In 2003 The Medical Advertising Hall of Fame instituted the Service to Industry Award to recognize individuals who had provided in the past, and continued to provide, exceptional support to and for the industry.
It is fitting that the first recipient of this award is Jack Angel, an individual whose unstinting efforts on behalf of the industry for many organizations, have benefitted it greatly. He was a founder and driving force for the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, an organization that champions the dissemination of truthful healthcare information, as provided for by the First Amendment.
Jack started his career as a marketing manager for Babcock and Wilcox in their Atomic Energy Division in 1960. In 1965 he moved closer to the world of healthcare with a stint at Avon Products as a staff manager. In 1970, he joined Medial Economics/International Thompson, where he remained until 1991 and established a reputation for accomplishment and dedication to providing the healthcare community with the best information possible to help them in their practice.
In 1991, Jack started his own company, Greenwich Communications, Ltd., producing publications such as Convention Insider and Nation’s Health, and providing consulting services to the industry.
In addition to his publishing career, Jack has been active in a variety of health-related professional and service organizations, including terms as president of the Pharmaceutical Ad Council and the Association of Medical Publications, respectively. He also has worked with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and served on the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration and the Communication of Ethical Guidelines for Gifts to Physicians from Industry committee, both examples of his focus on the establishment of policies allowing open and responsible communication between the industry and healthcare professionals.
At the time of his induction, Jack has served for 12 years as the executive director of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, a group that has been an effective voice in Washington DC and in the media for the interests of healthcare communications organizations of all types. His unrelenting efforts have helped to insure that the rights of the industry to communicate with healthcare professionals and consumers are not unfairly restricted.
Jack Angel’s service to the industry is notable for both its scope and duration, and is the standard against which future nominees will be judged.