CHICAGO: Kupper Parker Communications has opened a three-person
Chicago office to handle IR work.
Steffi Kitzes, formerly with Morgan-Walke, and Chris Dever, formerly
with the Financial Relations Board and the ill-fated Divine
Interventures, are running the new operation, said Bruce Kupper,
chairman of the St.Louis-based firm. Kupper sees an opportunity to do IR
work in a larger financial market for St. Louis clients, and also
believes he can pick up new business in Chicago.
BSMG/FRB has long dominated the Chicago IR scene, but with the departure
of FRB's IR guru Ted Pincus and uncertainty as to how the reorganization
of Weber Shandwick Worldwide - which now owns FRB - will affect local
operations, the Chicago market could be ripe for new entrants.
Citigate recently bought a Chicago shop, MSI Strategic Communications,
and Magnet Communications is actively searching for purchases in the
Windy City as well.