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RSA Marketing Services to move to Commerce arts district

UPDATED — RSA Marketing Services is moving to a new downtown home, and CEO Bruce Rowley says there’s something special about it.

“Unbelievably, it is actually the very first development to face the arena – to directly face the front of the arena,” he says of Intrust Bank Arena. It’s “the very first building that you encounter when you pull into the Commerce arts district.”

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency's future home in the Commerce arts district.

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency’s future home in the Commerce arts district.

The 7,000-square-foot space is at the southeast corner of Waterman and Commerce.

“We want to be a part of pushing that growth down here and that development down here as it continues to unfold,” Rowley says. “I love that we could do our part to help spur that along.”

Don’t believe that it’s the first new development facing the arena?

“Go drive it,” Rowley says.

Big Rick’s, a barbecue sauce manufacturer, is in the building now and will remain in 2,000 square feet.

RSA will take more than 4,000 square feet.

“And then we’re carving out 900 square feet on the northwest corner of the building,” Rowley says.

“We really felt like that is such a great, high-visible corner,” he says of that 900 square feet. “The best use is really not to put our conference room there or something.”

A retail outlet or some kind of food establishment “will contribute to the vibrancy of that area,” Rowley says.

Currently, RSA is in 3,000 square feet at 145 N. Hydraulic, which is part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles campus. The 4-year-old agency has been there for three years and has owned the building for two years.

“The main constraint there … remains parking,” Rowley says.

There are 16 to 20 spaces “depending on how well everyone parks.”

“We typically run out of room.”

RSA will keep its current space as a photography and video studio.

At the new building, RSA will do a joint venture with current owner Trans Pacific Properties, which is affiliated with Trans Pacific Oil, and will completely renovate the space.

“It is literally a brick-and-concrete box at the moment,” Rowley says. “It’s a blank canvas.”

The building has only one door and no windows.

“We’re going to change substantially the exterior view of it,” Rowley says.

RSA currently has 24 employees and likely will have 27 by the time the agency moves late this year.

“It’s a significant increase in the amount of people down there and the ability of retail and all kinds of other businesses to grow down there,” Rowley says. “We’re certainly not the driver of that, but we want to be a driver.”

RSA’s new building originally was a patio furniture warehouse.

“We’ve been working for three years now in this former taxi garage and biker barn, which are two things that this building has been in the past, and we really thought that defined a lot of who we are,” he says. “We’ve tried to be a very efficient, open, collaborative kind of environment.”

Rowley says the idea has been to not have “ostentatious, over-the-top trappings.”

“We kind of still feel like we’re maintaining the culture that we have while expanding and growing as we do it.”

You don’t say

“You’ll always be one of the Beeches.”

– A teasing comment during an all-female, after-hours gathering of Beechcraft colleagues, who were wishing Sarah Goertz well in her new job as digital director at Greteman Group

Brothers & Co. to move to Kress Building

WICHITA — Brothers & Co. is moving to the Kress Building downtown with a plan that served the advertising agency well when it opened its first Wichita office:

Lease more space than it needs, and hope to outgrow it.

Shawn Harris (left) and Kristjan Olson of Brothers & Co., which is moving to the Kress Building at Douglas and Broadway.

Shawn Harris (left) and Kristjan Olson of Brothers & Co., which is moving to the Kress Building at Douglas and Broadway.

“We would be absolutely thrilled if we had to go procure more space or add more floors,” says Kristjan Olson, an account supervisor and Wichita team leader.

The Tulsa-based agency, which is known here for the “Bravely Onward” campaign it did for Fidelity Bank, has done business in Wichita for about a decade. It opened its first Wichita office in 900 square feet at WaterWalk Place in early 2013.

The space was too big then, “and it’s now too small for what we need today,” Olson says.

The new space at the Kress Building, which is at the northwest corner of Douglas and Broadway, will be about 4,500 square feet.

“We’ve had a lot of growth,” says associate creative director Shawn Harris. “This move is really a reflection of that growth. … We’re hoping to continue that growth.”

Olson says a big part of that is through talent acquisition.

“Being able to reach out and find new employees who can help us grow more,” he says.

The agency, which also has an Oklahoma City office, has about 80 employees, seven of whom are in Wichita.

“Our space will probably allow for a solid 15-person agency in its current configuration,” Olson says.

He says the agency frequently partners with others, such as video production companies and photographers, and the extra space will help with that as well.

“Part of good client service includes proximity,” Olson says. “The idea is that we’re really here to service our clients and to service them better.”

Though the agency’s work in Wichita isn’t strictly Wichita-focused, it has a number of clients here, such as Kansas Strong and a division of Invista. National clients include Remington firearms and Carhartt and Under Armour clothing.

