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Tucson winner of the 2017 AAF National American Advertising Awards Competition Announced

TUCSON, AZ (June 15, 2017) – One local professional brought home an award from the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) American Advertising Awards competition, held recently in Washington, D.C. with a distinguished judging panel of advertising professionals from across the country. His work earned eligibility after winning among entrants from throughout Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso, Texas in the AAF District 12 competition.


The AAF Tucson winners then entered the national AAF competition, which included entries from professionals and students from 180 federation clubs throughout the United States. AAF announced results of the national competition judging at the National American Advertising Awards gala event held Saturday, June 10th in New Orleans, Louisiana during the 2017 AAF National Conference, Admerica.

Steven Meckler Photographer received a National Silver ADDY Award® for his entry titled School Lunch Trays done forEdible Baja Magazine. The entry also won Gold ADDY Awards® in the local and District level competitions. 


AAF Tucson & Ad 2 Tucson

Award-winning American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad 2 Tucson boast 400 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 Ad 2 National, organizations that represent all aspects of the advertising industry.  For information on upcoming events or on joining either of these associations, visit www.aaftucson.org.

2017 AAF National Advertising Hall of Achievement Inductees Announced

WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2017—Marking 25 years of celebrating outstanding achievements in the advertising industry, the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement’s distinguished Council of Judges elected seven new industry superstars for induction into the Advertising Hall of Achievement Class of 2017. Leaders from Beats by Dr. Dre, BBDO SF, JP Morgan Chase, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, STORY, Twitter and UM/J3 will be honored at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremonies and Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, at the historic Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill. San Francisco recognizes both the pioneering nature of these honorees, and the ever-growing convergence between our industry and Silicon Valley.

The inductees of the 25th Class are: Karna Crawford, Managing Director, Marketing Strategy and Digital–Consumer Bank, JP Morgan Chase; Matt Derella, Global Vice President, Twitter Client Solutions; Matt Miller, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO San Francisco; Erin Quintana, Executive Vice President, Client Managing Partner, UM/J3; Rachel Shechtman, Founder and CEO, STORY; Jason White, Global Head of Marketing, Beats by Dr. Dre; and Lizette Williams, Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Williams will also be presented with the esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Since 1996, this award has recognized an inductee who has demonstrated an exceptionally high commitment to public service and the betterment of both the advertising industry and the larger community.

“Working with such a distinguished and varied group of judges to elect this year’s inductees was inspirational,” said Tara Walpert Levy, Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Vice President, Agency and Media Solutions for Google. “It was a privilege to see such a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds in both our judges and in this outstanding class of inductees based on an extensive submission, vetting, and selection process. This year's inductees range widely in who they are, where they've been, and what they do. What each has in common is a remarkable blend of professional skill, passion, and creativity. They are truly the best of the best, proving that the future of our industry is in very good hands.”

"What amazed me about the candidates for the Advertising Hall of Achievement this year was their broad range of experiences and impressive contributions to our industry.  This year's inductees all have been extremely adept at leading through change and reflect a diverse set of perspectives that will continue to make a big impact on how our industry evolves for years to come," added Heidi Browning, Vice Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the NHL. “On behalf of the San Francisco advertising, marketing and technology community, we are honored to host the Advertising Hall of Achievement Awards and celebrate the achievements of these remarkable inductees.”

The Advertising Hall of Achievement, a bicoastal event, has long been the gold standard in recognizing top advertising thought leaders age 40 and younger and is operated by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the same organization that operates the Advertising Hall of Fame. For 25 years, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, remains the premier industry event to recognize young, talented individuals who are making a significant impact in the advertising industry and through philanthropic work in their communities. The impressive alumni network includes 167 members with expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the advertising industry including clients, agencies, media and tech. The event hosts over 600 C-suite and senior level advertising and business leaders and is the second-largest fundraiser for the Federation providing a vital source of funding to continue the wide range of educational, multicultural, and advocacy initiatives that are vital to the industry.

Individual tickets, tables and information on sponsorships and program advertising opportunities are now available at aaf.org/ahoa or contact Lisa Rubin at lrubin@aaf.org.

 


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. 

AAF National Announces 2017–2018 Board Leadership & Directors

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2017—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) today elected its new Board Leadership and Directors in conjunction with its annual national conference, ADMERICA, in New Orleans, LA. The new leadership will serve during the 2017–2018 year, beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and includes leaders from the most well-known and well-respected brands, media companies and agencies spearheading the advertising industry.

