The fun part is that in every case, the FRPs were sent out to all of the established, fully-staffed ad agencies in the area. I'm the only independent on those lists. Two years ago, I won the contract for an extended multi-channel promotion for the RTA. That pissed off some of those agencies. It's pretty much the same players on the current FRPs.

One of those agencies (among Dayton's longest standing and best known) underbid me last year on very big job for a high profile multi-purpose real estate development. They were awarded the contract and blew it in the first two months. The client fired them and came back to me to take over at my price!

I'm not winning a lot of friends among the local agencies, but screw 'em. A man's gotta eat.