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ADCOLOR(R) Industry Coalition Announces 2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards Honorees
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Oct 1, 2009 / -- DiversityBusiness.com /- The ADCOLOR(R) Industry Coalition recently announced the recipients of the 2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards, a program that honored outstanding diverse professionals at the junior, mid and senior-levels within the advertising, marketing and media industries. Hispanic media mogul Cristina Saralegui will be given the All-Star Award, while CNN anchor and special correspondent, Soledad O'Brien hosted the ADCOLOR(R) Awards show on Sunday,
October 4 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The show will kick-off the 11th Annual Association of National Advertisers' Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference.

The final 20 honorees are from notable companies such as Procter & Gamble, the Walt Disney Company, Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO, Digitas, TBWA/Chiat Day and many others. The following individuals were selected from close to 100 nominations based on their ability to deliver strong outcomes, their contribution to their company, industry and/or community, their reputation as
"best in class" by serving as role models for others and their strong professional character and leadership. The seven specific categories of recognition are - Rising Star, Change Agent, Innovator, Legend, All-Star and MVP (Most Valuable Partnership). Additionally, this year, ADCOLOR(R) has partnered with advertising non-profit, The One Club, to present the new "One Club|ADCOLOR(R) Creative Award".

The 2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards Honorees are as follows:

2009 ADCOLOR(R) All-Star Award presented by Arnold

    --  Cristina Saralegui, The Cristina Show, Univision


2009 ADCOLOR(R) MVP (Most Valuable Partnership) Award presented by CNN

    --  MS & L Worldwide
    --  Egami Consulting Group


The One Club|ADCOLOR(R) Creative Award presented by The One Club

    --  Jimmy Smith, Group Creative Director, TBWA\Chiat Day LA

Honorable Mention:Feh Tarty, Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy - London

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Legend Awards presented by Omnicom Group

    --  Ernest Bromley, Chief Executive Officer, Bromley Communications LLC
    --  Gilbert Davila, Vice President, Global Diversity and Multicultural
        Market Development, The Walt Disney Company
    --  Monica Gadsby, CEO, SMG Multicultural

    --  Sheldon Levy, EVP, Deputy Director of Production, Saatchi & Saatchi


2009 ADCOLOR(R) Change Agent Awards presented by The Home Depot

    --  Karla Gray-Mayers, Vice President, Director of Supplier Diversity, BBDO
        New York
    --  The Procter & Gamble Company & Edgar Sandoval, General Manager,
        North America Marketing & Multicultural, The Procter & Gamble
        Company
    --  Michele Thornton, Director, Multi-Cultural Sales, CNN (Turner
        Broadcasting)

    --  Antoinette Zel, President, La Comunidad


Honorable Mention: Toni Thompson, Multicultural Program Developer & Recruiter,
McCann Erickson

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Innovator Awards presented by Microsoft Advertising
    --  Eduardo Dehesa-Conde, SVP, Group Creative Director, Draftfcb Chicago
    --  Grace Hon, SVP, Group Managing Director, Worldgroup Retail, Inc. (a
        division of McCann Worldgroup)
    --  Maria Lopez-Knowles, SVP, Group Account Director, MRM Worldwide


Honorable Mention: Kevin Walker & Philip Moore, CultureLab

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Rising Star Awards presented by Google
    --  LaTanya Beauregard, Art Director, Yellow Shoes Creative Group - The Walt Disney Company
    --  Joydeep Dey, Manager, Strategy & Analysis, Digitas
    --  Christian Jackson, Copywriter, Arnold
    --  Phil Jackson, Strategist, Publicis


Honorable Mention: Jose Fernandez, Media Supervisor, Deutsch

"This year's class of honorees not only represent remarkable and unique examples of leadership but the power of reaching back as one rises up," said Tiffany R. Warren, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group and founder of ADCOLOR(R). "We are extremely thrilled about being able to acknowledge them and continue to build momentum in the movement to shine a light on success for
others to follow."

Many consumer and industry forces have banded together to bring The 2009 ADCOLOR Awards to life.

They are:

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards Presenters
Arnold, CNN, Google, Microsoft Advertising, The Home Depot, Omnicom Group, One
Club

Exclusive Trade Media Sponsor

Advertising Age

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards Friends
Casa Cristina, the 4A's, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), The ADVERTISING Club of New York, BET Networks, McCann NY, Hispanicad.com, JWT

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards Ghetto Film School Sponsors

Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Deutsch, RAPP

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Awards In-Kind Sponsors
Akande Music + Publishing LLC, Alphabet Arm Design, Creative Printing Services, FreeDMC, Hassan Kinley Photography, The Ernest Montgomery Group, Integrated Merchandising Systems (IMS), McCann NY, NBA, Pepsi, P.O.P Media, 135th Street Agency, SBS Studios LLC, Sonicbids.com, Tribal DDB and The Uniworld Group

2009 ADCOLOR(R) Preferred Vendors
Akande Music + Publishing LLC,  Alphabet Arm Design, Creative Printing Services, DAV Productions, FreeDMC, Hassan Kinley Photography, The Ernest Montgomery Group, POP Media, Integrated Merchandising Systems (IMS), Onederland Events LLC, P.O.P Media, 135th Street Agency, Picture Park Productions, SBS Studios LLC

About ADCOLOR(R)
ADCOLOR(R) was established in 2005 to promote increased diversity in the advertising, marketing and media industries, as well as to inspire current and future communications professionals of color by celebrating the accomplishments of diverse role models and industry leaders. Go to www.adcolor.org for more information.

About The ADCOLOR(R) Industry Coalition
The ADCOLOR(R) Industry Coalition is a historic collaboration between the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), The ADVERTISING Club of New York (AD CLUB NY), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), Arnold Worldwide and Omnicom Group. These organizations and other companies are committed to the success of the ADCOLOR(R) Industry Initiative.

SOURCE  ADCOLOR Industry Coalition

Saptosa Foster, +1-404-909-6493, Saptosa@135stagency.com, or Shante Bacon,
+1-917-553-0005, shante@135stagency.com 

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