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SARAH HUPP - 2019 / 06/28/2019 5:43 pm

A Tucson native, Sarah has always held a passion for art and business. At age 10, she was an entrepreneur, selling her arts and crafts to family and friends. In high school, she participated in DECA. To pursue her passion, Sarah attended the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Management and Marketing. As a Marketing Coordinator with Eller’s Professional Development Center, Sarah had the opportunity to collaborate with staff and students on events and school promotions.

She launched her career at Madden Media as an Account Project Coordinator where she connected clients to Madden’s destination marketing solutions. She also took a position on the Ad2 Tucson Board of Directors as the Program’s Chair and initiated events that brought the Ad2 and AAF community together. As President of Ad2 Tucson, she had the opportunity to help launch a new website and build leadership and advertising community experience.

As her career continued with Madden, Sarah was promoted to specialize in digital marketing and eventually led the way for a new content marketing department where she became the Director of Content. Sarah rallied a team of content strategists and specialists, and hundreds of freelance writers and social media influencers to tell the story of how travel is more than a verb, it is an experience, a feeling, and creates a true transformation. She has contributed to national-level award winning campaigns featuring brands such as Visit Tampa Bay, Visit Oakland, Visit Amarillo, Experience Kissimmee, and Table Rock Lake.

In 2018 Sarah received her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Arizona and graduated among the top 20% of her class. Her fellow students nominated her as the “Most Influential” of the MBA class.

Today, Sarah is the Vice President of Account Strategy with Madden Media where she leads the Account Management team and continues her passion for collaborating with clients on smart and creative marketing solutions.

Alexis Favis - 2018 / 07/31/2018 6:13 pm

Alexis FavisAlexis Favis was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US with her mother as a baby. Their first home in the states was Tucson, but it wasn’t until 1992, when her family put down permanent roots in the Old Pueblo. The oldest of 3, she is a natural born leader and mentor. 

While still in high school she started working at a small arcade in the mall, doing entry level work. Fast forward 6 years of graduating high school, putting herself through college at Pima and working full time at GameWorks, she found herself excelling at business operations and became the youngest general manager in company history. The experience was formative. She learned first-hand the power of building a sense of place, community, and her interest in digital marketing and advertising grew.

Alexis continued to pursue her education and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce in 2010. While at the U of A, she also started a career at Madden Media. Like GameWorks, Madden fostered continued education and community involvement, which inspired her to become an AD2 member in 2009.

Alexis is now a Senior Account Manager with Madden Media where she focuses on developing omnichannel marketing programs for destination marketing organizations around the country. She is a public speaker for numerous DMOs and small businesses locally and nationally. Sharing her knowledge and staying active in young professional initiatives to grow and attract talent to Tucson continues to be her passion.

Alexis served on the Ad 2 board in a variety of positions including, Events Chair, Fundraising Chair, Public Service Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and two terms as President. She has served on the local American Advertising Federation Tucson board and on the ADDY Awards committee and nationally with AAF as a blogger during their annual conference for three years running, as well as participating in district and regional events.

Nickolas Duarte - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:10 pm

Nickolas Duarte Nickolas Duarte has always loved films. He was born in Tucson, AZ and became interested in film while making videos to get out of writing essays in high school. He studied film-making at Pima Community College and in 2008, started Crown Chimp Productions, where he is a film, commercial and series writer/director.

Nickolas’s internationally recognized films and commercials hone in on portraying compelling human narratives with an aim to find truth in every moment. His work is characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery. Nickolas believes in infusing his sets with the jazz principle of freedom within form,” and this collaborative spirit has elicited strong, nuanced performances across the spectrum of his work.

Nickolas has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, eBay, Caterpillar, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, and Western Union.

He has earned over 60 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, 3 National Communicator awards, 2 W3 awards, an international Davey, a Museum of Modern Art nomination and a shortlist nod for the ADC Young Guns. Beyond the commercial space, he is a two-time NALIP Fellowship recipient and his scripted, documentary, and experimental work has played in festivals to international acclaim.

Nickolas is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ad2. The Crown Chimp team provides production to Ad2 public service messages, as well other pro-bono projects for various non-profits throughout the year.

James Patrick - 1996 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

James PatrickPhotography found James in his late teens working as a student journalist in high school. He was required to double as a photographer on an assignment and has been unable to put down the camera since. While attending the University of Arizona, James worked as a photo editor for a magazine and weekly newspaper, as well as regularly picking up gigs as a freelance writer and photographer. All of these experiences led to a lifelong love affair with the camera. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, James worked for 7 years for Stantec Consulting Services Inc., as a marketing coordinator and regional staff photographer. In 2011, he founded James Patrick Photography, LLC, a collaborative team of passionate professionals that provides both editorial and commercial photography services to a variety of clients. 

James served as the President of Ad2 Tucson from 2010 to 2011 and was active in growing the organization of young professionals in the local market. As president, James was an evangelist working with a robust board of directors to spearhead monthly events, membership growth and retention activities, communication projects and the annual public service campaign.

Toastmasters International awarded James with their Advanced Communicator Gold certification in 2016. He also received the Up & Comer Award from Inside Tucson Business in 2008, the Marketing Professional of the Year Award from the Southern Arizona Architects and Engineers Marketing Association in 2011 and numerous ADDY Awards in the categories of color and black and white photography from the American Advertising Federation of Tucson. James has served on numerous boards including the American Society of Media Professionals of Tucson, The Southern Arizona Architects and the Engineers Marketing Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Advertising Federation of Tucson. 

Julie Rustad - 2015 / 07/29/2015 12:00 am

Julie RustadJulie Rustad is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and creator of Desert Dwellers Flash Cards. From drawing scenes on the back of placemats, to painting a mural in middle school, she couldn’t help herself. So it surprised no one when she ended up studying graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Julie worked as in-house graphic designer after college, and from there moved to Tucson to study business and set up her own award-winning graphic design studio.

Graphic design is computer-based, and she missed creating art with paints and canvas. When her son Syver came along and she took time off to be a mom, Julie grabbed the opportunity to get back to painting. Soon, she developed an idea for "Desert Dwellers Flash Cards", and created a full collection of acrylic paintings inspired by the Sonoran desert.

Julie served as Ad2 Tucson President for 18 months, from 2008-2010. She has received 3 ADDY Awards for her creative work. Julie has also been recognized as a Women of Influence Rising Star Finalist, was a LUMIES Emerging Artist Nominee, an Inside Tucson Business Up & Comers Semi-Finalist, and is a featured Drexel University Alumni.