SILVER MEDAL AWARD
The American Advertising Federation's Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, AAF member clubs bestow this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community.
For many local clubs, awarding the AAF Silver Medal is the highlight of their year! It enhances the image of advertising by recognizing a locally well-known person for their advertising and community involvement.
2021 NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!
Submit Your Silver Medal Nominees! Nominations will be open until January 22, 2021! The winner will be announced at this year's Atlanta American Advertising Awards on February 19, 2021.
SILVER MEDAL CRITERIA
Silver Medal recipients are selected by a panel of judges from each local club. Judges use the following criteria when making their selections:
Contribution to His/Her Company - The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service
Creative Ability - The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.
Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising - The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.
Contributions to the Community - The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.
LAST YEAR'S WINNER
Thom Gonyeau, Mountain View Group
Thom has excelled in the advertising, marketing and communications industries for more than 30 years.
He is principal and co-founder of Mountain View Group and has served as President of the Albany Ad Club, Atlanta Ad Club and the Creative Club and is immediate past Chair of the Creative Education Foundation.
His impressive client roster has included GE, The Coca-Cola Company and Alcon.
PREVIOUS ATLANTA RECIPIENTS
Richard M. McArthur, Higgins-McArthur Company - 1958
J.S. Roberts, Retail Credit Association - 1959
Gussie O. Jones, Atlanta Gas Light Company - 1960
Lewis F. Gordon, Sr., Citizens & Southern National Bank - 1961
Tucker Wayne, Tucker Wayne & Company - 1962
Marshall H. Lane, The Coca-Cola Company - 1963
A.B. Richardson, The Life Insurance Company of Georgia - 1964
Mendel Segal, The Stein Printing Company - 1965
William W. Neal, Liller, Neal, Battle & Lindsey, Inc. - 1966
Robert C. Lowe, Jr., Lowe and Stevens, Inc. - 1967
George E. Bounds, Delta Air Lines, Inc. - 1968
Elmo Ellis, WSB-AM and WSB-FM - 1969
Richard H. Rich, Rich’s, Inc. - 1970
C.K. (Pete) Liller, Liller, Neal, Battle & Lindsey, Inc. - 1971
Dora and Clayton Cosse, Dora-Clayton Agency - 1972
Wilbur Kurtz, The Coca-Cola Company - 1973
Richard E. Hodges, Liller, Neal, Battle & Lindsey, Inc. - 1974
Claude Grizzard, Grizzard Advertising, Inc. - 1975
Fred A. George, Jr., George and Glover, Inc. - 1976
Moreland Moncrief, Atlanta Steel Company - 1977
Don Elliot Heald, WSB-TV - 1978
Robert Schaefer, Tucker Wayne & Company - 1979
Howard Axelberg, Liller, Neal, Battle & Lindsey, Inc. - 1980
Burke Dowling Adams, Burke Dowling Adams, Inc. - 1981
Jack Burton, Burton-Campbell, Inc. - 1982
Glenn Verrill, Burke Dowling Adams, Inc. - 1983
R.E. Turner, III, Turner Communications Corporation - 1984
Marie W. Dodd, Ivan Allen Company - 1985
Mike McDonald, McDonald & Little - 1986
Jim Pringle, Pringle, Dixon, Pringle - 1987
Austin P. Kelley, Austin Kelley Advertising, Inc. - 1988
Ira C. Herbert, The Coca-Cola Company - 1989
Andrew S. Fisher, Cox Broadcasting - 1990
Cathy Coffey, Cox Newspapers - 1991
Alf Nucifora, Nucifora Consulting Group - 1992
David P. Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald & Company - 1993
G. Clisby Clarke, McCann-Erickson - 1994
Neill Cameron, Ogilvy & Mather - 1995
Spurgeon Richardson, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau - 1996
Norm Grey, Creative Circus - 1997
B.A. Albert, MATCH, Inc. – 1998
Joey Reiman, Bright House – 1999
Larry Smith, Larry Smith & Associates – 2001
John Drake, Cole Henderson Drake – 2002
Jerry Brown, One Source Marketing - 2003
Guy Tucker, Ask Guy Tucker, Inc. – 2004
Ed Baker, Atlanta Business Chronicle – 2005
Jim Pollak, Pollak Levitt- 2006
Patrick Scullin, Ames Scullin O’Haire – 2007
Rena Kilgannon, Kilgannon – 2008
Bob Morrison, Morrison Agency - 2009
Brad Copeland, Copeland Design - 2019
Thom Gonyeau, Mountainview Group - 2020