Special Awards

 

Advertising Professional of the Year

Jennifer Nunn

2015 Award Recipient

Jennifer has been Sales Manager for Journal Broadcast Group Tucson Radio Operations for the last 18 years, which owns MIXfm, The Groove, 1041 KQTH and ESPN Radio, along with KGUN 9 TV and CW of Tucson. She has spent the last 28 years in the Broadcast industry and has managed a sales team for 20 years. Previous to Journal, Jennifer started her radio career at AZ Lotus Broadcasting where she spent 10 years and was the Local Sales Manager for KFMA for two years.

Prior to a career in Broadcast, Jennifer spent five years in Fashion Merchandising, Visual and Graphic Arts for Federated Department Stores.

Jennifer is currently President of the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that annually funds local student Marketing scholarships, and she has been on that board for 7 years. She is also the Past President of American Advertising Federation Tucson, where she has been an active member for 26 years. Jennifer has played an important role as a corporate member of NAWBO (National Association of Women’s Business Owners) for the last nine years and on the advisory board for Tucson Fashion Week, which annually raises money for charitable organizations. She also volunteers her time to various non-profit events.

Married to Dale Nunn for 22 years. Jennifer’s hobbies include traveling, motorcycle touring and jewelry designing.

Jennifer was born in Hong Kong and has five siblings; she has lived in Tucson for over 45years!

 

Jennifer Nunn

Jennifer Nunn

Journal Broadcast Group Tucson Radio Operations

 

AAF Silver Medal Award

Mary Dunkel

2015 Award Recipient

She’s come a long way—born in Shanghai, Mary grew up on the South side of Chicago in Woodlawn/Hyde Park—President Obama’s old neighborhood. Mary came from an academic family and received her degrees in Russian, then taught in Chicago inner city and private schools.

Mary met her husband Alex on a U.S. government teaching exchange with the former Soviet Union at Moscow State University. She moved to Tucson after discovering commuting between Chicago and Tucson to see Alex was not at all glamorous. When Mary took a job in the Advertising Dept at Levy’s, a Federated Store in Tucson, Alex would critique the store’s daily ads, displaying an unusual knowledge of how white space was being used. She discovered Alex had majored in Art and worked in Advertising in NYC before becoming a professor of Russian. As it turned out, they had switched careers!

Mary was asked to interview for a media buyer position at the local Pepsi-Cola franchise. For the next 30 years, Mary was part of the management team that helped grow Lane Pepsi to one of the most successful franchises in the entire Pepsi system (grown to include 4 locations in CO, NM & AZ). Tucson was chosen as the test market for Free Diet Pepsi Day. For the event, nearly every advertising venue was purchased and every entertainment venue was Free, courtesy of Pepsi. Her record media spend in Tucson led to a record number of Diet Pepsi cases sold. Pepsico recognized the tremendous value of Lane Pepsi and eventually purchased all four franchises.

Lane Pepsi won or was nominated for Bottler of Year multiple times—key elements involved Sales, Marketing and Community Relations.  Mary also won National Pepsi awards for Media Buying Efficiency, Media Promotions, Sales & Marketing and Hispanic Marketing Company of the Year, as well as Pepsi Community Service recognitions that provided annual cash awards for local non-profits and events, including the Community Food Bank, TUSD & Sunnyside School Districts, El Tour de Tucson, the International Mariachi Conference and many others.

The Lane family was a major contributor to the Tucson community, allowing Mary to develop her role in community relations leadership at Lane Pepsi. Mary’s own community volunteer work includes serving as UA College of Humanities Advisory Committee Chair; UA Foundation grant reader, American Women in Radio and Television Past President and District Director, GTEC (now TREO) PR Committee, Pima Community College Marketing Advisory Board, National and UA Hispanic Scholarship Foundations, and helping build and market Arizona Athletics.

Her community service awards include: The Pima County Supervisor’s Award for Distinguished Service, Mayor’s Copper Letter, LULAC/FBI Community Service Awards, and Copper Cactus Awards.

Most of all, Mary is proud of her many years with AAF Tucson as Past President & Board Member, AAF District 12 Past Governor & Board Officer, recognition as 1991 Advertising Professional of the Year and induction into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame in 1993.

