AbelsonTaylor EVP Jay Carter is this year’s Industry Person of the Year

Jay Carter, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of leading healthcare agency AbelsonTaylor, has been named Industry Person of the Year for 2022 by the editors of Med Ad News. He received the honor on April 21 at the 33rd Annual Manny Awards in New York City, the Oscars of the pharmaceutical marketing industry. … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor EVP Jay Carter is this year’s Industry Person of the Year”

AbelsonTaylor hires Jeremy Vannatta as VP, Account Director

AbelsonTaylor has hired Jeremy Vannatta, a marketing strategist with strong management and business-development experience in healthcare, as vice president and account director. Vannatta, who has worked in a broad range of therapeutic categories on both the agency and client sides, will lead a team supporting oncology brands handled by AbelsonTaylor. He will also play a … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Jeremy Vannatta as VP, Account Director”

AbelsonTaylor’s Tarah Sperando talks brands, trends and creative challenges

Tarah Sperando joined AbelsonTaylor in 2011, shortly after earning a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications from Chicago’s Columbia College. She started her career as a traditional copywriter before expanding into content strategy and finding her niche where creativity and strategy meet. Her work has been recognized with several professional awards, including PM360 Greatest Creators … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor’s Tarah Sperando talks brands, trends and creative challenges”

AbelsonTaylor promotes Ashley Hughes and Caroline Wolf to Account Director

AbelsonTaylor continues to reward outstanding leadership by promoting former associate account directors Ashley Hughes and Caroline Wolf to account director. Hughes will expand her deep credentials in dermatology by leading the account team for an anticipated 2022 launch of a new therapy for plaque psoriasis. Wolf will continue leading the team executing a comprehensive program … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor promotes Ashley Hughes and Caroline Wolf to Account Director”

AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted Beth Carik to senior vice president of human resources. She will lead all HR functions within the agency, including recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, and employee relations. She will also work closely with AbelsonTaylor’s director of diversity … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor elevates Beth Carik to Senior VP of Human Resources”

Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

AbelsonTaylor has appointed Yolanda Macias, a specialist in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), to the newly created position of director of diversity and inclusion. Macias will develop initiatives that promote and sustain DEI objectives across all levels of the agency, working in partnership with department directors, managers, and other key staff. She will also … Continue reading “Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion”

AbelsonTaylor promotes Dave Schafer to Director of Digital Production

AbelsonTaylor has promoted Dave Schafer to director of digital production and quality assurance. Working closely with the agency’s creative, account and project management groups, he will manage digital producers and quality assurance specialists to ensure AbelsonTaylor’s creative vision is realized in all digital tactics. Schafer reports to Christopher Mauck, senior director of interactive technology. “Dave’s … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor promotes Dave Schafer to Director of Digital Production”

Laura Paul promoted to senior account director at AbelsonTaylor

AbelsonTaylor has promoted Laura Paul to senior account director. She will play a lead role in launching a novel treatment for recurrent C-difficile in the expanding area of microbiome therapeutics. She will also continue as team leader on two established accounts. She reports to Eric Densmore, senior vice president, account director.    “Laura has contributed … Continue reading “Laura Paul promoted to senior account director at AbelsonTaylor”

AbelsonTaylor promotes Marissa Ori and Richard How to VP Creative

With continuing growth and strong business performance, AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted creative directors Marissa Ori and Richard How to vice president, creative director. Both report to Stephen Neale, executive vice president, chief creative officer. “Marissa and Rich have contributed significantly to AbelsonTaylor’s success through their proven … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor promotes Marissa Ori and Richard How to VP Creative”

AbelsonTaylor has promoted Donald Dowd to Vice President of Finance

AbelsonTaylor, the full-service health and wellness advertising agency headquartered in Chicago, has promoted former controller Donald Dowd to vice president of finance. He joined AbelsonTaylor in 2006 and has more than 25 years of agency and corporate financial experience.  Dowd will work with senior managers to optimize financial decision making and support agency growth. He reports to Keith Stenlund, executive vice president, chief financial officer. “We wouldn’t be where … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor has promoted Donald Dowd to Vice President of Finance”

