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We reported last week on Brains On Fire’s effort to help Gulf Coast agency staff relocate temporarily to Greenville, SC.
Now Adweek reports, Trumpet’s 32 employees were celebrating the agency’s eighth anniversary just two nights before Katrina rolled ashore. Co-founder Robbie Vitrano said that all 32 employees are safe. Vitrano and about 10 other employees are working in Atlanta, home of clients Cox Communications and Turner Home Entertainment. Vitrano told The New York Times that he would accept an offer of office space from Atlanta’s Blattner Brunner/SRC, formerly Sawyer Riley Compton.
Ernie Schenck relays Vitrano’s suggestion (via Sally Hogshead) for the ad community. He wants agencies to create local campaigns in any media that will “Rally the resolve and ingenuity of over 1 million displaced New Orleanians AND their support system of 260 million Americans and billions more around the world.”
I guess it’s safe to say, not all ad people are hearltess megalomaniacs.
Open Hearts Open Doors
I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.