The American Advertising Federation of Montgomery

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October 01, 2020

AAF Government Report: September 2020

September 30, 2020

  • Senate Committee Conducts Privacy Hearing
  • New California Privacy Initiative to Go Before Voters in November
  • AAF Responds to Texas Privacy Survey
  • Know How to Vote
  • AAF Government Affairs Committee to Meet via Zoom
  • Updates from the Digital Advertising Alliance

Senate Committee Conducts Privacy HearingOn September 23 the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing entitled, “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” The witnesses were Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft and Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; William Kovacic, Former FTC Chairman and Commissioner; Jon Leibowitz, Former FTC Chairman and Commissioner; Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Commissioner and Acting FTC Chairman; and Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General. During the hearing, Sen. John Thune (R-SD)submitted a letter from AAF supported Privacy for America to the record. In response to a question echoing many of AAF and Privacy for America’s concerns related to compliance and consumer protection concerns with multiple state laws Leibowitz expressed support for uniform data protections. Kovacic noted FTC’s ability to research the costs of compliance of laws. Brill added that legislation should include a scale to protect small businesses from burdensome costs. Prior to the hearing Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS), and members John Thune (R-SD), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (SAFE DATA) Act. The legislation aims to provide consumers with more choice and control over their data and directs businesses to be more transparent and accountable for their data practices. The bill would also enhance the FTC’s authority and provide additional resources to enforce the Act. AAF and Privacy for America support an effective national privacy standard that would protect consumers while allowing consumers and businesses to enjoy the many benefits that come with the responsible use of data. Privacy for America has developed comprehensive principles for such a law and is encouraging lawmakers to adopt many them in any future legislation.

New California Privacy Initiative to Go Before Voters in NovemberAs previously reported, the California Privacy Rights Act was verified as a ballot initiative and will go before voters in the November election. AAF has joined many of our allies in opposing the initiative. Our opposition is primarily procedural. The initiative would supplant the California Consumer Privacy Act which only became enforceable on July 1 of this year. AAF believes policymakers should take time to assess the impact of the CCPA before any changes are made.

AAF Responds to Texas Privacy SurveyAAF and allied associations recently responded to a Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council survey seeking input regarding possible future privacy laws. The comments reminded policymakers of the many benefits that come with the responsible use of data – to consumers, businesses and the economy. While the ad industry supports effective privacy protections, the comments warned against adopting an overly restrictive approach which could undermine the aforementioned benefits to the detriment of all.

Know How to VoteBecause of the COVID-19 pandemic, voting in procedures in many states have been altered. Most states offer increased opportunities to vote early or by mail. Many states have fewer polling places because of a decline in poll workers. Be sure you know how to vote in you state to make sure that your vote counts. Local news sources and your state’s Secretary of State are both good resources to learn the correct way to vote in your state.

AAF Government Affairs Committee to Meet via ZoomThe next meeting of the AAF Government Affairs Committee will be conducted via Zoom on Tuesday, October 13 at 2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Central, Noon Mountain and 11:00 am Pacific). The call will focus exclusively on privacy issues. Committee Chair Carla Michelotti and AAF EVP-Government Affairs Clark Rector will be joined by Michael Signorelli of the Venable law firm and one of the country’s foremost experts on privacy policy issues. Anyone interested in participating in the call can contact Clark Rector for registration information.
The AAF is pleased to offer these important updates from our partners at the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).
Newly Updated DAA Consumer Survey Underscores Advertising’s Increasing Perceived Value—Pegged at $1,400 Per YearAAF members know firsthand the value of digital and mobile advertising—and so do U.S. consumers, according to a new Digital Advertising Alliance-administered survey. According to the mid-September survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, Americans place a value of more than $1,400 per year on the array of free digital content, services, and mobile apps that are currently funded by advertising, according to a new survey conducted by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). Respondents said those ad-supported content and services were worth $1,404 annually, an increase of $206.64—or 17 percent—over the $1,197 that respondents assigned in value to such services in a similar survey in 2016.
“With tens of millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, ad-supported digital content and services save families significant money by reducing the cost for access to vital information, tools, and content, so it is imperative we continue our work of protecting the advertising model that helps fund those services,” said Lou Mastria, executive director of DAA. “Paying an additional $1,400 per year for access to popular websites, services, and apps is not a viable option for most Americans. The DAA will continue to provide convenient and effective tools for choice around the types of advertising consumers want to receive.” Among the survey’s other findings:
  • The vast majority (85 percent) say they would reduce their online and mobile activities if they had to pay hundreds of dollars a year for the content and services they currently get for free.
  • Four in five respondents (80 percent) say they would be more likely to purchase a mobile phone offering more free apps over a comparable phone with fewer free apps.
  • Nearly all the respondents (93 percent) say free Internet content such as news, weather, email, and blogs is very or somewhat important to them.
  • A large majority (84 percent) say they prefer the current ad-supported Internet where most content and services are free over a paid Internet with no advertising.

