"Advertising is the catalyst that moves

an individual to the next level of inquiry."

- Gean B. Atkinson

Gean B. Atkinson
President & CEO

Gean B. Atkinson is president of Atkinson Advertising Associates, Inc. and one of the few members of his profession with extensive experience in the corporate, agency, military and political arenas.

He was the National Communications Director for the country's tenth largest personnel company winning every major industry award for advertising and public relations.

He also directed the advertising and marketing for one of retailing's fastest growing concepts, Glamour Shots high fashion photography, as that company grew from 134 stores to 320 in three countries in two years.

He founded Atkinson Advertising Associates in 1975 and won awards throughout the country including the New York City Advertising Club Andy Awards, Oklahoma City Advertising Club Addy Awards, Ashland-Louisville Advertising Club Tobacco Pouch Awards, IABC Black and Gold Awards, IABC Silver Quill Awards, PRSA Bronze Derrick Awards, PIA Excellence Awards and the Philip Morris Public Relations Awards.

He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism and has taught courses in advertising, marketing and public relations at the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also hosted his own radio show, “The Afternoon Express,” a current issue talk program on WKY Radio. He is a frequent guest commentator on KAUT-TV Freedom 43.

During Operations Desert Shield and Storm he was recalled to active duty and was responsible for press operations in the United Arab Emirates as the Director of the Joint Information Bureau-Dubai. He also served as the Naval Liaison Officer for the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management. A former Marine officer, he was decorated for service in Viet Nam. Mr. Atkinson retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve.

He has advised governors and members of Congress of both parties, having served in the legislative branch of government as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as Director of Communications for the Governor of Oklahoma. He is a recent inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

He is active in civic affairs as past vice chairman of Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission . He has served as president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Committee of One Hundred, a trustee of the Cherokee National Historical Society and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation and American Heart Association-Heartland Branch and is a co-founder of Friends of the Capitol.

He is Past President, Oklahoma City Council of the Navy League and a member of Church of the Servant United Methodist Church, Oklahoma Heritage Association and the Descendants of Nancy Ward Association

He is the author of “Internal Invasion,” a novel on bioterrorism that has been optioned for a screenplay. His newest novel, “Bloodmoon at Cabin Creek,” released in 2006, was named an official Oklahoma Centennial Project. He is currently working on his next novel, “Snowball’s Chance” a story of casino intrigue.

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