AAF Memphis announces Archer Malmo CEO Russ Williams as 2016 Silver Medal Recipient

Posted 10.12.2015

Memphis, TN – AAF Memphis announced Russ Williams, CEO of the Mid-South’s largest independent advertising agency Archer Malmo, as its 2016 Silver Medal Award recipient at a reception on December 9 at the University Club.

The annual Silver Medal Award stands as the highest form of individual recognition by the American Advertising Federation. It is awarded to an exceptional industry leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and advertising contribution. The Memphis chapter has recognized remarkable lifetime achievements annually since 1960. 

Williams will be honored as the 2016 Silver Medal recipient at a formal ceremony during the AAF Memphis luncheon Thursday, January 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel. For more information regarding luncheon registration, visit aafmemphis.org.

“As a lifelong Memphian, Russ is completely committed to developing and fostering talent and contributing to moving Memphis forward as an attractive workplace for talented creatives,” said Gary Backaus, partner and chief creative officer at Archer Malmo. “He’s been a champion of advancing Memphis forward.”

Since joining Archer Malmo as CEO in 2000, Williams has led the agency to increase revenue by 180 percent and double in employee size from a 90 to 185-person shop in both Memphis and Austin. Under Williams’ watch, Archer Malmo was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the industry’s Best Places to Work in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and listed on the Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., for the past three years. Williams also recently led Archer Malmo’s acquisition of Tocquigny in Austin.

The nomination stated: “Russ is a great leader who nurtures talent, creates a great company culture and gives back to the community. While his professional and civic accomplishments are numerous, his compassion, vision and investment make him a standout boss and leader.”

Williams has served as the chairman of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), as well as on the board of Memphis’ Volunteer Odyssey.

Williams succeeds two previous Silver Medal recipients who were heads of the largest Memphis advertising agency: John Malmo, founder of John Malmo Advertising, and Ward Archer, Jr., CEO of Ward Archer & Associates. Their merged Archer Malmo is the foundation of Williams’ successful industry work and contribution. Cynthia Ham, Archer Malmo’s Chief PR Officer and Partner from 1997-2012, also received the Silver Medal during her agency leadership.

ABOUT AAF MEMPHIS. The mission of AAF Memphis, the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation, is to inspire, empower and applaud the professional growth of marketing communications specialists. For more information, visit aafmemphis.org.