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.
AAF Tucson boasts a rich history, having been established in Southern Arizona 75 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.
- Hosting the local competition and first round of the American Advertising 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.