10 Things agency execs do after hours

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1. Novelist-cum-Hollywood ticket

"Derailed," a novel by James Siegel, vice chairman, senior executive creative director, Omnicom's BBDO Worldwide, New York, published by Warner Books, has been made into a movie by Miramax, starring Vincent Cassel, Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, slated for release in 2005.

2. Horticulturist, emphasis on orchids

By day, Jason Becton, a senior art director at Interpublic's McCann Erickson Worldwide, New York, focuses on ad campaigns for Verizon Wireless. At night, his attention turns to orchids, a hobby for the past six years. So passionate is he for the flower, he's devoted one of two bedrooms in Manhattan to the hobby. He currently tends to more than 150 plants and is a board member of the Manhattan Orchid Society.

3. Nonprofessional basketball entrepreneur

Ron Berger, CEO and chief creative at Euro RSCG Worldwide, New York, and sons Ryan (Euro RSCG) and Cory (Mother, New York), all basketball aficionados, are majority investors in Basketball City, facilities in New York and Boston where corporate leagues play ball.

4. Restaurant investor and gourmet

Grey Global Group Chairman CEO Ed Meyer, by his own admission "not a sandwich man," eats out five nights a week, and has invested in dining establishments in New York City (Manhattan Ocean Club, Park Avenue Cafe), San Francisco (Postria), Washington D.C. (Poste, Firefly) and Chicago (Atwood Cafe).

5. Pedigree dog breeder

Alan Kalter, chairman-CEO of independent advertising agency Doner, Southfield, Mich., breeds and shows champion Bullmastiffs. Read more at www.happylegsbmf.com

6. Winemaker, oenophile

The family of Mainardo de Nardis, CEO worldwide, WPP's MediaEdge: CIA, operates an Italian vineyard that sells wines under the Gancia label. Its two best-known products are Asti Gancia and Pinot di Pinot. Mr. de Nardo is a board member and passive investor in the business.

7. Art collector

Bob Greenberg, CEO and CCO, Interpublic's interactive agency, R/GA, is an avid collector of outsider art-works created by people who are self-taught. His collection, which fills his office and home, was featured in a 1999 exhibit at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Manhattan.

8. Gin producer

Suki Thompson, managing director of London agency consultancy The Haystack Group, has gin in her blood. Her family once owned the Beefeater Gin brand and, in addition to raising two young children and running an agency consultancy, she now runs her own gin business, producing Bunker's Gin. Bunker, an appropriate moniker for a spirit aimed at golfers, is also Ms. Thompson's maiden name. The now five-year-old brand is sold at bars around London.

9. Nonprofit director

Ann Fudge, chairman-CEO of Young & Rubicam Worldwide, is a director of The Boys and Girls Club of America. Bill McCaffery, president and chief creative officer, McCaffery Ratner Gottlieb & Lane, New York, is a director of the New York chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Andrew Robertson, chairman and CEO of BBDO Worldwide, founded non-profit The Big House; he now sits on the board of the Special Olympics and is on the advisory board of the Center for Media and Children's Health.

10. World Series winner

Ed Eskandarian, chairman-CEO, Havas' Arnold Worldwide, is one of a group that owns the 2004 World Series team, the Boston Red Sox.

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