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BAM: A Brief History of the first 30 Years

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

Dec. 1986: Four met for breakfast, became an Agency by dinner: Burgess, Brewer, Stanyon & Payne, Inc.
From left, Oliver Payne, Alan Brewer, Meredith Strang Burgess & Jack Stanyon

Jan. 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.

Sep. 1989: Moved to 1290 Congress St. Started out using 1.5 floors, then all 3. Penobscot Shoe’s Oldmaine Trotters brand (above) became largest account to date.

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

1990s: 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.

2000s: Grew some more: Efficiency Maine, Catholic Charities, Hospice of Southern Maine 

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

2010s: 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’re moving! (Watch for details soon.)