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Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame


The Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame was created by the Tenth District of the American Advertising Federation to honor individuals from the region who have distinguished themselves in their careers, who have contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation, and who have made volunteer efforts outside the workplace. Inductees need not be a member of the AAF Tenth District. Inductees will automatically be nominated for the National Advertising Hall of Fame as they become eligible.

Eligible Candidates

Eligible candidates are those individuals, who have distinguished themselves in their careers, who have contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation, and who have made volunteer efforts outside the workplace.

Nominations are to be submitted via the online form below.

The nominee’s record of advertising and service must have been accomplished in the advertising industry in the United States or with an American company abroad, with connection to the four-state area of the Southwest Tenth District (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas). The Selection Committee considers the election of either living or deceased persons.

Candidates not elected will be considered automatically for selection for two additional years. However, additional nominations or supporting data on behalf of these nominees may be submitted in any year.

The Selection Committee will consider only candidates who have been formally nominated in accordance with the following rules:

1) Each nomination must include a description of the significant contributions the nominee has made to the advertising industry. In what ways was this contribution innovative? How has it impacted the advertising industry over time?

2) Each nomination must include a description of the nominee’s contribution to the betterment of society outside his/her business career.

3) No illustrations, speeches, books or samples may be included.

4) Nominee must be present for Induction.

5) Nominee and nominator should be aware that congratulatory ads and sponsorship opportunities will be available for each inductee.

Please submit nomination materials as one combined PDF.
Do not submit illustrations, speeches, books or samples.

The 2020 Induction Class:

Jim Stuart (Deceased) & Randy Bacon, Fort Worth:
For 15 years, Jim Stuart was chief executive officer and Randy Bacon was president/chief operating officer of StuartBacon Advertising-Public Relations, based in Fort Worth.  Founded in 1987, their agency served a variety of local, regional, national and international clients with full-service advertising and public relations capabilities. Besides generating successful campaigns for clients, the agency was a frequent winner of awards and accolades, including Employer of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Professional Ethics Awards.  StuartBacon strongly supported the local advertising community, encouraging employees to participate in trade organizations such as the American Advertising Federation and the Public Relations Society of America, as well as volunteering for non-profit organizations. In 2012, the partners closed their business but stayed involved with the arts and advertising world.


Dennis D’Amico, Dallas:
Dennis D’Amico, a graduate of the University of Missouri, started his career as an advertising assistant in Springfield, MO before becoming an account executive and copywriter in St. Louis. In the 70’s he moved to Dallas to become marketing director for an insurance company.  From 1976 until 1984 he operated D’Amico & Associates. Before he founded the Growth Strategies Group in 1996, he served as General Manager of the Dallas office of Houston-based Fogarty Klein & Partners. Dennis’s industry, charitable and non-profit contributions are many. Over the years, Dennis has served multiple organizations and sits on a variety of boards, continuing to chair projects. He has also been the Executive Director of the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) North Texas and Oklahoma Council since 2005.


Michael R. Levy, Austin:
Mike Levy founded Texas Monthly magazine in 1973, and was its publisher for 35 years, during which time the magazine had a total readership of 2,500,000 and was considered one of the best in the country. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Texas School of Law, Mike changed the media landscape in Texas with the creation of his magazine.  It has become the “gold standard” for regional publications. He led the fight against advertising taxation in Texas as chairman of the Texas Council of Advertising & Magazine Publishing. Mike has received numerous awards from around the country, including his industry’s highest honor.  He has served on numerous local and regional boards and contributed his time and talents to many more charitable and civic organizations.


Mark McGarrah & Bryan Jessee, Austin:
One of the hottest agency, not just in Texas but nationally, is McGarrah Jessee, based out of Austin, TX. They built their business by doing things differently. The agency’s holistic brand thinking has fostered loyal clients, with an average tenure of nine years. Putting people ahead of profit has been a theme preached by both Mark and Bryan. They’ve set high standards and stood by their principles and represent some of the biggest brands in the country. They are the type of agency that makes award-winning creative and treats clients like partners. The partners have also contributed to their community, helping to found Job Propulsion Labs.  They also support non profits like the E4 Youth Program, which helps underserved creatives cultivate real workplace skills.


Brad Snyder, Corpus Christi:
For over 30 years Brad Snyder has served clients at the local, state, national and international level.  His agency, Snyder + Associates has a well-deserved reputation for conceptualizing, designing and producing effective and award-winning marketing campaigns. Keeping clients for decades shows his loyalty and the ability to grow with those clients.  Brad’s love for this industry goes much deeper than just his professional work.  His contributions to the American Advertising Federation are numerous and his long service to the Tenth District is filled with honors. Brad’s devoted patronage of the arts helps bring incredible exhibitions to Corpus Christi.  His passion for connecting his community with arts and culture is evident when you see him supporting galas, fundraisers, grand openings and other ceremonies.


