Having been friendly competitors for over two decades, the principals of Lexington’s two largest advertising/marketing agencies have merged their companies.
Meridian Communications, founded by Mary Ellen Slone in 1975, and Jordan-Chiles Advertising, co-founded in 1988 by Larry Chiles, have combined to form Meridian-Chiles. Chiles will serve as chairman while Slone will be president of the newly combined company, which will have a staff of more than 40.
“This merger gives us the opportunity to greatly enhance the services and options that will be offered to both existing and new clients,” said Slone. “Instead of having to out-source, we’ll
be able to provide virtually any service in house,
which will translate into significant cost savings
for clients, both large and small.”
Meridian brings experience in creative work, public relations, print supervision and event management, while Jordan-Chiles has extensive work in retail marketing. The annual billing for the new company is $10-12 million, with clients that include Republic Bank, the University of Kentucky and Lexington Clinic.