Agencies In Strange Places: 15th In A Series

Little Rock, Arkansas is home to Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, one of the largest and most established full-service communications firms in the Mid South.
According to the agency’s blog, Wayne Cranford and Jim Johnson opened the doors to their new agency in 1961. In 1989, Cranford Johnson Robinson merged with Shelby and Wayne Woods’ tourism marketing agency to form CJRW.
Keeping it in all the family, Wayne’s son Jay Cranford, joined the firm last fall as VP and Creative Director. He had been wth TBWA/Chiat/Day in Los Angeles.
“I was raised by an advertising executive and began my career in advertising immediately after graduating from college,” said Cranford. “However, this is the most exciting career opportunity for me both personally and professionally as I begin a new career at CJRW 46 years to the day that my father founded this agency.”
Sadly I don’t see much Chiat/Day in this sample of CJRW’s work:



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 at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.