AAF Omaha President
Matt Wilson currently works for First National Bank as a Channel and Creative Manager. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. He also holds an associates degree in English/writing and history from Metropolitan Community College. Wilson’s previous experience includes tenures with First Bankcard, SKAR Advertising, and Pioneer Investments. Matt is proud to serve on the AAFO Executive Board and is looking forward to the 2014-2015 year as President.
AAF Omaha 1st Vice President/Treasurer
Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Journalism, majoring in advertising and public relations with a special emphasis in business. She began her career at Bozell as an assistant media planner. To learn about the client side of the business, Amanda moved into a position as marketing manager at DRM Inc., an Arby’s franchisee with 68 stores. In late 2007, Amanda joined Redstone’s Media Department, where she is involved planning and buying traditional and online media for many of Redstone’s key clients.
Amanda served on the Omaha Federation of Advertising’s board as Program Chair, Meet the Pros Co-Chair and After Hours Co-Chair. She has also volunteered on the Public Service committee. In 2003, she was the Omaha Federation of Advertising’s Rookie of the Year. On a personal note, Amanda and her husband have one very active 5-year old daughter.
AAF Omaha 2nd Vice President
Pieper excels in managing both day-to-day and long-term account planning efforts. From concept to execution, she oversees all aspects of client work as senior account executive. Her role includes the development of inspirational and informative project briefs, timeline and budget management and cross-departmental collaboration to develop integrated, on-strategy campaigns. Pieper previously held the titles of Ervin & Smith account executive and account coordinator intern. At the University of South Dakota, she received degrees in political science and contemporary media and journalism with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. Active in the local community, Pieper is the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae of Omaha fundraising chair and serves on the American Advertising Federation Omaha board. She’s also a Launch Leadership volunteer.
AAF Omaha Chairman of the Board
Michael Johnson becomes AAF Omaha Chairman after successfully dodging impeachment during his term as president. He’s spent the last year dutifully representing AAF Omaha despite all appearances to the contrary.
Michael recently joined the creative team at Bailey Lauerman and spent the last decade wearing out his welcome at advertising agencies in Kansas City, Lincoln and Omaha. This will be his fourth year on the AAF Omaha Executive Board, and his fifth in a leadership position with the organization. They still haven’t figured out a good way to get rid of him.
Michael grew up in Lincoln and graduated from UNL with a major in advertising and minors in marketing, English and, accidentally, history.
After Hours/AdNight Co-Chair
Mike joined REI in 2012. He designs print and web advertising and marketing efforts for the transportation technology company.
Prior to REI, Mike was with Lincoln Financial Group, DTN Market Access, Adesta Communications and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Center. His responsibilities have included public relations, marketing, special event planning, web and multimedia design, tradeshows, telecom project introduction and rollout, computer lab design and assistive technology application.
He has/does volunteer for River City Roundup, Knights of Ak-sar-ben, Summer Arts Festival, Kingswood Athletic Association and Douglas, Harrison and other county fairs. Mike most recently was President and Chairman of the Board of AAFO. For many years he also was OFA board director for special events. He has been very active in planning OFA’s Bid The Blues fundraiser, Grape and Grains, OFA100 and served on the ADDYs committee. Mike also enjoys freelance work and playing drums in a band.
Carrie is the Local Sales Manager at the Omaha World Herald working in the Custom Publishing and Events division. She enjoys helping business with creative and effective marketing plans and working with her team to help them do the same.
A previous board member, Carrie is looking forward to serve AAF Omaha in Programs. Previously she was involved in Events and worked on the Battle of the Bands, Bowl-o-Rama and other annual AAF Omaha events. Carrie currently serves on committees with Women in Media and Marketing and The Women’s Fund of Omaha and has served on several boards and committees for such organizations as The Omaha Restaurant Association, the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Girls Incorporated.
Laura joined Bozell in 2006 as a business development coordinator and was promoted to manager in 2007. In 2010, Laura was named Manager of Corporate Communications, where she coordinates all internal projects, including new business, Bozell materials, press releases, website content management and Thinking, Bozell’s quarterly publication. Laura is also the account lead for multiple clients, including College World Series of Omaha, Inc., Storz Brewing, and H&H Chevrolet and H&H Kia. Prior to joining Bozell, Laura worked as an executive for Creighton’s Student Union, managing a $200,000 budget and supervising a board of students that planned campus events. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, majoring in Journalism, and recently received her MBA, also from Creighton University.
Lisa Conklin joined A&K Marketing, Inc., in November 2014. Lisa has a combined 10 years of media buying, media planning, and advertising sales support experience. Prior to employment at A&K, Lisa served Media Director for Envoy, Inc., and gained experience working for Cox Media, Morningfire, Inc., Bozell, and Omaha World-Herald.
While earning a journalism degree, Lisa developed a passion for all things media and pop-culture, and advertising became a natural fit. Lisa enjoys building media plans that help her broad range of clients see results while optimizing their budgets, and she enjoys learning about new mediums as they become relevant and bring new opportunities to the table.
