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3 July 2012 Getting The Big Catch: How Charlie Tombras Reels ‘Em In

Those who know Charlie Tombras, credit his vision and results-oriented business philosophy to the success of what has become one of the Southeast’s largest full-service digital ad agencies, according to a recent Knoxville News Sentinel article.

Here’s what some of his friends, colleagues and clients said about this iconic ad man.

“His advertising agency represents some big-time operators,” McDonald’s franchisee Tom Cochran said. “Charlie took it to a dimension that no one in this community would have ever anticipated.”

Long-time friends of Tombras describe him as a natural-born leader, who is hardworking and competitive yet compassionate and loyal. He displayed those characteristics while a student at UT, where Tombras held leadership roles in ROTC and his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

“When I pledged, Charlie was the rush chairman. The fraternity had the biggest portion of the Knoxville freshmen that year,” said Bill Thomas, president of TIS Insurance Services.

“If Charlie says something, you can trust what he says,” he added. “You can’t give a man a higher compliment.”

“He does it very quietly. It’s a very personal thing with him,” said businessman Sam Furrow, a fellow member of the ROTC at UT. “If you had to compare him to someone on a national scale, I would say he reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt because of his leadership and love of the outdoors. His contributions and talent have been exemplary.”

Read the full article here: Ad man Charlie Tombras meets the challenge

The Tombras Group is a 200-person, full-service advertising agency with a digital mindset. In the brand-building business since 1946, the family-owned agency serves national and global clients. In 2015, Tombras was recognized as Ad Age Small Agency of the Year, and in 2016 it was ranked by Palma Consulting as Independent Agency of the Year. Tombras connects data and creativity for business results. Offices are located in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville with headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. More information: www.tombras.com.