Sherman Wright, co-founder and CEO of award-winning marketing agency, commongroundMGS. Since its inception, the agency has built an impressive client roster that includes Coca-Cola, Verizon Wireless, Illinois Lottery, MillerCoors, Bacardi USA, American Family Insurance, Nike, NBC Universal and BMO Harris Bankdeveloping a stellar reputation for understanding a client’s brand and mining rich, actionable business and consumer insights.


In 2014 the agency received top honors from Black Enterprise being named Advertising Agency of the Year while also being recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty as one of the fastest growing companies in Chicago. In 2013 the agency was a winner of the Inc. Hire Power Award recognizing private companies that are leading the way in creating American jobs and was also part of The Agency Posts’ Top 100, highlighting firms that demonstrated financial growth, fortitude, strong relationships, great work and strategic ideas. In 2012 commonground was honored by Advertising Age receiving the Small Agency of the Year Gold Award and named one of the most successful companies to watch by Black Enterprise.


Sherman is a member of YPO Chicago Chapter, an American Heart Association Consumer Health and Quality Coordinating Committee member and sits on several non-profit boards including The Chicago Urban League, A Better Chicago, Kohl Children’s Museum and Near North Montessori School. He was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40. He is part of Texas A&M’s Aggie 100, which honors the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses.