About Us

All under the same roof, AAF, Ad 2 and TAFEF representing creative and media professionals in the Tucson community as well as nationally. Each organization has its own story to tell from building networks to giving back to the community.

About - AAF Tucson

American Advertising Federation Tucson (AAF Tucson) serves as a collaborative hub for a full spectrum of industry experts. We bring together today’s leaders and tomorrow’s rising stars from the fields of advertising, marketing, communications, interactive, and media. Through professional development, networking, and acknowledging the local hotbed of talent, our mission is to promote our industry’s importance to the region’s economy and culture.

Be a part of this driving force and join us today.

Our History

AAF Tucson boasts a rich history, having been established in Southern Arizona 70 years ago. In May 1945, the Tucson Advertising Club was founded; throughout the decades the organization has grown in both in numbers and impact, creating a community for professionals to inspire each other and advance the media industry.

The Tucson Advertising Club officially aligned itself with the American Advertising Federation brand in 1998 and changed the name of the organization to Tucson Advertising Federation.

Since our inception, we have developed programs around membership, education, government relations and leadership that have been recognized nationally by the American Advertising Federation. Other club achievements include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with Tucson Chamber of Commerce to create annual Man and Woman of the Year Awards to distinguish outstanding individuals in our community.

  • Establishing our local ADDY Awards recognizing local creative advertising talent and success.

  • Repealing a local 2 percent tax on all advertising placed in the city limits.

  • Establishing a Media Partnership Program in 2001, which has generated millions in donated advertising support for non-profit organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The program has also served as a public service initiative model for other AAF chapters across the country.

AAF Tucson Board of Directors
1st Vice President & Secretary/Treasurer
Steve Earnhart
iHeart Media - Tucson
3202 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson , AZ 85705
e-mail: steveearnhart@iheartmedia.com
2nd Vice President
Robert Santiago
Robert Santiago
Tucson , AZ
e-mail: robsntgo@gmail.com
Immediate Past President
Miguel Cruz
Tucson Federal Credit Union
1160 N Winstel Blvd.
Tucson , AZ 85716
e-mail: mcruz@tucsonfcu.com
Michael Caballero
Casino Del Sol
5655 W. Valencia Road
Tucson , AZ 85757
e-mail: Michael.Caballero@casinodelsol.com
Anton Chism Sr.
Innovative Signs llc
4257 W. Ina Rd., Ste. 111
Tucson , AZ 85741
e-mail: achism@isignsaz.com
Sue DeBenedette
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson , AZ 85701
520-884-8210 X 7201
e-mail: sdebenedette@arizonatheatre.org
Linda Fahey
Dark Horse Media
4441 E. 5th Street
Tucson , AZ 85711
e-mail: linda@darkhorsemedia.com
Steven Meckler
Steven Meckler Photographer
121 S. 4th Ave.
Tucson , AZ 85701
e-mail: steven@mecklerphotography.com
Scott Romero
Cox Media
1650 E. River Road, Suite 201
Tucson , AZ 85718
e-mail: Rocknradio7@gmail.com
Mary Swiergol
The Desert Leaf
3978 E Ft Lowell Rd
Tucson , AZ 85712
e-mail: mary@desertleaf.com
Ad 2 Tucson President
Val Timin
439 n 6th street #189
Tucson , AZ 85716
e-mail: Val@hellohydrant.com