2007 Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

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2007 Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award Recipient: Jimmy Warren

Jimmy Warren

The long list of Jimmy Warren’s contributions to our industry began when he first joined the Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation in 1982, followed by his election to their board of directors in 1984. His role with the board was extensive, chairing and overseeing the success of many of the club’s initiatives and then serving as club president in 1990. In 1998 the Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation awarded him the prestigious AAF Silver Medal. Jimmy continued to serve as a board member until 2005.

During his involvement with the local club, Jimmy began his tenure with AAF’s District 7, serving the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Southeast Louisiana. His experience with the local club gave him the perspective he used to focus on club growth and vitality. He developed a leadership manual for clubs and the district that remains the standard used today. Because of his work on programs, events and resources and his commitment to growth and education, he was elected to serve as governor of District 7 in 1996.

Jimmy became involved with the mission of the council of governors and the AAF national board of directors. He immersed himself in the overall goals of the AAF, never losing sight of the needs and issues important to local ad clubs and federations. In 2000, Jimmy was elected to chair the AAF council of governors and under his leadership worked with the council to develop and publish a comprehensive membership manual, A Gift, A Guide, A Goal. This publication remains a fundamental and important resource for club membership growth and retention.

During the years that Jimmy was a member of the AAF national board of directors, he served on the AAF Great Brands Committee, the AAF 100th Anniversary Committee and the AAF National Conference Committee. He played an integral role as a member of the executive committee of the board, representing both the AAF Eastern Region and all of the Division IV ad clubs and federations.

Jimmy Warren’s career has been dedicated to industry service through his volunteer work with the AAF. He has demonstrated exceptional leadership and is respected throughout the membership at the local, district and national levels. He also has a long history of volunteer service with community organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Crimestoppers and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy Warren is president of TotalCom Advertising and Marketing which has offices in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, Alabama.

Long ago, when Jimmy was asked why he first joined his ad club and decided to get involved, he answered simply by saying it was the right thing to do.