New hire at Red Sky

Red Sky recently announced that Sean Olson joined their team as a Content Strategist:

Sean previously held the role of Content Marketing Manager at Agri Beef, and was a reporter at the Idaho Business Review prior to that. He’s a graduate of the University of Idaho.

New hires at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group kicked off the new year with two new additions to their team — Adie Bartron and Mitch Kuhn:

Adie Bartron

Adie Bartron joins Stoltz as a Senior Account Manager. She previously spent the past eight years with Oliver Russell, and has worked on projects for a wide range of clients such as the Smithsonian, Nature Valley, HP, and The National Recreation and Parks Association. Adie is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in advertising.

Mitch Kuhn

Mitch Kuhn joins Stoltz as a Senior Art Director. He was most recently a visual designer at Healthwise, and also spent several years as a designer and art director at agencies in Eugene, Oregon and Boise, respectively.

Cannes Lions Viewing Party presented by NCM and BAF

This Thursday, January 24th, the Boise Advertising Federation and National CineMedia are presenting a Cannes Lions viewing party at the Northgate Reel Theatre, followed by a BAFter Hours even at The Barley Pub:

BAF Cannes Lions event

On Jan. 24th, you’re invited to a movie premier and a mixer. Scope out the best-of-the-best ads in the world on the big screen at Northgate Reel Theater. Then join us for a BAFter Hours drink and chat sesh at Barley Pub next door.

You’ll be inspired by jaw-dropping, internationally-celebrated advertising—and get a chance to meet the crew from National CineMedia, our presenting partner that’s bringing Cannes to Boise.

Win a big prize, too. Enter in to win a FREE full-sized director’s chair with YOUR NAME on it (literally embroidered in).

There’s also a $3 popcorn + soda deal during the film, and more rated-R drinks after.

When: Thu. Jan. 24th
What time: 4:30 pm for Cannes viewing | ~6 pm for BAFter Hours
Where: Northgate Reel Theater for Cannes viewing | Barley Pub for BAFter Hours
How much: $5 for BAF members, $8 for non-members

From the “Things we missed in 2018” file

While reading CLM’s 2018 reflections, something caught our eye we hadn’t noticed: Early in 2018, Brad Surkamer bought CLM back from Ivie & Associates, which had previously acquired CLM in 2015.

2018 kicked off with Brad buying back the company from the Ivie family. Our time with Ivie was good in providing new experiences and perspectives, but we are thankful for Brad’s desire to focus on CLM and our team and clients. The move breathed a new life back into CLM. We spent time contemplating and developing CLM 3.0, CLM’s strategy for the future, and with that came a new mission, vision and set of values for the company.

The return to local control and decision-making marked the next chapter for the agency, whose roots date back to 1980.

While it appears that CLM still maintains a working relationship with Ivie & Associates, this move also seems to coincide with Quad Graphics’ acquisition of Ivie in 2018.

Call for entries: IFAF Gem Awards

Who killed it in 2018? That’s what the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation wants to know. And it’s also why they’ve issued a call for entries for the Gem Awards.

The Gem Awards recognize outstanding creative throughout eastern Idaho, and all Diamond and Star Garnet award-winning work is automatically forwarded for consideration to the Idaho Advertising Federation’s Rockie Awards.

Full details about the awards and how to enter can be found here.

Job openings at SOVRN

SOVRN is looking to grow their team again, and has two new openings they recently posted on their site:

Art Director

We are seeking an art director with excellent design chops who can also provide clear direction without losing sight of project goals. We want an art director that can work with and mentor our designers, animators, videographers and other creatives to lead and unify a creative vision and deliver campaigns that are as impactful as they are thoughtful. To mesh with our team at SOVRN, you’ll need to be able to communicate a vision to the team, provide clear direction and feedback, and listen to client requests to determine how to best incorporate feedback.

As an art director, your responsibility lies in leading and maintaining the creative vision for a project or campaign and helping the team produce that vision. You can expect eager team members to support and enhance your vision, as well as simple and effective processes to help you maintain deadlines and deliverables.


Graphic Designer

We are seeking a talented graphic designer that is looking to create work that makes an impact. We want a talented designer that pushes creative boundaries and delivers appropriate, unique and rich design for a range of work in print and digital mediums. You’ll get great direction and support from the project teams to help you achieve your best work. To fit in at SOVRN, you’ll need to be able to work well with others, which includes having the confidence to stand behind your work and receive constructive feedback.


Full details about both positions — including how to apply — can be found on SOVRN’s website.

An abrupt reversal

In October we wrote about the news of Chad Rea joining Oliver Russell as its new creative director. Well, it appears there’s been an about-face on that front recently.

Chad posted an update on LinkedIn that he would not be moving to Boise, but rather will remain in Austin, Texas.

You can read his full post here: Tomorrow, I’m starting with a clean slate.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like the fit may not have been there, on either side. And as is the case with any shop, the fit and the culture is just as, if not more important, than the job function itself.

To those in advertising

Last summer, Muse by Clio launched, with Tim Nudd at the helm as editor in chief. For those with long memories, you may also recognize Tim’s name from his years with Adweek.

One of their early guest essays also proved to be among the most popular of the year. For those who haven’t read it, I encourage you to take a few minutes to do so:

To Those in Advertising: Yes, We Are Curing Cancer Here

Why what we do matters

And after you’re done, be sure to sign up for the Museletter, their daily email. It’s a good read each weekday morning.