C&B grabs seven hi-tech jobs worth more than dollars 1m

BOSTON: Copithorne & Bellows has landed seven new consumer/Internet and business-to-business software accounts worth more than dollars 1 million in annualized billings.

BOSTON: Copithorne & Bellows has landed seven new consumer/Internet and business-to-business software accounts worth more than dollars 1 million in annualized billings.

The consumer/Internet work includes Boston-based Family Education Network, a developer of educational and child development resources; PC speech recognition company Dragon Systems; privately held computer software and book publisher Data Becker; and Newport, RI-based BlueStreak.com, a company founded this year that merges interactive advertising with online commerce.

New business-to-business software and Internet clients include data visualization company Advanced Visual Systems; credit and collections software provider eCredit. com; and Vality Technology, a data standardization and consulting services company.

According to C&B partner Jim Barbagallo, Data Becker and Advanced Visual Systems came through referrals, while the other accounts were competitive wins. While he declined to comment on the agencies C&B ran up against, he said the agency often competes with hi-tech mainstays Lois Paul & Partners, Miller/Shandwick, Chen and Blanc & Otus.

Barbagallo added that the wins, which lift the number of accounts serviced by C&B's Boston co-headquarters to 30, represent substantial growth in several key areas. 'We're growing our strength in consumer technology and we have core competencies in Internet and dot-com companies,' he said. 'At the same time, we're developing a strong software practice.'

Director Albie Jarvis will head up the teams working on Vality Technology and eCredit.com. Director Pat Arkand will lead the Family Education Network and Advanced Visual Systems, while partner Tim Hurley will manage Dragon Systems and BlueStreak.com.

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