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Coaches For Charity Kickoff Classic Meet and Greet with Randy Robbins and Ricky Hunley

Friday, August 10, 2018 7-10 pm at Union Public House/Reforma $20

This event helps raise money for High School Football Scholar/Athletes at Southern Arizona Schools. We will be giving away 8 scholarships at four high school games in two weeks.

Please share with the community, as we would like supporters to come meet Randy Robbins and Ricky Hunley. 


Foord, Drink, August and Autographs. Hope to see you there. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at www.CoachesForCharity.org

See News Release here.

Randy Robbins Poster

Coaches for Charity
P.O. Box 41021
Tucson, AZ 85717-1021
www.CoachesForCharity.org
(520) 850-7058

Simpleview to Commemorate New Headquarters with Open House Event This Friday

June 19, 2018 - Simpleview, the travel and tourism industry’s leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination organizations (DMOs), proudly announces the move of its Tucson headquarters to Oro Valley. To commemorate the move, Simpleview will open its new home to the public for an open house event this Friday, June 22 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at 8950 N. Oracle Road.


“The Town of Oro Valley is excited to welcome Simpleview to our business community,” said Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, Mayor, Town of Oro Valley. “Not only does Simpleview help us build on our brand as a hub for high-tech employers, but it is also a great story of home-grown entrepreneurs who have chosen to return to Oro Valley because it is the kind of community where families and businesses thrive and succeed.”


“Simpleview’s mission is to provide an environment where caring for others, quality, productivity and accountability drive profit, innovation, and service excellence,” said Simpleview CEO Ryan George. “That’s a mouthful, but our physical environment should exemplify that statement, so having more of our staff under one roof will foster collaboration and increase efficiencies as a result. We have fewer offices, more open workspaces, motorized sit/stand workstations throughout, almost double the meetings space, and pop-ins for when people need an office for calls or one-on-one meetings.”


Friday’s open house will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Hiremath, George and Simpleview co-founders Bill Simpson and Scott Wood (currently the company’s chief technology officer and chief operating officer, respectively). Immediately following the ribbon cutting, guests are encouraged to tour the new facility and meet with the Simpleview staff. Food and light refreshments will be provided.


Simpleview began in Tucson back in 2001 as a four-person start-up; it now employs more than 235 people with offices in Tucson, Pittsburgh, and Oslo, Norway. The technology company serves more than 450 customers throughout North America and around the world, and, for 11 consecutive years, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. So while George needed more room for his ever-growing staff, he was convinced Simpleview’s headquarters would remain in Tucson.


“As I travel the world, I tell anyone who will listen just how amazing Tucson is and that Simpleview might not exist had we tried to start it in another city better known for tech,” said George. “The extraordinary cost of living and office space in other cities wouldn’t have made it possible to hire or retain the talent we have or provide the environment that we are able to.”

“Beyond the cost of doing business, I also believe that Tucson is an ideal place for start-ups,” added George. “The University of Arizona provides a steady stream of talent from an MIS program that is consistently ranked among the best in the country; our quality of life is second to none; and employment opportunities for spouses and partners at places like Ventana Medical, Raytheon, and Davis Monthan are abound.”


George and Simpson both grew up in Oro Valley, a suburb of Tucson, and attended Canyon Del Oro High School, then the University of Arizona. Now Simpleview’s home base, the Town of Oro Valley was named one of the 100 Best Places in America to Live and Launch a Small Business by Fortune Small Business magazine in 2008.


“As our employees are getting accustomed to their new home, they’re discovering how amazing a place Oro Valley is to live, work, and play,” said George. “One of my business partners and I happen to live in Oro Valley, and while it might be a bit of a trek for some, I would venture to guess that many will move to the area given the amazing schools, natural beauty, and amenities that I’ve been lucky enough to see develop over the past 40 years. We’re excited to bring our business, staff, and visitors to the community.”


About Simpleview

Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry’s leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 200+ staff and works with 450+ customers in North America and around the world; from meeting and vacation destinations the size of Paducah, Ky. (population 25,018), to clients representing 16 of the top-20 meeting destinations in the U.S., to the country of Norway. For more information about Simpleview, visit www.simpleviewinc.com.

ARIZONA DAILY STAR LAUNCHES ANNUAL READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS PROGRAM

Tucson, AZ, May 25, 2018 ? Now in its fourth year, the Arizona Daily Star’s Readers’ Choice Awards program has generated more than 430,000 community votes for Tucson businesses. The city-wide, reader-centered poll is powered by the Daily Star, Tucson.com and Tucson Digital Media and more than 500,000 weekly print and online readers. More than 14.,000 local firms have been nominated in over 300 business categories over the last three years.

