Did You Know That CMD Is Portland’s Largest Integrated Marketing Firm?

CMD is a Portland stalwart. The shop opened its doors in 1978 as a provider of slide shows and filmstrips for business meetings and other corporate presentations. Today, the agency is one of the largest in Stump Town, employing more than 170 people and pulling in millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Interestingly, CMD is owned by Jeld-Wen, a manufacturer of windows and doors, and one of Oregon’s largest and most well-known companies (which recently moved its headquarters from Klamath Falls, to Charlotte, NC). Here’s a sample of their work:

Today, CMD has new leadership in Darren Rankin. During his tenure leading teams at IMG (the world’s top sports agency), and most recently locally with the Portland Classic LPGA event, Rankin crafted integrated marketing programs for some of the nation’s biggest brands. Rankin’s love of competition dates back to his days at Harvard where he captained the basketball team. He also played professional basketball overseas for two years before shifting his focus to marketing full-time.

“CMD is one of the largest marketing firms in the region, but a lot of potential clients are not familiar with our work,” Rankin said.

“We are going to be more aggressive about sharing the incredible work our teams are doing and the outstanding results our clients enjoy. We’re also very excited about the potential opportunity present in the Portland market, due to its position as home to the burgeoning sports apparel industry, the thriving tech space and flourishing creative market,” said Rankin.

Rankin is right to point out that CMD is an agency with a deep bench. “We’re talking professionals with 15 or 20 years of tenure in the building. That kind of longevity for team members and clients not only speaks to the consistent quality of work we’re delivering and deep relationships we’ve developed with our clients but also the environment that’s been created here.”

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 now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.