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AGENCY NEWS
WestfaliaSurge, Inc., selects Charleston|Orwig, Inc. to handle its industry public relations and strategic planning.

Charleston|Orwig will work to position WestfaliaSurge as the leading manufacturer of premier milking systems and dairy hygiene and supply products.

"We are excited to work with Charleston|Orwig," says Rob Kolb, VP of Marketing-America's Region, for WestfaliaSurge. "The Charleston|Orwig team has the necessary experience and strategic approach to marketing and public relations. We look forward to combining our talents to provide further benefits to our customers and the dairy industry in general."

Osborn & Barr Canada hires Melain LaBelle as Managing Dir.

LaBelle has held senior account management positions with Canadian and International marketing communication firms for more than 20 years.

Ron Taylor joins as VP/Dir of Business Development Canada.

Doreen McFarlan is named Acc't Dir. She will oversee the account management of Osborn & Barr's Canadian clients serviced from the Guelph and Winnipeg offices.

Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications (R&K) hosts eight students for the third year from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) as part of Groundhog Job Shadowing Week.

"Helping prepare tomorrow's leaders means taking time today to show the opportunities while encouraging them to stay in school and develop their skills," says Steve Rhea, Pres/CEO of Rhea & Kaiser and a CHSAS advisory board member.

R&K also has also provided professional development opportunities for students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Illinois Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and the National FFA Organization.

Valent BioSciences Corporation, Libertyville, IL, names The Meyocks Group as its agency of record for marketing communications. The agency will continue to handle corporate communications responsibilities for the company.

"As a global leader in the commercialization of biorational products, Valent BioSciences is working to build this overall category and differentiate our product line around the world," says Mike Donaldson, Pres of Valent BioSciences. "The Meyocks Group is well-suited to help us achieve these objectives."

Swanson Russell Associates (SRA), Lincoln, NE, promotes Robin Barrett to Media Buyer.

Cindi Coulter is promoted to AssocArt Dir where she will develop advertising concepts and supervise SRA's production designers.

Tony Sattler joins SRA's Interactive Dept as an Interactive Acc't Mgr. He was previously with Smith, Kaplan, Allen and Reynolds Advertising in Omaha as an Acc't Exec.

Shannon Wall joins SRA as an Assoc Interactive Designer. Prior to joining SRA she was a designer with Envoy Inc. of Omaha.

Heather Schulte joins as an Associate Interactive Designer. Previously she was with MeyerPolleck Advertising and Public Relations in Quincy, IL.

Colle+McVoy, Inc. hires Davis Jones as Contact Planner. Prior to joining Colle+McVoy, Jones was with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, where he was a media analyst for Saturn Automotive.

Melissa Pappas joins the agency as an Assoc Contact Planner where she will work on accounts such as Erbert & Gerbert's, Novartis, Nestlé Purina and CHS.

The Hondo Group, Fort Worth, TX, joins the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Panhandle Slim (western wear) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in celebrating "Stock Show Goes Pink." The event honors all breast cancer survivors and supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

All breast cancer survivors registered with the foundation had the opportunity to receive free rodeo or grounds admission tickets from the Stock Show. In addition, the Komen Foundation hosted the Pink Ribbon Round Up for survivors and their families and friends. The Stock Show donated 50% of the day's Rodeo and general admission ticket sales to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Nicola Freeman joins the Paulsen Public Relations team as PR Coordinator/Writer.

Prior to joining Paulsen PR, Freeman was Coordinator of Media Relations for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

Betsy Francoeur joins Bader Rutter & Associates as an Acc't Exec in the agency's Public Relations Group.

Prior to joining the agency, Francoeur was Mktg Comms Mgr for Landmark Services Cooperative.

The National Cottonseed Products Association, Inc., Cordova, TN, selects Harvest PR & Marketing, Inc., Portland, OR, as its public relations agency of record.

Harvest PR will develop and execute a public relations campaign to raise the visibility of and demand for cottonseed oil as a healthy vegetable oil.

Phil Gayter joins Nicholson Kovac, Inc., as Dir of Creative Services.

Gayters 30 years of agency experience includes positions with Leo Burnett in London and Chicago and Euro RSCG McConnaughy Tatham in Chicago, in addition to owning his own agency.

Dick Damrow, founder of Contract Marketing Resources, purchases interest in the Cedar Rapids, IA-based creative service firm North 40.

North 40 will serve as an outsource partner for both in-house marketing departments and advertising agencies. Co-founders Gerard Estella and Jake Vande Weerd will continue to collaborate on event marketing and creative services.

Muna Matthews also takes an equity position in North 40 as Dir of Creative Content.

Damrow will continue as Managing Member of Contract Marketing Resources, LLC, a Cedar Rapids based general contractor of marketing services with clients in six states.


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