Congrats to Willie Wilkov, who has been promoted to vice-president of marketing for the Chicago Sun-Times. Wilkov also will oversee marketing initiatives at the scores of other Sun-Times News Group publications.
MarketSense has acquired Robert Brandt and Associates in Burr Ridge. The Brandt company will now operate under the MarketSense name, with corporate headquarters located in Burr Ridge. Key employees of RBA, including Robert Brandt, will join the MarketSense team.
The Illinois Lottery is seeking a Chicago-area firm that can provide public relations and integrated communication services to the African-American community on behalf of the Lottery. Interested vendors must have at least 10 full-time employees and be able to provide sufficient dedicated staff to address the Lottery's needs on a time basis. Written proposals are due by Mar. 24.
Joe Kim has been named a partner and executive vice-president at the Maddock Douglas agency in Elmhurst. Kim has more than 16 years of experience in management consulting, focusing primarily on operational innovation and leadership development.
Zebra Technologies will partner with Ogilvy Public Relations/Chicago on corporate communications and product public relations programming for its two main divisions, Specialty Printing and Zebra Enterprise Solutions.
The River North Association has relaunched as the River North Business Association. The organization will continue to provide the same membership benefits and networking opportunities to the River North community.
Cobra Electronics has joined the client roster at Schafer Condon Carter/Chicago. SCC will work with the company to launch the Cobra Electronics Aura camera and the Driving Hazard Database.
Sam Karow is joining Chicago Creative Partnership as director of integrated marketing and media services. For the past 13 years, Karow was with Starcom, where most recently he was a media director on the Bank of America business.
Two by Four/Chicago has added the Hotel Arista as a client. The property is an eco-friendly luxury hotel that opened in the fall of 2008, in Naperville's new 31-acre mixed-use City Gate Centre complex. Two by Four will work on strategy, advertising, design and interactive.
Virtual public relations firm GreenMark has been retained by the Kenosha Civil War Museum to handles its official opening in the summer of 2009.
Jim Kokoris has been promoted to president and general manager at JSH&A Public Relations in Oakbrook Terrace. Kokoris has been with the agency for more than 13 years.
All Terrain Public Relations/Chicago has been named public relations and social media agency of record for Bioelements, a professional skincare line.