Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame Announces New Governor’s Award


   Kevin Dobbs, (800) 808-4473



August 3, 2015

Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame Announces New Governor’s Award

AAF-Houston to Host Awards Gala October 2, 2015

Houston, August 2015. The Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inaugural recipient of its “Governor’s Award” is the prestigious ad agency GSD&M. GSD&M is headquartered in Austin, part of the Omnicom Group since 1998, and one of the top full-service agencies in the country.

The Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Tenth District of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), encompassing AAF affiliate advertising clubs and federations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

The “Governor’s Award” will be presented at the ceremonial Hall of Fame induction gala on Friday, October 2, 2015, at The Junior League of Houston. The reception and awards dinner will be held in conjunction with the Tenth District’s annual Leadership Conference, hosted by AAF-Houston. The 2015 District 10 Summit will run October 1-3 at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel. For tickets and information: .

GSD&M was founded in 1971 by University of Texas graduates, Roy Spence, Judy Trabulsi, Tim McClure and Steve Gurasich. The firm began as AdVantage Associates, but reorganized in 1972 with the four co-founders as GSD&M. In 2009, CEO Duff Stewart stepped up to lead and formed the agency’s leadership team with President Marianne Malina, Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer J.B. Raftus, and Executive Vice President/Chief Creative Officer Jay Russell.

GSD&M and its 400+ employees are guided by the principle of purpose-based branding in its approach to clients and the firm’s own purpose to “create visionary ideas that make a difference.” The agency’s impressive client list includes Southwest Airlines, Chipotle, the PGA TOUR, the U.S. Air Force, AT&T, John Deere, Walgreens, Lennox International, Northwestern Mutual, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Pacifico.

The AAF Tenth District’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame “Governor’s Award” is presented to the advertising agency that during its years of service has distinguished itself through work produced on behalf of clients, contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation, and made volunteer efforts outside the workplace. The honoree firm’s record of service reflects accomplishments made in the U. S. advertising industry and its location in the Tenth District’s four-state area.

The AAF Tenth District ( represents affiliate advertising clubs and federations of the AAF in Arkansas, Western Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The AAF is the only national grassroots trade association to encompass all segments of the advertising industry, including advertisers, agencies, corporate marketing departments, broadcast and print media companies, industry suppliers, college chapters and national trade associations engaged in various advertising pursuits.

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