The Winners and Favorites in this year’s voting will be announced Aug. 29 during a Readers’ Choice Awards Ceremony at the JW Marriott Starr Pass.  Last year’s awards event was a sell-out / standing-room only, with more than 700 local business professionals in attendance. It has quickly become the ‘go to’ business event of the summer, and in its second year is expected to again sell out. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

The 2018 Readers’ Choice program offers local businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services and mobilize their loyal customers to voice their satisfaction through their votes. The Readers’ Choice program provides free marketing materials to local businesses, including point-of-purchase materials, as well as digital and social media assets. All are available by request at www.tucson.com/readerschoicemarketing.

To take advantage of the full readership of the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson.com, the 2018 Readers’ Choice offers the following advertising opportunities: print and digital balloting; awards ceremony and networking; results magazine and newspaper section.

2018 Readers’ Choice Timeline:

  • July 15, 2018 – Readers’ Choice Ballot (deadline July 6, 2018) in the Arizona Daily Star and on Tucson.com
  • July 15 – July 22, 2018 – Readers’ Choice nominations at www.tucson.com/readerschoice
  • July 23 – August 1, 2018 – Readers’ Choice voting at www.tucson.com/readerschoice
  • August 29, 2018 – Awards Ceremony at the JW Marriott Starr Pass (tickets on sale now at www.tucson.com/readerschoicemarketing – $50 per seat through 8/18, $60 per seat 8/18 – 8/24.) A limited room block is available for $112 per standard guest room, available through July 31, 2018 (to book visit https://book.passkey.com/go/AnnualReadersChoiceEvent
  • September 16, 2018 – Readers’ Choice Results in the Arizona Daily Star and on Tucson.com

Contacts:

Advertising Opportunities: Contact your ADS Account Executive, email Sales@tucson.com or call 520-573-4420

Sponsorships & Tickets: Kim Bergeron, Community Events Sales Manager at kbergeron@tucson.com or call 520-573-4495

Overall Program Information, Marketing Materials & Awards: Heather Locke, Strategic Marketing Manager at hlocke@tucson.com or call 520-573-4427


About the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson.com and Tucson Digital Media:

The Arizona Daily Star (ADS) is the newspaper of record in Tucson, Arizona, along with its website Tucson.com. Each week, ADS and Tucson.com reach more than 500,000 print and online readers. Tucson.com receives more than 16.9 million page views and more than 1.4 million unique visitors each month. Tucson Digital Media is the solely owned digital agency of the organization.

The Tucson Advertising Hall of Achievement Announces 4 2018 Award Winners!

The Tucson Advertising Federation Education Foundation (TAFEF), in conjunction with the American Advertising Federation Tucson (AAFT) has announced that Robyn Frey and Kerry Stratford will be inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame. Steven Meckler will receive the AAF Silver Medal Award and Alexis Favis has been selected to receive the Next Generation Award. The Hall of Achievement Awards will be presented on Thursday, September 6th, at Hacienda Del Sol. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the TAFEF Scholarships Fund, which awards annual scholarships to college students in advertising related fields.

The Hall of Achievement 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. The AAF Silver Medal Award is a nationally recognized award that honors men and women who have made life-long contributions significant contributions to raising advertising industry standards and creative excellence.

The Next Generation Award, founded in 2014, recognizes those outstanding advertising professionals, age 40 and younger, who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements, community contributions and inspiration to others to excel.

The American Advertising Federation Tucson (AAFT) serves as a collaborative hub for a full spectrum of industry experts and brings together today’s leaders and tomorrow’s stars from the fields of advertising, marketing, communications, interactive and media.

The Hall of Achievement event will take place on September 6th at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, from 5:30 to 7:30, and is open to the public. For additional information on this year’s inductees and tickets, go to AAFTucson.org.

AAF 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award Goes to Steven Meckler, Photographer

TUCSON, Ariz. (May 2, 2018) – The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has selected AAF Tucson Board Member, Steven Meckler as the recipient of its 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award. The national recognition will be officially presented at the AAF annual national conference ADMERICA, during the Salute to Achievers luncheon ceremony on Friday, June 8, 2018 at The Hilton Chicago in Illinois.

The Chic Davis Memorial Award was developed to honor Chic Davis, a long-time member of the AAF, whose years of service were committed to the success of the American Advertising Awards. The award is presented annually to one AAF member from a local market who has championed the American Advertising Awards and helped elevate the program’s image, financial success and awareness among entrants and members. The award recognizes their outstanding service to this important American Advertising Awards program.

Steven Meckler was born in Brooklyn, New York where his passion for photography began.  He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in photography. His first job was as a medical photographer at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York.  In 1980, he moved to Tucson and established Meckler Photography. In addition to his commercial photography business, Steven has taught digital photography at Pima Community College, and workshops for high school photo students throughout the county. He has published two photo books, “Steven Meckler Photographs Tucson Artists” and “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon”, which showcases the artwork of Vera Neumann.

