On Feb. 19, 2011, the American Advertising Federation-Houston presented Lou Congelio with the Silver Medal Award at the 49th Annual ADDY Awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston.

Thank you to my dear friends who were able to lie somewhat convincingly about why I shouldn't be voted off the island. Featured interviewees include Ann Iverson, Lee Wheat, Dennis Vega, Mark Holden, Don Brown, Reggie Bibbs, Rie Congelio, Ellie Malavis, Bill Sullivan, Stan Mays, Troy Burwell, Dwight Cook and Craig Mikes


The Award
The Silver Medal Award, the first granted locally in 1962, is part of the American Advertising Federation's Silver Medal program and recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.

The Silver Medal Award is based on five areas of consideration:

* Contributions to the recipient's own company - success achieved in one of the following areas of work - advertising agency, advertiser, media, or advertising service company.
* Creative ability - a consistent, high degree of creative, original thinking in whatever phase of advertising the nominee has worked.
* Contributions to the general advancement of advertising - efforts to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.
* Contributions to the community - activity in civic, religious or other groups dedicated to some phase of human or social welfare.
* Contributions to the American Advertising Federation Houston.

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