The American Advertising Federation Omaha (AAF Omaha), a professional organization of advertising agencies, marketers, media, academia and public relations practitioners, won several national American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards including first place in the categories of Public Service, Club Operations and Membership; second place in Advertising Education, Diversity and Government Relations. Awards were presented during the national American Advertising Federation annual conference ADMERICA June 4-7, 2016 in Anaheim, California. AAF Omaha was named AAF’s Division III Club of the Year and Amanda Peterson was named Division III President of the Year.
All clubs and federations affiliated with the American Advertising Federation and in good standing may compete for Club Achievement awards within their membership size division. AAF Omaha is a member of the AAF 9th District and has been participating in the Club Achievement national competition for more than 25 years.
AAF Omaha’s first place in Public Service, Club Operations and Membership and placing in all three more of the eight Club Achievement categories is a great accomplishment for the club, and the organization’s leadership. AAF Omaha president, Amanda Peterson (Redstone) is commended for an outstanding year along with the federation’s current board members; Matt Wilson (First National Bank), Laura Spaulding (Bozell), Lisa Conklin (A&K Marketing, Inc.), April Clark (CAS), Jill Regester (WoodmenLife), Ann Woodford ( Goodwill Industries, Inc.), Christine Zbylut (Children’s Hospital & Medical Center), Mark Carpenter (SKAR), Paula Steenson (Paula Presents!), Teonne Wright (Metropolitan Community College), Edward Hunt (Darkside Advertising), Christine Dunn (Vic Gutman and Associates), Lisa Healy (Webster), Sean Heisler (Webster), Angel Carl (Angel Carl Marketing), Bob Mancuso (Mid-America Expositions, Inc.), David Lempp (Viamedia), Daryl Anderson (Clark Creative Group), and Sheila O’Connor (Nebraska Trucking Association).
Through the hard work and dedication of a fabulous board of directors, committee members and a strong member base, AAF Omaha was able to gain national recognition for their accomplishments. The club’s board of directors could not have done it without the support of all of member companies.
AAF Omaha educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing through seminars, monthly luncheon speakers, and ongoing communication initiatives. In addition, AAF Omaha offers members networking opportunities to assist members in expanding client and referral lists, as well as leadership opportunities for professional growth and development, offering the opportunity to broaden members’ appeal in the job market.
AAF Omaha protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities. The nationwide AAF network monitors advertising-related legislation on local, state and federal levels. AAF Omaha puts our members face to face with influential lawmakers and also encourages industry self-regulation as a preemptor to government intervention, when appropriate.
One of AAF Omaha’s national award winning programs is Meet the Pros, attended annually by more than 200 students, and involving more than 150 area professionals. Meet the Pros is a two-day educational program designed to help college students learn more about the advertising industry, become better prepared for the “real world,” and meet area professionals. Additionally, each spring the American Advertising Federation Omaha awards college juniors and seniors scholarships to area universities. AAF Omaha awarded $13,900 in scholarships this year. For more information on AAF Omaha educational programs visit www.aafomaha.org.
AAF Omaha, founded in 1906, as the Omaha Federation of Advertising (OFA), is considered the unifying voice of advertising in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The professional association is made up of more than 350 professional and student members, and represents corporate advertising, agencies, marketing, media, printing, suppliers, academia and other advertising and public relations professionals. As advocates for the rights of advertisers, AAF Omaha educates policy makers, the media and the general public on the value advertising brings to the well being of our community and the economy.