McKinney Is Free At Last

You can’t put a price on freedom, unless you’re an independent agency working to free yourself from the clutches of a holding company.
According to Ad Age, McKinney, the Durham, N.C.-based agency, is set to become an independent again, following a deal struck by agency management to re-acquire 100% interest from Havas, its French parent.
“This has been a very long-term interest of mine and our team here,” said Brad W. Brinegar, McKinney’s chairman-CEO, who joined the company in 2002.
Havas bought McKinney & Silver in 2001 from web consultancy MarchFirst for an estimated $30 million to $35 million. MarchFirst went belly up after the dot com bust.

About David Burn

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.