Our Honorees & Nominees

Congratulations to the 2014 ADCOLOR® Award Honorees, Nominees and ADCOLOR® FUTURES!

 The 9th Annual ADCOLOR® Awards nomination portal is now open.

The 2014 ADCOLOR® Award Honorees:

Updated September 20, 2014


The CATALYST Award presented by ADCOLOR®

Charles D. King, Partner/ Motion Picture Agent, William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Judy Smith, Founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm


The ADVOCATE Award presented by GLAAD

Anthony Watson, Chief Information Officer, NIKE


The ONE CLUB|ADCOLOR® CREATIVE Award presented by One Club & ADCOLOR®

Rei Inamoto, Chief Creative Officer / VP, AKQA

Feh Tarty, Creative Partner, Stay In School



Marvel & BBDO New York


The LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Award presented by DIAGEO & American Advertising Federation

Edward Lewis, Co-Founder and former CEO, Chairman & Publisher, Essence Magazine; Co-Founder of Latina Magazine; Chairman of LMV; and Senior Advisor for Solera Capital


The CHANGE AGENT Award presented by ADCOLOR®

Robert Camilleri, VP, Global Operations Director, Publicis Kaplan Thaler


The INNOVATOR Award presented by DAS Global 

B. Bonin Bough, Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement, Mondelez International


The RISING STAR Award presented by ADCOLOR®

Danielle Skeen, Account Executive, Kirshenbaum, Bond, Senecal + Partners (kbs+)


The ROCKSTAR Award presented by ADCOLOR®

Bozoma Saint John, SVP, Head of Global Marketing, Beats Music


The AD OF THE YEAR Award presented by GSD&M

Duracell, “Trust Your Power”, Saatchi & Saatchi



The 2014 ADCOLOR® Award Nominees:


The CHANGE AGENT Award Nominees

Brandon Rochon, SVP, Samsung Global Creative Director, Leo Burnett

Max Rutherford, Vendor Partner Diversity Director/Small Business Liaison Officer, GSD&M


The INNOVATOR Award Nominees

Daniel Marin, Managing Director, Ogilvy & Mather

Tristan Walker, Founder & CEO, Walker & Company Brands / Founder & Chairman, CODE2040


The RISING STAR Award Nominees

Mariam Guessous, Senior Art Director, LaunchPad Advertising

Ashley M. Mackel, Worldwide Marketing Manager, Ogilvy & Mather


The ROCKSTAR Award Nominees

Kedma Brown, VP, Director of Integrated Production / National Lead Diversity & Inclusion, Saatchi & Saatchi New York

Ted Chung, Founder, Cashmere Agency


The AD OF THE YEAR Award Nominees

Guinness, “Basketball”, BBDO New York

Jeep, “Whole Again”, GlobalHue

Honeymaid, “This Is Wholesome”, Droga5

General Mills,  #LuckytoBe Campaign, McCann New York

Coca-Cola, “It’s Beautiful”, Wieden + Kennedy


Ms. ADCOLOR® 2014

Meron Medhanie, Account Executive, Select NY

2012 ADCOLOR® Futures Alumna


ADCOLOR® FUTURES Class of 2014:

•           Amber Jackson, Account Executive, Grey

•           Anthony Perez, Assistant Account Manager, GSD&M

•           Bennett Bennett, AAE Intern, Young & Rubicam Advertising

•          Candace Queen, Student, The University of Texas at Austin

•           Candy Liu, International Networking Operations Assistant, BBDO

•           Carla Rubio, Regional Account Manager, Media Strategy Mindshare, Miami

           Chelsea Spratling, Copywriter, MRY

•           Christopher Vega, Senior Content Manager, CDM

           Danielle English, Senior Digital Associate, Weber Shandwick

           Donovan Triplett, Jr. Account Planner, BBDO Atlanta

•           E Yiwei Zhu, Marlboro Global/Digital Account Management Intern, Leo Burnett

           Erik Zambrano, Consultant, Ogilvy

•           Gaby Alvarez, Platform Solutions Consultant, Google

•           Iris Yau, Senior Account Executive, AKQA

•           Jacklyn Baillergeon, Intern (Media with Strategy interest), Mullen

•           Jean Middleton, Project Manager, Wunderman

•           Jennifer Monzon, Consumer Marketing Specialist, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles (NBC Universal Inc.)

•           Jonathan Lopez, Producer/Writer/Editor, Warner Bros.

•           Jonathan D. RodriguezFilmmaker, Visionary, Networker, Bronx, NY

•           Joshua Lee, Freelance Copywriter, New World Media Group

           Kendra Croft, Student, The University of Texas at Austin

•           Lacey Meece, Media Planner, Havas Media

•           Markeisha Dawson, Strategist, MOB Media, Inc.

