper, who now serves solely as CEO. Cooper will focus on leading the agency’s vision for creativity and innovation, as well as continuing to be a key advisor and strategist for the agency’s clients.

The leadership exodus continues

On a national level, at least.

Last week, we came across two separate stories via Adweek about senior-level departures. At Young & Rubicam, global strategy officer Sandy Thompson and North America chief strategy officer Dick de Lange are both leaving the agency. Meanwhile, at George P. Johnson, president Denise Wong is leaving — rather unexpectedly it seems — to pursue “another opportunity.”

More recently, Ian Schafer, founder & former CEO of Deep Focus and Chief Experience Officer at Engine USA, announced that he’s  stepping away from that role at the end of the year, with an eye on “something(s) new.”

While turnover and staff departures — even at the senior level — are nothing new in the agency business (much of its growth has happened that way), it seems that these days the “new opportunities” no longer involve starting up or joining a new agency. Rather, the destinations appear more likely to be outside of the agency business altogether — either moving to client-side roles, consulting firms, tech startups, etc.

It’s not the first time the talent pendulum has swung away from the agency side, and it certainly won’t be the last. The question remains, however — is the exodus of talent getting worse each time around, or are we just more aware of it?

Something to ponder.

7th Annual Blanket & Donation Drive

For those who may not know, each year, Foerstel holds an annual blanket and donation drive in late-November / early-December. And this year is no exception.

With the temperatures dropping to low temps at night…it reminds us of the very reason that we started this drive seven years ago.

Foerstel annual blanket driveIt was a late night for a few of us leaving the office when we were walking to our cars and talking about going home to our dinners and our warm homes. That’s when we looked over to a group of people huddled under the connector trying desperately to stay warm. Then our conversation changed to going home and finding blankets from our closets to bring back for these people.

Since then, we have asked our kind, generous community to help out by just bringing in blankets. They can be gently used from your own home or new. We will distribute blankets at the Homeless Memorial Service, a special time to remember the homeless who have passed away in 2017. The service will be held at Corpus Christi, on 12/21/17.

However, if you don’t have blankets…we are also asking for other needed items such as these:

  • New or Gently Used Blankets
  • Twin Size Sheets
  • Interlocking Foam Floor Mats for Kids
  • Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  • Coffee
  • Non-Dairy Creamer

DROP OFF:
Foerstel Design
249 S 16th St. Boise, ID
MON – FRI
NOV. 27 – DEC. 15
9AM – 5PM

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!

Job opening: Relationship Manager

Our friends over at Carew Co. have an opening for a Relationship Manager. From the job description they sent over recently:

Given that we are a small creative agency, the role is somewhat “loose” in the definition. This role included a little bit of everything, ranging from project coordinator to office manager to project coordinator. It involves primary support functions that increase efficiency, consistency, and agency success. As a small team, we all contribute to everything — the owner makes bank deposits and orders office supplies, our designers speak with clients and manages timelines, and we all fill gaps. Ultimately, this person is our “glue” that holds it all together.

Key Functions:

  • Responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the team and project workflow.
  • Responsible for maintaining and reporting status of assigned projects.
  • Support the internal team and manage ongoing relationships, including frequent direct contact and interaction with clients.
  • Support the purchasing and business office functions as needed.
  • Responsible for monitoring and assessing/projecting workflow management.
  • Ability to transition notes and interactions with clients into clearly articulated, actionable tasks for team members.
  • Calendar and schedule management for the team.
  • Act as a primary point of contact between clients and designers.
  • Demonstrate effective organization, prioritization, time management and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Additional duties as assigned by management

Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to work in a very fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Team leadership and ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Can adapt to frequently changing priorities.
  • Insanely organized.

Education/Experience:

  • No requirements for a degree.
  • Project management or agency experience a plus, but not required.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits package includes employer-paid downtown parking, year-end profit sharing, 10 days PTO annually, and a medical stipend included in your paycheck.

Please send your resume, cover letter, and any gifts to Paul@CarewCo.net. I look forward to hearing from you!