Kim Kelleher, Chief Business Officer Brand Collection, Condé Nast is the new Chair of the Federation; Amanda Richman, President, Investment, Starcom is the new Vice Chair of the Federation; Andy Narrai, Chief Marketing Officer, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. will continue as the National Treasurer; Jacki Kelley, Chief Operating Officer, Bloomberg Media, was elected as the new Assistant Treasurer; Tiffany R. Warren, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group Inc./Founder and President, ADCOLOR will continue her role as Secretary, along with Daryl Evans, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Media and Advertising Strategy, MediaLink who will continue in his role as Assistant Secretary. During their tenure with the AAF, these leaders will shape the AAF's expansion efforts and innovation.


The Membership elected Marcus Harper, Head of Global Agencies and Accounts, Quantcast; Andrew Orcí, CEO, Orcí; and Helen Lin, President, Digital Investment and Partnership, Publicis Media Exchange; to fill its Executive Committee positions as Corporate Chair, Mosaic Council Vice Chair, and Digital Chair, respectively.

“After ten years of active involvement, I am delighted to serve the American Advertising Federation as Chair. I look forward to supporting the important work the AAF Mosaic Center does to develop the industry’s diversity and inclusion efforts. I also hope to enhance the cross-industry networking opportunities that the AAF fosters, turning them into meaningful mentorship and sponsorship for up-and-coming advertising talent," said Kim Kelleher, Chief Business Officer Brand Collection, Condé Nast and incoming AAF Chair.

Newly added to the AAF Board of Directors for the 2017–2018 term are Christoph Becker, Global CEO and Chief Creative Officer at gyro; Meredith Brace, Senior Vice President of Digital Sales at FOX Networks; and Josh Golden, Publisher of Advertising Age.

"The Federation's membership has elected an extraordinary leadership team and Board to guide the AAF in the coming year during this very exciting time for our organization. Our incoming chair Kim Kelleher of Condé Nast is widely respected in the AAF and in our industry for her many groundbreaking accomplishments including being the first female publisher of Sports Illustrated. Indeed with Amanda Richman of Starcom as our incoming vice chair, the AAF for the first time will have two female executives leading our distinguished Board," said AAF President & CEO, James Edmund Datri.

The AAF's Board of Directors guides and oversees the Federation's signature events and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, Advertising Hall of Achievement, Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, National Student Advertising Competition, ADMERICA and the Institute for Advertising Ethics - all serving the Federation's 40,000 professional members nationwide, nearly 5,000 student members and more than 100 corporate members spanning media companies, advertisers and agencies.

View a full list of the incoming and returning AAF Board of Directors, Corporate Members and Council of Governors here. For more information about the AAF's Board of Directors and partnership opportunities, please contact Linda Moore at lmoore@aaf.org or at (202) 898-0089.

 


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. 

2017 Media Sales Professional of the Year

Tara Hungate
Senior Account Executive
KLPX / KFMA / KCMT / KTKT
Arizona Lotus Corp.

Tara started her career at KXEW Spanish radio, then “Radio Fiesta” in 1987 and joined Arizona Lotus Corp. in 1991.  

Tara started with Arizona Lotus Corp as an Account Executive for KLPX / KTKT and later KFMA as well.  Throughout her 25+ years with Arizona Lotus Corp. she has co-managed KLPX and was Sales Manager of KCMT La Caliente & KTKT La Buena for 13 years and is currently Sr. Account Executive for KCMT La Caliente & KTKT La Buena.  

Tara served on the board of directors for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 8 years including 2 years as Board Chair.  Tara has also been a member of Assistance League of Tucson for the past 16 years and currently serves on their Board.  Tara was named Sales Manager of the Year by industry magazine, Radio Ink in 2012.  She has lived in Tucson since 1977 and is committed to the progress of Tucson’s businesses and the community.

Finalists:

Suzi Nomiyama
Suzi Nomiyama
Senior Marketing Representative 
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Suzi Nomiyama’s international journey includes living in Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands, as well as Honolulu, Hawaii, and Southern California. Her fondness for beach communities includes having graduated from the University of Santa Barbara. For the last several years she has lived in Oro Valley, where she raised her two daughters.

She established her media career in Saipan at an advertising agency, as well as in cable TV. After relocating to Tucson, she worked at the Explorer Newspaper before taking her present job with Tucson Lifestyle. She is passionate about Tucson Lifestyle and Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden, and thrives on customer interaction and outreach in the community.

Suzi loves yoga, dogs, horses, country music, art, gardening, fine wine, and entertaining close friends. Her favorite escape is to Kailua Beach; favorite color is purple; and favorite wine is a Russian River Pinot Noir. She is a board member of the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), and a volunteer at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.

She is grateful for her abundant life, two amazing daughters, loving friends and family, and above all the grace and kindness of this community.

Patty Ruiz
Patty Ruiz
General Sales Manager
KUDF TV-14
Azteca America-LM Media

Born in Bisbee, Patty Ruiz grew up in Tucson.  Since graduating from Sunnyside High School on the South side, Patty’s name has been synonymous with Sales as well as Hispanic marketing. Patty started her broadcast career at (KXEW?) radio in 1974, then moved to KMSB TV 11 in Sales.  There she also hosted a show featuring movies in Spanish, “ Cine en Tucson con Patricia.” Her involvement in showcasing the Hispanic community in media led her to Telemundo, where she was General Sales Manager, overseeing both Tucson and Phoenix.  She was also a minority partner.

In each phase of her Media Sales career, Patty has had a profound influence in the promotion of the Tucson community through major events. In one instance, she strategically combined media sales opportunities with the Tucson International Mariachi Conference to benefit La Frontera and the community at large. These efforts made the Mariachi Conference one of the events most identified with Tucson nationally and internationally.

Patty has always been known for her tireless efforts in promoting general market and Hispanic market events and organizations: she was an original Board member and founder, then Vice-President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; she is a recipient of the LULAC FBI Community Service Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Hispanic Community.

Patty’s success in Sales, reflected in honors such as AAFT’s Warren F. Olsen Award for Sales and Community Service and the Phoenix Valle del Sol Profiles of Success Leadership Award, can be traced to her active career-long involvement in her community. 

Patty was an original member of American Women in Radio and Television, serving on the Board and as President (?). Most of all, Patty is proud of serving as AAFT past President and being inducted into the AAFT Hall of Fame. Her other Board memberships include Concerned Media Professionals, El Rio Neighborhood Center, Project Yes, and the THCC Foundation.

In her long Sales career, Patty has also managed the Hispanic division for Clear Channel Radio, and is currently the General Sales Manager for Azteca Tucson, overseeing National and local Sales.

Patty Ruiz will leave her legacy in Sales, as two of her three children follow in her Media Sales  footsteps: son Michael Ruiz is National Sales Manager for Cox Media in Phoenix, and daughter Sonia Ruiz is Senior Account Executive for I Heart Media. 

2017 Marketing Executive of the Year

Cara Frank
Vice President of Marketing
Simpleview

Cara joined Simpleview in 2008 as a Sales Associate and the moved into the role of Director of Marketing & Communications in 2009. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Marketing. In her role, Cara is responsible for the communication and marketing efforts of Simpleview products and services. Her past experience includes working as the Director of Convention Services for the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors (GMCVB). She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and works from the Wisconsin Simpleview office.


 

2017 Creative Professional of the Year

Mike McPherson
Art Director
The DesertLeaf

Mike McPherson is the Art Director for the DesertLeaf magazine. He has held
that position for almost 24 years. During his time there, the Leaf has grown
from a Catalina Foothills community newspaper to a respected, mature magazine.
Because of an eclectic content and oversized format, Mike has been able
to “push” designs that may not be traditional solutions for some magazines.
With assistance from the DesertLeaf staff he continues to meet the creative
challenges of a monthly publication.

Prior to the DesertLeaf he worked for several advertising agencies and design
fi rms in Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. He also owned a small graphic design
studio locally. During his 32+ years as a graphic designer, Mike has won numerous
design awards and been recognized for his talents.

Finalists:

Robyn Frey
Robyn Frey
Creative Director
Bolchalk FReY Marketing

Since joining Bolchalk FReY Marketing in 1982, Robyn has used her versatile creative talents to create images and messages that guide clients to their desired goals in marketing their products and services. Robyn and her creative design team have won hundreds of design awards in Tucson, Arizona and nationally.

