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RPA (Rubin Postaer and Associates)

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FoundedOctober 1986
HeadquartersSanta Monica, CA, United States
Key people
Gerry Rubin, Larry Postaer
Number of employees

RPA is a full-service American advertising and marketing agency headquartered in Santa Monica, California. It was founded in 1986 by Gerry Rubin and Larry Postaer and currently employs more than 700 associates.[1] The agency has regional offices in Portland, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Moorestown, New Jersey.[2]

RPA is a full service agency, providing digital, social media, marketing/creative services, branded content/entertainment, market research/consulting, marketing technologies/analytics, media buying/planning, strategy and planning services.[3]


Rubin Postaer and Associates (RPA) resulted from the merger of BBDO Worldwide, Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) and Needham Harper Worldwide, which together formed Omnicom Group in 1986. Under the merger, DDB and Needham Harper joined forces to become DDB Needham – a move that presented a conflict since the former worked on Volkswagen's advertising business, while the latter worked on Honda's account.[4]

Gerry Rubin and Larry Postaer were heading up Needham Harper Worldwide's Los Angeles office, handling the Honda account. The news of Omnicom's plans to jettison Honda because of the account conflict caused the pair to develop a plan to break out the LA office into its own business so they could keep working with the automaker. When Rubin assured the president of Honda North America that the entire agency staff would stay the same, he was given the green light – and RPA was quickly formed in October 1986.[4]

Current Clients

The RPA website lists Acura, ampm, Apartments.com, ARCO, Cedars-Sinai, Farmers Insurance, Honda, La-Z-Boy, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Pocky and Southwest Airlines as among its current clients.[2]

Notable campaigns

  • Honda -- Paper: Emmy-nominated commercial that tells the history of the brand using a stop-motion paper-flipping technique.[5][6]
  • Honda -- Project Drive-in: A national movement to save drive-in theaters.[7]
  • Honda -- Matthew's Day Off: Super Bowl campaign teasing a remake of a famous movie.[8]
  • Honda -- Yearbooks: Super Bowl campaign for the 20th anniversary of the CR-V used celebrity yearbook photos to demonstrate the Power of Dreams.[9]
  • Farmers Insurance -- The More That You See: For Dr. Seuss Day, Farmers reimagined true claims into a Seussian tale.[10]
  • Farmers Insurance -- Dog Diving: A dog diving competition based on an actual insurance claim.[11]
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation -- Imaginary Friend Society: A series of animated short films that explore various cancer-related topics in a kid-friendly way.[12]
  • La-Z-Boy -- Live Life Comfortably: A long-running campaign to highlight the brand's wide range of furniture offerings.[13]
  • Apartments.com—A well-known spokesperson introduces the “Apartminternet”.[14]
  • Intuit -- Small Business Big Game: Super Bowl campaign that gave away a Super Bowl commercial to a well-deserving small business.[15]
  • ampm -- Toomgis: Spokescharacter whose name stands for “Too Much Good Stuff” and is made out of licorice, cheese curls, cinnamon rolls and hot dogs.[16]


  1. ^ Graham, Megan (June 5, 2017). "'Don't Boil the Ocean': How RPA Hired 120 People in Four Months". Ad Age. Crain Communications. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About RPA". RPA website. Rubin Postaer and Associates. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  3. ^ "RPA: Basic Info". Adforum. Adforum. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Smiley, Minda (December 6, 2016). "RPA turns 30: The agency's execs talk LA's ad scene, being independent and longtime client Honda". The Drum. The Carnyx Group. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. ^ D'Orazio, Dante (September 20, 2015). "Brilliant stop-motion ad tells the history of Honda with paper and hands". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. ^ "68th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ Solomon, Dan (August 12, 2013). "Honda Wants You To Help Save Drive-in Movie Theaters". Fast Company. Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  8. ^ Muller, Joann (January 30, 2012). "Honda's Ferris Bueller Moment: Honda? Honda?". Forbes. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  9. ^ Snierson, Dan (February 2, 2017). "See high school versions of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and more in Honda Super Bowl ad". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  10. ^ Corr, Amy (March 4, 2019). "Farmers Insurance Took Actual Claims and Reimagined Them as a Dr. Seuss Story". Adweek. Adweek, LLC. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  11. ^ Bender, Kelli (August 5, 2016). "Exclusive: Diving Dogs Show Off Their Synchronized Swimming Skills in New Farmers Ad". People. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  12. ^ Natavidad, Angela (September 29, 2017). "Kids With Cancer Get a Slew of Imaginary Friends to Help Them in Lovely Campaign From RPA". Adweek. Adweek, LLC. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  13. ^ Corr, Amy (May 8, 2019). "Kristen Bell Gets Comfortable as New Spokesperson for La-Z-Boy". Adweek. Adweek, LLC. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  14. ^ Nudd, Tim (March 2, 2015). "Jeff Goldblum Is a Loony Futurist in RPA's New Ads for Apartments.com". Adweek. Adweek, LLC. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  15. ^ Snyder, Benjamin (February 9, 2016). "Here's What Goes Into Making a Super Bowl Ad". Fortune. Fortune Media IP Limited. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  16. ^ Taylor, Heather (January 9, 2018). "Who (or What) is Ampm's Toomgis?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
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