Odney’s Finken wins 2015 Silver Medal Award

BISMARCK, N.D. – Odney owner Patrick Finken was honored with the prestigious Silver Medal Award during the 2015 American Advertising Federation-ND Awards ceremony.

According to the AAF, the Silver Medal Award is given annually to an individual who has helped raise the stature of the advertising industry. The ADDY Awards for work done in 2015 were announced Feb. 26 in Fargo.

“I am truly honored by this award,” Finken said. “I often say I am the luckiest person you will ever meet. I have had the good fortune to work for and with some of the most talented and gifted people in the business.”

Finken began his career at Odney in 1990. He bought out his partner and became president of Odney in 1995. Through the years, Odney acquired Graphic Traffic, DH Research and iNet Technologies to build one of the largest full service advertising agencies in the region. Today, Odney employs 45 full-time employees providing design, interactive, media, public relations and public affairs services to clients across the upper Midwest.

“I am humbled to be named this year’s Silver Medal Award winner,” Finken said. “Our goal has always been to build something we could all be proud of, to work in the kind of place that breeds success, personally and professionally, and to do the kind of work we all dreamed of.”

Finken has been active in community projects during his career. He was a founding member of the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, and produced the 1989 Party of the Century which attracted 100,000 people to Bismarck for the state’s 100th anniversary celebration of statehood. In 2011, he produced the Bring Back the Magic telethon that raised $2 million for Minot flood relief. He is also currently a member of the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors.

AAF-ND is one of 210 local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, and includes clubs from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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