CINCINNATI (September 16, 2020) – Today Campaign US announced the top 40 Over 40 Award winners, celebrating the most talented and accomplished individuals transforming the advertising industry. Empower President and Chief Operating Officer Rob FitzGerald graced the list for his career achievements and leadership at Empower: The Un-Holding Company.
When asked, “Why do you love this business so much?” the answer was easy.
“It’s in my DNA. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” FitzGerald says.
FitzGerald believes that the modern independent agencies will rescue this industry. He’s leading Empower by example as The Un-Holding Company.
“Campaign US is excited to honor the senior talent paving the way in our industry. The individuals celebrated on this list have shown innovation and leadership across all areas of marketing, advertising and communications,” said Campaign US editor Alison Weissbrot.
Nominations were judged by a panel consisting of the Campaign editorial team as well as decorated industry leaders including Steve Williams, Global COO of Essence; PJ Pereira, cofounder and Creative Chairman of Pereira O’Dell; Heide Gardner, SVP, Chief D&I Officer of Interpublic Group; Mel Edwards, CEO of Wunderman Thompson; and Doug Melville, Chief Diversity Officer of TBWA Worldwide.
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We are Empower, The Un-Holding Company. Our advantage is simple. Clients first – not shareholders.
From the day we opened our doors in 1985, Empower has challenged the media status quo.
Empower is recognized as one of the top independent agencies by Campaign US, an Ad Age Agency A-List Standout and was crowned MediaPost’s 2016 Media Agency of the Year.
Our integrated team of experts in Media, Creative, Analytics, and Word-of-Mouth Marketing outperform expectations. Celebrating two Adweek Media All-Stars back-to-back while also being honored by the Webby Awards, The One Show and ANA REGGIE Awards proves the eclectic talent at Empower is no one-hit wonder.
Empower’s client and employee tenure rate is unmatched – 3X the industry average. Some of our biggest fans include Tempur Sealy, Fifth Third Bank, Gorilla Glue, TriHealth, Brooks Running, Jack Link’s, V-Tech, Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, GNC, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Rust-Oleum, The Body Shop, and Newell Brands.
Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. Our Chicago office is located in the city’s bustling River North neighborhood, just steps from the Merchandise Mart.
While much has evolved in our 35-year history, we remain independent with plenty of hustle…