FBI Charlotte
Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch
November 14, 2022

Adams Outdoor Advertising Wins FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

FBI Charlotte chose Adams Outdoor Advertising as the 2021 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) recipient for North Carolina. Adams Outdoor Advertising has been an invaluable partner to the FBI Charlotte Field Office since 2011. In the ten years since our partnership began, the advertising company has always said "yes" to a request from FBI Charlotte for publicity. The company donates space to publicize cases—from missing children to fugitives—and a variety of public awareness campaigns.

“The value Adams Outdoor Advertising has added to FBI Charlotte investigations is immeasurable. Thousands of people see the digital billboards, which has helped prevent and solve many crimes. I greatly appreciate their partnership and service to our community,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jason A. Kaplan.

ASAC Kaplan presented the DCLA award to General Manager Mike Peters and Director of Real Estate Michael Ruthsatz during a ceremony at Adams Outdoor Advertising on November 10, 2022.

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(From left to right) Adams Outdoor Advertising General Manager Mike Peters, the company's DIrector of Real Estate Michael Ruthsatz, and FBI Charlotte Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jason Kaplan pose for a group photo while Ruthsatz holds his company's 2021 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award.

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Employees from the FBI and Adams Outdoor Advertising pose for a group photo. Michael Ruthsatz, director of real estate at Adams Outdoor Advertising, holds his company's 2021 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award.

Since 1990, through the DCLA, the FBI has publicly recognized the achievements of individuals and organizations who go above and beyond the call to service by making extraordinary contributions to their communities in the areas of terrorism, cyber, drug, gang, or violence prevention and education. More information about FBI Charlotte’s Community Outreach Program is available at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/charlotte/community-outreach.