AAF Honors Young Executives

NEW YORK The American Advertising Federation has named seven executives under 40 to its Advertising Hall of Achievement.

They are: Tim Armstrong, vp, sales, Google; Laura Desmond, CEO, MediaVest USA; David Jones, CEO, Euro RSCG Worldwide; Jacki Kelley, svp, advertising, USA Today; Eric Silver, evp, ecd, BBDO; Heidi Ueberroth, evp, global media properties and marketing partnerships, NBA Entertainment; and Liz Vanzura, global marketing director, Hummer division of General Motors. The honorees were chosen from a field of 47 nominees.

The award honors extraordinary industry professionals age 40 and younger who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements and inspiring personal achievements, according to the AAF.

Kelley will also be presented with the 2005 Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. This award is given to an inductee who demonstrates extraordinary volunteer efforts that extend beyond that of their accomplished peers. Kelley is involved with many charities, including Boys Hope Girls Hope a national organization that provides homes and quality education to academically capable at-risk children.

Deborah Meyer, vp, marketing, Lexus, and Linda Thomas Brooks, evp, managing director, GM Mediaworks, co-chaired the 2005 AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement council of judges.

“The most remarkable shift among the 2005 honorees is their openness about the need for balance [among] career, family and community give-back. The Hall of Achievement honors those that are not only reaching great heights in their careers, but who acknowledge the need for mentoring and good corporate citizenship,” said Brooks.

This year’s recipients will be honored at a luncheon celebration on Nov. 15 at Cipriani in New York.

Established in 1993, the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement has 88 members, including this year’s honorees, representing all facets of the ad industry.