GodwinGroup's McNeill Named Copywriter of the Year

Agency Honored at Jackson Addy® Awards Competition


Tal McNeill

JACKSON, Miss. (March 10, 2011) – Tal McNeill, senior vice president / group creative director at GodwinGroup, was recognized as Copywriter of the Year at The American Advertising Federation’s ADDY® Awards for the Jackson area. GodwinGroup was presented ten awards during the competition, six awarded for work associated with Trustmark Bank in which McNeill served as lead copywriter.

“Tal is a phenomenally talented professional with a diverse portfolio of creative work,” said Philip Shirley, GodwinGroup’s chairman and chief executive officer. “He works extremely hard to help our clients differentiate their brands by telling their stories well. He deserved to see his efforts recognized.”

McNeill is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has 25 years of agency experience and has been employed with GodwinGroup since 1999. He is a past president of the Jackson Advertising Federation (JAF) and has served for seven years on the JAF board of directors. In addition to Trustmark, he has worked with such brands as Baptist Health Systems, Louisville Slugger, University of Southern Mississippi, Amtrak, American Hawaii Cruises and Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

The ADDY® Awards, the world’s largest advertising competition, cultivates the highest creative standards in the industry. Local winners advance to regional and possibly national competitions.

GodwinGroup, founded in 1937, is headquartered in Jackson, Miss., with an office in Biloxi. They serve clients nationwide, primarily in healthcare, banking, finance and insurance, utilities, tourism, manufacturing, food and consumer goods. The agency has been recognized numerous times among the nation’s leading agencies as measured in revenues by Ad Age and AdWeek. GodwinGroup provides branding, advertising and reputation management services, as well as Web marketing services through its digital arm WebMetro/Godwin.

For more information, visit www.godwin.com and www.webmetrogodwin.com.

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