2010 AAF-KC Advertising Professional of the Year: John January

2010 AAF-KC Advertising Professional of the Year: John January

February 22, 2011

This past Saturday evening at the Kansas City ADDY awards, we recognized one of the most dynamic, most generous and most ardent supporters of both our craft and our local advertising scene: John January. With regard to the selection process, John was chosen by the previous recipients of this honor, who used the following criteria when making their decision.

  • Contribution to His/Her Company - The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service
  • Creative Ability - The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.
  • Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising - The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.
  • Contributions to the Community - The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.

In case you missed the remarks from Matt Anthony, the Global Chairman for VML and our 2009 recipient, here they are again.

Our advertising professional of the year has been a staple in the Kansas City Ad Community for well over a decade. He’s served as a major advocate for the Ad Club.

His work has been featured in The One Show, Communication Arts and Archive, just to name a few.

Despite rising to the ranks of Executive Creative Director in 2008, he truly believes that the 90s was his decade.

He’s garnered quite the reputation for his blog. However, he may be most recognized for his inability to finish a beer.

He’s been requested for speaking engagements at various ad clubs across the country, and industry events like the How Design Conference. 99% of that is because of his engaging storytelling. 1% of it is because he pronounces random words like raccoon and aluminum in a not-so-proper British accent.

His podcast has been recognized in numerous places, including Adweek and Business Week. Believe it or not though, there was a time when one publication didn’t give him such a glowing review. The Wichita Eagle. On January 16th, 1993, one of his many theater performances was reviewed. They had this to say, “As Brindsley, he gets the slapstick just right but otherwise is barely believable as an artist of any kind. He’s fun to watch even as we wonder how many bruises he’ll suffer as he somersaults over the coffee table and falls face-first downstairs.” That enthusiasm he brought to the stage can be seen at work and at home.

Our advertising professional of the year is all about family. So much so, that every Halloween he turns his wife and three children into ghouls.

He is a sucker for conspiracy theories. He celebrated his love for Star Wars by creating commercials that ran on the Sci-Fi channel. He even developed and maintained an extremely affectionate character named “creature” that was nothing more than his talking right hand.

Our advertising professional of the year is John January.

Congratulations, John!