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Get Plugged In

AAF Omaha programs feature something for everyone — presentations on relevant and engaging topics; opportunities to connect with others in the ad business; events that reward our talent; and social outings that are just plain fun.

AdBites – Professional Development While You Eat

Interact professionally and personally with local industry leaders through the AAF Omaha programs. The program committee annually develops a series of meaningful and entertaining programs addressing the diverse needs of members.

For program information or to join the program planning team contact the Program Committee Chairs listed below.

Jenny Andersen, 402-990-6573,
Bre Phelan, 402-689-2105,
Daryl Anderson, 402-345-5800 or

Omaha AAF Awards

Every year, AAF Omaha salutes three members who have demonstrated their commitment to their club and their community in outstanding ways. Well-respected and recognized in the advertising industry, these prestigious accolades salute our industry’s best and brightest.

Nominate a worthy AAF Omaha colleague by clicking on the AAF Omaha Nomination Form below:

Questions regarding the AAF Omaha Awards can be directed to Teri Hamburger at the AAF Omaha office.

Teri Hamburger, 402-561-6625 or

ADDY Awards

Recognizing Our Best

Each year, the Nebraska ADDY’s Awards recognize the best and brightest ads and campaigns created by Nebraska businesses and advertising agencies. American Advertising Federation Omaha (AAF Omaha) and the American Advertising Federation Lincoln (AAF Lincoln) members participate in this prestigious event. Every other year, AAF Omaha hosts the event. The latest information on the Nebraska ADDYs award show can be found at

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Award Show and Dinner | Saturday, February 2019 – date to be announced


Connect. Network. Relax

Advertising, After 5-Style

Sneak out a few minutes before 5, spend some time with your fellow AAF Omaha members and step inside an AAF Omaha member’s business or area hot spot. It’s all part of AAF Omaha AdConnect. It’s a darned good excuse to NOT stay late at the office for once and a free member perk.

Interested in Sponsoring Your Own AdConnect Event?

Contact the AAF Omaha office for details and sponsorship opportunities 402-561-6625

Meet the Pros

February 18 & 19, 2019

Register for the conference, check the current schedule, view the list of speakers and read the blog to unearth the knowledge you need to defend yourself in the job market. No fancy filter, metal portfolio or plastic binder can save you from the vicious onslaught of the real world. Nail a killer concept and you just might live to see day two.

Area advertising professionals are needed to assist with seminars, roundtable discussions and student portfolio reviews. To join the committee or volunteer at the event, contact Meet the Pros Co-Chair Steven Valish by emailing or Nate Eskra at


The More You Know

AAF Omaha educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing through seminars, monthly luncheon speakers, exhibitions and trade shows.

We also provide networking opportunities in a variety of settings so that you can make new connections, glean killer business advice and ideas, and expand business opportunities for yourself and your clients.

AAF Omaha isn’t just for professionals; we encourage young people to enter the advertising business and offer both events and scholarships to students focusing on advertising fields of study. AAF Omaha gives college scholarships and sponsors college chapters at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Creighton University.
For more information about educational opportunities contact our Education Chairs Mike Gilloon.

Mike Gilloon, 402-965-4343 or
Rachel Green,

Speakers’ Bureau

AAF Omaha strives to educate members, students and area professionals about the advertising industry. If you’re looking for a speaker for your next event please contact us.

(Use the list below to choose a speaker topic and email to schedule an engagement.)


We are looking for professionals in the advertising/marketing industry who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with our club. Please email if you are interested in speaking about one of the topics above.

“6 in 60″

Each quarter, AAF Omaha hosts an affordable, after-hours professional development and networking event. Each event features a panel of six advertising and marketing professionals who are all experts on a specific topic. During the event, the panelists share firsthand experience and advice so that attendees can learn not only best practices, but also about rising trends in the industry. Attendees even have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists once the 60-minute discussion is complete. Our goals with each event are to:

Public Service

Each year, AAF Omaha assembles a Public Service Committee which chooses a local non-profit organization to receive a comprehensive advertising campaign at little or no cost. The work produced by the committee has achieved critical acclaim and has received back-to-back-to-back Club Achievement Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
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,, Heartland Hope Mission and Coalition on Human Trafficking.

Put your professional talents to work for your community. Contact Ann Woodford or Jason Fox today to get involved in AAF Omaha’s public service opportunities.

Ann Woodford,
Jason Fox,

Special Events

Pro-bono campaign work and killer events don’t come without a cost. To keep prices reasonable while still offering value and benefit for members, AAF Omaha hosts 4 to 5 special events annually to raise money for educational programming and to fund a fully integrated marketing campaign for one non-profit organization. Special events are a great way to raise money for AAF Omaha and to make new business connections.
Plan to attend our next Special event!
For event questions or to join the committee contact:
Alli Carlson 402-392-4850 or
Sean Heisler


Each January, ad professionals polish off their bowling shoes and start throwing strikes in hopes of attaining the vaunted AAF Omaha Bowl-A-Rama trophy. Gather your team of 4 to 6 bowlers and register now. Lanes fill up fast.
2019 Bowl-A-Rama  – January 2019 date to be announced.


You Can’t Handle the Trivia!

The AdWars team competition tests your knowledge of advertising practices, terminology and trivia. But it’s anything but trivial (just ask someone from the 2016 AAF Omaha AdWars championship team from Bailey Lauerman or the 2017 championship team from SKAR Advertising). It’s a brutal display of seemingly useless terms and acronyms. It’s a grueling and treacherous evening of famous jingles and tag lines. It’s always fun!
2019 AdWars | Thursday, April 2019 date to be announced | DJ’s Dugout Downtown

ON Brand

An inspirational look at branding, presented in concert by three national trade organizations

The ON Brand conference is a unique gathering of professionals working to create, support and promote strong brands. Developed by the local chapters of four national industry organizations, the American Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and AIGA the ON Brand conference will provide education and development for the many facets of branding, as well as a valuable networking experience for individual career growth. Centrally located in Omaha, NE, the conference will draw attendees from the Midwest region.

ON Brand | July 18, 2019
Embassy Suites Hotel &
Conference Center La Vista
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, Nebraska, 68128

AAF Omaha members please use the AAF Omaha discount code link to register online. If you do not have the link contact our office by emailing The link will be sent to you.

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