AAF-Fort Worth Announces Ruth Ann Kearley as the 2010 Silver Medal Award Winner

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The American Advertising Federation of Fort Worth has selected Ruth Ann Kearley, founder and former president of Kearley & Company, Inc., as the recipient for the 2010 Silver Medal Award, according to an AAF-Fort Worth President Jason Parker.

The club will honor Kearley with the Silver Medal at their monthly luncheon event on Wednesday, July 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Joe T. Garcia’s restaurant. The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased through

Kearley said she was both surprised and flattered by the honor.

“I am so thrilled about the Silver Medal award,” Kearley said. “It’s something I’ve always thought was a wonderful testament to folks who have done so much for Fort Worth and for the local advertising community.  I never dreamed I would be included in such impressive company – it’s truly an honor.”

Kearley, an area native, is a former Miss Teenage Fort Worth and a Paschal High School and Texas Christian University alumna.  Recognized nationally as a leader in the credit union industry, she started one of the first marketing departments for a credit union in the state of Texas while she was working for Educational Employees Credit Union in Fort Worth during the early 1970s.  She left EECU as vice president of marketing in 1981 to start Kearley & Company, Inc.

She is currently serving as special advisor to the board for Kearley & Company, Inc.

In addition to her commitment to Kearley & Company, she is very involved in numerous civic organizations.

Through the years, she has served as President of the Northside Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee member for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board for the Lighthouse for the Blind, Executive Committee member for Jubilee Theatre, and has been an active member of AAF-Fort Worth. Currently, she serves on the Executive Board for the Lighthouse for the Blind.

In 2007, the Business Press honored Kearley as one of Fort Worth’s Great Woman of Texas. Kearley was also the 2008 honoree for her work at Jubilee Theatre.

The Silver Medal Award recognizes a man or woman who has made contributions to the advertising industry that have helped to raise industry standards of creative excellence and social responsibility.  According to AAF—Fort Worth, Kearley was chosen based on her contributions to her company, the credit union industry, the advertising community, and to the community of Fort Worth.


About Kearley & Company, Inc.:

In business since 1981, Kearley and Company, Inc., is a full-service advertising and consulting firm based in Fort Worth, Texas.  The firm offers strategic and creative services for a variety of industry sectors in large and small markets across the country. 

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