AbelsonTaylor elevates Christopher Mauck to Sr Director

AbelsonTaylor, full-service health and wellness Chicago advertising agency, has promoted Christopher Mauck to senior director of interactive technology. Coordinating closely with other agency departments, Christopher will lead the Interactive Development, Digital Production and QA teams in creating and deploying best-in-class digital projects, application development and quality assurance across all digital accounts. He reports to Stephen … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor elevates Christopher Mauck to Sr Director”

AbelsonTaylor new tagline “Return On Imagination”

AbelsonTaylor is rebranding and launching a new creative campaign focused on the agency’s core value proposition: furthering the long-term success of client business interests.  The agency’s new tagline, “Delivering a Return On Imagination,” succinctly underscores the role of creativity and a focus on measurable business results in AbelsonTaylor’s approach to campaign development and implementation.  “As … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor new tagline “Return On Imagination””

AbelsonTaylor elevates Kristine Adams to new position

Recognizing that the pandemic will have lasting effects on how companies do business, particularly in terms of working remotely, leading medical advertising agency AbelsonTaylor has named Kristine Adams to the newly created position of senior director of workplace experience. Adams will develop effective ways of increasing connection and community among agency staff as many continue … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor elevates Kristine Adams to new position”

AbelsonTaylor hires Mike Czuba as VP in new position

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has hired veteran insights and market research expert Mike Czuba as vice president of insights innovation.  In this newly created position, Czuba will focus on elevating AbelsonTaylor’s capabilities in cultivating meaningful and actionable strategic insights through innovative market research and development methodologies. He will … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Mike Czuba as VP in new position”

AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has hired Scott Moers as senior director of business development. He will lead a strong business development team and work with all agency departments to advance AbelsonTaylor’s growth, reporting to Executive Vice President Jay Carter.  “Scott’s proven abilities to understand prospective clients’ needs, talk … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Scott Moers as Senior DBD”

AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office

Embarking on a new chapter in its 40-year history, AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has relocated its headquarters to Chicago’s newly renovated Old Post Office. Occupying 80 thousand square feet in the reimagined Art Deco landmark, the space has been strategically designed to foster creative collaboration among employees and … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor’s dynamic new space in the old post office”

AbelsonTaylor promotes Amer Ghafari to VP – Info Tech

AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted Amer Ghafari to vice president, director of information technology. Ghafari’s current focus is completing a state-of-the-art IT facility in AbelsonTaylor’s expanded new headquarters in Chicago’s historic Old Post Office, due to open early next year. He reports to Keith Stenlund, executive vice … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor promotes Amer Ghafari to VP – Info Tech”

AbelsonTaylor promotes two staffers to EVP

Lynnette Hunter named EVP, Client Services   Jeanine Koch named EVP, Project Management AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has promoted Lynnette Hunter to executive vice president, director of client services, and Jeanine Koch to executive vice president, director of project management. Both have also been appointed to the firm’s … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor promotes two staffers to EVP”

Jeff Berg promoted to President at AbelsonTaylor

Agency founder Dale Taylor will remain as CEO/Chairman while 17-year vet Berg makes historic move into leadership role For the first time in its 38-year history, Chicago-based AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has a new president. Founder Dale Taylor announced today that Jeff Berg, formerly executive vice president and … Continue reading “Jeff Berg promoted to President at AbelsonTaylor”

AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock

28-year veteran innovation specialist will oversee the agency’s customer insights and engagement AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent health and wellness advertising agency, has hired veteran marketing strategist Christopher Dimmock as senior vice president of customer insights and engagement. An innovation specialist whose 28-year career spans all areas of healthcare as well as an impressive roster … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires SVP Christopher Dimmock”

Beth Carik is AbelsonTaylor’s new Human Resource VP

Versatile industry vet brings multiple agency expertise to independent health and wellness shop AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent medical advertising agency, has hired Beth Carik as vice president of human resources, replacing Linda Phillips, who retired at the end of 2018 after 14 years of service. Responsible for leading the agency’s recruitment, orientation, benefits and … Continue reading “Beth Carik is AbelsonTaylor’s new Human Resource VP”

AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel

New venture features content that explores the intersection of healthcare and technology with innovators and entrepreneurs   What do Microsoft, Aetna, Twitter, IBM, Ogilvy Consulting, Biogen, and dozens of healthcare startups have in common? All appear in discussions about issues at the nexus of healthcare and technology in Icons.Health, a new video series produced by … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor Launches Icons.Health channel”

AbelsonTaylor hires Hartzmark as biz dev director

(Chicago — 22 May 2018) AbelsonTaylor, the world’s largest independent medical advertising agency, has hired Amanda Hartzmark as director of business development and analysis. Responsible for leading new-business operations and providing insights to guide strategy and tactics, Hartzmark will lead a capable business development team and interface with all the agency’s departments to implement the … Continue reading “AbelsonTaylor hires Hartzmark as biz dev director”

Connatix opens Chicago office and hires digital advertising veteran

Connatix, a leading video technology company for publishers and advertisers, announced the hiring of Mike Renfro as Head of the Midwest Region. Renfro is tasked with establishing a new office in Chicago for Connatix, servicing the company’s existing and new agency and client partnerships. A strategic marketing, sales, and ad tech professional, Renfro joins Connatix … Continue reading “Connatix opens Chicago office and hires digital advertising veteran”

The Best of Reel Chicago interviews in 2021

Human beings are social animals. Personal contact and social interaction with others is simply essential. In opposition, Covid created lock downs, quarantines and generally created a need to rethink how we communicate with each other. Because communicate, we must. Although we all had hopes for 2021, it has pushed, provoked, squished and forced its way upon us … Continue reading “The Best of Reel Chicago interviews in 2021”

Aisle Rocket adds Greg Slama as Executive VP of Media

Aisle Rocket, the end-to-end digital marketing agency that unifies creative services, data, and technology to drive measurable results, announces that it has hired Greg Slama as Executive Vice President of Media. Slama comes to Aisle Rocket with 20 years of experience connecting customers with brands through innovative strategies. A seasoned agency veteran known for delivering measurable … Continue reading “Aisle Rocket adds Greg Slama as Executive VP of Media”

Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced Doreen Domask joined the firm as Senior Vice President – Media & Activation. She will lead Fusion92’s suite of media services that provide an omnichannel, results-driven approach for clients to bring experiences to their audiences.    Domask assumes the responsibilities held previously by Meghan McCarthy, who will be … Continue reading “Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation”

Second Generation takes the creative helm at Laughlin Constable

Jon Laughlin half jokes that he’s worked at Laughlin Constable for 44 years but in some ways he is right. He and his brother Pat Laughlin were born into the advertising agency world as their father Steve Laughlin, a member of the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame, founded and was growing his new agency just … Continue reading “Second Generation takes the creative helm at Laughlin Constable”

Stephani Estes promoted to EVP, GM Cramer-Krasselt Chicago

Cramer-Krasselt (C-K), the nation’s second-largest independent marketing and communications agency, has promoted Stephani Estes to the position of executive vice president, general manager of the agency’s Chicago headquarters. Estes was promoted to associate general manager in January 2021 and will take over full management duties of the Chicago office from C-K’s President and COO Karen Seamen who will focus on overall agency operations and … Continue reading “Stephani Estes promoted to EVP, GM Cramer-Krasselt Chicago”

Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia

Havas Creative North America continues its commitment to customer experience by announcing Liz Roche as general manager and chief strategy officer of Havas CX helia, part of the recently formed Havas CX global network. In the position, Roche—formerly managing director of Havas helia (customer engagement)—is tasked with leading strategy for clients and internal teams in … Continue reading “Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX helia”

“Battle For Hope” goes Virtual tonight!

Instead of the battle of the bands format of years past, this year, the Battle for Hope is going virtual, and will signal a call for unity. The Battle for Hope is a yearly ad industry live music competition and Off The Street Club benefit founded by iCrossing Global Chief Technology Officer Sujal Patel, Accenture Associate Director … Continue reading ““Battle For Hope” goes Virtual tonight!”

