Jack Connors, who founded and serves as chairman emeritus of the Boston ad agency Hill Holliday, will be inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
“This is the highest honor we have in the advertising industry, and we’re incredibly proud that Jack is the first from New England to be elected,” said Mike Sheehan, chief executive of Hill Holliday, in a statement.
Connors and six other advertising executives will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner ceremony tomorrow in New York. Actor Bill Cosby will receive a special award recognizing his contributions to advertising.
Connors and three partners founded Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos on Boston's Newbury Street in 1968. The agency is now owned by Interpublic Group of Cos. of New York.
According to a statement from the American Advertising Federation, "Connors was the driving force in making Hill Holliday a nationally recognized advertising agency that produced internationally acclaimed creative work and is one of Boston’s most successful businesses. At the same time, Jack used the considerable talent and resources ofHill, Holliday to make a difference in the Greater Boston community through pro bono work for non-profit and charitable organizations."
Connors' fellow inductees include David Abbott, retired chairman of the Abbott Mead Vickers Group; Earl G. Graves, Sr., chairman, founder, and publisher of Black Enterprise; and Herb Kelleher, founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines Co.
Bill Cosby will receive the President’s Award for Special Lifetime Contributions to Advertising.