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Maris West & Baker was named as one of Mississippi’s BEST PLACES TO WORK in 2012 by the Mississippi Business Journal. We just accepted the award at lunch today.
Maris West & Baker is in its 42nd year. Obviously we believe in the long-haul and in doing excellent creative work that gets results. But the people are the key. We try to make our agency the kind of place where people look forward to coming to work each day. Nice to be recognized for success in that area.
They have a saying in Austin, Texas – Keep Austin Weird. Well, Austin, we did our best, thank you very much.
At this year’s American Advertising Federation National Addy Awards, MWB took home three Gold Addys and one Silver Addy for our Shack Up Inn poster campaign. Now, at face value, that might not strike you as weirdness, but allow me to describe the scene: It’s Marc Leffler and me in a fancy ballroom at the Austin Hilton – lights, cameras and everything. The audience is filled with the people behind some of advertising’s biggest campaigns – and us. One more thing: Marc is holding a cut-out picture of Keith Fraser’s face mounted on a stick. (See the picture above.) Keith Fraser is MWB’s associate creative director and designer of the Shack Up posters.
After a few welcoming announcements, the show begins with video of the Gold Addy winners: Leo Burnett for their brilliant Mayhem campaign for Allstate Insurance. The much-loved Superbowl commercial, “The Force”, with the mini Darth Vader, that Deutsch created for Volkswagen. A multimedia campaign for Nike, featuring the cast of Back to the Future, that raised $9 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Wieden+Kennedy’s fantastic “Imported from Detroit” campaign for Chrysler. Sony Playstation. McDonald’s. Snickers. Coca-Cola. HBO. Intel. And then… The Shack Up Inn posters from Maris, West & Baker. A low-budget poster campaign among million-dollar multimedia spectacles from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. All for a Clarksdale B&B (breakfast and beer) where you can spend the night in a renovated sharecropper shack.
I heard some applause and a few whistles as we walked up to accept the Addys. Of course, the cheers quickly turned to laughter once Marc held up Keith-on-a-Stick. Here’s the full story: Keith designed the posters. Marc and I were the writers. But, unfortunately, Keith couldn’t come to the Addys due to an important photo shoot for Newk’s. Marc, who has probably the biggest heart in Mississippi advertising, didn’t want Keith to be left out. So he brought a picture of Keith’s face on a stick. And Keith, as usual, stole the show even though he wasn’t actually there. We might have to start bringing Keith-on-a-Stick to client meetings. Watch out “Real Keith.”
All in all, it was an incredible experience to see our work honored among some of the best advertising campaigns on the planet. But don’t worry about us getting big egos. It was back to the real world on Thursday to roll up the sleeves and get to work. In advertising, you’re only as good as your last campaign. What really matters most is doing the best you can for the clients you’re lucky enough to have.
The AAF posted a page with the National Addy Gold winners. Here’s to the winners, the South and the Shack Up Inn!
Maris, West & Baker had a strong showing at the American Advertising Federation of Jackson’s 2012 Addy Awards. We won 6 gold Addys, honoring work for the Mississippi State Department of Health, Cadence Bank and the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The agency also received 20 silver Addys.
MWB won two of the evening’s best of show awards. The first was Best of Show – Public Service for the agency’s flu prevention campaign for the Mississippi State Department of Health. The second was the Graphic Designer of the Year award, presented to Keith Fraser for his work on the Shack Up Inn poster campaign.
MWB is pleased to announce the agencies four newest hires (pictured clockwise from top left): Kathleen McPhail, Lee Norris, Taravia Harris and Patience Ainsworth.
Kathleen McPhail joined the agency in December 2011 as Senior Account Executive. McPhail brings over 15 years of successful marketing and project management experience to MWB, having worked with SkyGuard and SkyTel. McPhail holds a bachelor-of-science degree in merchandising from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana.
Elizabeth Lee Norris joined MWB in November 2011 as Social Media Manager. Norris has been an independent business consultant specializing in social media marketing and has used her skills to help multiple clients in Mississippi raise their awareness and engage with customers. She is also an experienced writer and has written for numerous print and online publications, including Portico Jackson, Stages Mississippi, and Greater Jackson Business. In addition to being honored as the new president of Jackson Friends of the Library, Norris serves in multiple capacities on numerous boards and was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service in 2003.
Ray Harris joined MWB in August, 2011, as Account Coordinator. Prior to joining MWB, Harris was Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator with the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing Management from Mississippi College, and is a member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and the American Marketing Association (AMA).
Patience Ainsworth joined Maris, West & Baker Advertising (MWB) in Jackson as Media Buyer/Planner. Ainsworth holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi, with a minor in marketing. Joining the agency in July, 2011, Ainsworth brings almost 10 years of experience to MWB.
MWB is pleased to announce that our VP of Public Relations, Janet Zito, has been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the “50 Leading Business Women” of 2011. Continue reading “MWB’s Janet Zito Named One of Mississippi’s Leading Business Women” »
Maris, West & Baker’s work for the Shack Up Inn has received a 2011 One Show award, one of the most prestigious honors in advertising. The One Show is a global advertising competition judged by representatives of the world’s top advertising agencies. The campaign was the only American entry to win in the poster campaign category. Continue reading “Shack Up Inn poster campaign honored at 2011 One Show” »
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Receiving the American Advertising Federation of Jackson’s (AAFJ) prestigious Silver Medal Award has become a long-standing family tradition in the Marks family. Peter Marks, President of Maris, West & Baker (MWB) Advertising Agency, became the 2010 Silver Medal winner during the AAF Jackson’s April membership meeting. Continue reading “Peter Marks Becomes a Third-Generation AAF Silver Medal Award Recipient” »
By the end of the advertising awards ceremony, held February 20th, Maris, West & Baker (MWB) walked away with 14 Gold Addys, 44 Silver Addys, Copywriter of the Year, Art Director of the Year, as well as Best of Show – Broadcast and Best of Show – Public Serivce. Adding it all up, the agency won more total awards than any other Jackson-area advertising agency and also more Best of Show awards. The agency also won a Mosaic Award, honoring campaigns that promote or reflect a spirit of cultural diversity. Continue reading “Maris, West & Baker Tops Local Addy Awards” »