“We’re spread across a pretty wide variety of industries,” Olson says.

That includes the oil and gas industry, a fair amount in the financial sector and the outdoor sector, including sports such as hunting and fishing.

“A good number of our clients are located in this area,” Olson says. “There’s certainly a number of companies that we’d like to … get on their radar.”

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LogoLounge creator Bill Gardner teaches logo class through Lynda.com

billgardnerWICHITA — Bill Gardner of Gardner Design is also known as the logo guy thanks to LogoLounge, a website and series of books in which he’s collected more than 170,000 logos.

Now, Gardner is taking that expertise to a new level by teaching a course on symbolism within logos through Lynda.com, which offers online education videos to teach business, software and creative skills.

“It’s kind of a new role for me, this teaching thing,” says Gardner, who previously only shared what he knows with employees.

Gardner says it’s a good feeling to have others want to hear what he has to say.

“It’s nice to have that degree of relevance.”

His video came about through a contact he made while doing one of his LogoLounge books. Gardner says that person wanted him to do a Lynda video but had to have him do test videos first “to make sure that everybody else there thinks you’re as charming.”

“You really have to play this in such a way as you’re affable, informative … approachable … authoritative,” Gardner says. “You can’t come across as condescending.”

Another challenge, he says, is that he is “talking to people at all experience levels.”

Gardner says that in his video, he discusses how logos have to quickly convey information to users.

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You don’t say

“It just felt so old to me. They felt so old, and of course, I’m so young.”

Sonia Greteman, whose Greteman Group is celebrating 25 years in business, laughing about when she was in her 20s and helping Quillen Elsea Janzen celebrate its 25th anniversary

Subaru of Wichita gets worldwide attention for response to union sign

WICHITA — Subaru of Wichita is getting the proverbial kind of advertising that money can’t buy since it retaliated against the “Shame on Subaru” sign the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 planted in front of the dealership last week.

“It’s been a wild ride,” says Aaron Wirtz, who handles marketing and media for Subaru.

As Have You Heard? reported last week, the union is upset with Subaru for not hiring a union contractor for part of a remodeling job. Subaru responded with its own sign that plays off the “Shame” by saying, “For having unbeatable prices.” It also took to the Internet to share its side of the situation.

Since the story has been picked up by other news outlets, Wirtz says the dealership on East Kellogg has been inundated with attention from around the world. That included an interview that Fox News did with Wirtz on Wednesday morning.

“Can you believe that?” he says.

Wirtz says while the attention has been great, it’s not necessarily going to translate into selling a lot more cars. He points to an e-mail from someone in New Zealand.

“In the case of New Zealand, we’re probably not going to ship a new Subaru there,” he says. “However, I do feel like this has worked out about as good as it could have.”

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You don’t say

“I’ll feel much more comfortable during my presentation if only half the room applauds. I’m not used to everyone in the room approving of what I do.”

Bill Gardner of Gardner Design, speaking about lessons in redesign and rebranding at the Chamber’s Sunrise Scrambler on Wednesday

Shock Top & WuShock: like beer & pretzels

This sign at R&J Discount Liquor near College Hill is an example of how Shock Top and WuShock have joined to promote both their brands.

This sign at R&J Discount Liquor near College Hill is an example of how Shock Top and WuShock have joined to promote both their brands.

WICHITA – Shock Top and WuShock are like beer and pretzels: They’re not an official combination, but they go awfully well together.

When Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top wheat beer debuted in 2007, House of Schwan’s Pam Irish called it “the very unofficial beer of WSU Shockers.”

While it’s still not the school’s official beer – most colleges, of course, don’t have one – WuShock is now used in Shock Top promotions here and elsewhere.

“We are fortunate enough to be one of the ambassadors for Wichita State athletics,” Irish says of the wholesale company, where she’s special events director.

“It’s been the most rewarding partnership I’ve ever been involved with. They’re just great partners.”

Before the Shock Top name debuted, Anheuser-Busch had a specialty beer called Spring Heat Spiced Wheat that was so popular the company decided to rename it and keep it year round.

Shock Top was one of about five possibilities Anheuser-Busch sent to wholesalers to see what they thought. House of Schwan lobbied hard for Shock Top, and it won.

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You don’t say

“How I wish I were talking about the pretty kind you put on your head.”

– An e-mail from Ashley Cook to her Greteman Group colleagues reminding them that she had a “crown appointment in the morning”

You don’t say

fair“We were glad our little creation had a great time … but it’s now time for him to settle down and get back to work.”

– The Greteman Group’s Rachel Groene on the Kansas State Fair’s poster mascot, “Bob Barker,” who took some trips across the country Flat Stanley-style and now is a finalist for HOW Design’s 5th Annual Poster Design Awards (vote here)