Leo Bozell (1886-1946) and Morris Jacobs (1895-1987), founders of Omaha advertising agency Bozell, were inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame by the Greater Omaha Chamber Wednesday, April 19.
Bozell and Jacobs were honored for founding Bozell & Jacobs, an agency that would become the eighth largest in the world and famous for representing top brands like Chrysler, Jaguar, Boys Town and Union Pacific Railroad as well as creating iconic campaigns such as “milk moustache” and “Pork, the Other White Meat.”
Current owners Kim Mickelsen, chief executive officer, and Robin Donovan, president, accepted the award given at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Mickelsen and Donovan have headed the agency since the Omaha office bought itself back from holding company Interpublic Group in 2001.
“We thank the Omaha Chamber for honoring the legacy of our great founders,” Mickelsen says. “And we thank our founders for the honor of carrying on their legacy.”
Five other outstanding Omaha-area business leaders were recognized at the gala as well. In addition to Bozell and Jacobs, 2017 Honorees included Todd A. Becker of Green Plains, Edson L. Bridges II of Bridges Investment Counsel, Jim Clifton of Gallup, Jane Miller of Gallup and PJ Morgan of PJ Morgan Real Estate.
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