Steven has been a strong advocate for the local advertising market for many years and has been a member of the American Advertising Federation Tucson Board of Directors since 1998. He has given support and mentorship to new generations of marketing professionals with his work on the Education Committee.

Steven was awarded the “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the AAFT in 2006. He was inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame in 2014.


American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad2 Tucson are comprised of over 300 local advertising and media professionals. Both clubs work to enhance the professional development of club members, while increasing recognition for the advertising industry and giving back to the local community.  They are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a national organization that represents the advertising industry in its entirety.  For information on upcoming events or becoming a member, visit www.aaftucson.org.

The American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry: advertisers, agencies, media and suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership includes corporate members comprising some of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of more than 170 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Appreciates Your Support This Holiday Season

December 11, 2017

Dear members of AAF and Ad 2 Tucson, 

You've just done a remarkable thing.

You've made sure that eight-year-old Olivia gets to eat breakfast this morning. She has cereal with milk and apple juice, and before she leaves for school, her mom hands her a special treat: a banana. 


"Sometimes I don't eat breakfast because there's no food," said Olivia. "I like the days when there's food. I feel happy."

Your gift of $124, plus $330 in event proceeds contributed to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is already at work making sure that kids like Olivia always have food. You're giving Olivia more than a healthy breakfast - you're giving her hope, comfort and the chance to be a kid. 

Thank you, AAF Tucson and Ad 2 Tucson members, for joining us at the 2017 Tucson Mingle Bells event, and for stepping up to help people like Olivia right here in southern Arizona. You are changing lives!

Sincerely, 

Michael McDonald, CEO
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

37th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards Competition Call for Entries

December 1, 2017 – AAF Tucson has issued a Call for Entries for the 37th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards Competition. This competition recognizes exceptional advertising created in the Tucson metropolitan and Southern Arizona market. The local component of AAF’s American Advertising Awards, the Tucson ADDY Awards honor advertising creative excellence in all media including print, broadcast, interactive, out-of-home and public service advertising, with professional and student categories of competition. Rules and Categories documents are available for download now.  

The entry deadline is Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3 pm. Physical entries will be accepted between 9 am and 3 pm at Steven Meckler Photography, located in downtown Tucson at 121 S. 4th Ave. The competition is open to all professionals and students. Members of AAF Tucson & Ad2 Tucson receive discounted entry fees. For details and entry instructions, visit the local ADDY® Awards competition page.

A distinguished judging panel of advertising creative executives from markets across the country will gather in Tucson the weekend of January 27, 2018 to select winners from an anticipated 300+ entries. To be eligible for consideration of an ADDY Award®, all work must have been published or aired in the calendar year of 2017.

The 37th Annual Tucson ADDY Awards winners will be honored during a special themed celebration event, “Love Me Tucson” on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at The Casino Del Sol Resort.

Local Gold and Silver ADDY winners will be eligible to compete in the second level of the three-tiered American Advertising Awards Competition, the AAF District 12 ADDY Awards, which will be hosted in Phoenix April 2018. District Gold and Silver winners will then be eligible in the ultimate competition, the national American Advertising Awards. National winners will be announced June 9, 2018 by the American Advertising Federation during the annual national conference, Admerica! At the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL. 


American Advertising Federation Tucson and Ad2 Tucson are comprised of more than 300 local advertising professional members. These non-profit trade associations work to enhance the professional development of club members and recognition for the advertising industry while raising funds to support advertising education initiatives and the local community. Both groups are local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation, a national organization that represents all aspects of the advertising industry. For information on upcoming events or on joining one of these groups, visit www.aaftucson.org.  For a complete list of the 2017 AAF National ADDY® Awards winners, visit http://winners.americanadvertisingawards.com/awards2017/


The American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry: advertisers, agencies, media and suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership includes corporate members comprising some of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of more than 170 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members. 

Take a Break From Holiday Stress With a Workshop on Mindfulness

Comfort & Joy: A Mindfulness Workshop for the Holidays will be held December 6, 2017, at Exo’s Southern Arizona Workspace, 403 N. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705 at 6:30 PM.

This 90-minute self-care workshop will teach attendees the tools needed to stop holiday stress in its tracks and create space for peace this season.

Leading this seminar is Kelly Spartonos, a transformational coach, mindfulness teacher and licensed therapist. Attendees will be guided through meditations, instructed on how to manage stress and will learn how to reconnect with joy.

Registration and additional details about the event are available at www.YouInFocusConsulting.com

For more information, please contact kelly@youinfocusconsulting.com 

2017 AAF National Advertising Hall of Achievement Inductees Announced

WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2017—Marking 25 years of celebrating outstanding achievements in the advertising industry, the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement’s distinguished Council of Judges elected seven new industry superstars for induction into the Advertising Hall of Achievement Class of 2017. Leaders from Beats by Dr. Dre, BBDO SF, JP Morgan Chase, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, STORY, Twitter and UM/J3 will be honored at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremonies and Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, at the historic Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill. San Francisco recognizes both the pioneering nature of these honorees, and the ever-growing convergence between our industry and Silicon Valley.

