2011 Outstanding Achievement Award:
Paul E. Hook
After graduating from the Sage Colleges in 1986, Paul has worked in almost every facet of the communications industry–from graphic design to media buying to web editing and almost everything in between. He has worked on campaigns for numerous not-forprofit organizations, fi nancial and higher education institutions, arts organizations, corporate and retail clients.
Joining Zone 5 in 1999, Paul was the 7th person on staff. Over the last 12 years, he has helped Zone 5 grow to as many as 32 people, becoming a well-known creative fi rm both regionally and nationally. At Zone 5, Paul’s duties include business development, public relations and project management. He also assists with copywriting, design, and video production for Zone 5’s clients, and is in charge of Zone 5’s own marketing and social media efforts.
Paul is a past president of the Sage Albany Alumni Association, and is currently back on the Sage Albany Alumni Board. He also serves on the Board of Stewards of the Society of the Friends of Saint Patrick, the Center for Economic Growth’s Techconnex Steering Committee, the Signature Chefs’ Auction Committee for the March of Dimes and the Business Development Committee for the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District. Paul began a 5-year stint on the Ad Club Board in 1999. Since then, he’s run the student scholarship committee, served as president and chaired the NORI awards twice. His work at Zone 5, along with his dedication to the Ad Club and other organizations earned him recognition by the Albany Business Review as one of 2005’s “40 under Forty” business leaders of the Capital Region. Paul is also very active in music, as the director of the One Man Short Men’s Chorus and as a cantor/soloist for two area churches, as well as in the choir of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Over the years he has used his musical abilities to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Albany Medical Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters and for local food pantries and nursing homes.
Paul resides in Guilderland with his wife Joanne and two daughters, Jessica and Julia.