Don Stork - 2009

Don Stork joined Gardner Advertising in 1964 as a media buyer. By 1972, he had risen to senior planning and management positions, but he soon was part of founding management for a new Gardner division, Advanswers. By 1979 he was president of that division, and the company became one of the top ten media service companies in the country. He stayed with Advanswers as president through new ownership and a name change, retiring in 2004, but he stayed active as a consultant with Media Management, Inc. Don's volunteer work included the St. Louis Art Museum Development Council and the Dean's Advisory Council of the SIU School of Communications. That school honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award and its Journalism Alumnus of the Year Award. He was also presented with the Alpha Delta Sigma Aid to Advertising Education Award for Advanswers' work toward furthering advertising as a college career field.