UA AdTeamWhen Ed Ackerley was President of the Tucson Ad Club in 1985, he established the UA Ad Club. Over the years the club has been known as: UA Ad Club, UofA Ad Club, UA Ad Fed, AdFed, Studio 320, NSAC Team and AAF Arizona.

Beginning May 15, 2017 the club and class will be merged into The University of Arizona AdTEAM
representing both the American Advertising Federation University Chapter and the National Student Advertising Competition Team.

According to Dr. Ed Ackerley, “we are in the advertising business and sometimes branding ourselves is the most difficult thing. We have come a long way in the last three decades, and as we move forward the Eller College of Management Department of Marketing will grant upper division credit for the competition class, we are embarking on a new partnership with Adobe, and the focus will be on careers, job placement and alumni interaction. The effort is to provide students interested in advertising 100% engagement in the industry and the best chance to compete for careers." Dr. Ackerley teaches in the Eller School of Management Department of Marketing as well as the Film & Television School and the Department of Communication, and he also begins his 33rd year as the organization’s faculty advisor.

Dr. Ed Ackerley

In 2009, Ackerley and Dr. Robert Lusch launched AdCATS to give students a ‘real-world’ experience designing on campus campaigns for university clubs, departments and events. The AdCATS remain a strong and vibrant club challenging dozens of students each semester with advertising opportunities to apply what they have learned to the marketplace. Dr. Hope Schau is the AdCATS Faculty Advisor.

According to Dr. Mrinal Ghosh, Chair of the Department of Marketing at the Eller College of
Management, the introduction of AdTEAM is a compliment to the University of Arizona AdCATS
experience, allowing the AAF Club members and the National Student Advertising Competition Team to continue a record of excellence in pursuit of advertising as a career.

For More Information:
Dr. Ed Ackerley
The University of Arizona
Department of Marketing
McClelland Hall 330
(520) 621-7479

ASMP Presents Social Media for Photographers / 05/16/2017 11:17 am

ASMP May 2017 Event

Judges Select National ADDY Award Winners for June 10 Show / 05/05/2017 3:37 pm

American Advertising AwardsWASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2017—After carefully considering more than 1,300 entries, a panel of top creative talent from around the country has chosen the 2017 national winners in the American Advertising Awards competition. National judging was the last round of the three-tier competition that began with nearly 40,000 entries in 150 local programs.

National winners will be honored with a Silver or Gold ADDY Award at the American Advertising Awards Gala, Saturday, June 10 at the Roosevelt New Orleans.

This awards event concludes the American Advertising Federation's 4-day national conference, ADMERICA, where the advertising community comes together to learn and discuss the latest developments in the industry—from new digital technologies to creative content development.

On-site judges for print, broadcast work and integrated campaigns were:

  • Amy Boe, Group Creative Director, POSSIBLE
  • Tom Cocke, SVP and Group Creative Director, Buntin Group
  • Kevin Drew Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Blast Radius
  • Karen Goodman, Content Director, Under Armour
  • Nina Orezzoli, VP and Group Creative Director, Olson
  • Lee Remias, Group Creative Director, mcgarrybowen
  • Khari Streeter, SVP and Creative Director, Hill Holliday

Judging online and interactive entries were:

  • Lauren Amsterdam, Co-Owner, Executive Creative Director, Amsterland
  • Ryan Beals, Brand Creative, The Richards Group
  • Derek Clarke, Executive Creative Director, VML
  • Ian Cohen, Executive Creative Director, Wexley School for Girls
  • Jose Eslinger, Associate Creative Director, Innocean
  • Suosdey Penn, Creative Director, Chemistry Club
  • Chris Wooster, EVP and Group Creative Director, T3

Judging student entries were:

  • Will Gordon, Associate Creative Director, Edelman
  • Woody Hinkle, Copywriter And Principal, Nasuti + Hinkle Creative Thinking
  • Jim Lansbury, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, RP3

Tickets for the American Advertising Awards Gala and information on ADMERICA 2017 are available at

For more information, contact:

About the American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership is comprised of nearly 100 corporate members made up of the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and AdCamps for high school students. 

Local 2017 AAF District 12 American Advertising Awards Winners Announced / 04/04/2017 3:36 pm

AAF District 12American Advertising Federation District 12 has completed judging of the 2017 American Advertising Awards competition this past weekend, hosted in Colorado Springs, CO with a distinguished judging panel of advertising creative professionals from across the United States. The District competition included a total of 317 entries from advertising federation clubs throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso.

American Advertising Federation Tucson forwarded 64 Gold and Silver ADDY award winning entries from the local awards event held on March 11, 2017.  Of those entries, three professional entries received District ADDY Award® recognition.

Steven Meckler Photographer won a District Gold ADDY Award for School Lunch Traysdone for Edible Baja Magazine in Color Photography.

Crown Chimp Productions earned a District Silver ADDY Award for In Between done for St. Mary’s Press in the Video Editing category. 

Gordley Group also received a District Silver ADDY Award for Gordley Group Holiday Card 2016 done in the Industry Self-Promotion category.

Gold and Silver ADDY Award winning entries from the District 12 competition are eligible to compete in the AAF National American Advertising Awards competition, which will be judged in May. The final tier of awards will be announced during the national awards gala event on Saturday, June 10th at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the 2017 AAF National Conference, ADMERICA!

12th Annual Simpleview Summit kicks off in lead-up to Global Meetings Industry Day / 04/04/2017 11:22 am


12th Annual Simpleview Summit kicks off in lead-up to Global Meetings Industry Day

Roughly 900 destination marketing professionals from around the world are gathering in Tucson, AZ, this week for the company's largest-ever signature annual event.

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 4, 2017) - As the travel and tourism industry gears up to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day on April 6, Tucson-based Simpleview, the world leader in digital destination marketing, kicks off its own signature meeting: the 12th annual Simpleview Summit, with 650+ customers traveling to Tucson for this year's largest-ever event.

Meetings are big business in travel. Meeting Professionals International, the leading industry association for the segment, reports that exhibitions, conferences and like events contribute more to the US GDP than the film or recording industries or spectator sports: some $393 billion through direct spending as well as indirect and induced impacts. That sum translates into nearly $15 billion federal tax revenue, $13.2 billion state and local tax revenue, 1.8 million jobs and $66.8 billion in labor income.

Simpleview Summit has contributed its share to those numbers since its launch in 2006 -- tens of thousands of room nights and millions in combined economic impact over 12 years -- but more important are the less measurable outcomes, says the company's president and CEO Ryan George.

"Once a year we bring our customers together from around the world for training, speakers, networking -- all to build knowledge that they can then take back to their cities and countries to make this industry even stronger," George said. "Our business is completely built on the digital space, but I'm the first to tell you that for many things in business, there's no substitute for face-to-face connections."

Roughly 900 people representing eight countries will attend this year's Simpleview Summit: most of the company's 200 employees plus 57 sponsors and strategic partners from 19 organizations in addition to more than 650 guests from across Simpleview's 530+ customers. The event runs April 3 - 6 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Speakers include destination marketing professionals from around the world as well as conservationist Jeff Corwin, marketing expert Scott Stratten and David Rendall, author of The Freak Factor. More information is at

About Simpleview
Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 200 staff and works with over 530 customers in North America and around the world, from meeting and vacation destinations the size of Paducah, KY (population 25,018), to 16 of the top-20 meeting destinations in the U.S., to the country of Norway.