The event took place at New York’s New Museum, where Board Chair Laurel Rossi, President of Havas Worldwide Strat Farm and AD Club President & CEO Gina Grillo honored new and retiring Board members, and recognized the recipients of the President’s Awards, the Club Key Award and the Rising Star Award.
The six new Board members include: Brad Elders, SVP, East Coast Sales, AOL; Mark Ellis, VP, North American Sales, Yahoo; Eliza Esquivel, VP, Global Brand Strategy, Mondelez; Scott Falzone, Industry Director/Retail, Google; David Lawenda, VP, Global Sales, Facebook; Olivia Farr, SVP, Senior Account Director, BBDO. This year’s Board will work together with a major focus on accelerating i’mPART, an initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of diversity in business and rally professionals around a shared movement. The acronym represents the pillars of the initiative – to Promote, Attract, Retail and Train multicultural talent.
The AD Club also recognized the recipients of the 2014 President’s Award, which is granted to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the Club. This year’s recipients include: Carly Bennett, Communications Manager, Droga5; Marie Devlin, SVP, Global Advertising, Media, and Sponsorships, American Express; Jordan Edelstein, Media Planner, Digitas LBI; Sue Geramian, SVP, Global Brand Communications, MRM; Lesley Klein, Vice President, MediaLink; Kris Magel, Chief Investment Officer, Initiative; Kristin Ogdon, Senior Marketing Manager, Microsoft; Jessica Peltz, VP, Business Development, Evol8tion, LLC; Chris Peterson, Producer/Director of Sales/Business Development/Marketing, Postfactory NY; Diana Zaccardi, VP, Verizon.
In addition, Rick Song, Global Head of Media Solutions Sales, ZEFR, was presented with the Club Key Award for outstanding volunteer service; and Emily Goldman, Manager of Content Operations, Vimeo, was presented with the 2014 Rising Star Award.