By SUSAN BRAMSCH
The author is the board president of the Tulsa Advertising Federation, and she was recently appointed as the area representative to the American Advertising Federation.
Saturday evening, Feb. 19 was the time that advertising agencies, graphic design shops, video production studios and advertising students all across Tulsa found out who was to be named the Best of the Best. Close to 300 professionals and students gathered at the Cain’s Ballroom to be entertained by comedian Barry Friedman and enjoy a lovely dinner and music as they patiently waited to see if their creative pieces took home the gold (and silver).
The top award of the evening is the Silver , highly regarded as the top professional award in the industry. Only one person each year is awarded such a high honor. This year’s Silver Winner goes to Rosie Hinkle.
An unassuming woman, Rosie was surprised that she was chosen by a group of her peers for this year’s Silver . Not expecting to be recognized for the hundreds of hours she volunteers for the Tulsa Advertising Federation (), Rosie would say she is just doing her part. But if you ask any of the Board of Directors, you will hear how she is a stellar example of excellence – always going above and beyond the call of duty for her chosen profession, her community and the Tulsa Advertising Federation.
If you know Rosie, you know that she is a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln and so it is no surprise that she was born in Springfield, Ill. With absolute humility, like Lincoln, we can even imagine her echoing one of his infamous quotes. “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Rosie started her advertising and publishing career more than 30 years ago when she moved to Tulsa in 1977. Her first job was at the Stephenson Agency. She then worked for Hood-Hope & Associates and AckermanMcQueen.
As Rosie gained experience, she joined Mary Brett & Associates as an associate editor of Tulsa, The Annual Report. After Mary’s unexpected death, Rosie was hired by Towery Publishing to continue in the same capacity. Rosie currently serves as the editor and publisher of Vision Tulsa Magazine and assists her husband, Bill, at Hinkle Creative Services. She has always been successful in her advertising and publishing career because she gives her full dedication to her career and works hard to continually produce a quality product for her clients and constituents.
Rosie is very involved in her community and her church where her foremost concern is the betterment and quality of life for her fellow man. Rosie serves on the executive council of her church, Joy Lutheran, and-in addition, just recently served as a committee member for the church’s upcoming $1 million capital campaign. She has served on Joy Lutheran’s stewardship and social committees. She was a co-chairman for two years of the Basketball Tournament Volunteer Committee, recruiting and coordinating over 150 volunteers. If that is not enough, each year she travels in support and to serve as a chaperone for University of Tulsa’s student team. And this year, Rosie and Bill will serve as event chairs of the ARTSCAPE 2011, the annual fund raiser for The Tristesse Grief Center.
But most of us know Rosie as the executive director of the Tulsa Advertising Federation. Tulsa’s Ad Club has been a recipient of Rosie’s steadfast commitment for more than 20 years. Never satisfied with the status quo, she spends countless hours finding new ways to provide program excellence resulting in a stronger financial position so can continue to award scholarships to area college and university students. More than $50,000 in scholarships has been awarded in the last two decades. Rosie’s unwavering principles of integrity, character and fiscal stewardship have built a stronger and better Ad Club for Tulsa. Year after year, she leads this organization with zest and endless dedication and energy.
In 2001, Rosie was awarded the TAF’s Silver Spur Award for outstanding service and that same year the Board of Directors renamed their top college scholarship the Rosie Hinkle Scholarship in recognition of Rosie’s steadfast service to .
She has two children, Kristie of Palm Springs, Calif. and Brad of Bixby; and four grandsons, Cameron, age ten; Matthew, age nine; Jordan age eight; and Braden 16 months.
Rosie and Bill were married on Valentine’s Day and have just celebrated their 25th Anniversary earlier this week.
Congratulations, Rosie! We honor you not only for what you have accomplished, but also for who you are. A leader. A mentor. A friend.
Historians have claimed that Lincoln may be considered one of the greatest leaders of our country and at 6’ 4” everyone looked up to him. Members of the Tulsa Advertising Federation say that it was appropriate to let Rosie know they consider her to be one of the greatest leaders in the organization’s history and everyone looks up to her every day. It is with pride to award this year’s Silver to Rosie Hinkle.