SCC’s Selby receives Silver Medal Award Thursday

SCC president David Selby

SCC president David Selby will be in good company when he receives the Chicago Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal award at a luncheon in his honor Thursday at the Montgomery Club. 

Selby is the 32nd recipient of the CAF’s highest individual honor that began in 1983 with first honoree, Keith Reinhard of Needham Harper & Steers (predecessor agency to DDB).

Some 200 guests are expected at the event at which Selby will be cited for his career and community accomplishments over his lengthy advertising career that began at Leo Burnett, followed by Sears and Potbelly Sandwich Works.  He joined SCC in 2009.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best people and organizations in the business, both agency and client, over the past 37 years,” Selby says. “But it’s ultimately the ad business that I really love, and coming to SCC six years ago was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Speaking at the luncheon will be Linda Wolfe, former Leo Burnett president/CEO, Tim Condon, SCC co-founder/CEO and Selby’s son, Andrew Selby, who is a senior account executive at Leo Burnett a “There also will be many surprises in store for him,” the CAF said.

SCC has nearly doubled in size since Selby joined the 25-year old agency, Condon said. “While it’s certainly been a team effort, David’s had a lot to do with that success.”

Condon recounted when he brought Selby aboard, meeting in the agency’s informal meeting space called the SCC Tap.  “David stopped by our bar for a beer one evening and within 10 minutes of talking with him I knew we had to have him join us.

“Plus, he’s a musician, and where else is he going to work where there’s a drum kit and bandstand in the company’s bar?”

In 2014, SCC enjoyed another double-digit growth year. “We became a Procter & Gamble agency and teamed with private investors to launch Captivate, a pioneering mobile engagement company,” Condon noted.

Selby was recently was named chairman of the governing board of Gilda’s Club Chicago and serves on the board of manager of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. 

The Montgomery Club, 500 W. Superior, serves a Gibson’s restaurant venue. Tickets, $110 members, $135 non-members, may be purchased here.