Commemorating a Lifetime of Contributions by Patricia Martin

The First Annual Legacy of a Lifetime Awards

Join us as we commemorate a lifetime of contributions by Patricia Martin through the First Annual Legacy of a Lifetime Celebration. During a long and illustrious career that earned her a spot in the Advertising Hall of Fame, Pat was immersed in many aspects of the advertising industry from copywriter to sales trainer; from agency principal to American Advertising Federation chair.


One of the very first women to break into the advertising industry, her most important role was that of pioneer. When women were first being hired as product managers, it was Pat who was their champion and mentor. Pat would go on to become the first female chair of the American Advertising Federation, a position that showcased her leadership skills.


Pat may no longer be with us physically. But her spirit lives on. As do her amazing accomplishments. And they will be memorialized through four new Legacy of a Lifetime awards for creativity, diversity, education, and leadership.


Event sponsorships provide a great opportunity to pay homage to an advertising legend and honor the recipients of the first annual Legacy of a Lifetime Awards. Like Pat, our esteemed honorees have had an enormous impact on the advertising industry. And for that, we are most grateful.


We look forward to seeing you at the very first Legacy of a Lifetime Celebration, and sincerely appreciate your financial support.

Legacy of a Lifetime Award Recipients

Pat Martin Creativity Award

John Osborn, BBDO

President and CEO of BBDO since 2004, John is widely recognized for his ability to marshal the talents of the agency’s multi-disciplinary teams as they create compelling cross-platform communication programs.

Under John’s leadership, BBDO creates some of the best television advertising in the industry. The agency’s commercials are consistently among the most popular during the Super Bowl.

Pat Martin Diversity Award

Louis Carr, BET Networks

Louis has been named one of the most influential and prominent African-Americans in the media and marketing industry. As President of Media Sales of BET Networks, he put his power to good use, hiring more African-American sales professionals than any other executive or company in the industry. And the Louis Carr Internship Foundation provides highly motivated minority students with an opportunity to obtain professional experience in top communications companies while earning needed money for college.

Pat Martin Education Award

Leslie Winthrop, AAR Partners

Since co-founding AAR North America in 1980, Leslie personally conducted over 1,500 successful agency searches, earning the nickname of “Madison Avenue Matchmaker.”

While running her own business, Leslie has still found time to be heavily involved in District 2, AAF. In fact, she has chaired the National Student Advertising Competition for the past three decades. Which could very well entitle her to another moniker –  “Dean of Student Advertising.”

Pat Martin Leadership Award

David Bell, Creative Realities, Gyro, AOL

David Bell was born to lead. A mere four years after entering the world of advertising,  David became President of Knox Reeves Advertising. He would go on to lead Bozell Worldwide as President and CEO before becoming CEO and Chairman at True North Communications. David later served as President and CEO of The Interpublic Group of Companies. Throughout his career, David has also held key industry leadership positions, including chairman of the 4A’s and two-time chairman of the American Advertising Federation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Be part of this historic event by becoming a Celebration Sponsor, or by sponsoring a specific award. View All Celebration Sponsorship OptionsView Pat Martin Award Sponsorship Options

The Pierre

Attend the Event

Monday September 26, 2016

Cocktail Reception

Dinner and Dancing

The Pierre
2  East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

Program Ads

A commemorative program book will be distributed to all attendees of the Legacy of a Lifetime Celebration. View Program Book Ad Options


Contributions are gratefully accepted and may be made in memory of Patricia Martin or in honor of any one or all of our esteemed Legacy of a Lifetime Award recipients. All net proceeds from sponsorship, event tickets and advertising sales benefit District Two, AAF.

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The Pat Martin Legacy of a Lifetime Awards Gala








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