Election 2020 Reminder: License the DAA Political Ads Icon and Marker for Mobile & Digital “Express Advocacy” Campaign AdsWe’re one month away for Election 2020 – which means political advertising is in the home stretch. The DAA Political Ads Icon seeks to give voters – and campaign advertisers – necessary transparency, and is currently enforced by DAA’s two independent Accountability Partners, BBB National Programs and the Association of National Advertisers.
Using the Political Ads icon—which is free to license (subject to qualification)—and the associated disclosures that must accompany such digital political ads, we can help promote integrity in our elections. In short, political ads on digital and mobile platforms need to be transparent and accountable, and DAA asks that each express advocacy ad, for state and federal office, at a minimum should disclose: Several ad tech companies are making sure that the DAA Political Ads icon and disclosures are deliverable—and much the same way they facilitate the YourAdChoices icon with interest-based ads.
  • Name of the political advertiser;
  • Phone number, address, website, or alternative and reliable contact information for the advertiser;
  • Other information required by applicable federal or state law for such notices;
  • Link to a government database of contributions and expenditures for the advertiser, if applicable;
  • Any disclaimers required by state or federal law, if the ad itself is too small to display them (as permitted by applicable law); and
  • Name(s) of the advertiser’s CEO, executive committee, board of directors, or treasurer.

And to voters, the DAA team continues to keep a campaign-lookup data base up to date, always-on, and connected—a click or two away for voters to use to see if a particular campaign is actually registered in their home state.

October 01, 2020

Can you help us plan this year?

Maybe there’s a great speaker you’d love for us to present or a topic that is important to you. Or maybe you want to help manage the American Advertising Awards competition.
In the words of the famous Uncle Sam posters, “We want you!”

Virtual board and committee meetings will make it even easier to support AAF Montgomery with some of your limited time. Know somebody that would be a great leader? We are accepting nominations for board and committee chairs for this year. Nominate yourself or another today by emailing Leigh Farrior, Board Ex-Officio, at


October 01, 2020

Help us by taking this quick survey

We know there have been many changes during this COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that many of those changes have been difficult in one way or another.

You can help us figure out the future of AAF Montgomery events by taking this quick survey!

  • Are you comfortable with in-person events or virtual?
  • What speakers are you interested in?
  • What topics?

Your feedback is important! We ask that everyone please participate because it will help us figure out a few things as we move forward planning the coming months.

take this quick survey

October 01, 2020

Welcome to a new club year!

Friends of AAF Montgomery,

Amid the recent pandemic, we have been a little quiet. The release of amazing webinars and online tools the past few months have been great resources for our members as we try to regroup and plan for the coming year. The past-presidents council has been working to plan the future of AAF Montgomery, and want to continue providing the continuing education and award-winning programming that we are known for. We write to you today to ask for your continued support as we move forward.

Membership letters will be sent out soon. We will be giving a one-time “Control + Z 2020 credit” to go towards your membership fees for the 2020-2021 year. The fee includes membership for AAF Montgomery, AAF District 7, and AAF National, along with a free American Advertising Awards entry, and other benefits at the local and national levels.

2020-2021 MEMBER RATES:
Professional // $75
Student // $45

We will not offer the all-inclusive membership this year, as we are not sure when in-person meetings will resume. Virtual meetings will be free for members only. If we can return to in-person meetings, there will be discounted member tickets.

Our membership drive is running now through October 15. If you become a new member or renew by October 15, you will get a membership bonus of an additional free entry to the American Advertising Awards competition.

We are so glad to have your support and look forward to working with you all to be the unifying voice of advertising.


