Multicultural advertising pioneer turns to jazz

04/26/2006 | Crain's Chicago Business (free registration)

Tom Burrell founded Chicago-based Burrell Communications Group in 1971 as one of the first advertising agencies to target black consumers. Burrell's multicultural approach to advertising landed him clients such as Coca-Cola and General Mills, as well as a home for his McDonald's spot in the Smithsonian Institution. Burrell now devotes much of his time to jazz singing, although he is still involved with the company's strategic direction.

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