Uncertainty clouds hiring decision at CAPC

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

EUREKA SPRINGS -- With its current existence in question pending this week's city council meeting, the City Advertising and Promotion Commission has two candidates to consider for its vacant executive director's position.

The two are Jef Fox, of Little Rock, and Jim Ward Williams, of Fort Smith.

According to CAPC Chairman Brian Sumpter, the two appear well-qualified, both with considerable advertising experience, including their own agencies.

Fox holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and public relations from Arkansas State University, while Williams majored in graphic arts, with a marketing minor, at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Fox is president of Fox Advertising, which he purchased in November 2005, tripling revenue in the meanwhile with existing and new clients.

Prior to that, from 2001 to 2005, he managed advertising and public relations for the state's largest certified public accounting and advisory firm. From 1999 to 2001, while with Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, he was primary client contact and team leader for the agency's largest corporate account, Alltel, and managed other agency accounts and worked to determine advertising objectives, strategy and competitive analysis.

Fox has also been an account executive with The Marketing Advantage, and was director of marketing and public relations for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He also served on the board of directors of Arkansas Rice Depot, and as vice chairman for publicity with Arkansas Children's Hospital's Committee for the Future.

Williams is winner of the silver medal award of the American Advertising Federation for his work to gain a $6.4 million expansion and improvements budget for the Fort Smith National Historic Site.

Most recently he was client services representative with Advertising Plus Inc, doing business as e-magination group, and was owner and president of The Williams Agency from 1971 to 2004.

Williams was active in the formation of the American Advertising Federation Student Chapter of the UofA at Fayetteville, and he has provided pro bono marketing and advertising work for the Fort Smith Symphony, the Arkansas Council for Economic Education, Fort Smith Children's Shelter, Fort Smith School Board, Fort Smith Public Library and The First Tee, also of Fort Smith.

He has been involved in the advertising business since 1966.

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