The trio received the lifetime achievement honor at a luncheon in New York on March 21.
Mr. Marcus, chairman emeritus of Neiman Marcus, blasted the blatant use of sexual imagery in advertising. "Sexuality in advertising may be within the bounds of freedom of speech, but it is a huge mistake," he said.
Ms. Wells Lawrence, founder of Wells Rich Greene, talked about her passion for the business and what it was like to be a woman in a powerful position in an industry once dominated by men. Mr. Flanagan, former corporate VP-marketing and advertising for Dow Jones & Co. and The Wall Street Journal, also spoke of his love for the business during a 45-year career.
The AAF has named 149 people to its Hall of Fame during the past 51 years.