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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Advertising Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Purple
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice, Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
A Competitor Who Has Arranged It So He Or She Can Win Or Lose With Equal Pride Has Set The Table For Their Last Supper.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1952
Birth Location:
Toledo, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Advertising Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Purple
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice, Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
A Competitor Who Has Arranged It So He Or She Can Win Or Lose With Equal Pride Has Set The Table For Their Last Supper.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1952
Birth Location:
Toledo
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Biography

Advertising chief executive Donald Alvin Coleman was born on January 11, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio to Augustus and Dorothy O. Bowers Coleman. He attended Monroe Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School and Robinson Junior High School, and graduated from St. Johns Jesuit High School in 1970. After completing his B.A. degree in journalism at the University of Michigan, Coleman was drafted to play linebacker for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints in 1974. Traded to the New York Jets, Coleman, on injured reserve, earned his M.B.A. degree in marketing from Hofstra University. Retiring from the NFL in 1977 because of knee injuries, Coleman began a career in advertising.

Working at Campbell-Ewald Advertising in Warren, Michigan, Coleman became a Vice President in the early 1980s. Coleman then joined Chicago-based Burrell Advertising where he learned about target marketing. In 1988, he founded Don Coleman Associates (which later became Don Coleman Advertising), a company which has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s largest black owned advertising agencies. In 2002, Coleman joined forces with Hispanic agency Montemayor y Asociados and Asian agency Innovasia Communications to form GlobalHue Advertising. As President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalHue, Coleman runs the largest minority-owned full service marketing communications agency in the nation. GlobalHue was awarded AdWeek’s “Multicultural Agency of the Decade” in 2009. GlobalHue’s clients include DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Verizon Wireless, American Airlines, and the United States Navy.

A member of the Adcraft Club of Detroit, the University of Michigan Athletic Department’s Board of Control and the National Football League Players Association, Colemen also Co-Chairs the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Capital Campaign. Coleman lives near Detroit with his wife Jo and their daughter.

Donald Coleman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Donald A. Coleman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his father and paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald A. Coleman describes his father's physique and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald A. Coleman describes his parents' meeting and migration from Tennessee to Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald A. Coleman describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald A. Coleman recalls familial roles and his uncle's eating traditions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donald A. Coleman recalls his childhood in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Donald A. Coleman talks about how family values were impressed upon children in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Donald A. Coleman remembers his childhood in Methodist churches
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his family's religiosity and his mother's love for jazz
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald A. Coleman talks about baseball players he admired as a child and remembers being an active child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald A. Coleman recalls his father's carpentry skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald A. Coleman lists his childhood interests and primary and secondary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald A. Coleman explains why he attended the reopened St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donald A. Coleman details the progression of his football-playing as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his academic progress at St. John's High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donald A. Coleman talks about his experience at St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donald A. Coleman talks about playing running back at St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donald A. Coleman recalls his time working with children with developmental disabilities in Toledo, Ohio as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Donald A. Coleman recalls being scouted for college football teams as a senior at St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald A. Coleman explains his decision to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan despite pressure to attend Stanford University in California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald A. Coleman recalls being coached in football by Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald A. Coleman talks about the state of collegiate athletics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald A. Coleman talks about how his interest in journalism led to copywriting career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald A. Coleman recalls how he began playing linebacker for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald A. Coleman talks about black advertising agencies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donald A. Coleman recalls living with six other football players while a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donald A. Coleman describes his experience at the 1972 Rose Bowl Game
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Donald A. Coleman describes the sights, sounds and smells of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Donald A. Coleman remembers getting the best of Tyrone Willingham