Pictured Above – Agency chairman, Joe Phelps, left, and newly appointed president, Ed Chambliss, review plans for Phelps’ new offices. After outgrowing the largest agency-owned building in Los Angeles, Phelps has signed a 10-year lease at The Bluffs in Playa Vista.
Ed Chambliss has been named president of Phelps, one of the West Coast’s largest independently owned marketing agencies. Chambliss joined Phelps 16 years ago as a team leader, managing key accounts including Petco, DirecTV and Public Storage, and served as COO for the past four years.
“He has a remarkable skill set, with marketing and technology savvy and an excellent ability to attract and keep smart, caring people,” said Joe Phelps, chairman and CEO of the 34-year old integrated marketing agency. “We’re entering a new phase with a continued expansion of new clients and associates. Ed is guiding that growth and managing our company’s upcoming relocation.” Phelps is moving to Playa Vista in January, following the sale of its Santa Monica property, which has been its headquarters for the past 18 years.
In an industry where big account wins and losses have put many ad agencies out of business, Phelps has maintained steady growth for more than three decades. As a pioneer in true integrated marketing communications, Phelps has a client longevity that is well above industry averages. “Our clients find that their communications programs are more efficient and effective when all communications speak with one voice,” he said.
“When Ed joined us, he had just received his master’s in integrated marketing communications at the University of Colorado — one of the first IMC graduate degree programs in the country. Over the years he has helped make us an IMC leader.” Chambliss started his marketing career as a writer at BBDO and taught copywriting at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.