Mary Ann Stutts, San Antonio:
Mary Ann Stutts has been a leader and innovator in developing and nurturing the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.  Her peers recognize her as being a driving force in the competition’s rise to prominence, known as the “Super Bowl” of college advertising.  As a professor of marketing at Texas State University and a brilliant strategist, her system of teaching the AAF competition campaign courses has proven to be very successful.  Teams under her guidance have advanced to national competition nine times since 1990, and they have won two national championships. Mary Ann has won numerous personal awards, including the highest educator award presented by the AAF. The knowledge she has passed on to her students has enabled dozens to land jobs with many agencies.


Adan Trevino, Houston:
Founded on August 2, 1984 by J. Adán Treviño and a business partner, KXLN became the first Spanish-language television station in the Houston market when it first signed on the air on September 18, 1987. Adan is considered the “father of Spanish language television” in Houston. He was President/CEO of Pueblo Broadcasting Company and ran KXLN-TV Channel 45 for several years, until they sold it to the Univision Network. He grew the station to 24-hour broadcasts, founded the first 5:00 and 10:00 PM newscasts and became one of the largest billing stations in the entire Univision system. Adan is one of the founders of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers, served on multiple boards and foundations.

The 2020 Governor’s Award Recipient:

WALO Creative:
The Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame is proud to announce that the recipient of this year’s “Governor’s Award” is the independent idea shop called WALO Creative Inc. WALO is based in Dallas Texas.


Randy Kemp
Program Co-Founder

Phone: 405.748.4900
Email Randy Kemp


Randy Robertson
Program Co-Founder

Phone: 254.717.9111
Email Randy Robertson


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Past Inductees

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Nomination Form

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2018 Inductees

Nelda Armstrong – Lubbock
Mike Crawford – Dallas
Ross Cummings – Oklahoma City
Jackie Dryden – Houston
Hymen Childs – Dallas

Governor’s Award
Balcom Agency – Fort Worth


2017 Inductees

The Founders of GSD&M – Austin
The Founders of Stone Ward – Little Rock
Roger Rienstra – Forth Worth
Ann Iverson – Houston
John Murphy – Austin
Rick De Julio – McAllen

Governor’s Award
Moroch – Dallas


2016 Inductees

Locke and Camille Bryan – Houston
Brenda Love – Houston
Bill Young – Houston
Cecil B. “Bud” Phillips – Dallas

Governor’s Award
Lopez Negrete Communications – Houston

2015 Inductees

2015 Inductees

Richard C. Brown – Dallas
Jim D. Johnson – Little Rock
Jack Sweeney – Houston
H. C. Zachry – Abilene

Governor’s Award
GSD&M – Austin

2014 Inductees

2014 Inductees

James P. Goodnight – Dallas
Phil Price – Lubbock
Everett Richard (Dick) Smith – Houston
Michael G. Turner – Houston

2013 Inductees

2013 Inductees

Cliff Gillock – Houston
Raymond Locke – Dallas
Mike Rawlings – Dallas
Shelley Tracy – Dallas
Weldon Weekley – Houston
Shelby Woods – Arkansas
Wayne Woods – Arkansas

2012 Inductees

2012 Inductees

Norman Brinker – Dallas
Chuck Carlberg – Houston
Bill Fogarty – Houston
William L. (Bill) Hill – Dallas
Tom Kalahar – Dallas
Rich Klein – Houston

2011 Inductees

2011 Inductees

Jean William Brown – Houston
Robert D. Brown – Dallas
Amon G. Carter – Fort Worth
Ron Chapman – Dallas
Stan & Barbara Levenson – Dallas
Lyle Metzdorf – Houston
William Neale – Dallas

2010 Inductees

2010 Inductees

George Arnold Brown – Dallas
Audrey Gilbreath – Houston
Warren K. Jordan – Oklahoma City
Herbert D. Kelleher – Dallas
Alex Lopez-Negrete – Houston
Tom Moroch – Dallas
Willard Walbridge – Houston

2009 Inductees

2009 Inductees

Jim Anderson – San Antonio
Bob Bloom – Dallas
Ernest W. Bromley – San Antonio
Norm Campbell – Dallas
Richard J. V. Johnson – Houston
Lionel Sosa – San Antonio

2008 Inductees

2008 Inductees

Ray Ackerman – Oklahoma City
Sam R. Bloom – Dallas
J. Wayne Cranford – Arkansas
Roger A. Enrico – Dallas
Morris Hite – Dallas
Dave Keith – Houston
Fred J. Korge – Houston
Earl Littman – Houston
Stanley Marcus – Dallas
Stan Richards – Dallas
Lowe Runkle – Oklahoma City
Liener Temerlin – Dallas



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