“Yo, Adrian…we did it!” HAPI wins AdAge Small Agency of the Year Award.
We are honored, humbled, still a little shocked and extremely proud to have won Silver in AdAge’s 5th Annual Small Agency of the Year Awards. AdAge’s annual competition shines a national spotlight on the often overlooked excellent work and innovation of small, independently owned agencies. Agencies must have 150 employees or less to be eligible to enter the competition. We qualified for that by a landslide.
Woohoo!! HAPI won Silver, Southwest Region.
“This year’s competition was fierce,” said Ad Age Deputy Managing Editor Rupal Parekh, one of the judges. “The number of entries was up across the board, making judging that much more difficult. Not surprisingly, the breadth of work — whether it be for small businesses or national players — is impressive.”
Jason and Danny accept HAPI’s award to crowd whispers of “Who the f%*k are these guys?”
Small Agency of the Year entrants are graded on four criteria: agency philosophy/culture, thought leadership, business results and creative work. HAPI is the first Phoenix agency to be recognized in the competition. We are particularly proud of this award because it serves as a testament to our unwavering belief that big ideas can just as easily come from an agency of five people as they can come from an agency of 500 people. Not only does this recognition bring welcome attention to the work being produced at HAPI, but to the great work being produced in the Phoenix market as a whole.
This national award is a huge nod to our philosophy, our work and the results we produce for our clients. Our objective is to provide clients national caliber work and this award acknowledges we are doing just that. HAPI beat out some incredibly good boutique shops to get here.
Pre-awards show happy hour. There were a lot of great art directors standing around. We put some to work taking pictures of us.
We thank our hardworking HAPI peeps for their positive attitudes and determination to prove just how big small can be. We also thank our amazing clients for daring to do the type of bold work that propelled HAPI to be recognized by AdAge as one of the best small agencies of 2013.
Here are some more pics from the event.
Jason on stage accepting the award.
Wieden-Kennedy welcomed the conference attendees on the evening before the event. While sipping Portland micro-brews on their balcony, we bumped into our friends from Nomadic.
Weird to see our hand-drawn logo hanging on the walls of W-K. Nice job on the kerning.