Ackerman Adds Howsam As Colorado Rainmaker

DALLAS-Ackerman McQueen has hired a prominent Colorado Springs community leader as a senior vice president in its Colorado office.
Robert Howsam Jr., formerly the executive vice president of the Colorado Springs World Arena as well as a Madison Avenue veteran, was appointed to help bring in new business from Colorado-based companies to the five-office AM network in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Irving, Texas; and Fairfax, Va.
Howsam said he will also provide account management services via AM’s videoconferencing system. Executive vice president Melanie Hill, based in Tulsa, remains director of the Colorado office.
Initially contacted by AM senior vice president and creative director Clay Turner, Howsam said he looks forward to helping the agency build its 20-month-old branch in Colorado Springs.
“I had met Clay Turner by chance as he was making the rounds to get to know people” last year, said Howsam. “I knew they were a new agency [in Colorado], and they seemed to be a very on-the-ball group.”
Howsam was also instrumental in getting the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field built and served as president of one of minor league baseball’s success stories, the Denver Zephyrs.
The grandson of Ed Johnson, Colorado’s Depression-era governor and later a three-term U.S. senator, Howsam had tenures at New York’s McCann-Erickson and Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, which merged with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1987. He has served clients like American Airlines, Canadian Mist and Nabisco.
“Robert’s background in paving new frontiers that benefit Colorado businesses was appealing as the agency continues to strengthen its presence in a region that is a new frontier for us,” said agency chairman Angus McQueen in a statement.