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Meet the Pros 2018

Regular Event ($135 Early Bird Registration Before January 12 - $155 Regular Registration)



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Create Well With Others

You’ve dutifully met deadlines, slogged through collaborations and critiques, and challenged convention with your own ideas about creativity and career. Now, take the next step – at Meet the Pros 2018 in Omaha, February 1st & 2nd.

This is not a sit-and-listen yawn-fest. Meet the Pros 2018 makes you a participant in a once-a-year event that teams up-and-comers with been-there-done-thats. You may enter on the ground floor, but from here, anything is possible.

What Should I Expect?

Just because Meet the Pros 2018 is celebrating 55 years, don’t expect it to be the same thing as last year. We’ve got new speakers and more professionals from more categories, plus internships and scholarships for you to apply for. It’s where aspiration meets inspiration.

February 1, 2018

9 AM

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Omaha

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Meet the Pros 2018 | Thursday, February 1st, Keynote & Luncheon: Innovation is out, invention is in.

Regular Event ($25 Members | $30 Non-Members and Guests)

Meet the Pros 2018
Innovation is out, invention is in.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
11:30 AM Luncheon
12 Noon Keynote David Shing




David Shing is Oath’s Digital Prophet. He works across the globe to identify new opportunities for the business and assists in building the external profile of Oath.

He regularly speaks, discussing the latest marketing trends and providing his insight on the evolving digital landscape and where he believes it is headed in the future. By night he is an accidental singer-songwriter.

Innovation is out, invention is in. 

We are in a world where over 2 billion smart phones occupy our visual attention. But we have quickly evolved to include other senses that aren’t limited to AR, VR, MR, or RR. How are creatives going to adapt and reinvent in a world of transparent interfaces? A place where sight, is now joined with sound and motion? Welcome to hearable, feelable and wearable technology—powered by data, intelligence, sensors and more.

Join Shingy, Oath’s Digital Prophet, as he presents his future view of how this impacts consumer behavior and how we can get the most out of it.

Sponsored by


February 1, 2018

11:30 AM Luncheon | 12 Noon Keynote Presentation

The Salvation Army KROC Center

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Meet the Pros 2018 | Friday, February 2nd, Keynote & Luncheon

Regular Event ($25 Members | $30 Non-Members & Guests)


Meet the Pros 2018
You Are What You Make

Friday, February 2, 2018
11:30 AM Luncheon
12 Noon Keynote Robin Fitzgerald


You Are What You Make

You will be many different creative people in your career: the know-it-all, the techie, the artist, the cynic, the optimist, the mentor and more. The body of work you create is a reflection of how you were thinking and solving problems at any given time – a public diary of your inner workings and collaborations.

But you can’t be a creator if you’re not actually creating things. When in doubt, MAKE. And don’t stop at just making ads. If you haven’t made what “they” are looking for yet. Make what you are good at, first.

This presentation is not just for creatives. The best account people and strategists are judged by the work they help inspire and sell. Everyone can and should be a maker.


Robin Fitzgerald is Chief Creative Officer at BBDO Atlanta where she oversees the work of each client. Her most recent effort is helping to transform Toys “R” Us from a toy store to a champion of free play with the “Today we Play” platform. Before making the move to Atlanta, Robin spent 15 years in Los Angeles at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and TBWA\Chiat\Day. At CP+B, she led high-profile work for brands such as Netflix, Old Navy, Grey Poupon, and PayPal, where she developed the brand’s first-ever Super Bowl ad and took home its first Cannes Lion. At Chiat, Robin worked on brands such as Gatorade, Energizer, and Nissan. She started her advertising career in Nebraska as a copywriter at Bozell after graduating from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


Robin has participated on juries for D&AD, One Show, Clios, Art Director’s Club, and New York Festivals, and her work has been recognized with many industry awards. But, perhaps, even more exciting, her work has been consistently picked up by the non-advertising world, being parodied on Saturday Night Live; featured on the NBC Nightly News, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and Us Weekly; and nominated for an Emmy. She has been named one of Business Insider’s “Most Creative People in Social Media Marketing” and “Most Creative Women in Advertising.”


She lives in Atlanta with her husband, her two kids, and her cat, Mush.

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February 2, 2018

11:30 AM

The Salvation Army KROC Center

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Regular Event (AAF Omaha Members Free, $5 Guests & Non-Members)

Network at AdConnect

Member Perk! AAF Omaha Members – please join us for AdConnect, a free night to help you Connect. Network. Relax. (Just $5 for non-members.)

  • Share ideas
  • Search out career opportunities
  • Engage with your peers in the local advertising community

Friday, February 2 from 5 to 7 PM
Crave Restaurant | 200 South 31st Avenue (Midtown Crossing)


Light appetizers will be provided, cash bar and additional food items available for purchase
Door prizes – extra chances to win if you bring a guest/non-member

AAF Omaha Members Free | $5 for Guests/Non-Members

AdConnect is a quarterly perk for AAF Omaha members. Watch for future event dates and volunteer for the Membership Committee if you would like to help plan future AdConnect events.

Thank you to our AdConnect Sponsor, AMOBEE and AAF Omaha Elite Sponsor, Centro.

February 2, 2018

Crave Restaurant

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American Advertising Awards – Nebraska ADDYs

Regular Event ($65 Individual Tickets | $600 Table of 10)


On February 17, 2018 All Will Be Revealed
American Advertising Awards
Nebraska ADDYs

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Scottish Rite Masonic Center | 202 South 20th Street
Cocktails & Viewing of Winners:  6 PM
Dinner Served:  7 PM
Awards Show:   8 PM

$65 Individual Tickets
$600 Table of 10 (Promo Code Table if purchasing online)

Dress to impress, and don’t forget to bring your best masquerade mask.

Reservations deadline February 12th

February 17, 2018

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

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