Lisa has been an AAF member off and on since 2005 and has volunteered with the communications committee since 2011. Lisa volunteers currently for the Boyd Elementary PTA and volunteered with Make-A-Wish from 2008-2012.
Jess has always had a passion for creativity and has met her match in the advertising industry. She is inspired daily by the business of ideas.
With an optimistic, make-it-happen attitude, Jess leads the day-to-day execution of strategic and integrated communications plans for several clients at Swanson Russell. She serves as a liaison between agency clients and the creative, interactive and media departments.
Jess graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a major in marketing and minors in sociology and economics, and this will be her third year serving on the AAF Omaha board as Membership Chair.
Special Events Co-Chair
Jim Deitering is the Real Estate and Leasing Manager with Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Omaha, where he has worked since January 2011. Prior to joining Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Jim spent 4 years with Quality Brands (Budweiser) of Omaha, working as a draft tech and merchandiser, as well as sales in the off-premise grocery side and a Key Account Manager with the on-premise side of beer sales.
As a Real Estate Manager with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Jim’s day-to-day responsibilities include researching new areas and locations for potential outdoor as well as the renewal of lease contracts for existing locations while continuing communication and building relations with current property owners. As part of his position, it is Jim’s responsibility to be aware of changes in government ordinances, securing all permits, new and renewal, with both city and state governments when required among other duties.
Jim is a graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Jim and his wife Ceisha have a one son, Archie James.
Special Events Co-Chair
After more than a decade at Webster, Lisa heads up the account team and describes herself as “a pivotal cog in the Webster machine.” Lisa has lead such accounts as ConAgra Foods, TD Ameritrade and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. A graduate of the University of Missouri J-school (as in journalism, not jerky), she cut her teeth on national tourism and retail accounts at MMGY Global and Bernstein-Rein in Kansas City before returning to her hometown of Omaha. Lisa also manages to corral two small children with a freakish, though not surprising, level of efficiency.
Nebraska ADDYs Co-Chair
This is Trish’s first year as a member of AAF, though she has been a member of the communications committee contributing to the decorating of this year’s Nebraska ADDY’s and attended monthly luncheons for the past year. She looks forward to serving on the AAF Board as co-chair of the Nebraska ADDY’s for 2016.
Prior to joining Bozell Trish was with the Omaha Home for Boys from 2011-2014. Trish spent 15 years of her career with SKAR Advertising starting as the receptionist, moving to Media Assistant and then Account Manager/Event Planner. Following, Trish worked as the Development Manager for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nebraska Chapter, planning and implementing special events such as Bike MS Ride, Walk MS, Golf MS Classic, Wine events and other fundraising campaigns/activities. She also gained valuable sales and media experience as an Account Executive for KMTV – Journal Broadcast Group.
Trish is a talented advertising, marketing, communications and development professional offering 20 years proven ability to meet diverse and ever-changing external/internal communications needs within various business settings.
Public Service Co-Chair
Bob joined Mid-America Expo in 2005. Their company produces trade shows, events, and festivals. The Omaha Health & Wellness Expo, the Triumph of Agriculture Expo – Farm & Ranch Machinery Show, the Taste of Omaha, the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival, and the Omaha Products Show for Business & Industry are a few of their shows.
Prior to joining Mid-America Expo, Bob worked at Mutual of Omaha in the Customer Service Division and also worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Creighton University.
Bob has been a member of AAF Omaha since 2011 and has been on the Public Service Committee since 2012. He is looking forward to serving on the AAF Omaha Board of Directors.
Public Service Co-Chair
Angel Carl is a “tenured” (not old) marketing professional, with both agency and client-side experience. After 14 years with Bozell & Jacobs, she went client side, working for organizations such as Right at Home, Inc., and The Maids International.
This will not be her first ride on the Public Service rodeo: She served on the Board of AAF Omaha, then referred to as the Omaha Federation of Advertising, from 1993 to 2004, serving as the Public Service Committee Chair for several years, and then as President and eventually Chair. As the Public Service Chair, the club was recognized with many awards for the work, including AAF’s Silver Bell Award in 1998. She was honored with the Ad Pro of the Year in 2005.
And yes, she is aware many of you reading this were not born yet. And it pains her deeply.
Growing weary of the safety, comfort and security that comes with employment, she opened the doors of Angel Carl Marketing in 2013. She works with clients as a marketing team member and connects clients to the right creative people to get the job done efficiently and effectively.
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Meet the Pros Co-Chair
Designing for the web and front-end development are all in a day’s work for Amanda, an interactive designer at Swanson Russell in Lincoln. Amanda is a UNK graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Design. She attended Meet the Pros in college, served as a Meet the Pros committee member for two years following graduation, and is currently serving as the committee Co-Chair.
Sarah Childers joined Woodmen of the World as Senior Web Graphic Designer in November 2014. At Woodmen, Childers conceptualizes and designs web sites and content for social media, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In addition, she communicates with developers and the marketing team to create and maintain consistent branding throughout all web based platforms utilizing CSS, HTML and Bootstrap.
