ADMAN is a title of honor conferred upon persons who have made an exceptional contribution to Czech commercial communications. ADMAN recipients receive gold cufflinks engraved with an “A” Recipients are chosen by the AKA presidium and must be approved by at least two-thirds of the presidium members. ADMAN is not awarded every year. Since its introduction in 2004 only four persons have been so honored.
Jiří Mikeš (2004) founded the AKA and has been running it for 13 years. He helped establish the most important advertising competitions The Nutcracker and Czech Effie. He is responsible for setting up the framework and curricula for advertising trainings and education.
Josef Havelka (2005) headed the Prague office of Leo Burnett for more a decade. Under his leadership the agency introduced new quality into Czech advertising, both in strategic competence and creative innovations. These qualities was appreciated by both clients and the juries of top international festivals.
Marek Šebesťák (2006) has made an indelible mark on the Czech advertising scene with his entrepreneurial spirit, courage and vision in founding and managing for some 15 years MARK BBDO, the only agency which, from its onset, has remained at the top of the Czech market.
Evžen Hart (2009) was instrumental in building and developing the Ogilvy & Mather group in the Czech Republic, growing it into the best organized and most effective lineup of specialized agencies with integrated services capable of handling the marketing requirements of the digital age.