Clarion University WINTER 2017 Commencement
Saturday, DECEMBER 16, 2017
Curtis Zimmerman is the founder and chief executive officer of The Zimmerman Agency, a $165 million marketing communications firm with an impressive list of global clients including: The Ritz-Carlton Company, Cooper Tires, Hunter Fans, Gold Toe Socks, Hard Rock Hotels, Pilot Pens, Aruba Tourism Authority, Firehouse Subs and more.
Curtis is a proud 1979 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in marketing, he began his career in the Atlanta office of one of the world's largest advertising agencies. The education he received at Clarion – combined with a little hard work and creativity – helped accelerate his career, and he was soon recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the advertising industry's rising star. At the age of 27, he was named the first new partner in the history of Atlanta's largest independent agency.
In 1987, with no clients, little money and a strong desire to raise their children surrounded by family, Curtis and his wife and business partner Carrie (who also attended Clarion) moved to Tallahassee, Florida, and launched The Zimmerman Agency. The agency has grown to become one of the South's largest marketing communications companies, overcoming industry odds by becoming a nationally recognized, industry-leading firm from a smaller city.
Curtis is a member of the American Advertising Agency Association's Board of Governors.
In 2004, The Zimmerman Agency was acquired by Omnicom, the world's leading global marketing and corporate communications holding company.
Curtis and Carrie have three children and two grandchildren. They enjoy spending free time with family and their shared love of sports.