           Nia Fields, Digital Marketer, Self Employed

•           Rabih Ahmed, Intern, Ford Foundation

•           Rhasaan Nichols, Artist In Residence, Saatchi & Saatchi New York

           Sara Mahmood, Community Manager- Ford Motor Company, Team Detroit

           Sigourney Hudson-Clemons, Account Executive, BBDO

           Steven Bram, Sr. Associate, Roll Global

•           Vanessa Manzon, Community Manager, Square


ADCOLOR Awards Nomination & Selection Chair:

Mark Zangrilli, Director, Human Resources, Edelman


2014 ADCOLOR® Awards Council of Judges*:

Analiza Alba Leen, Advertising Creative Director, Arnold Worldwide

Andy DeazaArt Director, McCann New York

Constance Cannon Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation

Darla Price, SVP, Group Account Director, McCann NY

Donna PedroChief Diversity Officer, Ogilvy & Mather

Doug Melville, Chief Diversity Officer, TBWA\

Eric BuchananTalent Manager, TBWA\ MAL

Esther T. FranklinEVP, Director of Cultural Identities, SMG

Felicia GeigerSVP, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Deutsch, Inc.

Gail Brooks, Director, Firefly

Imari Oliver, VP, Creative Strategy, Sparks + Honey

Jd MichaelsSVP, Director Tactile Production + Creative Engineering, BBDO

Justine SongAccount Director, HZDG

Karl CarterCEO, GTM, Inc.

Karla Gray Mayers, SVP, Director of Supplier Diversity, BBDO NY

Kirsten AtkinsonMedia Director, Team One

Lila AntonAssistant Account Executive, TBWA\ MAL

Marc Stephenson StrachanVice President, Brand Marketing, DIAGEO

Mary NittoloOwner, The Studio NYC

Neisha Tweed, Associate Creative Director, McGarry Bowen

Nicole M. HallVice President, Human Resources, Edelman

Ralph NavarroDirector of Integrated Production, DDB New York

Renetta McCann, Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett

Ronnie DickersonVice President, Media Director – Cross-Cultural Marketing + Diversity & Inclusion, Digitas

Sallie MarsSVP, Chief Diversity Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Teneisha Jackson-WarnerChief Creative Officer and Founder, EGAMI Consulting Group

Tiffany EdwardsFoundation & Inclusion Manager, The Advertising Club of NY

Toni ThompsonHuman Resources Director, Condé Nast

Vida CorneliusChief Creative Officer, Global Hue


ADCOLOR® Nomination Criteria & Award Category Descriptions:


Rise Up:  How has the nominee gone above and beyond in his/her career?

E.g.: Notable accomplishments, clear business results, awards and recognition in the field.

Reach Back:  How has the nominee gone out of his/her way to help others?

E.g.: Extent of involvement, influence on peers and impact of involvement on his/her organization, industry and /or community.



An All-Star is someone who uses his or her status as a celebrity to spread goodwill and encourage positive change through philanthropy and other initiatives in the marketing, media, public relations and advertising industries.


Honorees for the ADCOLOR Rising Star Awards have less than 7 years of experience, these young guns are up and coming. They are carving a path, setting goals and pushing their talents and skills to achieve them.

ROCKSTAR – New Category!

A Rockstar is someone who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, stands out as a leader and visionary in the industry. He/she has a positive track record and the potential to accomplish so much more. Falling in between the Rising Star and the Legend, this individual is creating his or her own path and providing room for others to follow behind.


An Innovator is an employee who embodies progress and imagination. He/she stands out among peers as a game changer and pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible.


A Change Agent is the individual within a company who is using his/her talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that persons’ primary role.

AD OF THE YEAR - New Category!

The Ad of the Year is a campaign or single execution that pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media.


A Legend is a seasoned industry veteran, a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for other generations to take the opportunities made by this legend, even further.


The Most Valuable Partners (MVP) are two people/companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier with NMSDC or WBENC certification that teams up for a short or long-term project that furthers diversity and inclusion.


A Catalyst is an individual who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community – educating and inspiring current and future generations of advertising, marketing, media, PR and entertainment professionals. Each ones’ provocative courage, professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have sparked change and propelled progress within their respective industries and the world.


An Advocate is an LGBT advertising, marketing or media professional who increases awareness of LGBT advertising, marketing and/or causes within and outside of the communications industry.


The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are the latest inductees of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. Their inspiring stories of professional and personal success exemplify Rising Up and Reaching Back.   


The One Club | ADCOLOR® Creative Award recipients are creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines.


*Nominations were submitted through adcolor.org’s nomination portal from February through May 2014. Honorees were chosen by a panel of judges based on the criteria and award category characteristics listed above.