Advertising Professional of the Year Award



The Advertising Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the very best among Southern Arizona marketing and advertising professionals who have led, mentored and inspired others to succeed in this industry, while preserving the legacy of our past and promise of our future through the next generation. 

Know someone who should be nominated for an Advertising Professional of the Year Award? Just fill out the online form, explain why you think they fulfill the criteria, and submit!

The Advertising Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the very best among Southern Arizona marketing and advertising professionals who have led, mentored and inspired others to succeed in this industry, while preserving the legacy of our past and promise of our future through the next generation. 

Know someone who should be nominated for an Advertising Professional of the Year Award? Just fill out the online form, explain why you think they fulfill the criteria, and submit!


Previous Recipients

Steve Earnhart

2019 Award Recipient

Steve was raised in the mountains of Colorado – the younger of two boys, he spent most of his Summerdays fly fishing and the Winters shoveling snow. He graduated from The University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Theater, and moved to LA to pursue his acting career … which meant he was a bartender for 5 years.

Steve eventually realized it was time to get a real job, and was fortunate enough to be hired at Sentry Radio in 1998, a division of the National Radio Rep firm, KATZ Radio in LA. After two years, he moved back to Colorado as a local sales rep at CBS Radio in Denver; but was quickly hired away to CBS Radio in Phoenix. He eventually moved over to Clear Chanel Radio, then back to CBS Radio until he accepted the General Manager role of Radio Disney for Phoenix & Salt Lake City. When Disney announced that they were shuttering the Radio Disney division in 2014, Steve was hired as the Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia and moved to Tucson.

Steve joined the Tucson Advertising Federation when he moved to Tucson and has served on the board since 2014, and as President from 2019-2020. As a member of the AAFT Executive Team, Steve has worked to reimagine the Addy Awards, introduce new membership events and expand the board’s involvement in the community .


 Other Advertising Professional of the Year Award Recipients

  • 2015 Jennifer Nunn
  • 2014 Doug Martin
  • 2013 Steve Swinehart
  • 2012 Ken Godat
  • 2011 Richard Rose
  • 2010 Darrell Durham
  • 2009 Linda Cohen & Kerry Stratford
  • 2008 Cyndy Neighbors
  • 2007 Debbie Wagner
  • 2006 Steven Meckler
  • 2005 Ray Depa
  • 2004 Mary Martin
  • 2003 Jackson Boelts
  • 2002 Rochelle Lang
  • 2001 Ann Courtney
  • 2000 Doug Meyers
  • 1999 N/A
  • 1998 Dave Slavin
  • 1997 Don Regole
  • 1996 Kathy Arrotta
  • 1995 Steve Rosenberg
  • 1994 Steven W. Lynn
  • 1993 Diana Madaras & Dave Sitton†
  • 1992 Mike Levy
  • 1991 Mary Dunkel 
  • 1990 Georgia Lacy
  • 1989 Chip Travers
  • 1988 Ed Ackerley
  • 1987 Jeff Nordensson
  • 1986 Rich Moret
  • 1985 Bob Lunningham
  • 1984 Laurie Fagin
  • 1983 Patty Ruiz
  • 1982 Manny Molina
  • 1981 Foss Tucker
  • 1977 LuAnn Koepke
  • 1975 Jennette Lasch†
  • 1974 Gene Kelly†
  • 1972 Leo Sterling
  • 1971 Jerry Bolger†
  • 1970 Don Kaneen†
Deceased†

Nomination Form

Know someone who should be nominated for a Hall of Fame Award?
Just fill out the online form, explain why you think they fulfill the criteria, and submit!

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