The week was filled with celebrations, honors and insights, with the biggest surprise for me at the American Advertising Federation’s awards gala. In ball gowns and black tie, hundreds from our industry came together to recognize the best creative advertising our market has and toast individuals who’ve achieved the highest of accolades. I had the amazing honor of being inducted into the Knoxville Chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Fame. Inductees are advertising professionals that have advanced the business interests, innovation, and reputation of our industry; have successful careers with significant creative, media, and marketing accomplishments; and have used their influence to positively impact our community.
It felt just like the Oscars, from wearing the tux, to stepping up on the stage, receiving my award and just as I start to say a few words into the microphone, the music starts playing and the awards ceremony continues. I’m OK with being booted off, though, because of the opportunity this blog gives me to share my passion on advertising and disability, accessible by everyone anytime, anywhere. Two points that I would like to share that were to be included in what I promise would have been a short speech are a thank you and recognition to my lovely wife, Sarah, and a nod and bow to Designsensory, the agency where I call home, whose leaders and team are always innovative, creative and inspiring.
While personal in recognition, I also see this as a milestone in the opportunity to continue to advance the conversation and to create greater visibility for advertising and disability.