Richmond Show 2014

Glamour. Extravagance. Ambition. The Roaring ’20s was the era of flappers and moonshine, jazz and the lost generation. This year, the Richmond Ad Club is bringing back all the glitter and glitz for the 2014 Richmond Show! Honoring the region’s exceptional work produced over the past year, the annual awards show will be held April 10, 2015, at the John Marshall Hotel. So break out your sequins and top hats, save the date, and start pulling together your best work!


The Richmond advertising community has a proud heritage, and we are always looking for tomorrow’s legendary advertising professional. Every year at the Richmond Show, we honor one local industry leader for his or her outstanding contribution to our community.

The Ad Club’s “Ad Person of the Year” award has a long history of recognizing the advertising professionals who have made a big impact in Central Virginia through their creative energy and inspirational leadership. In 2014, we renamed the award “The Mike Hughes Ad Person of the Year” in honor of one of our region’s true heroes: Mike Hughes, the legendary creative leader at the Martin Agency, who passed away in late 2013.

Nominations are due by 5pm Feb. 27th. Click here to nominate someone.


At the 2014 Richmond Show, the Richmond Ad Club will present two scholarships to VCU students to pursue the study of advertising.

Harry Jacobs Scholarship

The 2015 Harry Jacobs, Scholarship, jointly presented with the Martin Agency, recognizes extraordinary creative talent and will be awarded to an outstanding student at VCU’s Brandcenter. The scholarship will aid the student’s development and support the Brandcenter’s mission of excellence in advertising education.

Women in Advertising Scholarship

The 2015 Women in Advertising Scholarship, jointly sponsored with Elevation Advertising, will be awarded to a VCU undergraduate advertising major who plans to make a career in advertising. The scholarship is open to rising seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA.

Meet the Judges

Frank Arendt

Frank Arendt

Frank is awesome. Just ask him. And has been dishing out healthy amounts of awesomeness by the scoopful for close to 20 years in the ad world. Clients line up to work with him. Clients like Hoover, 2K Sports, Sheetz and many, many more. Working as the creative director for the TFM agency in Pennsylvania, Frank enjoys working with some great brands and even greater people. That is why Frank does this. Not for the fame. Not for the glory. But, because it’s fun. (and my ridiculous salary) And knows every day how lucky he is to be doing it.

Ed Daly

Ed Daly

Ed Daly is a writer, author, blogger, and podcaster, with an unhealthy knowledge of trivia and pop culture.  His book “Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture” was featured at MoMA and his podcast, “The Baller Lifestyle” has been nationally recognized.

Jannie Gerds

Jannie Gerds

Jannie is an award winning creative director/copywriter, fluent in digital, print, TV, and out of home. Over the years, she’s had the pleasure of working at Hal Riney & Partners, Citron Haligman Bedecarré (now AKQA), Ogilvy & Mather, Matheson Gerds, and numerous agencies as a freelancer.

Tom Goosmann

Tom Goosmann

Tom Goosmann co-founded True North Inc. in 1994 with business partner Steve Fuchs. The duo brought years of direct marketing experience into the dawn of the digital age and have built a bi-coastal shop that offers clients full online and offline service.

In his role as Chief Creative Officer, Tom has been recognized time and time again for forward thinking in interactive advertising, technological leadership, and media excellence, delivering profitable results for top brands.

Matthew O'Rourke

Matthew O’Rourke

To support a financially devastating wife, Matthew works as an Executive Producer at MMB in Boston, after stints at EURO, FCB and MTV (when the M stood for music). Having amassed a respected hardware collection after slaving in this mess of a business for years working on all aspects and categories, his ultimate dream is to have a moment of peace, so he can enjoy watching his wife perform “Supersonic” for their two children.

Natasha O'Rourke

Natasha O’Rourke

Natasha is an Associate Creative Director, Copywriter with over 17 years in the industry. At Connelly Partners, she’s the lead writer on Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, al fresco Chicken Sausage, American Tourister, and the New England Aquarium, as well as the reigning Connelly Idol karaoke champion. Natasha has two small children and an anxiety-ridden dog, writes for a greeting card line and two blogs, and in her free time, enjoys miniature shipbuilding. Just kidding, she has no free time.

Also, nachos.

Our Esteemed Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to download the pdf,

VCU Brandcenter
Parkwood Creative
Sprocket Media Works