After 26 years of mostly ups (and one very tough down of late), Denver’s well-respected McClain Finlon is changing ownership as announced today. Paul Leroue, current President of the agency, will become primary owner. He acquired the agency from Cathey McClain Finlon. The agency will continue as McClain Finlon and the ownership change is a friendly internal transition. Leroue will become CEO in addition to his responsibilities as President. Cathey Finlon will be an investor in the firm and chair of the board.
A few select quotes from the release:
“My vision for McClain Finlon from the very start was to build a 50 year business from a Denver base,” said Cathey Finlon, CEO of the firm. With 24 years to go and maybe more, the 62 year old Finlon said, “We’ve built a great legacy for the future. And now it is time to turn the reins over to a new leader.”
“We will continue the business approaches which have made McClain Finlon strong, ” said Leroue. “Cathey has done a great job running this organization for a long time. My goal is to carry on her legacy.”
If there’s one key item we’ve learned in all our years in the biz, it’s to leave certain aspects of the biz to the experts. This includes, but is not limited to: photography, illustration, copywriting, art direction, design, programming, voice-over and most importantly of all, pay attention to this one people, FILMPRODUCTION.
Unless you’re some kind of super-genius like Fallon’s Juan Cabral, stay away from the camera. Stay away from the stage. Stay away from casting. Stay away from the actors. Stay away from directing. Stay away, Goddamnit, stay far away. Unless you’ve got the experts to help guide you. If not, and mark our words here, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up with something like this created by Denver interactive firm, Faction Media.
For all of those who poo pooed Cypher13’s Soft&Furry™ logo contest last week here and here, the results from week one of the contest we’re pretty darn admirable – both in terms of design and the number of submission – 85 in total. The winner of week one was Ivan Pashenko. Still plenty of time to get in on this thing if you’ve changed your tune.
Zappos.com, one of the largest online shoe companies, is launching an interesting approach to maintaining a culture of passionate and driven employees.
All employees are offered a $1500 incentive for quitting their job, regardless of the reasons. If you are unsatisfied at Zappos, the $1500 will help keep you afloat while you find something more fitting, and if you stay, you are basically telling Zappos that you want to be there, and thus foregoing the $1500 incentive.
Boulder’s getting all worked up over new employee transportation for CP+B employees. Good stuff here from the Daily Camera.
The “Disruptive Thinker Transport,” a 25-passenger bus draped in drab gray and black lines, fake bullet holes, a nondescript company logo and a certain dark sense of humor, is raising eyebrows across the city.
The 1999 Bluebird biodiesel-converted vehicle, which last month began making rounds to employee pickup and drop-off locations throughout the city, has led curious passers-by to call Boulder police asking what the bus is all about.
One Camera reader commented in an e-mail that the bus is “vaguely militaristic” in its appearance and a little disconcerting.
Alex Bogusky, co-chairman of the Miami-based company, said that’s exactly what he was going for.
“It’s designed to look like a prison bus,” Bogusky said. “I didn’t want it to look like regular public transportation.”
The competition’s getting thick out there for good design gigs. Here’s what those people who are much smarter than us are doing to impress interviewees across the table. This video was projected on the guy’s t-shirt (Beau Bergeron) while he met with Ideo. Beyond that, thousands of potential employers are now seeing the piece across the world via YouTube. Making you rethink your resume?