Rise Interactive, Burnett win top workplace honors

Rise Interactive digital marketing agency was cited in two recent prestigious and enviable surveys as one of the best places to work — among all US ad agencies and in the city. 

Advertising Age called it one of 50 Best Places to Work in Advertising and Media.  At the same time, Rise also was listed in the Tribune’s Chicago’s Top Workplaces, where it shared honors with Leo Burnett, albeit in different company size categories.

Rise Interactive, founded by CEO Jon Morris in 2008 with $10,000 and growing fast and profitably since, has been receiving recognition ever since the City of Chicago, Inc., Built in Chicago, Digital Agency of the Year and many others.  

Leo Burnett was the only traditional advertising agency, so to speak, to have a place in the Tribune’s Top Workplaces.  It ranked 34 out of 35 in the Employees Large Company category, out of a total of 115 workplaces honored. 

Jon Morris, Rise Interactive CEO/founderRise Interactive had a place in the Tribune’s Smaller category along with media-related Rightpoint Consuulting and The Jellyvision Lab. The Midsize list included PR firm Weber Shandwick, along with Yelp, “Advertising/online media,” and Google, “Consumer tech/marketing.”

Both Leo Burnett and Rise Interactive have offices on Wacker Drive: Burnett at 35 E. Wacker and Rise at 1 S. Wacker.

NEW CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER at Cardenas Marketing Network, a multi-cultural experiential agency, is William F. Perry, who had been with Leo Burnett for 13 as ECD on Cadillac for the US and Europe. Earlier, Perry had been a regional CD executive at D’Arcy International. His track record includes work for Coca Cola, Chevrolet, Cadillac USA and Europe, and for Samsung Global, among other major brands.

Perry’s hiring comes at a time when the Chicago-based agency doubled the size its experiential marketing team, tripled the size of its entertainment division and of its overall number of employees, including the addition of several key leadership positions.

“Cool Apocalypse,” Michael Glover Smith’s comedy drama, will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Saturday and Monday, Nov. 21-23.  It stars Nina Ganet, Chelsea David, Kevin Wehby and Adam Overberg.  The recent winner of best narrative feature at Full Bloom Film Festival, “Cool Apocalypse” will have its international premiere during the CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome, Dec. 11-20.