Rick Hosmer, AAF Spokane 2016 Ad Pro

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Our congratulations go out to Rick Hosmer—the fatherly, storytelling, Sasquatch-loving 2016 Ad Pro of the Year.

Selection of each Advertising Professional of the Year is a very closely-guarded secret each year and came as a complete surprise to Rick. This award recognizes one Spokane-region advertising professional for their contributions to the industry and their position in the Spokane business community.

Rick was honored at this year’s AAF Spokane ADDY Awards Gala held at the Spokane Convention Center on March 11, 2017. During the Gala, a lead-up video presented the fictitious AAF Spokane Fine Art Collective honoring Sharma Shields, author of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, and her work bridging the literary and visual arts. While the video ruse played, Rick had no idea that it was he who would soon be honored. That video was followed by another commemorating Rick’s many years in the business and featured images of his colleagues, clients, friends and family. Special thanks going to Hamilton Studio for creating these wonderful videos.

For over 30 years, Rick has helped clients create, revive and re-imagine their brand and tell a story that matters to their customers. He is Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at Klündt | Hosmer in addition to being an artist and illustrator. Rick plays a creative role in the brainstorming or early concepting stages of a project. He has a knack for taking elaborate problems and turning them into ideas that are simple and resolvable. His creative solutions often rectify the internal issues our clients are facing, and help clients come to a consensus and alleviate some of their stress.

Outside of his work at Klündt | Hosmer, Rick has served as a Spokane Arts Commissioner, AAF Spokane Vice President, Marketing Chair for the Inland NW Council Boy Scouts of America and ADDY judge for regional AAF competitions. Rick is an Eagle Scout, has climbed Mt. Rainier, and has traveled to Guatemala multiple times to build homes for widows and their families.

For all he’s done personally and professionally, we know that out there—in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest—Sasquatch is proud.