Before joining Woodmen of the World, Childers was previously Multimedia Marketing specialist at World Group Commercial Real Estate. She assisted in rebranding the company in 2011, where she designed the new logo that was implemented throughout all marketing media. Childers maintained consistent design standards for World Group across all marketing mediums in both the Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa offices.
Childers is involved in the community as a member of the American Advertising Federation Omaha, where she is a communications board member. She assisted in redesigning the AAF Omaha club logo that was launched in February 2015, in addition to designing the monthly web newsletter. Previously, she has served as ADDY® chair for two years and was involved in planning the 2010 and 2011 ADDYs®. Childers also creates freelance work for various companies in her free time. She has received an award for creating an original logo for the STARS Scholarship program in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Childers holds a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. During her college career, she worked as a graphic design promotions assistant for the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
A graduate of Bellevue University, April has been in the direct marketing arena for over 30 years. A big supporter of the Mid America Direct Marketing Association, she was on their board from 1983 to 2012, serving as secretary for many years, treasurer, VP and as President twice.
April handles sales for CAS in list brokering, letter shop, email and data cleansing, email deployment, data processing, and other marketing services. In the course of selling services, she rubs elbows with almost all the local direct marketing folks!
A native of Connecticut, April attended the University of CT and then lived in Monterey CA, San Angelo TX, and in Bellevue and Papillion since 1971. Married for nearly 40 years to Jon, Mom to Bob, and Grandma to Michaela, Amanda and Dylan – family is very important. Her interests include gardening, sewing, church activities, walking, TaeKwonDo and Relay for Life.
Nebraska ADDYs Co-Chair
Mark has been a Nebraska advertising professional for 30 years, and he looks every day of it. He’s worked at The Daily Nebraskan, Boles Advertising, Lovgren Marketing Group, Ayres+Kahler, Fusebox and is currently a partner at SKAR.
Mark taught marketing at Creighton University for six years and has created advertising for more regional brands than there’s room to list here.
When it comes to AAF Omaha, you’ll usually find Mark writing questions for AD WARS or sticking his nose into the ADDYs. So as you’d expect, he’ll be co-chair of the 2015 Student ADDYs and 2016 Nebraska ADDYs.
In his spare time, Mark reads a lot about advertising history and architecture, cooks up an storm and sees a couple of movies every weekend.
Legislative Issues Co-Chair
As Executive Director of Public Affairs for Metropolitan community College (NE), Sheila O’Connor oversees marketing, public relations, community affairs, outreach initiatives and development and economic development. O’Connor joined MCC in 2007 as Executive Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Special Events. She was appointed to her current position in 2011.
Prior to MCC, O’Connor was Director of Events and Conferencing at Midland Lutheran College, (now Midland University), and has held executive, sales and Marketing positions. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and pursues lifelong learning with passion!
MCC offers many unique opportunities. ‘Although I am not in the classroom, I strive to make a difference in the lives of those we serve through my daily activities.’ O’Connor said, ‘Every day I am provided wonderful opportunities to tell the amazing stories of our students, faculty and staff and work with some of the most energetic and creative minds available.’
After Hours/AdNight Co-Chair
Heidi Grunkemeyer has been in the marketing and advertising field for 20+ years and is currently an Account Supervisor at Swanson Russell. This is a second tour for Heidi at Swanson Russell, and a return to life on the agency side. Prior to re-joining Swanson Russell, Heidi worked at Alegent Creighton Health and most recently was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the healthcare organization. She has a passion for healthcare and a new love for travel, which is a good thing since her healthcare clients take her across the country.
Heidi is a former Omaha Federation of Advertising’s Rookie of the Year, as well as an OFA board member and is looking forward to getting involved in the organization again.
Meet the Pros Co-Chair
Michael grew up in Havelock, a small suburb of Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child, he developed a love of music, fiction, and running around barefoot outside. Michael graduated with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, and enjoys working with people, sharing ideas, and travel. Michael has a rich background in working with young people in the classroom, as a counselor, and as a coach. Today, he works with his brother, Mark, to lead a creative team with an emphasis in video production.
Michael joined Omaha Video Solutions in 2011, after working in the media department of a relief team in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami just off the northern coast of Japan. Experiencing the power of digital media first hand, he was inspired to direct his career toward new media and storytelling. Omaha Video Solutions is now in its third year, with the goal of putting Omaha and the Midwest on the map for visual storytelling.
Thank you to Teonne for sharing her leadership talents with AAF Omaha. Teonne looks forward to serving on the AAF Omaha board and working with area profesisonals and students.
Teonne’s bio will be posted soon.
Ed Hunt was determined to join impressive marketing results with fierce creativity and Darkside Advertising was born. Using the nearly 20 years of business experience, Ed continues to provide award-winning campaigns and fresh ideas. A long-time member of many professional organizations including AAF Omaha, he realizes the importance of connections, both for new business and education.
Darkside Advertising proudly provides small businesses with large-agency service. The years of being art and creative director at Meridian Advertising and Heartland Marketing & Communications have honed Ed’s creative-marketing vision into the ability to create successful business ideas.