12 April 2012 Tombras Wins Marketing Award

Charlie Tombras was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel for winning Outstanding Marketing Professional of the Year from the Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association. The full article is below, or you can read it at

Tombras Wins Marketing Award

By Ed Marcum, Knoxville News Sentinel

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Charles P. Tombras Jr., president and CEO of the Tombras Group, has been named Outstanding Marketing Professional of the Year by the Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Tombras will be honored by KAMA at a reception at 6 p.m. April 19, at the Orangery. Also honored will be Deanene Catani, past president of KAMA, who will receive the William Locander Award for Outstanding Chapter Service. The award is named in honor of KAMA’s founder.

Also, Moltka Johnson and Michelle Quillen have been picked as University of Tennessee Outstanding Marketing Student Scholarship recipients.

The reception will benefit the Eagle Endowment for the Marketing Education scholarship fund.

President and CEO of Tennessee’s oldest advertising agency, Tombras entered the business in 1966 after serving as an airborne/ranger infantry rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. He led the Tombras Group as it became an $85 million digital-centric agency with offices in Knoxville, Nashville, Tri-Cities, Charleston and Washington, D.C.

During his career, Tombras has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the AAF National Silver Medal Award for outstanding contributions to the advertising industry.

At the 2012 ADDY Awards, the Tombras Group received four Best of Show Awards, 52 Gold ADDY Awards, 93 Silver ADDY Awards and 53 Bronze Citations of Excellence, making it the most award-winning agency in five-state AAF District 7.

Tickets to the KAMA reception are $50 and may be purchased through the organization’s website at

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Click here to read an article about Charlie’s award from The Worldwide Partners.

The Tombras Group is a 230-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: