Roger Vilsack, a product of the ‘Don Draper’ era of advertising, has died. He was 81 years old.
According to his obit, Wilsack led an influential career that began in the 1960’s and took him from Pittsburgh to Ft. Lauderdale to Washington, DC. The Emmy-winning director was a creative force in the Washington advertising community for decades. His legacy includes many of the region’s top creative directors and film production professionals whom he inspired and mentored with humor and joy every day. He made his mark at HJK&A as Creative Director and Executive Vice President where key clients included U.S. Savings Bonds, U.S. Coast Guard and National Institutes of Health. In 1989 Roger formed Vilsack Productions, a full-service film production agency with unique capabilities in conceptual and creative development.
Vilsack was recognized in “Who’s Who in Advertising” and “Creative People of Note”. His creative commercial work included Advertising Age’s 100 Best TV commercials four times and earned multiple Clio, One Show, and New York International Film Festival awards. His national Emmy was the first ever awarded for a public service announcement.