AAF Omaha Wins National Awards
Teri Hamburger, Executive Director
(Omaha, Neb.) May 7, 2012 – 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 category of Club Operations and Membership, second place in Education, Public Service, Government Relations, Programs and third place in Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives. AAF Omaha tied with AAF Houston for AAF’s top Club Achievement Award and shares the honor of being named Club of the Year. Awards will be presented during the national American Advertising Federation annual conference June 2-5, 2012 inAustin,Texas.
All clubs and federations affiliated with the American Advertising Federation and in good standing may compete 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 over 25 years.
AAF Omaha’s first place in Club Operations is a great accomplishment for the club and the organization’s leadership. AAF Omaha president, Mike Goldsmith (Lincoln Financial Group) is commended for an outstanding year along with the federation’s current board members; Kerry Heinrich (H&A Media Group), Teresa Lauver (C&A Industries, Inc), Michael Johnson (Swanson Russell), Ashlee Purcell (Redstone), Greg Ahrens (SKAR Advertising), Bryan Mohr (Bozell), Paula Steenson (Paula Presents!), Jennifer Peters (C&A Industries, Inc.), Nicole Steier (Woodmen of the World), Megan Bergman (Ervin & Smith Advertising & Public Relations), Cheri Duryea (LDMI), Beth Greiner (Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation), Shannon Johnson (Ervin & Smith Advertising & Public Relations), Patrick Stibbs (On The SPOT Productions), Matt Wilson (SKAR Advertising), Jaylene Eilenstine (All Makes Office Equipment Co.), Jeffrey Maciejewski (Creighton University), Carrie Kentch (Omaha World-Herald), Lori Shields (Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce) and Gil Cohen (Omaha Publications).
“Receiving recognition for AAF Omaha’s club achievements is exciting and a great honor for all members of AAF Omaha. The creative and talented collection of AAF Omaha members’ work is extraordinary and rival those across the nation”, said AAF Omaha President, Michael Goldsmith. “The honor of national Club of the Year and the other national awards would have never been achieved without such a talented and dedicated Board of Directors, committee members and support from agency and corporate members from theOmahametro area.”
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. Our nationwide 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. For more information on AAF Omaha educational programs visit www.aafomaha.org .
AAF Omaha, founded in 1906, formerly 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 300 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, we educate policy makers, the media and the general public on the value advertising brings to the well being of our community and the economy.