The John A. Reisenbach Foundation is pleased to announce that Adam Bain, Andy Donchin and Linda Yaccarino will be this yearâs recipients of the Distinguished Citizen Awards.Â These three will be honored at the Foundationâs 22nd Annual Gala on Monday evening, December 2, 2013 at the Harmonie Club.
This yearâs honorees come from a cross-section of the media business.Â They represent leading companies from the Social Media world, the Broadcast & Cable business and the Media Agency community.
Adam BainÂ is the President of Global Revenue at Twitter. Â Adam oversees Twitterâs worldwide monetization efforts and the rollout of its advertising platform. Prior to joining Twitter in 2010, he served as President of the Fox Audience Network (FAN), a role in which he oversaw a division that includes one of the webâs largest advertising platforms and a team dedicated to monetizing News Corporationâs web properties and hundreds of third-party online publishers.
Previously, Adam served as Fox Interactive Mediaâs original Chief Technology Officer, and helped spearhead acquisitions of MySpace, IGN, Photobucket, and Scout Media. He began his career with News Corp running the technology and product divisions at FOXSports.com, and previously served in several roles within the online news industry, including stints at latimes.com and Cleveland.com. In September 2012, Adam was listed as #1 in âAdWeek’s 50â ranking of indispensable industry talent. He serves on the board of the Ad Council and is a member of their Executive Committee. He is @adambain on Twitter.
Andy Donchin is Executive Vice President and Director of Media Investments at Carat North America, a media specialist agency where he has worked for over 20 years.Â He manages all of the national and local video/audio activation for their clients which include Pfizer, The Home Depot, Macyâs, Disney and General Motors.Â He has helped grow Caratâs total video activation billings to over $5 Billion.
Prior to joining Carat Andy was the Director of National Broadcast Buying at Levine, Huntley, Schmidt and Beaver.Â Andy also previously worked at Young & Rubicam, Wells, Rich and Greene and J. Walter Thompson.Â Andy is a past Chairman of the AAAA National Television/Radio Committee.Â He has also received Ad Ageâs Media Maven Award, Adweekâs Media All-Star Award and TV Weekâs Media Buyer of the Award.
Linda Yaccarino is President of Advertising Sales at NBCUniversal, a position she has held since 2012.Â Ms. Yaccarino oversees all ad sales and market strategy for the companyâs broadcast, cable and digital properties. She Â joined NBCUniversal in 2011 as President, Cable Entertainment & Digital Advertising Sales for NBCUniversal. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Ms. Yaccarino served as Executive Vice President and COO of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales & Marketing and Acquisitions.Â
Among her many industry honors, Ms.Yaccarino was recognized in 2011 by Adweek as one of the âTen Most Powerful Women in TVâ and by Business Week as a âCEO of Tomorrow.âÂ Her community and professional affiliations include active involvement with WICT (Women in Cable & Telecommunications) and Penn State University, where she is on the Board at the School of Communications.
Steve Grubbs, President of Second Act Media and Dinner Chairman of the Reisenbach Gala said, âWe are truly fortunate to have such exceptional honorees who have recognized the importance of service.Â Adam, Andy and Linda are shining examples of community engagement.â
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About John A. Reisenbach Foundation
The John A. Reisenbach Foundation is the premier charitable organization of New York’s media and advertising communities. John Reisenbach, the Vice President of National Advertising for All American Television, at 33 years old, was killed in New York City in a single random act of violence in 1991. Â As a response to this tragedy, leadership in the advertising and communications communities promptly created the Foundation to support programs focused on making New York a better, safer city.Â The Reisenbach Foundation takes justifiable pride in its accomplishments in the field of public safety and security. Some of the New York City programs and organizations it has supported include Child Abuse Prevention Program, Citizens Committee for NYC, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York Cares, New York Police Foundation, the Police Athletic League, Safe Horizon and the Urban Assembly.
The Reisenbach Foundation’s most visible fundraising event is the annual presentation of the Reisenbach Awards for “Distinguished Citizenship,” given to top media or advertising professionals who demonstrate extraordinary contributions to the community. Past recipients have included such industry stalwarts and special guests as Joseph Abruzzese, Bill Cella, Ed Erhardt, Carolyn Everson, Bonnie Fuller, Irwin Gotlieb, Peggy Green, Wenda Millard Harris, John Hayes, Commissioner Ray Kelly, Peter, Knobloch, Bill Koenigsberg, Gerald Levin, David Levy, Bob Liodice, Jon Mandel, Judy McGrath, Pat Mitchell, JoAnn Ross, Charlie Rutman, Rino Scanzoni, Dennis Swanson, Katherine Oliver, Dick Wolf and John Wren.