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AAF-Akron Names 2014 Silver Medal Award Winner

Prestigious award given for outstanding lifetime contribution to the advertising field

AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2014) – The Akron chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) has announced its distinguished Silver Medal Award will be given to Jack DeLeo, recently retired president/CEO of Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc. (hfa).

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising, as well as have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. This local award is the highest level of recognition given by the Akron chapter of AAF and is akin to a lifetime achievement award in advertising.

“Many outstanding practitioners in our community were nominated for our Silver Medal Award,” said Cecilia Sveda, president of AAF-Akron and creative in chief at Minx Design. “Mr. DeLeo has impacted so many employees, clients and charity organizations throughout his career at hfa. He’s set a standard of achievement for future recipients.”

The AAF-Akron special selection committee selected DeLeo, nominated by the hfa executive committee, during a closed session vote in late December. The Silver Medal Award will be presented to DeLeo at the American Advertising Awards (formerly called the ADDYs) on Friday, Feb. 21, at The Akron Civic Theatre. Details available at

DeLeo said, “I am truly honored to be recognized by the Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation for my 41 years in marketing leadership. Akron and Northeast Ohio have built a strong reputation for marketing excellence. This award is also a tribute to our clients and hfa’s great team of associates.”

The prestigious American Advertising Awards event is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by AAF. The American Advertising Awards, considered the world’s largest advertising competition, honors creative excellence and cultivates the highest creative standards in the industry. Awards are given in 15 categories, including sales promotion, collateral, direct marketing, interactive and broadcast.

About AAF-Akron:

The Akron chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) was founded as the Advertising Club of Akron in 1945. AAF-Akron’s efforts today include programs that educate members and help them conduct business better, government relations on behalf of members, educational programs to help provide a more prepared and diverse workforce, and promote recognition of the economic and social value of advertising as an industry.

AAF-Akron won two national Club Achievement Awards in 2010 first place in the Communications category and second place for Club Operations. AAF-Akron is a member of AAF District 5 and AAF National. Further information on the club is available at


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