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BAM: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FIRST 30 YEARS

 

Here’s a furiously short version of our company history:

DECEMBER 1986
Four met for breakfast, became an Agency by dinner: Burgess, Brewer, Stanyon & Payne, Inc. (First picture, from left, Oliver Payne, Alan Brewer, Meredith Strang Burgess & Jack Stanyon)

JANUARY 1987
Opened at 100 Commercial St. Hired three staff. First clients: The Samoset Resort & O’Loughlin Real Estate.

JUNE 1987
Our first paychecks. O’Louhglin goes bust —back to beans and rice.

SEPTEMBER 1989
Moved to 1290 Congress St. Started out using 1.5 floors, then all 3. Penobscot Shoe's Old Maine Trotters brand at right) became our largest account to date.

1991
Alan & Jack departed, Meredith became sole owner of Burgess Advertising & Associates, Inc., Oliver stayed on as Creative Director.

1990'S
Absorbed Tony Payne’s Maine Media Agency. Grew like topsy and added: Maine Bank & Trust, Maine DEP, MEMIC, Mercy Hospital, Messer Truck Equipment, Oakhurst Dairy, Team EJP et al.

2000
Absorbed 25 year old Roger Williams Advertising, four staff and great clients, like Dielectric.
 

2000'S
Grew some: Efficiency Maine, Catholic Charities, Hospice of Southern Maine and more.

2001
Oliver leaves to travel the world and Alan returns as the Creative Director.

2006
Alan left to buy GG Direct; Oliver returned from his world travels, eventually resuming role as Creative Director.

2006-11
Meredith served in the House of Representatives in the Maine State Legislature, but in her spare time helped agency keep growing: Efficiency Maine, Catholic Charities, Hospice of Southern Maine. 

2008
The green B arrives with a name change to Burgess Advertising & Marketing.

2010'S
Lean, mean new media machine. New clients: Chalmers Insurance, Enercon, Greater Augusta Utility District, Greater Portland Health, ITS, Inc., Maine DOT, Maine Health Access Foundation, MaineHousing, New England Cancer Specialists, Northeast Coatings.

MARCH 2017
We moved to Falmouth, ME.