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Ads for American-made luxury automobiles stressed youth and size through the 1970’s. Here, the Lincoln-Continental is shown to be a sizable solution for the young western lifestyle. “Completely re-designed” and “roomy” – this “most distinguished motorcar” is positioned as a luxury automobile for a younger demographic.

 

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The Central California Advertising & Marketing Professional of the Year Award

2008 The Fresno Grizzlies
2009 DeYoung Properties
2010 "Buy Local" Partners

The Fresno Advertising Foundation created the Professional of the Year Award to honor the individual, company or individual who did the most to advance the business or organization, the community, and the advertising and marketing industry.

The Professional of the Year Award is the Foundation's highest honor, reserved for the most esteemed individual, company or organization in the community.

Central California Advertising and Marketing Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was established by the Fresno Advertising Federation to honor the finest professionals in the Central California advertising industry.

Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame were nominated for a lifetime of advertising and business excellence, a strict code of ethics, and a wealth of community service. The Hall of Fame is the Fresno Advertising Federation's highest honor, reserved for the most esteemed living members of the Central California advertising and marketing industry.

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Central California Advertising and Marketing Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Inductees 1997-2010

  •   Cliff Davis

1997

  •   Jack Moody

1998

  •   Larry Early

1999

  •   Roberta Asahina

2000

  •   Marv Allen

2000

  •   John Ostlund

2001

  •   Art Reker

2001

  •   Ed & Vonny Sturgeon

2002

  •   Mike Thielen

2002

  •   Charles Looney

2003

  •   Marge Traver

2003

  •   Doug Stewart

2004

  •   Jeff Hall

2004

  •   Harry Pappas

2005

  •   Jan Edwards

2006

  •   Ray Steele, Jr.

2006

  •   Susan Early

2007

  •   Bruce Batti

2007

  •   Jim Mueller

2008

  •   Susan Blaze

2008

  •   Blair Looney

2009

  •   Susan Good

2009

  •   Jack Emerian

2010

  •   Deborah Boyett

2010


Recent Hall of Fame Recipient Details...

Cliff Davis
 

Clifford H. Davis
Inducted 1997

World War II ended and Clifford H. Davis wasn’t sure which direction to take in his life. At 22, in love and anxious to marry and settle down, he hung up his wings and commission as a U.S.Air Force navigator to seek a career in Fresno, his fiancé’s hometown and where he met Norma en route to the South Pacific WW2 area. His bride-to-be, a member of a pioneer Fresno family, encouraged him to look into commercial art, an up-and-coming field with lots of promise for a creative guy from Brooklyn, New York.

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Jack Moody
 

Jack Moody
Gottschalks
Inducted 1998

Jack Moody’s career is one punctuated by extracurricular activities: charity work, fund-raising, community dinners, silent acutions, governing boards. Not the type of fodder that springs to mind when thinking of a business-focused manager.

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Larry Early
 

Larry Early
Dumont Printing
Inducted 1999

Larry Early was born August 24, 1934, in Syracuse, New York, the youngest of nine children. He attended Catholic schools, and when he was nine, got his first job as a delivery boy for a stationery store. The owners had a small printing company in the store, and when he wasn’t making deliveries, Larry worked in the bindery. He also had a newspaper route and delivered papers on the hilly streets of Syracuse during harsh winter conditions. During high school, Larry worked for a family-owned printing company in their bindery.

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Roberta Asahina
 

Dr. Roberta Asahina
California State University, Fresno
Inducted 2000

For nearly three decades, Dr. Roberta Asahina has taught thousands of California State University, Fresno students about the finer points of advertising, and has helped many thousands of students take their first steps into the advertising profession.

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Marv Allen
Studio B Productions
Inducted 2000

A long-time Fresno resident, Allen has operated Studio B Productions since 1971.

His first radio work was at KIRV in Fresno, and a station in Yuma, Arizona. After a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Fresno and worked for KMAK, KARM and KFIG.

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John Ostlund
 

John Ostlund
Jeffrey/Scott Advertising and KJWL-FM
Inducted 2001

John Ostlund, president of Jeffrey/Scott Advertising and owner of KJWL-FM, began his agency in 1976 as Fresno Advertising Associates, in a back room of his first client, Waterbrothers Waterbeds. Advertising campaigns for this client and others quickly established his company as an award-winning agency. He won his first national Addy Award in 1979 for a campaign created for Thrifty Best Garbage Company.

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Art Reker
 

Art Reker
Armadillo Advertising
Inducted 2001

Art Reker, owner of Armadillo Advertising, began his advertising career at age 12 when he was hired by Channel 47 as a promotion writer. He had drawn up and submitted ad concepts to the station illustrating ways to promote the TV station’s news program. Station management, unaware of his youth, called him with a job offer and were stunned when they met him, but immediately hired him. Art wrote more advertising copy and worked at the station for years in various capacities.

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Ed & Vonny Sturgeon
 

Ed and Vonny Sturgeon
Ed Sturgeon Advertising
Inducted 2002

Ed Sturgeon -
Ed Sturgeon was a standout at Dos Palos High School, where he was editor of the school newspaper and first string tackle for the Dos Palos Broncos. He was the school’s discus throw record holder, and a winner in the school’s public speaking program. At Fresno State College, he was managing editor of the Collegian, a light heavyweight boxing champion, and a holder of  a college freshman discus throw record. He served in the Navy during World War II, as a Captain, landing craft infantry.

