Flapping In The LoDo Wind

I left Denver in August 2003, and while I’m in touch with a few friends who work in the business there, I’m pretty much out of the loop. Which is one reason I enjoy reading The Denver Egotist.
Here’s something The Egotist posted today that has me scratching my chin.

McClain Finlon had another round of layoffs, with pretty much everyone not connected to an existing account receiving paid severance. The head count is around 20.

I’m not sure what to make of this assertion. Just two weeks ago, Denver Business Journal, reported that the agency had 158 staffers.
What’s not in question is the fact that McClain Finlon lost marquis account Qwest Communications to DraftFCB last winter.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. 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. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. There are around 30 employees left at McClain Finlon to-date, down from about 200 before Qwest set sail for Chicago. The Denver Business Journal’s numbers were incorrectly stated. Overall, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs for one of Denver’s most substantial shops.

  2. Thanks TDE,
    It is a precipitous fall. One that can happen anywhere at any time, which is a great reminder to be humble and kind.