Rainmaker closes its doors as result of slow economy

RESTON, VA: Rainmaker Interactive, a technology marketing firm that

positioned itself as a "creative thinking" marketing agency, has closed

its doors after a five-year wave of prosperity.



In 1999, Rainmaker itself received $1.3 million in investment,

and counted among its clients America Online, Away.com, and Pathnet.

Last year, the agency spent $50,000 to underwrite a photography

exhibition.



Rainmaker was led by chairman Randy Coppersmith, who once held senior

positions with Edelman Public Relations and IBM press relations.



Mark Nelson served as executive vice president of PR. He was previously

with IBM's global government industry business, and director of public

affairs for Sematech.



In January of this year, Rainmaker opened an office in Manhattan Beach,

CA, and sent Andy Trincia there to be SVP of PR and marketing. He had

previously been with Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he was

director of government relations. He was also national media relations

manager for Wachovia.



Other PR people affected include Gay Beach, formerly director of event

marketing for UUNET/WorldCom, and most recently Rainmaker's general

manager of event planning.



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