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Vonny Sturgeon -
Vonny Sturgeon was born in Lewiston, Idaho, where she excelled in her studies and because the youngest person ever to graduate from a fully accredited college in the state of Washington – Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma.

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Mike Thielen
 

Mike Thielen
Thielen & Associates
Inducted 2002

Mike Thielen has nearly 40 years of marketing experience, with particular expertise in consumer advertising and client service.

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Charles Looney
 

Charles A. Looney
Charles Looney Advertising
Inducted 2003

Charles (Chas) Looney’s advertising career began in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He earned the grand sum of five dollars a week working at the local newspaper. “It was the late 1930s and I was happy to get it,” recalled Looney.

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Marge Traver
 

Marge Traver
Executive Secretary for the Fresno Advertising Federation
Inducted 2003

In 1964, when Marge Traver said “yes” to being the part-time secretary for the Fresno Advertising Federation (FAF), the club had 35 members.

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Doug Stewart
 

Doug Stewart
Girl Scouts Golden Valley Council
Inducted 2004

Doug Stewart’s 38-year advertising career began by being in the right place at the right time.

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Jeff Hall
 

Jeff Hall
Maximus Media, Inc.
Inducted 2004

It can be argued that Jeff Hall is the third generation of a Central Valley broadcasting dynasty. His grandfather, Monte Hall, although not the famous game show host, was one of the original entertainers to make the transition from Vaudeville to television. Jeff’s father, Jack Hall, got started in the business as one of radio’s youngest-ever disc jockeys, and became the first voice heard on the Valley’s first television station, KMJ TV, now KSEE-24.

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Harry Pappas
 

Harry J. Pappas
Pappas Telecasting Companies
Inducted 2005

“Be an ‘A number one’ person”; that was the admonition of John Pappas to his youngest son Harry. Such lessons were commonplace in the Pappas household, where honor, integrity, loyalty, hard work, and patriotism were greatly admired in others and expected from the Pappas children. The ethical foundation laid by Harry J. Pappas’ parents, his siblings, and his uncle, had an enormous impact in shaping the man that Harry would become.

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Jan Edwards
 

Jan Edwards
Jan Edwards Marketing
Inducted 2006

Jan Edwards received her Bachelor of Art in Journalism from Grady College, University of Georgia, in 1973 and continued her scholastic achievements by obtaining a Masters of Science in Organizational Behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University) in 1992.  Over the years, she has served in various professional capacities including owner of Jan Edwards Marketing, Media Director at Gottschalks and as an account executive at several local television stations. 

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Ray Steele, Jr.
 

Ray Steele, Jr.
The Fresno Bee
Inducted 2006

Ray Steele Jr. has been publisher and president of The Fresno Bee since July 2001.  He joined The McClatchy Company in 1967 and has spent his entire career with the company in various capacities at The Fresno Bee, The Sacramento Bee and corporate headquarters.

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Susan Early
 

Susan Early
Inducted 2007

Susan Early was born in Seattle and moved to Fresno at the age seven. She worked at a dentist’s office and also packed peaches and tomatoes at Valley orchards and farms.

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Bruce Batti
 

Bruce Batti
Jeffrey/Scott Advertising
Inducted 2007

Born in the Central Valley and a graduate of Fresno State, Bruce Batti has done well in, and for, his hometown.

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Jim Mueller
 

Jim Mueller
Inducted 2008

Jim has been an integral part of the creative advertising and marketing scene in Central California for a generation.

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Susan Blaze
 

Susan Blaze
Inducted 2008

Susan Blaze describes her 1979 start in the advertising industry as being placed “behind a typewriter, facing a wall, while the world behind her flourished with activity.”

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Blair Looney
 

Blair Looney
Inducted 2008

Blair Looney started working for Charles Looney Advertising after his graduation from the School of Journalism at Fresno State. In 1987, he became the second generation owner when he purchased the agency from his father. In September 2008, he formed a strategic alliance with Thielen Ideacorp to consolidate the two firms. He is a Senior Account Manager with the agency.

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Susan Good
 

Susan Good
Inducted 2009

Susan Good was born in Sanger, California, attended Reedley and Sanger public schools and graduated from Sanger High School. Her dream to go to college was threatened when her father was killed in a truck accident the day after her 17th birthday. Thanks to state work study grants and financial aid based on need, Susan was able to complete her degree in 4 years while working a minimum of 15 hours a week. She received her AA from Reedley College, and her BA in Journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Fresno State University. She has also graduated from the Charter Class of Leadership Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley Political Academy. She has lived in Fresno for 35 years.

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Jack Emerian
  Jack Emerian
Inducted 2010

Jack was born, raised, and educated in Fresno. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1955 and Fresno State in 1961 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science.

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Deborah K. Boyett, Esq.
  Deborah K. Boyett, Esq.
Inducted 2010

Deborah started her advertising career in 1979 after graduating with a double major in Music and Communication Arts from the University of the Pacific. She was a disc jockey and news announcer for KIOY-FM and KFYE-FM in Fresno.

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