Scout Health promotes Rick Conrad to ECD

Former owner of CPG boutique SPY Advertising will lead teams across the country for the healthcare marketing agency Scout Health, a leading healthcare marketing firm that specializes in rare diseases, orphan drugs and specialty pharmaceuticals, has promoted Rick Conrad, formerly group creative director, to the newly created position of vice president, executive creative director. In … Continue reading “Scout Health promotes Rick Conrad to ECD”

2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands

Conversant’s LCA Soundsystem wins top honors at the Battle for Hope benefit show for the second year in a row Conversant in-house musical group LCA Soundsystem was declared the best advertising band in Chicago at the 2019 Battle for Hope on Friday night. Concluding one of the most impressive and suspenseful shows to date, the … Continue reading “2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands”

Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards

AbelsonTaylor, Daily Planet, Delack, KemperLesnik, Mimi, rEvolution, Richter Studios, Spirit Juice, Strange Loop among 2019 winners The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners on May 21. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, the awards represent the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. Entries were judged by jury members from creative … Continue reading “Chicago shops score at the Telly Awards”

The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands

This year’s juried competition of agency bands will rock the Cubby Bear on May 17 The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands, the Battle For Hope, returns to the Cubby Bear on May 17. A juried music competition with rock, rap, disco, and soul overtones, the Battle for Hope raises money for Off The … Continue reading “The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands”

AT band “Hard to Swallow” wins 2017 Battle for Hope

Fierce vocals, tight chops and explosive energy helped the AbelsonTaylor band Hard To Swallow win the 5th annual Battle for Hope competition at the Cubby Bear on Thursday night.

The Battle for Hope is a live music competition between bands formed exclusively within the ranks of individual advertising agencies. Proceeds are donated to Chicago’s Off The Street Club, an organization dedicated to helping youths in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Esai Morales joins “Chicago PD” in major new role

ESAI MORALES (NYPD BLUE) is back on the beat with a new recurring role on “Chicago PD,” as Chief Lugo, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. The new character will be introduced in a three-show crossover, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chief Lugo grew up and flourished in the “old style” policing methods of the department. Now, he’s doing his best as a chief to steer the CPD towards the new style of policing.

AT’s ECD Neale receives top healthcare industry award

AbelsonTaylor’s SVP / ECD Stephen Neale has been honored as one of the most influential people in the healthcare industry, with the 2016 PM360 ELITE Award, sponsored by PM360 Magazine.

The PM360 ELITE (Exceptional Leaders, Innovators, Transformers and Entrepreneurs) Awards was established to recognize those who have made a significant impact to the healthcare industry throughout their careers.

PM360 cites Neale as “the creative driver behind some of the most memorable campaigns in medical advertising history, pioneering new creative territory.”

Bands’ Battle raises $90K to send OTSC kids to camp

A jaw-dropping $90,000 was raised by last week’s fast-paced, rousing, crazy 4th annual “Battle for Hope,” aka the agency “Battle of the Bands” held at the Cubby Bear that benefits the Off the Street Club’s summer camp program.

The funds will send 180 kids from the mean streets of West Garfield to OTSC’s Camp Mathieu in Wheaton. Last year’s $60,000 allowed 120 children to attend.

Foundation’s new senior producer from New York

NEW TO FOUNDATION CONTENT is senior producer Tamara Bridges Rothschild who just joined Monday, Oct. 8 after a five year stint in New York as a freelance producer.  Rothschild and her husband, Michel Rothschild, moved to Chicago earlier this year when Michel joined Draftfcb as SVP/group CD, director of multicultural.

Gov. Quinn’s L.A. visit a ‘we’ll see’ situation

GOVERNOR’S L.A. UPDATE. Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment schedule for next week has not been completely finalized, says a spokesperson for the governor, which kinda suggests that he just might be able to make the important Aug. 1 TV Production Executives Dinner in L.A. after all. 

Funeral services set for cameraman Andy Lock; two Wisconsin indies start production

Funeral services for longtime sports cameraman Andy Lock of AndyCam, who died from a heart attack Wednesday, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at St. John’s Church in Kankakee at 11 a.m.

Mr. Lock had been filming pre-game White Sox interviews prior to the game at U.S. Cellular Field when he was stricken.

Visitation is Monday, 4-9 p.m. at the Schreffler Funeral Home, also Kankakee; call 815/932-2421.