The inductees of the 25th Class are: Karna Crawford, Managing Director, Marketing Strategy and Digital–Consumer Bank, JP Morgan Chase; Matt Derella, Global Vice President, Twitter Client Solutions; Matt Miller, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO San Francisco; Erin Quintana, Executive Vice President, Client Managing Partner, UM/J3; Rachel Shechtman, Founder and CEO, STORY; Jason White, Global Head of Marketing, Beats by Dr. Dre; and Lizette Williams, Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Williams will also be presented with the esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Since 1996, this award has recognized an inductee who has demonstrated an exceptionally high commitment to public service and the betterment of both the advertising industry and the larger community.

“Working with such a distinguished and varied group of judges to elect this year’s inductees was inspirational,” said Tara Walpert Levy, Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Vice President, Agency and Media Solutions for Google. “It was a privilege to see such a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds in both our judges and in this outstanding class of inductees based on an extensive submission, vetting, and selection process. This year's inductees range widely in who they are, where they've been, and what they do. What each has in common is a remarkable blend of professional skill, passion, and creativity. They are truly the best of the best, proving that the future of our industry is in very good hands.”

"What amazed me about the candidates for the Advertising Hall of Achievement this year was their broad range of experiences and impressive contributions to our industry.  This year's inductees all have been extremely adept at leading through change and reflect a diverse set of perspectives that will continue to make a big impact on how our industry evolves for years to come," added Heidi Browning, Vice Chair of the 25th Advertising Hall of Achievement and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the NHL. “On behalf of the San Francisco advertising, marketing and technology community, we are honored to host the Advertising Hall of Achievement Awards and celebrate the achievements of these remarkable inductees.”

The Advertising Hall of Achievement, a bicoastal event, has long been the gold standard in recognizing top advertising thought leaders age 40 and younger and is operated by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the same organization that operates the Advertising Hall of Fame. For 25 years, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, remains the premier industry event to recognize young, talented individuals who are making a significant impact in the advertising industry and through philanthropic work in their communities. The impressive alumni network includes 167 members with expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the advertising industry including clients, agencies, media and tech. The event hosts over 600 C-suite and senior level advertising and business leaders and is the second-largest fundraiser for the Federation providing a vital source of funding to continue the wide range of educational, multicultural, and advocacy initiatives that are vital to the industry.

Individual tickets, tables and information on sponsorships and program advertising opportunities are now available at aaf.org/ahoa or contact Lisa Rubin at lrubin@aaf.org.

 


About the American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership is comprised of nearly 100 corporate members made up of the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and AdCamps for high school students. 

Ad 2 Tucson Public Service Campaign - Call for Applications

Are you interested in the 2017-2018 Public Service Campaign for your nonprofit organization? Please fill out the following form to share more about your organization’s mission and how we can help!

2017-2018 Public Service Campaign Application

*Applications are due Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:55pm.

We will be holding interviews with three potential partners during the first two weeks of September. Once the Public Service Campaign recipient has been chosen, Ad 2 will conduct research, develop a campaign and generate assets in fall/winter 2017. This campaign is expected to launch at the beginning of 2018.

About the Ad 2 Public Service Campaign

Ad 2 members donate their time and varied professional marketing and advertising skills to produce a comprehensive marketing, advertising and/or public relations campaign for a selected local nonprofit. With this partnership, Ad 2 will plan, build and execute an individualized campaign to launch at the beginning of 2018. We are also excited to present the opportunities for fundraising and media placements in partnership with the American Advertising Federation Tucson for this year’s selected nonprofit organization.


Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in helping out with the 2018 Public Service Campaign? We’re looking for volunteers in all areas of advertising including marketing, public relations, design, web, photography, etc. What one thing can you do to help out?

We are going to need lots of talented people in order to make this campaign a success. Participating in the public service campaign is a great resume builder, networking opportunity, excellent way to get involved with Ad 2; not to mention, a very rewarding experience. We look forward to meeting you! Please email ad2tucson@gmail.com if you are interested.


Past Campaigns

Ad 2 Tucson is proud to continue giving back to our community after 10 years of service. Here are the past recipients of our Public Service Campaign.

2016-2017 - Youth On Their Own

2015-2016 - Make Way for Books

2014-2015 - Iskashitaa Refugee Network

2013-2014 - PACC Partners

2012-2013 - Pima Council on Aging

2011-2012 - JobPath

2010-2011 - BICAS and Skin Cancer Institute

2009-2010 - Angel Children’s Center

2008-2009 - Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS)

2007-2008 - Literacy Volunteers of Tucson (LVT)