Shauna Norris

Erik von Whipperman Joins Grapevine Communications

SARASOTA,FLORIDA - Erik von Whipperman has been named an Art Director with Grapevine Communications International Inc., a leading Sarasota advertising, marketing and public relations firm.

Whipperman is an accomplished Art Director with a strong flair for design and excellent illustration skills. Having worked with Grapevine Communications principals when he was a Senior Graphic Designer at Intertape Polymer Group in Bradenton, he brings experience and continuity to the Grapevine Communications team.

His wide-ranging background includes serving as Senior Graphic Designer with Sunset Automotive Group, Art Director with SPEEDCOM Wireless and Art Director with Quest Solutions, all of Sarasota. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.

Whipperman's appointment brings the number of Grapevine Communications employees to 12.

"We are pleased to welcome Erik back to our team," said Grapevine Communications President Angela Massaro-Fain." Our past working relationship, his creativity and his knowledge of our process make him an invaluable member of our agency."

Basedin Lakewood Ranch, Grapevine Communications has been named among the "Top 25 Advertising Agencies in Southwest Florida" by Tampa Bay Business Journal for four years in a row. This year's winners were determined by the size of the organization and number of full-time employees. The agency has continually garnered attention and recognition since it relocated to the Sarasota area in 2002, winning ADDY Awards every year it has been in business, as well as winning the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's "2006 Young Business of the Year Award."

Grapevine's diverse client base includes healthcare, software, realestate, law, packaging, developers and builders.The agency donates more than $100,000 in pro-bono services every year to local not-for-profit organizations.

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at