A native of North Carolina, Robyn has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. She was an artist for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and served as Art Director at Bernard Hodes Advertising. She received the Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award in 2010 from the American Advertising Federation Tucson.

Chris Westin
Chris Westin
Art Director
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Chris Westin is the consummate professional. His work as a magazine designer has
garnered many ADDY awards — from covers to layouts — for Tucson Lifestyle
magazine.

He has been associated with Tucson Lifestyle for more than 15 years, starting out as
the magazine’s Advertising Art Director. A few years later, he took over editorial
duties, as well as participating in marketing campaigns.

Associate Art Director Matthew Kauffman describes Chris as “a naturally creative
person who consistently provides a high caliber of work. His positive attitude
evokes confidence and motivates others. He constantly strives to keep editorial
features from appearing stagnant, always keeping his eye on the prize — ensuring
that Tucson Lifestyle, as well as its sister publication Tucson Lifestyle Home &
Garden, looks fresh, trendy and reader friendly.”

“Chris’ vital role in the look and production of the magazine can’t be overstated,”
according to the magazine’s Publisher Doug Burke. Editor-in-Chief Sue Giles tips her
hat to Chris for his problem-solving abilities and his insistence on a high standard of
excellence. And he has overseen numerous re-designs of the magazine and its
website.” 


 

2017 Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year

Even Jedi Need a Kissimmee Vacation

Even Jedi Need a Kissimmee Vacation

Madden Media

Neil Bernardo, eMedia Creative Director
Curtis Thompson, Director of Development
Ivy Morris, Content Manager
Kathleen Johnson, Content Coordinator
Clara-Jane Saetren, Project Manager


Finalists:

Accelerate Diagnostics Website

Accelerate Diagnostics Website

The Caliber Group


Kerry Stratford, Creative Director & Account Director
Jessica Kuen, Designer & Programmer
Andy Chasteen, Copywriter & Client
Abbott Media Productions, Illustrator & Animator

Stowe: A Land of Winter Wonders

Stowe: A Land of Winter Wonders

Madden Media

Neil Bernardo, eMedia Creative Director
Savanna Sargent, Content Coordinator
Jenna Miles, Web Designer
Bryan Rosenbaum, Web Application Developer
Clara-Jane Saetren, Project Manager



2017 Social Media Marketing Campaign of the Year

KISS Campaign 1
KISS Campaign 2
KISS Campaign 3
KISS Campaign 4
KISS Campaign 5
KISS Campaign 6
KISS Campaign 7
KISS Campaign 7
KISS Campaign 9
KISS Campaign

Casino Del Sol

Jeffery White, Multi Media Social Designer

AAF Tucson 2017 ADDY Awards Winners Announced

AAF Tucson honored its 2017 ADDY Awards® competition winners at a black-tie gala, “Luck Be An ADDY Tonight” on March 11, 2017 at Casino Del Sol Resort. A total of 326 entries competed in 102 categories, with 96 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards presented. 

In addition, Judges Choice awards went to The Caliber Group for Accelerate Diagnostics Website in the Business-to-Business Website category, Crown Chimp Productions for In Between done for St. Mary’s Press in the Cinematography category, and to Gordley Group for their Holiday Card 2016 in the Industry Self-Promo Direct Marketing & Specialty category.

The professionals Best of Show award in was presented to Madden Media for Stowe: A Land of Winter Wonders done for Stowe Area Association in the Microsite category.

The Best of Show Student award went to Emiko Higman from The Art Institute of Tucson for Harmony Vegan Ice Cream Brand in the Integrated Brand Identity Campaign category.

All Gold and Silver ADDY Award® winners of the local competition are eligible to compete in the second level of a three-tiered ADDY® Awards competition, the AAF District 12 ADDY® Awards which will be hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah the weekend of April 1st. AAF District 12 is comprised of AAF and Ad2 chapters in Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. District winners will be eligible for the ultimate competition, the AAF American Advertising Awards. National awards will be presented June 10th at The Roosevelt New Orleans during Admerica 2017, the American Advertising Federation’s National Conference.

The local ADDY Awards® Competition is conducted by AAF Tucson.  Proceeds from help support the Federation’s educational programs, public service projects and proactive government relations efforts. 

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 www.aaftucson.org.

AAF Tucson 2017 Industry Achievement Award Winners Announced

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 www.aaftucson.org