About Us

AAF Omaha Mission Statement

AAF Omaha is the unifying voice for advertising in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. As advocates for the rights of advertisers, we educate policy makers, the media and general public on the value advertising brings to the well being of our community. We foster the highest standards of practice and cultivate the industry’s present and future leaders. Sharing a commitment to make advertising a positive force, we are the only professional association that binds together mutual interests of corporate advertisers, agencies, marketing and media services, suppliers, academia, and other advertising and public relations professionals.

The Ad Biz is Our Biz

AAF Omaha is YOUR club and your advocate for a host of advertising industry-related issues. The American Advertising Federation Omaha is one of  a network of nearly 200  ad clubs across the United States that is a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).  AAF Omaha is a member of the AAF 9th District. On the local level, AAF Omaha  is the unifying voice for the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Here are some highlights from our last year of progress:

  • Consistently updated club members with AAF Omaha’s AdMuse newsletter with more attention on spotlighting members and membership moves and shakes in the Omaha advertising community.
  • Redesigned AAF Omaha communications; AdMuse newslettler, email blast creative and website.
  • Provided 11 $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships to deserving students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University and Creative Center.
  • Increased networking and camaraderie opportunities via several special events including AAF Omaha AdNights, Ad Wars, AAF Omaha  Bowl-O-Rama, AAF Open Putt-Putt Tournament, BOOM! Roasted, and the December Holiday Party.
  • Sponsored a full year of top-quality monthly luncheon programs at AdBites.
  • Dedicated March AAF Omaha’s Legislative Action month and hosted annual meet and greet in Lincoln with State Senators to open communications on advertising related legislative issues.
  • Staged the 52th annual Meet the Pros event for regional college students, educated and provided mentoring and career guidance to more than 250 students attending the 2014 event.
  • Produced a comprehensive AAF award winning public service campaign for the RedBasket.org.

AAF Omaha Public Service

Each year, the American Advertising Federation Omaha assembles a Public Service Committee which chooses a local non-profit organization to receive a comprehensive advertising campaign at little or no cost. AAF Omaha has voluntarily been involved in public service advertising projects for many years, creating and promoting pro-bono campaigns that would normally cost an average of $200,000. Recent campaign recipients include The Hope Center, Youth Emergency Services, Shaken Baby Task Force, The Kim Foundation/Project Relate, Children’s Respite Care Center and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Celiac Sprue Association, Midwest Heart Connection and RedBasket.org. Click to view the campaigns…

Club Achievement

Each year, the AAF honors top clubs in eight categories: advertising education, communications, diversity, government relations, club operations, membership, programs and public service. Additionally, a “Club of the Year” is chosen in each division. The clubs of the year are determined by the total score of their entries in the eight categories.

2012-2013 Awards
National AAF Awards

1st Place2014 March 18 AdBites Clark Rector & Michael Johnson
Government Relations

2nd Place
Club Operations
Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place
Education
Programs
Public Service
Membership

2012-2013 Awards2013 AAF President of the Year Kerry Heinrich Phx 060813
National AAF Awards

1st Place
Club Operations
Government Relations
Programs
Public Service

2nd Place
Education
Membership
Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place
Communications

AAF Omaha Division II Club of the Year 
Division II President of the Year, Kerry Heinrich

ADDYs Program award for percentage increase in Division II

2011-2012 Awards
National AAF Awards

2012 AAF National Conference Awards

2nd Place
Education
Public Service
Government Relations
Programs

3rd Place
Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives

AAF Omaha Division II Club of the Year (tied with AAF Houston)

Division II President of the Year, Michael Goldsmith (tied with AAF Houston’s president)

ADDYs Program award for percentage increase in Division II

2010-2011 Awards
National AAF Awards

1st Place            
     Club Operations
     Govenment

2nd Place
     Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place
     Pograms

2009-2010 Awards
Nationa AAF Awards

1st Place
     Public Service

2nd Place
     Advertising Eduction
    Government Relations
     Membership 

2008-2009
Awards

2009 AAF National Conference Jane and Jamie receiving awards
National AAF Awards
1st Place
    Public Service
    Education
    Programs
2nd Place
    Club Operations
    Communications

 

2007-2008 Awards

2008 AAF Conference Kristin Petrick & Teri w AAF brass 

9th AAF District Awards
1st Advertising Education
2nd Public Service
2nd Membership
2nd Diversity
3rd Programs
3rd Communications
3rd Club Management
3rd Government Relations

National AAF Awards
1st Diversity
1st Public Service
2nd Programs
3rd Communications