CHICAGO, IL, November 2017—The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) named Fay Ferguson, Co-CEO of Burrell Communications Group, as the 2017 Silver Medal Award winner. Ferguson is the 22nd professional to receive the prestigious award. Nominated for her outstanding service in the advertising industry both locally and abroad, Fay  is among an elite group of women to garner this recognition.  The Silver Medal Award recognizes a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his or her career contributions and accomplishments:

●      Creative ability
The candidate must show evidence of a consistent and high degree of creative, original thinking in whatever phase of advertising he or she has worked.

●      Contributions to the general advancement of advertising
The candidate must have worked toward increasing the stature and raising the standards of the advertising profession.

●      Contributions to specific area of advertising
The candidate must have achieved success working in one of the following areas of advertising: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service company.

●      Contributions to the community
The candidate should have been active in civic, religious or other groups dedicated to some phase of human or social welfare.

Past recipients include: Chris Boothe, CEO of Mediavest | Spark USA,  DigitasLBi North America CEO, Tony Weisman, Chicago Tribune marketing columnist, George Lazarus, Off the Street Club Executive Director, Ralph Campagna, and former Burrell Communications Group founder and CEO, Tom Burrell.

“We admire the passion and ambition Fay Ferguson has when it comes to the work she does in the advertising industry,” said Lisa Sylvester, CAF President.  “One of the things that stood out to us most about Fay is her support of the Chicagoland area and her recent work in launching Allies of Innocence, which was formed to help provide free trauma and grief counseling to survivors of gun violence in Chicago.  Fay is a leader who inspires and challenges those around her to be better and do better.”

“I believe that good, is not good enough,” said Ferguson. “I push myself and those I work with to always strive for greatness.  That is the winning formula for our team at Burrell.  Myself and those I work with are successful because we are committed to striving for greatness.  I’m humbled and honored for the recognition.”

A celebration honoring Ferguson will be hosted in April of 2018 and will be open to CAF members and the general public.