AAF Montgomery Past Presidents Council
Victoria Belton, Kristina Turner, Michelle Leland

March 23, 2020

How can we support you right now?

Dear AAF Montgomery members and supporters,

We know there have been many changes during this COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that many of those changes have been difficult in one way or another. Some of you may be worried, and you’re not alone.

With that said, AAF Montgomery wants to be a resource for you. We can all use a little bit of help every now and then. We want to better our community and help where we are needed. In order for us to do so, we need a moment of your time.

Please take this brief survey so that we may learn how to best be of service to you and our city. We will use this information to determine how we can extend support throughout the community. Times are hard, but we’ll get through this together (at a safe distance of course!).

Along with this survey, please feel free to reach out to us if you have a specific need.

Thank you for your feedback and continued support.

Stay safe,

Brittany Roberson
President, AAF Montgomery

March 13, 2020

AAF Montgomery Update

Dear AAF Montgomery Members:

I wanted to reach out to you with an update on our March Lunch and Learn and other events.

Our first priority will always be the health and well-being of our members. Thus, in order to be responsive to the health concerns regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, AAF Montgomery has decided to cancel the planned Lunch and Learn with Rich Sullivan at the Capitol City Club on March 19th. Any paid reservations for this event will be refunded.

Along with our local event, AAF District 7 is postponing the Spring Convention currently scheduled for April 17-18. This includes the District 7 American Advertising Awards Gala, the Governor’s Gala and the Lunch and Learn with Lucusfilm. We will monitor the situation and share a new date in the future.

The National Student Advertising Competition scheduled for April 24-25 will be converted to a virtual competition and the student conference portion cancelled.

Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate all of your support.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Stay safe!

Brittany Roberson
President, AAF Montgomery

June 11, 2019

AAF District 7 Represents at the National Conference

This year, the AAF’s National Conference was held June 5-8 in Hollywood, Florida. And clubs in District 7 (Alabama, Georgia, Tennesee, Mississippi and Lousiana) presence was felt!

Here’s a little preview of how ingrained we are on the National level:

We’re so proud that AAF Montgomery is the American Advertising Federation’s Division 4 2018-19 National Club of the Year! AAF Montgomery was awarded the following:

Division 4 National Club of the Year
Division 4 President of the Year
1st in Communications
1st in Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives
2nd in Club Operations
2nd in Government Relations
2nd in Programs
3rd in Advertising Education
3rd in Membership Development
3rd in Public Service

Other awards/recognition
· Steve Pacheco (AAF Memphis) and Dawn Reeves (AAF Birmingham) are leading AAF into the future in the national office—a real Dream Team!
· Michele Massey (AAF Tuscaloosa) is the Chair of the National American Advertising Awards Committee.
· A.J. Busé (AAF Nashville) is the Eastern Region Chair.
· District 7 Governor Sarah Jones (AAF Mobile Bay) and Governor-elect Leigh Farrior (AAF Montgomery) are serving at the national level on the AAF Council of Governors.
· Esteemed professor at the University of Memphis, Dr. Sandy Utt, was recognized with a special award honoring her many years of service to her students and the NSAC. Dr. Utt also serves on the AAF National Education Executive Committee.
· The NSAC team from the University of Alabama won the award for Best Plans Book.
· Two D7 clubs and their presidents received Mosaic Awards: AAF Baton Rouge and president Patrick Box and AAF Montgomery and president Kristina Turner.
· AAF Baton Rouge, AAF Birmingham, AAF Memphis, AAF Montgomery and AAF Tuscaloosa collectively won 22 awards in the Club Achievement competition.
· Gold and Silver American Advertising Awards were presented to many D7 professionals and students.
· And our current Governor Mary Lee was elected to the national Council of Governors Executive Committee.

This is a special time in the history of the American Advertising Federation, and District 7 has a major presence at the leadership table. We must remain focused, work hard, stay strong and be proud! And if you didn’t know, D7 rocks!

June 11, 2019

Happy Pride Month!

From AAF Montgomery President Kristina Turner:

Over my last 2 years as President, I have struggled with what should the local club speak out about in terms of politics and local political climate. I’ve had to check my self and make sure we weren’t projecting my own beliefs into the club and making sure that we align ourselves with what the National organization believes and states.

