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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

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Ken Klein

Office of Public Affairs, Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Office of Public Affairs is pleased to honor Mr. Ken Klein, executive vice president of government relations for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, in recognition of his outstanding contributions and assistance in taking the Digital Billboard Initiative to a new level of effectiveness and success.

Mr. Klein is responsible for the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) in February 2010, officially launching the Digital Billboard Alert Network (DBAN). This network multiplied the reach of the existing Digital Billboard Initiative from three companies and approximately 1,000 billboards nationwide to more than 20 companies and approximately 2,000 billboards nationwide. It also slashed the time required to launch a multi-state digital billboard publicity campaign from a matter of hours to a few minutes.

The DBAN has been enormously successful. In July 2010, the FBI used DBAN to generate a nationwide digital billboard publicity campaign for the “Grandad Bandit,” an unknown bank robber wanted for at least 25 robberies in 13 states in less than two years. The campaign generated a tremendous amount of publicity. A week after launching the billboards, the FBI was able to identify and arrest the Grandad Bandit thanks to a tip received from someone who viewed a billboard in Virginia.

In addition to formal assistance, Mr. Klein has also been an invaluable reference for information and advice on managing the initiative and keeping each of the involved companies satisfied.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

Miami
- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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