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. For AAF – Polk County, awarding the AAF Silver Medal is the highlight of our year. It enhances the image of advertising by recognizing a locally well-known person for their advertising and community involvement.

Below is the list of recipients by year and the business association at time of the award.

1960 — Bill Schroter* — Advertising Director, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

1961— Dick Pope, Sr.*— Founder, Cypress Gardens

1962 — William J Porter*— Advertising Director, Lakeland Ledger

1963 — No Award Given

1964 — Mac Barnum Account Executive — Florida Citrus Commission Ad Agency

1965 — Duane McConnell* — Founder, President, WONN Radio

1966 — Hugh Cash* — Citrus Outdoor Advertising

1967 — Solon Southerland — Retail Advertising Manager, Lakeland Ledger

1968 — Dean Hart, Jr. — Display Director, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

1969 — Bob Eastman* — Sales/Promotions Director, Cypress Gardens

1970 — Hal Waters* — Florida Southern College, City Advertising Committee

1971 — Eddie Sutton* — Advertising Director, FMC Florida Division

1972 — Al Signer* — Founder, Polk Shopper

1973 — Dan Bagley, Jr.* — Founder, Bagley Specialty Advertising

1974 — Jane Pierce — Jane Pierce & Associates

1975 — Chuck Cooper* — Advertising Director, W S Badcock Corporation

1976 — Bud Kurtz* — General Manager, WVFM Radio

1977 — Nis Nissen — Founder, President, Nissen Advertising Agency

1978 — John Gilman* — Director, Lakeland Ledger

1979 — Dennis Stults — President (Advertising), Scotty’s

1980 — Jim Kirkpatrick — Jenkins Lincoln-Mercury

1981 — T M Van Meter* — Advertising, W S Badcock Corporation

1982 — Murray Goldsborough* — Sales Manager, WVFM Radio

1983 — Dick Pearson — President, Pearson, Clark & Sawyer Advertising

1984 — Joyce Knowles* — Marketing Manager, Winter Haven Mall

1985 — Dick Bennick* — Station Manager, WGTO Radio

1986 — Hal Meyer — Hal Meyer Advertising & Public Relations

1987 — Bob Milligan — Advertising Division Manager, The Tampa Tribune, Lakeland

1988 — Art Rowbotham — General Manager, WONN/WPCV Radio

1989 — Dick Ashe* — Real Estate Mortgage Broker

1990 — Gene Blasingame — Advertising Director, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

1991 — LeRoy Bradley* — General Manager, WEZY/WLKF Radio

1992 — Nancy Cattarius — WONN/WPCV Radio

1993 — Don Whitworth — Publisher, The Ledger

1994 — Sharon Creedon — Florida Cypress Gardens

1995 — Bill Gregory — William E Gregory Advertising

1996 — Terry Jameson — First Federal Florida, Vice President & Marketing Director

1997 — Jim Greenfield — Director of News & Public Affairs, WONN/WPCV Radio

1998 — John Bohanan — Fletcher Printing

1999 — Christine Nikdel — Clark/Nikdel, Inc.

2000 — Lori Proctor — Assistant Retail Advertising Manager, The Ledger

2001 — Edward Kirkland — WLKF/WWRZ Radio

2002 — Reba Zoellner — WONN/WPCV Radio

2003 — Mary Cameron — WONN/WPCV Radio

2004 — Stephen Schmidt — The Ledger

2005 — Steve Githens — Citrus Connection

2006 — Linda Bagley-Wiggs — Bagley Advertising

2007 — Anne Powell — Clark/Nikdel/Powell

2008 — Tim Cox — Publix Super Markets, Inc.

2009 — Cathy Wolosin — Citrus Connection

2010 — Erica Smith — The Lakeland Center

2011 — Nelson Kirkland — Central Florida Media Group

2012 — Yvonne Bradley — AAF-Polk County Florida

2013 — Brian J. Hall — Dual Brain

2014 — Allen Reed — Madden Brand Agency

2015 — MaryBeth Scott — The Lakeland Center

2016 — Rebecca Arnold — Dual Brain

2017 — Michelle Ledford — Madden Brand Agency

* deceased