BELVEDERE, CALIF.: Better Homes & Gardens held a barbecue for agency and advertiser folk at the San Francisco Yacht Club. Enjoying the sea air are (l. to r.): Alex Mironovich, publisher, and Sandy Fish, West Coast manager, both of Better Homes; Ron Benza, exec VP-general manager, McCann-Erickson Worldwide; David Verklin, exec VP-managing director, Hal Riney & Partners; and Jerry Kaplan, VP-magazine group sales, Better Homes.
NEW YORK: The Pierre Hotel was the location for the 1997 Creative Excellence in Business Advertising awards, hosted by the American Business Press. In attendance were (l. to r.): Keith Crain, chairman, Crain Communications; John Wickersham, president-CEO, Bill Communications; Gerry Levin, chairman-CEO, Time Warner; Mike Hughes, president-creative director, Martin Agency; Gordon Hughes, president, American Business Press; and Bruce Barnet, president-CEO, Reed Elsevier Business Information.
WASHINGTON: American Association of Advertising Agencies presented its new Capitol Service award to Charles Peebler, president-CEO of Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt (left). The award recognizes an advertising professional who has contributed outstanding work on behalf of the agency business in federal, state and local goverment affairs. With Mr. Peebler are (l. to r.): Bruce Mason, chairman-CEO, True North Communications; Burt Manning, chairman, J. Walter Thompson Co.; and Stone Roberts, co-chairman and CEO, Gotham Inc.
NEW YORK: American Society of Magazine Editors held a luncheon at the Harvard Club that brought together (l. to r.): Marlene Kahan, executive director, ASME; Frank Lalli, managing editor, Money, and president of ASME; Christine Todd Whitman, governor of New Jersey; and Betsy Carter, editor in chief, New Woman, and VP of ASME.
NANTUCKET, MASS.: The Nantucket Inn was the site a of conference sponsored by researcher RSC that debated the merits of the U.S. and British approaches to making advertising. Attending were (l. to r.): John Philip Jones, professor, Syracuse University, and a former J. Walter Thompson Co. international executive who defended the U.S. approach; Meg Blair, president, RSC; Mike Naples, former president of Advertising Research Foundation and the debate moderator; and Andrew Ehrenberg, professor, London's South Bank University, and former head of the advertising department at the London Business School, who defended the