The Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association gave out a special award Thursday.
Charles Tombras Jr. was named the Outstanding Marketing Professional of the Year.
Tombras is the president and CEO of The Tombras Group.
It's the oldest advertising agency in Tennessee.
He's been with the company for 46 years.
Tombras says he's honored to be mentioned in such esteemed company.
"Some of the people that have won this award in the past are people like Sam Furrow, Jim Haslam, Jim Clayton... those are people that I have admired and respected for years and I'm just proud to be on the same list as them."
Tombras joined the company in 1966. Before that, he served as an airborne-ranger infantry platoon leader in Vietnam.