Entries for March 2012

Ad2 Phoenix continued a 47-year tradition by presenting the highly-coveted J. Terry Groener "Ad Person of the Year" award to Matthew Owens, partner at Owens Harkey Advertising, in recognition of his many years of providing advertising industry excellence and his ongoing dedication to making a positive impact throughout our local community.

Coincidentally Matthew's father, the late Bill Owens, received the same award 30 years ago! 

The winner is selected by AD2 Phoenix using the following criteria:
(1) A contributor to the betterment of the advertising industry, (2) An active participant in community service, and (3) Presently active in advertising/marketing/communications.

Tom Ortega has been one of Phoenix's most talented ad men for two and half decades. He is a Partner at RIESTER and serves as Chief Creative Officer supervising all creative staff and work produced from three offices in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Not only is he the hardest working man in advertising, he is one of the most selfless.

Tom first moved to the Valley in the early 1980s from his native Texas to join Phillips Ramsey as a copywriter. There he wrote award-winning campaigns for Safeway, PetSmart and Doubletree Hotels. He spent many subsequent years as the top freelance writer in town, helping establish creative credentials for many local upstart ad agencies.

RIESTER attributes some of its big account wins to Tom Ortega's leadership, including Hormel Foods,  First Solar, Nationwide Insurance and MidFirst Bank. As a result, Tom has provided more opportunities for Phoenix-based creative talent to work on larger client brands while attracting new creatives to Phoenix. Although his schedule forces him to actually jog between conference rooms and airports, Tom always makes time for his colleagues-both personally and professionally.

So many of us owe Tom a debt of tremendous gratitude. The folks at RIESTER know it would not have become the agency it is today without Tom Ortega.

Copywriter of the Year
Jason Hackett, HAPI
For Rose & Crown British Pub campaign
Client: Rose & Crown British Pub

Art Director of the Year
Brad Jones
PS Studios
For Living for Art: Gifts from the Dorothy & Herbert Vogel Collection
Client: Phoenix Art Museum

Best of Show
For Arizona Humane Society Spay/Neuter Television campaign
Client: Arizona Humane Society

Student Best of Show
Raven Simone Cruz
For Minimal Movie Posters
School: Art Institute of Phoenix

Congratulations 2012 ADDY Winners

March 19, 2012 01:09 | Posted in: Awards AAFMPAdmin

And the ADDY Goes to ...
This year, 418 entries were received from 39 participating firms around the Valley. Our congratulations go to all of this year's winners who shared 20 Gold, 41 Silver and 43 Bronze ADDY awards. Students were awarded 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 6 Bronze Student ADDY awards.  
For a full list of winners, click here.
To download a copy of the 2012 ADDY Book of Winners, click here.

Click here to visit the Creative Gallery and view photos from the 2012 Awards Gala.



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