Starbucks and Santa Monica-based Cooking.com have joined forces to launch Starbucks at Home, a coffee auto-reorder subscription program made available through StarbucksStore.com. Cooking.com is an online kitchen and housewares destination founded in 1998 that provides over 45,000 products for cooking and entertaining; it is the recipient of the 2006 i.Merchant Gold award for overall excellence as an online retailer. “Cooking.com’s goal is to continually enhance our partnership with Starbucks through providing the StarbucksStore customer with a high quality and unique online experience that is consistent with the Starbucks brand,” said Tracy Randall, chief executive officer of Cooking.com. “We are committed to providing value-added service and capabilities to customers purchasing kitchenware and cooking and entertaining-related products.” www.cooking.com
RPA, the largest independent advertising agency on the West Coast, and headquartered in Santa Monica, received multiple industry accolades during New York’s Advertising Week events. Recently, the MIXX Awards honored the agency with “Best in Show” and a gold for the Honda Element’s online integration campaign. The search marketing campaign for the Honda Element received a bronze. The Creative Media Awards presented the agency with the television award for the Honda Fit campaign and the online media/search award for the Honda Element campaign. “I am extremely proud of RPA’s recent interactive and media achievements,” said Gerry Rubin, president and CEO of RPA. RPA has more than $1 billion in billings from traditional advertising, interactive and direct and event marketing. RPA also serves as a media planning and buying agency for clients such as Zatarain’s and MGM. www.rpa.com
Accruent, Inc., a provider of Real Estate Performance Management solutions, announced that it has been ranked #10 by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 for the Los Angeles area. This prestigious program selects the 50 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in a geographic area. Company rankings are based on percentage revenue growth from 2001 through 2005. Accruent, founded in 1995 and headquartered in Santa Monica, has achieved a 295 percent increase in revenues during this period. CEO Mark Friedman credits the company’s sixth consecutive ranking and fast growth to its innovative spirit, discipline and drive. “The ability to attain this kind of sustained revenue increase requires teamwork and a product that offers significant business value. Accruent is dedicated to providing comprehensive Real Estate Performance Management solutions that enable enterprises to manage their entire real estate lifecycle – from initial site evaluation to daily operations.” www.accruent.com.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture, of Santa Monica, announced new promotions, including the Senior Associate Promotion of Oonagh Ryan, who has worked with the firm for eight years and contributed design and management skills to a myriad of award-winning housing and community projects. www.kearch.com
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