Archer Malmo today announced that the agency’s CEO, Russ Williams, has been honored with the Memphis American Advertising Federation’s annual Silver Medal Award and has been named Inside Memphis Business’ CEO of the Year in the 50 — 200 employees category. Both prestigious awards reflect Williams’ excellent leadership and dedication to nurturing talent, creating a great company culture and giving back to the community.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Russ for his countless contributions to the community and his commitment to building and investing in a talented creative class in downtown Memphis while putting a foothold in Austin,” said Gary Backaus, partner and chief creative officer at Archer Malmo. “Russ is an inspirational leader whose compassion, vision and investment in both the agency and the community make him a standout CEO.”
The Silver Medal Award is 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. Williams succeeds two previous Archer Malmo heads that won the Silver Medal: John Malmo, founder of John Malmo Advertising, and Ward Archer, Jr., CEO of Ward Archer & Associates.
Likewise, Inside Memphis Business’ CEO of the Year Awards are annually a chronicle of exemplary leadership and outstanding workplace cultures in the Mid-South. Winners are nominated by their peers, chosen by the magazine’s editorial board and featured in the February/March print edition.
Since joining the agency in 2000, Williams has led Archer Malmo to increase revenue by 180 percent and double in employee size from a 90 to 190-person shop in both Memphis and Austin, recently piloting the acquisition of Austin agency Tocquigny last June. Additionally, Williams has helped to foster an award-winning workplace culture at Archer Malmo, being three times named to Advertising Age’s Best Places to Work and the Inc. 5000, as well as earning Top Places to Work accolades in PR News for the public relations department and The Bark magazine for the agency’s pet-friendly office. Among many, his contributions to the community include serving as the chairman of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) and on the board of Memphis’ Volunteer Odyssey.