NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honorees and Nominees for the 2014 ADCOLOR® Awards were announced last night at ADCOLOR LIVE! 2014. The event was streamed live on www.AdColor.org from The Time Warner Center in New York City and was hosted by CNN's Don Lemon. ADCOLOR Live! is presented by CNN.
The 2014 Catalysts honorees are Judy Smith and Charles King.
Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. As a result of her wide ranging and ground breaking career, Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC's hit television dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, developed a television drama about the world of crisis management inspired by Ms. Smith. The series, entitled "Scandal," revolves around the life and work of a professional fixer. Ms. Smith serves as Co-Executive Producer of the project and provides insight and technical expertise on crisis management issues.
Ms. Smith is the author of the book, Good Self, Bad Self, published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. She has received numerous communications and leadership awards and is active in community service.
Charles King is a Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME). He joined the storied William Morris Agency mailroom in 1997 and was promoted two years later to Agent, becoming the first African American to rise from the training program in the Beverly Hills Film/Television department in the company's 101-year history. King was promoted to Vice President in 2004, Senior Vice President in 2006 and became a partner in 2010 after the William Morris merger with Endeavor.
Charles King is a visible champion for causes he believes in, both within and outside of the entertainment industry. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He currently sits on several nonprofit and advisory boards: The Next Generation Council of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the WME Foundation, The Board of Visitors for Howard University School of Law, The Challengers: Boys and Girls Club, The Coalition for At Risk Youth, The Children's Defense Fund's Beat The Odds Scholarship and The American Black Film Festival.
The 2014 Advocate honoree is Anthony Watson.
Watson is the Chief Information Officer ("CIO") of Nike, Inc. ("NIKE") where he has company-wide strategic and operational responsibility for leading and delivering all enterprise information technology across all NIKE category, product and business brands, operational and geographic business units, affiliate brands and subsidiaries, globally.
Watson is an Independent Non-Executive Director; Member of the Board, Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a Member of the Remuneration Committee of Digital Global Services, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. In addition, Watson is a Non-Executive Director; Member of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee and a Member of the Finance Committee of GLAAD, the world's largest LGBT media advocacy organization and a Patron of Diversity Role Models, a London based LGBT education and anti-homophobic bullying charity.
Watson is the Chair of the European Diversity Awards, Europe's largest awards ceremony which recognizes and celebrates individuals, organizations and companies from across Europe, that make a difference in the field of diversity and inclusion.
"The ADCOLOR® Board of Directors and Advisory Board are honored to recognize the extraordinary achievements of this year's honorees – both within their respective industries and beyond." says Tiffany R. Warren, Founder and President of ADCOLOR® and SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group.
ADCOLOR celebrates and champions diversity in the advertising, marketing, media, and public relations industries. By highlighting the achievements of African-American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific-American, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT and other diverse professionals, students, and diversity and inclusion champions, ADCOLOR aims to inspire the next generation of diverse professionals.
The ADCOLOR Awards will take place on September 20, 2014, at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The ADCOLOR Awards are the final event in the ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference, September 17-20, 2014, at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. To register for the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards, Industry Conference and/or ADCOLOR® University, please visit: http://adcolor.org/.
Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR 2014 Award Honorees:
- Judy Smith
"Founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm"
- Charles King
Partner/ Motion Picture Agent, William Morris Endeavor (WME)
- Anthony Watson
Chief Information Officer, NIKE
One Club/Creative Awards Recipients
- Rei Inamoto, Global Creative Director of AKQA
- Feh Tarty, Creative Director Mother, London
- BBDO New York & Marvel
Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR 2014 Award Nominees. One honoree will be chosen from each of the following categories and will be announced on September 20, 2014, at the ADCOLOR Awards:
- Ted Chung, Founder, Cashmere Agency and Stampede Management
- Bozoma Saint John, SVP and Head of Global Marketing, Beats Music
- Kedma Brown, VP, Director of Integrated Production, Saatchi & Saatchi New York
Rising Star Nominees
- Ashley M. Mackel, Worldwide Marketing Manager, Worldwide Corporate Communications, Ogilvy & Mather, New York, NY
- Danielle D. Skeen, Account Executive, Kirshenbaum, Bond, Senecal + Partners (kbs+)
- Mariam Guessous, Art Director, Launchpad Advertising
Change Agent Nominees
- Robert Camilleri, VP, Global Operations Director, Publicis Kaplan Thaler
- Max Rutherford, Director, Supplier Diversity & Small Business, GSD&M
- Brandon Rochon, SVP, Samsung Global CD, Leo Burnett
- B. Bonin Bough, Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement, Mondelez International
- Daniel Marin, Managing Director, Ogilvy & Mather
- Tristan Walker, Founder/CEO, CODE2040/Walker&CO
Ad of the Year Nominees
TITLE: "MADE OF MORE"
AGENCY: BBDO WORLDWIDE
TITLE: "WHOLE AGAIN"
CLIENT: GENERAL MILLS
AGENCY: McCANN NEW YORK
TITLE: "TRUST YOUR POWER"
AGENCY: SAATCHI & SAATCHI NY
TITLE: "AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL"
AGENCY: WIEDEN + KENNEDY
TITLE: "THIS IS WHOLESOME"
CLIENT: HONEY MAID
Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR® Futures Class of 2014:
- Amber Jackson
- Anthony Perez
- Bennett Bennett
- Candy Liu
- Carla Rubio
- Chelsea Spratling
- Christopher Vega
- Danielle English
- E Yiwei Zhu
- Erik Zambrano
- Gaby Alvarez
- Iris Yau
- Jacklyn Baillergeon
- Jean Middleton
- Jennifer Monzon
- Jonathan Lopez
- Jonathan Rodriguez
- Joshua Lee
- Kendra Croft
- Lacey Meece
- Steven Bram
- Markeisha Dawson
- Nia Fields
- Rabih Ahmed
- Rhasaan Nichols
- Sara Mahmood
- Sigourney Hudson-Clemons
- Vanessa Manzon
ADCOLOR® is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the advertising, marketing, media, PR and entertainment industries. ADCOLOR® strives to create a network of outstanding diverse professionals and champions by honoring their accomplishments and leveraging their stories as a road map for others to follow. By highlighting the achievements of African-Americans, American Indian/Native Americans, Asian Pacific-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, members of the LGBT community and diversity & inclusion champions, ADCOLOR® aims to inspire the next generation of multicultural professionals.
The 8th Annual ADCOLOR® Awards & Industry Conference is presented by GSD&M and Omnicom Group, sponsored by BBDO, CNN, DAS Global, DDB Worldwide, Deutsch Inc., DIAGEO, Microsoft Advertising, PepsiCo, Publicis Groupe, Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA\, The Washington Speakers Bureau and Wieden+Kennedy and supported by The American Advertising Federation, 4A's, OmnicomMediaGroup, The One Club and TBWA\ Media Arts Lab.