How a Digital Advertising Agency Won one of the Largest Contracts in the City of Detroit.
One of the remarkable takeaways from the journey of 26-year-old Akil Alvin is that he began to achieve his dreams as he grew up — not when. From creating programming that revitalized his local library at 7 years old to getting himself a job on the UniverSoul Circus marketing team at age 10, Akil tapped into his calling at a young age. It was a surprise to no one when, at 18, he launched his own company and took his place among the 3% of Black men who serve as the faces and founders of ad agencies throughout this country.
It’s clear the millennial media visionary felt it when he heard these legendary lyrics by the late Christopher Wallace: “Stay far from timid / Only make moves when your heart’s in it / And live the phrase ‘Sky’s The Limit.'”
As Founder and Global Chief Creative Officer of Detroit Digital Media (DDM), Akil leads a multimedia content creation company that empowers ambitious brands to thrive in contemporary culture through a unique mix of storytelling, insights, and technology, with a dash of irreplaceable #DetroitHustle. Since its launch in 2013 with the help of one of Akil’s teachers at the renowned Detroit School of Arts, DDM has grown to work with some of the world’s leading brands and municipalities. Their undeniable client roster includes McDonald’s, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, the North American International Auto Show, and Coca-Cola. The hustle hasn’t been in vain.
In 2019, DDM was one of 10 millennial-led companies around the nation to be honoured by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and Akil was recognized as an Emerging Young Entrepreneur, landing a one-year advisory partnership with Warner Media. In 2020, DDM became the first company in history to be advised by the iconic Walt Disney Company. And under Akil’s leadership, DDM recently embarked on a full circle and historic moment as the first on a record ad agency to sign an exclusive multimillion-dollar agreement with a municipality in the country, handling high-level messaging and rebranding for the CIty of Detroit.
In 2022, Akil was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 as one of the top 30 advertising executives in North America. Akil has embedded the importance of giving back into DDM’s core, and together the team developed a community engagement program called The Mentoring Loft to mould the next generation of entrepreneurs and creatives. The initiative is one way the self-described “unstoppable dreamer” can help ensure that youth are empowered to grow up as he did, believing that the sky’s the limit and creating opportunities to Authentically. Impact. Culture
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