AAF Tucson 2017 Industry Achievement Award Winners Announced / 03/12/2017 12:00 am

March 12, 2017 – AAF Tucson has announced winners of five annual special industry recognition award honors. The awards were presented during the 36th Annual ADDY Awards® gala event at the Casino Del Sol Resort on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Media Sales Professional of the Year
This award honors collaboration and partnership with the creative professionals in the market. The 2017 award recipient is Tara Hungate, Senior Account Executive for KLPX / KFMA / KCMT / KTKT at Arizona Lotus Corp. Finalists included Suzi Nomiyama, Senior Marketing Representative for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine and Patty Ruiz, General Sales Manager of KUDF TV-14 Azteca America-LM Media.

Marketing Executive of the Year
This award honors excellence, professionalism and outstanding achievement in marketing. The 2017 award was presented to Cara Frank, Vice President of Marketing for Simpleview.

Creative Professional of the Year
Awarded to the most creative, the most influential, the most driven and prominent individual in the creative space. Mike McPherson, Art Director for The DesertLeaf, was the winner of this year’s award. Finalists included Robyn Frey,Creative Director of Bolchalk FReY Marketing and Chris Westin, Group Art Director at Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Social Media Marketing Campaign of the Year
This new award recognition honors outstanding achievement and success of a social media marketing campaign. The 2017 winner was Casino Del Sol for their KISS Campaign

Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year
This new award recognition honors outstanding achievement in the digital marketing space through the successful execution of a digitally focused campaign. The 2017 winner was Madden Media for Even Jedi Need a Kissimmee Vacation. Finalists for this award were The Caliber Group for the Accelerate Diagnostics Website and Madden Media’s Stowe: A Land of Winter Wonders microsite.

AAF Tucson and Ad2 Tucson are comprised of over 300 local advertising and media professionals. Both clubs work to enhance the professional development of club members, while increasing recognition for the advertising industry and giving back to the local community.  They are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a national organization that represents the advertising industry in its entirety.  For information on upcoming events or becoming a member, visit