Angus McQueen, CEO of OKC's largest, oldest ad agency, dies
Angus McQueen, longtime CEO of Ackermann McQueen, the city’s largest and oldest advertising agency, died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 74.
By mid-day, a tribute to McQueen was posted on the company's website.
"Angus McQueen was a relentless champion of dreams. Dreams for his clients, dreams for his company and his employees, dreams for his hometown, Oklahoma City, and dreams for his country," the firm said in a statement. "He spent his career in earnest pursuit of those dreams, and in the process, raised the fortunes, the standards and the aspirations of everyone who joined him in that pursuit."
McQueen began his career in 1962 as a producer and director with television stations in St. Louis and Houston. From 1965 through 1972 he directed coverage of all Gemini and Apollo missions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston for NBC News.
McQueen also was a writer and director with the U.S. Navy Office of Information in Washington, D.C., serving two years of active duty during the Vietnam War.
As Managing Producer of Broadcast Production with the D’Arcy Advertising Co. in New York, McQueen wrote and produced television advertising for Royal Crown Colas, Lufthansa German Airlines, General Tire, Gerber Foods, SCM Typewriters, Taylor Wines and others.
In 1972, he directed network pool coverage of the Republican National Convention in Miami and other election-year broadcasts with President Richard Nixon’s White House staff. He served as vice president and general manager of Lewis/Unitas Advertising in New York, introducing Ticketron computerized ticketing in major U.S. markets.
In 1973, McQueen joined Ackerman McQueen, the firm started by his father, Marvin, and partner Ray Ackerman when they took over the George Knox Advertising Agency. McQueen started as vice president and creative director and was promoted to president in 1984 and then CEO in 1987.
Over more than 30 years he nurtured a relationship with the firm’s biggest client, the NRA, that led to the firm opening offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C. That relationship frayed over the past few years and the 38-year contract was terminated last month by both sides amidst lawsuits over billings and alleged contract breaches.
Services are pending.