VMLY&R named AOR for YMCA, will staff up

2+ The “Y” in VMLY&R has more value tonight. The Chicago office, whose headquarters is in Kansas City, has been named “Agency of Record” for The YMCA. The agency scored the win after a competitive pitch for the business, making it the second win in two days. Woot. Woot. In its new role, VMLY&R will … Continue reading “VMLY&R named AOR for YMCA, will staff up”

AKA NYC works out with YMCA to launch #WeAreY

3+ The YMCA of Greater New York today announced the launch of its first-ever brand campaign called “#WeAreY.” Launched December 26, 2019, the 360-degree, integrated campaign projects a joyful celebration of individual and community achievement, while also representing the energetic and vibrant culture of the modern YMCA of Greater New York. The brand worked with … Continue reading “AKA NYC works out with YMCA to launch #WeAreY”

YMCA dives back into the community with new campaign from Droga5

3+ I love the Y. When I used to live in Barrington IL, most mornings — except the god-awful ones that started at 80 below — began with a 5:30 AM trip to the YMCA, which was right down the street from my house. My daughter Max, was on the Y’s gymnastics team all through … Continue reading “YMCA dives back into the community with new campaign from Droga5”

Lisa Tanner joins David&Goliath as new Managing Director for Kia

1+ David Angelo, Founder & Chairman of integrated creative agency David&Goliath  announces appointment of Lisa Tanner as Managing Director. Reporting to D&G’s President, Yumi Prentice, Tanner’s primary responsibilities on the management team will be to lead the overall Kia business and integrated efforts with all partner agencies.  “Lisa’s impressive experience and expertise in the industry, whether … Continue reading “Lisa Tanner joins David&Goliath as new Managing Director for Kia”

Comedian and actor Fred Willard passes away at 86

2+ He was Michael Scott decades before there was a Michael Scott. For those of us eagerly awaiting Netflix’s new series Space Force its release this month will be bittersweet. Comedian Fred Willard will appear posthumously in the series starring Steve Carell. Willard was 86. Willard’s passing was announced Friday, May 15th. He leaves behind a … Continue reading “Comedian and actor Fred Willard passes away at 86”

Noel Cottrell joins VMLY&R as Chief Creative Officer

2+ VMLY&R has announced the appointment of Noel Cottrell as its Chief Creative Officer for Kansas City. In his new role, Noel will lead the office’s creative department, and report to Co-Chief Creative Officer of North America John Godsey. A key focus for Noel will be on the continued development of world-class creative work for … Continue reading “Noel Cottrell joins VMLY&R as Chief Creative Officer”

LeBron James, Lyft plan to lyft up Chicago w/bikeshare

2+ Nearly 4.5 million Americans don’t have easy access to affordable, reliable transportation. This reality can be hardest for young people according to a Lyft press release. Now the rideshare company has announced a new partnership with LA Laker, LeBron James to bring a bike share program to New York, the Bay area and Chicago. … Continue reading “LeBron James, Lyft plan to lyft up Chicago w/bikeshare”

Robinson and Poo join LA’s Cartel

2+ The LA-based editorial and post-production house, Cartel, has added commercial, documentary and VR firepower by bringing on Adam Robinson as Partner/Editor and Ting Poo as editor. “Adam and Ting are respected and distinguished editors, as well as being wonderful people. They’re a natural fit for our company,” said founding partner, Andy McGraw. “The timing … Continue reading “Robinson and Poo join LA’s Cartel”

President George H.W. Bush passes at 94

3+ CAVU. According to CNN reporter Jamie Gangel, this was the code word that the Bush family used to let each other know that their patriarch and 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush had finally passed away. CAVU means, “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.” According to the reporter who appeared on Don … Continue reading “President George H.W. Bush passes at 94”

Carol H Williams exec Britton Gibson honored by Polished Pebbles

5+ It’s always great to see people I know from my Chicago family get recognized for the good things they do. Great if it’s in advertising or film. Even better, if it’s something for the community. The last few issues of The Reel have covered what many ad agencies and post production companies are doing … Continue reading “Carol H Williams exec Britton Gibson honored by Polished Pebbles”

Social media manager Shari Williams crushes job search

When you live in a world where you are overwhelmed and inundated with countless job search sites and a constant deluge of advice on everything from how to get a job to how to update your resume, how do you make yourself stand out in a creative way?

If you’re like Burrell Freelance Social Media Manager and Content Creator, Shari Neal Williams, you do what you do best — create a love letter, in the form of a website and social content, to that agency.

On March 8, Neal Williams launched the website, “Shari Loves Burrell,” a culmination of her crush that started back in 2006.