David I. Levy Award

Jim Hettich

The David I. Levy Award

Jim Hettich, Chairman/CEO,
Crowley Webb and Associates

Born in Eggertsville, Jim graduated from Amherst High School, earned a bachelors degree from Niagara University and a masters degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. After beginning his advertising career in Buffalo, he was offered a unique opportunity to travel to Anchorage, Alaska where he joined the DDB West agency network. After seven years with DDB and then BBDO, he returned to Western New York to join The Wolf Group. Jim spent nine years with The Wolf Group where he served in a number of client service and strategic planning positions and later as COO of Wolf Group Rochester. He started his tenure at CWA as Senior Vice President, became Executive Vice President in 2002, and was named to his current position as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer in 2005. Over the course of his career Jim has worked with a number of brands in a variety of product and service categories including: ARCO, Bausch & Lomb, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canandaigua Wine Company, Citibank, Eastman Kodak, Fisher-Price, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Independent Health, M&T Bank, Mobil, National Fuel, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Phillips Lytle LLP, Sealtest, Siemens Corporation and Xerox.

Jim has served on numerous boards and other important organizations, representing our industry with class. Never selfabsorbed or egotistical, Jim is to be commended in that he always seems to put others first – whether they be coworkers, clients, or peers. He is a member of the AAAA New York State Board of Governors and has served on the Brainstorm Board of Directors for many years. He continues to act as the academic liaison for Brainstorm, speaking at area colleges, and coordinating the Don Nichols Scholarship program.

In addition to his work with clients and numerous industry organizations, Jim has worked tirelessly on behalf of charitable organizations as well. He has served on the boards of the MS Society of WNY and Bornhava. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2001.

Jim lives in Snyder with his wife, Colleen, son, Connor, and dog, Marley. His daughter Cathlin is a junior at Slippery Rock University, and his son, Cuyler is currently living and working in Chicago. To know Jim is to know he loves his dad (and Dylan and the Dead). And he’ll always tell you that you look like someone who in no way resembles you at all.

It is with great pride that we present Jim Hettich with this year’s David I. Levy award.

Criteria: The David I. Levy Award was created to recognize outstanding achievement and service in the communications industry. Recipients should have a distinguished record of achievement over an extended period of time, which includes contributions to his/her company, the industry and the community.