Articles

Jackson Boelts - 2016 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

Jackson BoeltsJackson Belts is an artist, educator, and designer. He was born in Denver, Colorado, where his mother, Carol Boelts, taught him watercolor when he was 12 years old and gave him his love of all things visual. He graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA and moved to Omaha, Nebraska to teach. However, after two of the coldest winters he had ever experienced, Tucson enticed him to move with the opportunity to earn his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and the warm weather.

As a tenured professor at the University of Arizona, Jackson has taught illustration, digital illustration and graphic design to thousands of accomplished students, who have gone on to hold coveted positions with companies such as Nike, Landor, Bozell/NYC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Industrial Light and Magic, NBC and Sports Illustrated, to name a few. Encouraged by Ed Ackerley, Jackson served as the Faculty Advisor to the UA Student Ad Club for 5 years and his students won two awards for design in the annual AAF Student Competition for District 12. His involvement in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, as well as the Tucson Advertising Federation, including over 10 years overseeing the design of Addy collateral materials, exemplifies his commitment to the industry. Today, he continues to speak and judge at AAF competitions across the country.

In addition, through his own business over the past 30 years, Jackson has contributed his talents—pro bono—to many organizations in the Tucson community, including the Community Food Bank, SAAF, The Fox Theatre, The Humane Society, Arizona Arthritis Center, CASA, Travelers Aid, Compass Healthcare, Orts Theatre of Dance, Fathers Day Council, CODAC Behavioral Health, United Way, among others. His business was named the Inaugural Copper Cactus Award’s winner for “Best Place to Work” and “Community Service” for the work the business gives to our community. 

Jackson was recognized by AAFT with the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award” in 2003.

Rick Rose (Richard A. Rose) - 2016 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

Rick RoseRick was born in NYC and grew up in suburban New York. Following graduation from the University of Denver's Film program, he was invited to join the prestigious Director's Guild of America in L.A.  Although this represented a tremendous opportunity, it required working in the highly structured Union environment of Los Angeles, so Rick reluctantly declined the offer, packed up his dog and everything he owned, and headed towards Tucson, where he had previously enjoyed filming the Tucson Rodeo for NBC.

Rick initially found a job shooting News for the local CBS affiliate, but found it to be too limiting in terms of creativity, so after 6 months, he left CBS and established Film Creations, Ltd. in 1977. Today, after more than 40 years in the business, Rick's film and television credits literally fill three pages (with really small type).

Rick has been a long-time member of the American Advertising Federation of Tucson and served as a board member for over 15 years.  In addition, he has served on numerous other non-profit boards including United Way, JFCS, and is a Chairman’s Circle member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Rotarian, and a member of the DM50. For 5 years, Rick served as Vice-Chairman of the Tucson Film Commission under Old Tucson Studios founder Bob Shelton and is the youngest member ever appointed to the Commission.

Over the years, Film Creations, Ltd, has donated nearly $1,000,000 in production time to local non-profits and was awarded the prestigious “Copper Cactus Award for Community Service” in 2008.

In 2011, AAFT awarded Rick the “Advertising Professional of the Year Award” and in 2014, Rick was again recognized by the AAFT with their highest honor, the “AAF Silver Medal Award”.

Mary Rowley - 2016 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

Mary RowleyMary Rowley, APR, counts her first communications job as gossip columnist for her junior high newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. A college theater major, Mary discovered she enjoyed directing and stage-managing more than performing. Even more, she could build attendance through coverage in the local newspaper. Completing a Bachelor’s in communications at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, she returned to Ohio to work as a reporter, copy editor and photographer for a small daily newspaper.

Moving to Phoenix in 1979, Mary accepted a job in the marketing department of The Arizona Republic, where she worked her way up to the highest-ranking female department head, overseeing marketing, community relations and market research.  Marketing management roles at the San Diego Union Tribune and the Greater Baltimore Committee followed, after which Mary founded Rowley Communications in Wilmington, DE.

After moving to Tucson in 1998, Mary joined the Nordensson Group as Vice President and then founded Strongpoint Marketing in 2003, expanding the firm’s work in marketing and research to California and Delaware. She earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and taught undergraduate courses there, and is nationally accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.

Mary was a member and officer of the Phoenix AD2 and member of the Phoenix Ad Club. In Tucson, she joined the American Advertising Federation of Tucson and served as President from 2008-2009 and played a key role helping Tucson establish its AD2 Chapter. She currently serves as First Vice President/Treasurer for the Tucson Advertising Federation Education Foundation.

Her volunteer work includes leadership with numerous non-profit organizations in Southern Arizona.

Mary’s many awards include the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Sonoran Spirit Award, Governor’s Award as an Arizona Woman of Achievement in Communications, Women on the Move from the YWCA, the AAFT Golden Pen Award and a finalist for the Athena Award.

Ken Godat - 2015 / 07/28/2015 12:00 am

Ken GodatKen is from St.Louis, where art was his passion from an early age. With a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Ken moved to New York City in 1975 where he worked as a designer serving two firms and numerous clients in  finance, consumer goods and the arts. In 1990, Ken and his partner, Jeff Jonczyk, moved to Tucson and established Godat/Joncyzk Design. In 2001 the firm became Godat Design.

In 2004 Ken was aided by AAFT in combating a two-year sales tax audit by the State. In that process, Ken joined the AAFT Board and served as President in 2009. As President, Ken worked with board and membership to reinvigorate luncheon programming, revamp the Hall of Fame, and reinvent AAFT's committee system. During 2005-12, his company Godat Design created and maintained AAFT's website and twice provided theme graphics for the annual ADDY Awards. Other AAF activities included ADDY judging in other western chapters.

Ken has served as President of Wingspan and was recognized in 1998 with their creation of the "Godat Award’. More recently, Ken and his firm created SeeTucson.org, a collaborative promoting awareness of Tucson's natural wonders. Ken received AAFT's "Advertising Professional of the Year  Award" in 2012 and currently serves on the board of the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation.

Mary Martin - 2015 / 07/28/2015 12:00 am

Mary MartinMary Martin, born in Seoul Korea, grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to Tucson in 1985 when her husband, Doug, became the GM of KVOI Radio. In 1986, Mary and Doug bought KVOI with partners, George Mehl and Tom Regina. Today, Doug is the CEO and President of the 5-station Good News Radio Broadcasting group and Mary is General Sales Manager.

Mary joined American Advertising Federation Tucson as a board member in 2002 and served as President from 2005-06. As President, she helped establish Ad2 Tucson with Jim Rowley and Susan Seeley Roe (Ad2's First President) to provide resources and opportunities to advertising professionals under the age of 32. Ad2 has now celebrated its 10th year.

Mary is the President and one of the founding members of the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation (TAFEF), the non-profit arm of the Tucson Ad Fed, which seeks to provide student scholarships to the next generation of advertising professionals. Mary is also Past-President of American Women in Radio and Television and Past­ President of the Rotary Club of Tucson. In 2004, Mary was awarded the AAFT "Advertising Professional of the Year Award" and in 2008, she was awarded AAFT's highest honor, the "AAF Silver Medal Award'. Mary serves on the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation and the board of Hands of Hope.