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2017 Advertising Hall of Achievement Inductees Announced

WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2017—Marking 25 years of celebrating outstanding achievements in the advertising industry, the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement’s distinguished Council of Judges elected seven new industry superstars for induction into the Advertising Hall of Achievement Class of 2017. Leaders from Beats by Dr. Dre, BBDO SF, JP Morgan Chase, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, STORY, Twitter and UM/J3 will be honored at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremonies and Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, at the historic Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill. San Francisco recognizes both the pioneering nature of these honorees, and the ever-growing convergence between our industry and Silicon Valley.

The inductees of the 25th Class are: Karna Crawford, Managing Director, Marketing Strategy and Digital–Consumer Bank, JP Morgan Chase; Matt Derella, Global Vice President, Twitter Client Solutions; Matt Miller, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO San Francisco; Erin Quintana, Executive Vice President, Client Managing Partner, UM/J3; Rachel Shechtman, Founder and CEO, STORY; Jason White, Global Head of Marketing, Beats by Dr. Dre; and Lizette Williams, Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Williams will also be presented with the esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Since 1996, this award has recognized an inductee who has demonstrated an exceptionally high commitment to public service and the betterment of both the advertising industry and the larger community.

“Working with such a distinguished and varied group of judges to elect this year’s inductees was inspirational,” said Tara Walpert Levy, Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Vice President, Agency and Media Solutions for Google. “It was a privilege to see such a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds in both our judges and in this outstanding class of inductees based on an extensive submission, vetting, and selection process. This year's inductees range widely in who they are, where they've been, and what they do. What each has in common is a remarkable blend of professional skill, passion, and creativity. They are truly the best of the best, proving that the future of our industry is in very good hands.”

"What amazed me about the candidates for the Advertising Hall of Achievement this year was their broad range of experiences and impressive contributions to our industry.  This year's inductees all have been extremely adept at leading through change and reflect a diverse set of perspectives that will continue to make a big impact on how our industry evolves for years to come," added Heidi Browning, Vice Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the NHL. “On behalf of the San Francisco advertising, marketing and technology community, we are honored to host the Advertising Hall of Achievement Awards and celebrate the achievements of these remarkable inductees.”

The Advertising Hall of Achievement, a bicoastal event, has long been the gold standard in recognizing top advertising thought leaders age 40 and younger and is operated by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the same organization that operates the Advertising Hall of Fame. For 25 years, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, remains the premier industry event to recognize young, talented individuals who are making a significant impact in the advertising industry and through philanthropic work in their communities. The impressive alumni network includes 167 members with expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the advertising industry including clients, agencies, media and tech. The event hosts over 600 C-suite and senior level advertising and business leaders and is the second-largest fundraiser for the Federation providing a vital source of funding to continue the wide range of educational, multicultural, and advocacy initiatives that are vital to the industry.

Individual tickets, tables and information on sponsorships and program advertising opportunities are now available at aaf.org/ahoa or contact Lisa Rubin at lrubin@aaf.org.

 


About the American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership is comprised of nearly 100 corporate members made up of the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and AdCamps for high school students.