FAMILY • PASSION • EXCELLENCE
40 Years Of Serving Equals 4 Decades of Leading
As a family-owned business, Mudd Advertising has a strong presence in the automotive space with over 3000 clients covering all 50 states. From a small basement to a 36,000 square-foot facility on a 20 acre campus, every step of the journey has been a realization of Jim and Cecelia Mudd’s dream.
“At its core, the success of Mudd Advertising has been based on perseverance and optimism,” said Jim Mudd. “I began this business in my basement during a recession. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished over these years and the help we’ve been able to provide to our clients.”
FAMILY • PASSION • EXCELLENCE
Developing leaders to serve automotive dealers and partners by providing effective advertising and measured results.
All production, creative and interactive is integrated into one team all under one roof, working cohesively toward one vision. Today’s client successes are a direct result of the principles established by Jim Mudd. Mudd Advertising continues to apply these principles and strengths that were implemented 40 years ago.
Servant Leadership & FAMILY
How Mudd Advertising came to be…
July of 1981 was when Jim Mudd began a steady catapult into the automotive advertising business but his prowess was born out of a 30-year foundation in broadcast radio.
Mr. Mudd was a radio broadcaster and personality who reveled the dexterity and cleverness showcased in the hit show, “WKRP in Cincinnati” that aired from 1978-1982.
His career began as an eager 14 year old who rode his bicycle everyday after school to the local radio station in Owensboro, Kentucky. It was here that he fell in love with the idea of broadcasting a refined message to a specific audience. Mr. Mudd worked here all the way through college graduation, when at his professors urging and referral connection he boarded a train to Evanston, IL where he pursued his Masters in Broadcasting at the renowned, Northwestern University.
Money was tight and immediate opportunities arose, prompting him to forgo his 2nd degree and hit the ground running after being recruited to a local radio station in Monmouth, IL to join them as a lead on-air talent. Here Jim Mudd went from being a young Kentucky kid with ambition to a famous new kid on the block in Illinois, impressing the stations audience with his articulate deep voice and incomparable wit. He amassed an audience so impressive that he was plucked from station to station who grabbed at any chance to have Jim Mudd be the voice of their station.
After nearly 15 years in Illinois, Mudd seized an opportunity to move his wife and then four children to Cedar Falls, Iowa where they courageously jumped into radio station ownership in 1973. KCFI was an AM radio station that needed revival by a fearless leader and a powerhouse broadcaster. Jim committed years of running this station by creating content, broadcasting his voice and also selling and producing the ads that ran on it while Cecelia managed the books and nurturing of their now 5, soon to be 6 children.
KCFI struggled to turn around, but its ultimate demise was the catalyst that ignited the conception of an advertising agency. During this test run of entrepreneurial vigor, Jim built relationships with business leaders in the community, and one that proved to be more significant than others. It was Mr. John Deery, Sr., a successful Cedar Falls auto dealer who said, “Mudd, you outta start your own agency.” Mr. Mudd stammered for a split moment at the concept while Mr. Deery began to write on the back of his business card, “JIM MUDD ADVERTSING.” He handed it to Jim and said, “Here you go, now you’re in business.” While Mr. Mudd had been doing The Deery’s advertising for the prior years on his own station, it was in this moment when his perspective shifted, and he reimagined the application of his expertise.