“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
As I approach my 30th anniversary in the advertising industry, I’d like to call out my inspiration, F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I read The Great Gatsby as a teenager, it changed my life. It inspired me to read, write and become a student of writing. Without Mr. Fitzgerald and his great American novel — 218 pages of literary perfection — there is no way I’d be doing what I’ve done for the past 30 years.
As a reminder, my 30th anniversary is sponsored by the V Foundation for Cancer Research culminating with a celebration on October 10, 2019 in Atlanta.
So to kick off the festivities, here are the Palma Advertising All-Stars Part I — or at least as much as I can remember today. After 30 years and 1,300 placements, I have a good memory — but it’s short.
Cabell Harris, Tripp Westbrook, Daniel Russ, Scott Mackey, David Baldwin, Adam Wohl, Mara Evans, Bob Costanza, Mitch Bennett, Terry Taylor, Kurt Tausche, Jim Anderson, Scott Sheinberg, Marcus Kemp, Mark Cohen, Lee St. James, Kipp Monroe, Jim Hagar, Larry Washington, Alex Martinez, Rich Paschall, Steve Saari, Ned Brown, Ryan Wofford, Rudy Fernandez, Patrick Scullin, Rich Wakefield, Chris Jacobs, Mike Fornwald, Randall Hooker, Bill Shirk, Jeff Nieberding, Mike LaMonica, Minsoo Pak, Eddie Prentiss, Lou Flores, John Roberts, Andre Nel, Christopher Cole, John Carter, Mike Bevil
Chuck Borghesee, Bobby Pearce, Chris Breen, Bill Bayne, Bill Wright, Mike Wilson, Pam Sullivan, David Terrenoire, Rich Terry, John Spalding, Walt Burns, Jannie Gerds, George Brumis, Andrew Payton, Jeff Van Zandt, TJ Aseltyne, Paige Bryars, David Evans, Steve Koeneke, Beth Dzengelowski, Mike Holicek, Cristina Gordet, Mike Weidner, Brian Connaughton, Benji Vega, John Harrington, Julian Levy, Greg Wheeler, Mark Trueblood, Larry Werner, Ben Hopkins, Robbie Vitrano
Jimmy Bonner, David Crawford, Tim Smith, Silver Cuellar III, Chris Schlegel, Michael Anderson, John Strohmeyer, David Salmon, Jeff Martin, Harry Hartofelis, Lotenna Enwonwu, Christian Herrity, Mark Limbach, Tim Roper, Michael Powell, Mike Weed, Jeff Dahlberg, Chris Browne, Todd McVey, Laura LeBel, Jim Newbury, Mike Kohlbecker, Roger Richards, Dan Morse, Paul Safsel, Damon Williams, Troy King, Pete Kehr, Michael Ancevic
Nancy Hill, Rob Gerds, Ed Klein, Josh Simpson, Jack Peterson, West Herford, Bob Atkinson, Jim Crone, Chris Griggs, Jason Hatfield, Max Hegerman
I am honored to have worked with each and every one of these talented professionals. Hopefully, I have made some small impression on their lives — making life a little better for them. They have greatly impacted me, blurring the line between my job and my vocation. If I missed you, don’t worry…stay tuned for Part II.
All I ask is, if you are on this list, please join the team that’s out to slay cancer for my anniversary. We are almost halfway to our goal. Please make a donation to the fight and support the V Foundation. Great teams pull off stunning upsets.