CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Advertising Federation awarded Draftfcb Executive Chairman Howard Draft with the organization's Silver Medal Lifetime Achievement Award during a dinner last night at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.
In his acceptance speech, Draft thanked those in attendance as well as his numerous colleagues throughout his career.
"I'm here tonight because I've been lucky to have been surrounded and inspired by some great people here in Chicago and around the world, including some of the legends of direct and general advertising," said Draft.
Draft also acknowledged his love for the Chicago advertising community.
"I love working in the Chicago community. The talent and work in this town is second to none," said Draft. "When you look at the people and the agencies – and the brands we've helped build – you just know that this is truly a city that works."
Since 1959, the Silver Medal has been awarded to a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions to the local ad scene as well as for his/her personal accomplishments.
About the CAF
The Chicago Advertising Federation is one of the country's largest advertising organizations. It represents advertising agencies, marketing firms, advertisers, media and production companies, imaging companies and other partners in the advertising community. Founded in 1905, CAF serves as a resource for professional enrichment, community service, industry advocacy and social networking. Approximately 125 member companies represent over 5,000 advertising professionals in the Chicagoland area.
Draftfcb is the first fully integrated, global marketing communications agency to operate against a single P&L, with a network that spans 94 countries and employs more than 9,200 people. The agency is driven by The 6.5 Seconds That Matter(SM), an operating system that recognizes the brief period of time marketers have to capture consumers' attention and motivate them to act. With nearly 140 years of combined expertise, Draftfcb has roots in both consumer advertising and behavioral, data-driven direct marketing. It firmly believes there is no way to separate creativity from accountability, which it refers to as Return on Ideas(SM). The agency is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit www.draftfcb.com.