After retirement, Mary created Q Marketing, taking on beverage clients and supporting agency work. She also commutes regularly to Chicago to visit her 105 year old Dad and consult for his business, China Publications Service.

Mary’s daughter Tania (who also contributed to the Tucson media community) and husband Randy Capin live in Tucson, son Bruce and wife Zodie Spain live in Atlanta. Mary feels so fortunate that she and her family have had so much fun working with the ad professionals in Tucson!

 

Mary Dunkel

Mary Dunkel 

Retired
Pepsi-Cola Marketing & Media Director

 

AAF Tucson Golden Mic Award

Kristi Tedesco

2015 Award Recipient 

Kristi is an award-winning journalist with deep ties to Tucson, the city in which she grew up. A graduate of Amphitheater High School in 1989, Kristi also got her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Arizona in 1994. After a 10-year stint in the Midwest, she returned home in 2004 to the station she'd always watched, KVOA. Currently, Kristi anchors the 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts.

Since 2004, Kristi has been recognized by her peers with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. One was for her look back at the murder of a Tucson child, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. The other was for her investigation into worker safety in Arizona's Child Protective Services. Kristi's C.P.S. investigations also led to changes in Arizona law. After the deaths of three Tucson children in 2007, Kristi's reports prompted lawmakers to pass reforms in the system. Those laws were signed by Governor Janet Napolitano in 2008.

Kristi is a strong advocate for Arizona children, with her weekly Kristi's Kids reports. A mother of two boys, she feels it's her duty to look out for all children in Southern Arizona.

 

Kristi Tedesco

Kristi Tedesco

KVOA News 4 Tucson

 

AAF Tucson Golden Pen Award

Bonnie Henry

2015 Award Recipient

Bonnie Henry was born in Tucson as part of the post World War II baby boom. Except for six glorious months spent in Tombstone when Bonnie was 11, she grew up entirely in Tucson.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1981, Bonnie worked for three years at Territorial Publishers before joining the Arizona Daily Star in 1984. There she covered school districts and wrote feature stories.

In 1986 she became a columnist, writing a personal column as well as columns about Tucson's history. A collection of those columns was later published in two books, "Another Tucson" and "Tucson Memories."

Bonnie retired in 2010 but still writes a personal column for the Star that runs every other Sunday. She also volunteers with the Friends of the Pima County Library and with Job Path. Married to the same man for 50 years, she has two grown children and - amazingly - nine grandchildren.

 

Bonnie Henry

Bonnie Henry

Arizona Daily Star

 

Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence

Lisa Lovallo

2015 Award Recipient

Lisa Lovallo grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.  At the U of A she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, was the Student Body Vice President and played on Arizona’s Women’s basketball team. 

After graduation, Lovallo worked for Procter & Gamble in the Los Angeles market. During her tenure at P&G, she held several management positions in the Heath Care and Paper Products Divisions of the Company. 

In 1992, Lovallo left P&G to start her own business, North American Enterprises.  She spent 14 years building and growing a successful international import and export business, comprised of over 20 European manufacturers and 80 food service and grocery distributors throughout the US market.  In 2004, Lovallo was instrumental in the sale of the Company’s key brands to an Italian manufacturer in Northern Italy.

After the sale of North American Enterprises, Lovallo began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the U of A’s  Eller College of Management and worked as the Director of Student Advancement and Development in the university’s Student Affairs Division.  During her tenure at the U of A, Lovallo also ran for the Arizona State Legislature and served on numerous non-profit Boards in Tucson.

In 2008, Lovallo was named Vice President and System Manager for Cox Communications, Southern Arizona.  At Cox, Lovallo is responsible for all the Southern Arizona business, public affairs and community relations functions in both Pima and Cochise Counties.  In addition to her responsibilities at Cox, she serves on numerous community boards including TREO, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Airport Authority, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Downtown Tucson Partnership and The Arizona We Want.   She is also on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Children’s Museum.  

Lovallo was named “Woman of the Year” for 2010 by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named “A Woman of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business, a “Woman on the Move” by the YWCA and was given the “Spirit of Philanthropy” award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her outstanding contributions to the Southern Arizona community. 

 

Lisa Lovallo

Lisa Lovallo

Cox Communications