The Silver Medal Award

This national award program is 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. Please see the following in regards for receiving this esteemed award below:

 

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION

 

A PERSON WHO HAS:

 

Made contributions to his/her company.

  • The winner must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media, or advertising service company.

Shown contributions to the general advancement of advertising.

  • The award winner will have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession. 
  • Made contributions to the community.
  • The recipient should be a man or woman who has been active in civic, religious or other groups dedicated to some phases of human or social welfare.

 

Note: In line with the above criteria and purpose, the Advertising Woman of the Year Award is discontinued and women of the Advertising Federation, including winners of the Advertising Woman of the Year Awards, will be eligible for consideration for Silver Medal Award.

 

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION

 

Nominations for Silver Medal Award shall be submitted in writing, on forms provided each year by the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne, Inc. by any member in good standing of the AFFW on behalf of another member or person.

 

The individual submitting the nomination shall do complete research about the nominee and include his/her background and information on how the nominee qualifies (see CRITERIA above).

 

The nomination may be made at any time during the calendar year for consideration in March of the following year. Nominations from previous years will not be used for consideration in subsequent years without resubmission. Nominations received in March will be for consideration during that year.

 

DEADLINE: March 31

 

CONSIDERATION PROCEDURE

 

A jury (appointed by the Advertising Federation president each year) consisting of a past president and at least three members of the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne, Inc. will meet in February of each year to consider all written nominations. The jury’s decision will be presented in writing to the Board of Directors for consideration and Award confirmation at the April regular Board meeting.

 

The president will personally advise the Silver Medal Award recipient of his/her selection and the Silver Medal Award shall be presented at the May general membership meeting. The president shall notify the American Advertising Federation, Inc. of the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne, Inc. Award.

 

NOTE: Although the jury is charged to consider all nominations and to search diligently for an Award recipient, it should be understood that the Award may not be awarded each year if, in the jury’s opinion, no nominee is eligible for the Award.

 

​SILVER MEDAL AWARD HONORS

 

1962 ** +  LOUIS W. BONSIB

                  Chairman of the Board

                  Bonsib, Centilivre, Knight & Ferguson

 

1963 ** +  LOUIS E. WADE

                  Chairman of the Board

                 Lauer, Etzler & Wade, Inc.

 

1964 ** +  JOHN P. WHITE

                 Director, Marketing & Advertising

                 Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

 

1965 **     WILLIS S. MARTIN

                 Chairman of the Board

                 Martin-Evans, Inc.

 

1966 ** +  LAVERN E. GELOW

                 Director of Advertising & Sales Promotion

                 Peter Eckrich & Sons, Inc.

 

1967 ** +  CHESTER F. LEOPOLD

                 Advertising Manager

                 Wolf & Dessauer

 

1968         No Award Given

 

1969 **    MERRILL “BAN” JOHNSON

                Vice President-General Manager

                WGL

 

1970 ** + WARREN W. WIDENHOFER

                Public Affairs Director

                Indiana & Michigan Electric Company

 

1971 **    REID G. CHAPMAN

                Vice President-General Manager

                WANE-TV

 

1972 ** + HAROLD D. COTHRELL

                Retired-Fort Wayne National Bank

 

1973 **    HILLIARD GATES

                Vice President-General Manager

                WKJG-TV

 

1974 **    CARL W. VANDAGRIFT

                Vice President-General Manager

                WOWO

 

1975 **    RICHARD M. KATT

                Director of Marketing

                Azar’s Restaurants, Inc.

 

1976 **    DOUGLAS HADLEY

                Owner

                Hadley House Advertising

 

1977        ARTHUR E. SINGLETON

                President

                Prentice Products Corporation

 

1978 ** +  OSWALD F. FERBER

                 President

                 Suedoff & Ferber, Inc.

 

1979 **   Jay Gould

               Consultant

               WOWO

 

1980 **    Ann L. Colone

                Promotion Manager

                WANE-TV

 

1981        EDWIN C. METCALFE

                President & General Manager

                WPTA-TV

 

1982 **    GEORGE H. KINNE

                President

                George H. Kinne, Advertising & Public Relations

 

1983        W. Louise Rennecker

                Community Affairs Manager

                General Telephone Company of Indiana, Inc.

 

1984 **    HELEN R. FOELLINGER

                Retired-Chairman of the Board

                Fort Wayne Newspapers

 

1985 ** + KEDRIC J. CHANEY

                President 

                Precision Litho, Inc.

 

1986        No Award Given

 

1987 **    ROBERT H. KLOPFENSTEIN

                Retired-President

                O’Toole Advertising

 

1988        RICHARD J. FERGUSON

                President

                Ferguson Advertising, Inc.

 

1989 **    RICHARD E. BONSIB

                Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

                Bonsib, Inc. Marketing Services

 

1990 **   GEORGE N. NITECKI

               Vice President/Creative Director

               Nitecki, Smith & Walker, Inc.

 

1991       No Award Given

 

1992       MARVIN GOTTLIEB

               General Sales Manager

                WKJG-TV

 

1993 **   EVELYN HAUSMAN

               Retired-Assistant Vice President of Advertising

               & Public Relations

               Fort Wayne National Bank

 

1994 **   EUGENE A. YERGENS

               Retired-Local Sales Manager

               WKJG-TV

 

1995       No Award Given

 

1996       R. BRUCE CYNAR

               General Sales Manger

               WANE-TV

 

1997       ROGER W. DIEHM 

               Assistant General Sales Manager

               105-FM Radio

 

1998       NANCY J. WRIGHT

               Vice President/Creative Director

               Ferguson Advertising, Inc.

 

1999       No Award Given

 

2000       BETH A. MILLER

               President

               HPN, Inc. Marketing Services

 

2001       ERIC JOHNSON

               General Manager

               Ad Lab Advertising and Marketing Services, Inc.

 

2002       No Award Given

 

2003       RONNIE L. SMOOTS

               Retired

               Markey’s Audio Visual

 

2004       JOHN F. BONSIB

               Retired

               Page Alert, Inc. 

 

2005       No Award Given

 

2006      James J. Goheen

               Sales and Marketing Executive

               WANE-TV

 

2007       ALAN NAUTS

               Program Director for Communication Arts & Graphic Design 

               University of Saint Francis

 

2008       THOMAS J. BLEE

               Retired

               Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom

 

2009       JAMES ETZLER 

 

2010       TIMOTHY BORNE

               CEO

               Asher Agency, Inc.

 

2011       CRAIG DELLINGER
               President

               New Haven Print

 

2012       ALAN RIEBE

               General Manager

               WANE-TV

 

2013       No Award Given

 

2014       THOMAS BORNE

               President

               Asher Agency, Inc.

 

2014       MELISSA DUNNING

               Marketing Director

              Aunt Millie’s Bakeries

 

2015       BARRY LABOV

               President and CEO

               LABOV and Beyond 

 

​**Deceased

+Charter Member

 

WOMAN OF THE YEAR HONORS

 

1969 ** + PATRICIA A. BENNINGTON

                Owner

                Spotlight Advertising, Inc.

 

1971        W. LOUISE RENNECKER

                Advertising Manager

                General Telephone Company of Indiana, Inc.

 

1973 **    JUNE HADLEY

                Co-Owner

                Hadley House Advertising

 

1974 ** +HILDA C. WOEHRMEYER

               Publicity Consultant

               Catholic Social Services

 

1975       JANET A. FOSS

               Diocesan Communications Director

               Catholic Charities

 

(Competition eliminated in 1976 when women became eligible for the Silver Medal Award.)

 

**Deceased

+Charter Member