Turner Wins Award

Mike Turner, chairman of Turner Fernandez Turner, has received the Austin P. Kelley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Ad Club. Larry Smith, president of Larry Smith & Associates, was presented the Silver Medal.

Turner is the fourth individual to win the lifetime award.

“Judging was very difficult,” said club president Suzanne Harkness. “The board felt Mike’s influence, even outside Atlanta, warranted his recognition.”

Turner opened Ogilvy & Mather’s offices in Atlanta and Houston. He was involved in ad campaigns for Compaq Computers, Zest soap and Cool Whip, among others. In 1983, he established a company policy that extended insurance and other protection to people with AIDS. His community service extends to Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and The United Way.

Larry Smith’s career has included stints at Luckie & Forney, Cargill Wilson & Acree and McDonald & Little. In 1982, he founded his own agency, where he helped introduce Georgia’s HOPE scholarship and the Golf Channel. Smith has taught at the Portfolio Center and lent support to the Salvation Army and the Little League.

This year’s other Silver Medal nominees included Chris Hall, BBDO South; John Drake, Cole Henderson Drake; Guy Tucker, Ask Guy Tucker; and M.A. Bleker, a marketing executive at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Silver Medal is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Atlanta advertising and furthered industry standards in terms of creative excellence and social concern.

The award winners will be honored at a Feb. 24 dinner.