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Vancouver Pair Takes Historic View

Magazine article Marketing

Vancouver Pair Takes Historic View

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Vancouver Pair Takes Historic View

Vancouver: If the recent Lotus Awards had had a category for most unique office space occupied by a Vancouver agency, Glennie Stamnes Advertising would have won - hands down.

Unlike most agencies, which have digs in the concrete, glass and steel forest of the downtown peninsula, the upstart shop is located in a turn-of-the-century heritage house on Fairview Slopes near the condominium-riddled south shore of False Creek.

The house, one of two protected by civic legislation and zoned for commercial use, is just seven blocks from the place the agency opened its (figurative) doors.

On June 8, 1989, creative director Rob Glennie and account director Bob Stamnes turned on the coffee machine and plugged in the phone in their condominium office. Although they had no clients to speak of, the transplanted Winnipeg duo was in business.

"We had no money - I mean we had no money," Stamnes says.

Before long, his father came through with a $25,000 loan to kick-start the company.

"Bottom line, it was a good investment for my dad. He got his money back relatively quickly and he got a good return on his investment," says Stamnes. "We took it just one step at a time and made money from day one."

The two admen left behind the success and security of Palmer Jarvis, Winnipeg.

"They were paying me well, I was having fun, I was in my home town, but I wanted to come out and work with all the people out here," says Glennie. "One day Bob just said, |I was thinking of trying our own gig. What do you think?'

"I thought about it and it stuck in my head for about six seconds and I said sure."

Glennie, 32, started a career in advertising by chance.

He was accompanying his girlfriend to an open house at Red River Community College in Winnipeg, when he stumbled into the advertising art workshop.

"It was absolutely everything I ever wanted to do," he says. "I walked up to (an instructor) and said where do I sign up?"

Upon graduation in 1980, he got his first job with Foster, Winnipeg, and was hired by Palmer Jarvis when it was awarded the McDonald's business.

Partner Stamnes dallied in radio following graduation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology's acclaimed broadcasting school.

The 31-year-old joined the front office of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer club in 1983 when it moved to B.C. Place Stadium.

He found himself in advertising a year later with Palmer Jarvis, Vancouver, after he was one of many to be fired by the team's controversial owner, oilman J. …

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