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American Advertising Federation 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award Goes to Steven Meckler, Photographer / 05/02/2018 7:46 pm

Steven MecklerTUCSON, Ariz. (May 2, 2018) – The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has selected AAF Tucson Board Member, Steven Meckler as the recipient of its 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award. The national recognition will be officially presented at the AAF annual national conference ADMERICA, during the Salute to Achievers luncheon ceremony on Friday, June 8, 2018 at The Hilton Chicago in Illinois.

The Chic Davis Memorial Award was developed to honor Chic Davis, a long-time member of the AAF, whose years of service were committed to the success of the American Advertising Awards. The award is presented annually to one AAF member from a local market who has championed the American Advertising Awards and helped elevate the program’s image, financial success and awareness among entrants and members. The award recognizes their outstanding service to this important American Advertising Awards program.

Steven Meckler was born in Brooklyn, New York where his passion for photography began.  He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in photography. His first job was as a medical photographer at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York.  In 1980, he moved to Tucson and established Meckler Photography. In addition to his commercial photography business, Steven has taught digital photography at Pima Community College, and workshops for high school photo students throughout the county. He has published two photo books, “Steven Meckler Photographs Tucson Artists” and “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon”, which showcases the artwork of Vera Neumann.

Steven has been a strong advocate for the local advertising market for many years and has been a member of the American Advertising Federation Tucson Board of Directors since 1998. He has given support and mentorship to new generations of marketing professionals with his work on the Education Committee.

Steven was awarded the “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the AAFT in 2006. He was inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame in 2014.


American Advertising Federation 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 www.aaftucson.org.

The American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry: advertisers, agencies, media and suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership includes corporate members comprising some of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of more than 170 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members.