Double WD Honors

WONGDOODY won Silver in the Agency of the Year 75-100 Employees category in Advertising Age’s 2017 Small Agency Awards competiton.

Principal Tracy Wong said, “The award is special because the editors of Ad Age take into account many things: financial performance, innovation, social initiatives, account wins, new personnel and culture—besides your body of work for the year, as represented by your top three campaigns… (and) you’re competing against dozens, if not hundreds of agencies, many of whom could be having spectacular years. We won this outright three years ago, so to be here again nationally makes me proud of the entire agency…” (Above is a frame from WD’s award-winning Amazon Echo spot in this year’s Super Bowl commercials.)

In its writeup, Ad Age cited the fact that WD revenues were $31.8 million in 2016, up more than 15% from a year earlier, boosted by a more integrated in-house production unit. The McGarrah Jessee agency of Austin, TX won Gold in the category.

Also, Wong was selected as one of the 4A’s “100 People Who Make Advertising Great” in the U.S. They’re being profiled in batches of 25 in the current issues of AdWeek.

JayRay has announced two new hires: Ryan Millard, who comes to the agency from a post as marketing communications manager for Oki Golf. and Florin Mehedinti, who will serve as a senior developer. to help clients improved their digital presence and market more effectively online. He comes to the Tacoma-based agency from Lynden Inc…Woodinville-based  global merchandise agency BDA has hired Doug Stubsten as corporate controller. He has held similar positions at both Intermec and FUJIFILM… Kevin Burris has joined Craters of the Moon as associate creative director and senior writer. He has been creating award-winning campaigns for more than 25 years for a list of blue-ribbon clients like Nintendo of North America, the Seattle Seahawks, The Seattle Times and Honda.   

Bullseye Creative has won the  Kitsap Bank advertising acount  after a review involving 13 agencies. Kitsap Bank CMO Shannon Childs said, “With Bullseye, we sensed a certain synergy from the very first communications. Besides having excellent creative and design abilities, they listened, engaged our people and gave equal importance to each of us….” Bullseye will be helping Kitsap Bank with a year-long brand refresh, leading to its 110th Anniversary on Aug. 8, 2018…

Mark Timothy Dickson, owner of TriFilm, died on Aug. 16 at age 59. His close friend, Craters of the Moon owner Kevin Nolan, passed along this Facebook posting from the TriFilm staff:

“On Wednesday of this week, TriFilm lost our friend and our founder – Mark Dickison. Mark was diagnosed with cancer in June of this year – and while he had just started his fight under the best of care, the disease spread too quickly and took him from us much too soon.

“To his friends and family he was known as ‘Magic Mark’ – a moniker he earned after making a number of appearances as a magician on Seattle’s long running children’s television show JP Patches. But to us, it was more than a nickname – it represented his desire to entertain, to tell stories that create a sense of mystery and wonder, and above all else – to bring a smile to the face of anyone he met.

“Mark started Trifilm more than 30 years ago with the goal of providing creative and entertainment services for forward thinking organizations. He grew our team into a family of employees and clients that spans Fortune 500 companies, successful tech startups, internationally recognized non-profits, schools, and local charitable foundations. His work has been enjoyed by, literally, millions – but his greatest joy came from getting those around him to laugh.

“The family will be holding a small private memorial service next week – and then there will be a larger community celebration of Mark’s life in mid-September. The date and location of that September event will be shared as we confirm details.

“All of us here at Trifilm are dedicated to keeping Mark’s legacy of laughter and creativity alive in the years to come. In the days ahead we’ll be working to capture the stories of a life well lived, and we welcome any photos or memories from those who had the chance to share in his love of life and adventure.

“We know Mark would want all of us to find a way to live life just a little bigger this weekend.”