Hall of Fame

Each year, individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the creative and economic values of our profession in the State are inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey.

We are pleased to announce the Honorees for 2019.

Patrick Brightman, 3E Public Relations

Gary Denburg, GarDen Printing

Jerry Kaulius, JK Design

John Lonsdorf, R&J Strategic Communications

The 2019 Hall of Fame was held at Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ on NOVEMBER 7TH.

Click here to view photos from the 2019 Hall of Fame.


Launched over a quarter of a century ago with a mission to recognize the contributions of communications professionals from every walk of life had made to the industry, the New Jersey Advertising Hall of Fame has inducted such legends as John B. Gambling, Leonard Dreyfuss, Emanuel London and George H. Gallup.

Other past recipients have come from a wide variety of disciplines including the media, advertising agencies, market research, public relations, out-of-home, and marketing. Sponsored by the New Jersey Advertising Club, the Hall of Fame was founded in 1981 by then president, Arden Davis Melick, a public relations practitioner formerly with Brooklyn Union Gas.

Here are all of the previous inductees to the Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey:


Donna Bonavita – Bonavita Design LLC

Larry Durst – MarketSmith, Inc.

Collette Liantonio – Concepts TV Productions

Barry Schiro – CBA Industries, Inc.

Angelo Valente – Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey


David H. Fink – The David Henry Agency

Sean and Debra Looney – Looney Advertising

Steve Ratti – The Ratti Report

Ken Musto – Brand Kitchen


Sally Glick – Sobel & Co., Inc.

Tom Marguccio – SCG Advertising & Public Relations

Ed Kessel – Sound Imagination, Inc.

Jessica Levin – Seven Degrees Communication, Inc.

Monica Smith – Marketsmith, Inc.


Don Christensen – Christensen Tamburri Communications

Karen Gozzi – Wakefern Food Corp

Amy Lear – New Jersey Newspaper Network

Sandra Schler – American Cancer Society


Dennis Kane – Amboy Bank

Jan Talamo – The Star Group

Simon Kaplan – Crest Furniture

William Carlos – AVOW Communications


Dennis Bone – Montclair State Univeristy

Jay Petrie – Star-Ledger

Peter Connolly – St. Peter’s Healthcare

Steve Kalafer – Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Dealerships


Allan Grant – Words & Music

Allegra Sandelli – TD Bank

Brian Ganton – Brian J. Ganton & Associates

David Scelba – SGW


Adam Schnitzler – The S3 Agency

Len Muscarella – imedia, inc.

Richard Vezza – The Star-Ledger

Shannon Morris – Sigma Group

Veronica “Nikki” Fielding – Digital Brand Expressions


AJ Khubani – TeleBrands

Caryl Linett – Linett & Harrison

Robert C. Provost – The Star-Ledger


Denise Blasevick- – The S3 Agency

James Smith – Smith Design

Laura Johnson – News12 New Jersey


Curt Fissel – Voices & Visions

Daryl Rand – Harrison/Rand Advertising

Ileene Greene –  MarketShare Communications


Allan Gorman – AGCD

Grace DePaola – Verizon Wireless

Karen DeLuca – Block DeCorso

Rick Bonelli – Sunspots Creative

Wendy Flanagan – MurrayMedia


Debra Taeschler – Grafica

Elizabeth Christopherson – New Jersey Network

Linda Rosanio – The Star Group

Patricia Tesman – Gianettino & Meredith

Robert Ryan – CMYK Printing


Deb DiGregorio – Camares

Edward J. Efchak – The Record

John P. Manos

Karl G. Dentino

Phillip H. Roberts – NJ Broadcasters Association


Arden D. Melick – Brooklyn Union Gas

Milton Lewis – Lewis Advertising

Suzanne Poor – Miller/Poor Associates


Leonard Brown – Keyes Martin

Lewis Kraut – Union Hill Printing


John Leonardi – BRUSHfire

Kay Ritta – Ritta & Associates

Ralph Gonzalez – Miller/Poor Associates


Joseph Goryeb – Champion Mortgage

Richard J. Gillespie – Gillespie Advertising

Walter Guarino – SGW


John J. Murphy – PSE&G

Owen M. O’Sullivan – O’Sullivan Advertising Agency


Richard A. Cross – PSEG

Thomas J. Ferguson – Thomas G. Ferguson Associates Inc.


Dana Dowd Williams – Fidelity Union Bank

Don Johnson – Johnson & Simpson

Milton Simpson – Johnson & Simpson

Shirlee Wenzel – Wenzel & Co. Inc.


Edward J. Schwartz – Bell Atlantic

Joseph M. Deitz – CBC J.M. Kesslinger & Associates

Ward H. Nessen – Arrow Typographers


Hyman Levy – Reichenstein Advertising

Mary Lou Wallace – Cablemedia

Ron R. Vrba – Bozell/Jacobs

William N. Scheer – Willian N. Scheer Advertising Agency Inc.


Dan Gaby – Keyes Martin Gaby Linett

Douglas Turner – Turner Agency

William Falcone, Jr. –  Falcone & Associates


George Black – Black Russell Morris / Bozell/Jacobs

George D. Meredith – Gianettino & Meredith

Ron Gianettino – Gianettino & Meredith


Harold L. Harrison – Harrison Advertising

Martin Steinhardt – Keyes Martin Gaby Linett


Henry E. Arnsdorf – Prudential

Jack Poppele – WOR


Harry O’Mealia – Trust Company

Lawrence Herbert – Pantone, Inc.

Zal Venet – Venet Advertising


George H. Gallup – The Gallup Organization

Harry Devlin

Jean Geiger

John B. Gambling – WWOR

Leonard Dreyfuss


Calvin Louderback

Charles Dallas Reach – Charles Dallas Reach Company

Emanuel London – Williams & London Advertising