AAF Tucson Names New Board of Directors for 2016/2017

June 27, 2016 - American Advertising Federation Tucson has elected its President, Vice Presidents and Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

The OFFICERS include PRESIDENT Miguel Cruz, VP of marketing for Tucson Federal Credit Union; 1st VICE PRESIDENT & SECRETARY/TREASURER Andy Schwabe, manager of marketing & creative services at E.W. Scripps Company; 2nd VICE PRESIDENT Roman Sandoval, owner of Sandoval Creative; and 3rd VICE PRESIDENT Steve Earnhart, director of sales at iHeartMedia.The IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT is Kerry Stratford, principal at The Caliber Group. The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR is Pearl Ford-Fyffe.

The BOARD OF DIRECTORS include Doug Burke, publisher of Tucson Lifestyle MagazineRichard Engberg, Station Manager/Director of Sales for KMSB/KTTULinda Fahey, partner of Dark Horse MediaKen Kwilosz, general manager of Arizona Lotus CommunicationsSteven Meckler, president of Steven Meckler PhotographySteve Neely, chief marketing officer for Casino del Sol ResortJames Patrick, Owner/Photographer of James Patrick PhotographySteven Pope, Publisher of Tucson Local MediaMike Saffer, VP of sales at Clear Channel OutdoorRobert Santiago, director of marketing for Eggees; Brad Smith, Market Manager for Lamar Advertising; and Mary Swiergol, publisher of The Desert Leaf. Also serving on the AAF Tucson Board of Directors is AD2 TUCSON PRESIDENT, Alexis Favis, digital campaign manager at Madden Media.

AAF Tucson & Ad2 Tucson
Award-winning American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad2 Tucson boast 300+ local advertising professional members. These non-profit trade associations work to enhance the professional development of club members and support recognition for the advertising industry, while supporting the local community and raising funds for advertising education initiatives including internships and scholarships. They are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation and Ad2 National, organizations that represent all aspects of the advertising industry.  For information on upcoming events or on joining either of these associations, visit

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame and Next Generation Award

Deadline: JULY 8, 2016
Hall of Fame: The Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame Award was founded in 1986 as Tucson’s Advantage to recognize the meaningful contributions of local professionals to the Tucson advertising community and to preserve the legacy of the past and it’s connection to the future.  The initial inductees were members of the original Tucson Ad Club who represented a wide variety of industry disciplines including the media (broadcasting and sales), public relations, marketing, advertising agencies and business. New inductees are added each year during the annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony.  Click here for the HOF nomination form
Next Generation Award: The Tucson Next Generation Award was founded in 2014 to recognize those outstanding advertising individuals age 40 and younger who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, which also inspire others to excel. Click here for the NextGen nomination form


Nominees to the Advertising Hall of Fame are judged on the following criteria:

Those men and women who have distinguished themselves in their advertising careers, who have contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation and who have made significant voluntary efforts outside the workplace, including service to AAFT and/or other similar organizations, as well as service to local non-profit organizations supporting positive causes. AAF Tucson does not require individuals to have retired from the advertising industry prior to nominating/induction into the local Advertising Hall of Fame.

Nominees to the Next Generation Award are judged on the following criteria:

Those individuals who are employed in the advertising industry in the Tucson Market (advertiser, agency media, design or other related fields), who have made measurable career results in their field and who have motivated and inspired others to excel by mentoring, inspiring, training or volunteering.

Please send all nomination submissions to


The 2016 Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame Induction and Next Generation Award Reception

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Click here for details and registration.