Recently at the AAF National Conference, I attended the Mosaic Awards, a yearly award show much like the American Advertising Awards that honors companies and industry leaders who have demonstrated their genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion through innovative advertising campaigns, engaging media content and leading organizational and individual initiatives. The recipients champion business practices and content creation that have played an integral role in elevating inclusion.

And at this awards show, AAF Montgomery was awarded 1st Place in Diversity.

What you may not know is that the AAF commits a substantial portion of its resources to the implementation of initiatives that promote and advance multiculturalism in the industry with educational programs such as AdCamp, Mosaic Career Fair and the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program.

So after coming from this award show and winning 1st place nationally in the diversity category, I realized that we need to make sure we are living up to that truth of inclusion. So AAF Montgomery will definitely be celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ community for pride month in Montgomery. I understand it’s not an issue that everyone is willing to take up, but it is an issue that the organization supports as a whole.

So if you would like to show your support, we have pride buttons available!

We only have about 50, so please reach out to me at if you would like one in time for Montgomery Pridefest 2019 happening this weekend in downtown Montgomery.

Thank you for your support and understanding!


June 11, 2019

Walker360 has great turnout at their Adobe Workshop

Congrats to Walker360 on such a great turnout for their first Adobe Workshop! We hope you all had a chance to stop by and check it out as well!

June 11, 2019

AAF National appoints new president & CEO

WASHINGTON DC, June 6, 2019— The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Board of Directors announced it has appointed marketing veteran Steve Pacheco as the organization’s new president & CEO, effective immediately. The Board ratified the appointment today at the AAF’s annual national conference, ADMERICA.

The AAF began its search for a new president & CEO last year, following former President & CEO James Edmund Datri’s decision to step down in October after completing 10 years of service to the organization. Strategic advisory firm MediaLink, an Ascential company, was engaged to lead the search, working closely with the AAF’s search committee of board members and executives.

Pacheco will be tasked with designing a future-forward organization consistent with the rapid, seismic change impacting the advertising landscape. His role will span evolution and development of the AAF’s programs, services and membership; volunteer engagement; and serving as the voice of the advertising industry through advocacy and lobbying on key issues from free commercial speech to the advancement of diversity and inclusion.

“Advertising is undergoing unprecedented change; consequently, a major goal of our search was finding a leader who could reimagine the traditional trade association model,” said Wavemaker US CEO and AAF Board Chair Amanda Richman. “Steve is a marketing innovator who embodies everything required to grow our organization. His commitment to diversity, creativity and trust will be essential in continuing our work as the unifying voice of advertising.”

Pacheco joins the AAF from Ducks Unlimited, where he was Chief Marketing Officer. He brings 30 years of industry experience to his role, more than 20 of which were spent at FedEx as managing director of advertising and sponsorship marketing. There, he produced a bevy of award-winning work, including more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials, as well as FedExCup, NFL and NASCAR advertising campaigns. Previously, he worked for International Paper as Director of Advertising and Marketing Communications, where he directed the company’s 1996 Summer Olympics sponsorship. He was also a partner in a Memphis-based advertising and design agency, Humphreys Ink. Pacheco is the first AAF president & CEO to have held an active leadership role at every level of the organization, beginning in 1984 at the collegiate level, then president of the Memphis Advertising Federation in 1991 and rising to chairman of the AAF National Board of Directors in 2011. In 2013, he received the AAF Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award and was also named The ADVERTISING Club of New York’s “Advertising Person of the Year.”

“I have been deeply connected to the AAF and its mission throughout my career in advertising—it has been my North Star,” said Pacheco. “It’s incredibly fulfilling to take on a role that’s so integral in setting a high standard for the values of advertising, connecting the talent that drives it, and progressing the issues that will evolve the industry for the better. I’m honored to assume the responsibility. I will continue to be passionate about advertising and the AAF in this new role.”

May 02, 2019

Student member, Amber Dickinson wins big at District ADDYS!

​Congratulations to student member, Amber Dickinson, for winning Silver and Judges Choice at the District ADDYS!

May 02, 2019

SPLC wins 2 Gold District ADDYS!

​Congrats to the design team at Southern Poverty Law Center for winning 2 Gold District ADDYS! Keep up the good work!

May 02, 2019

Student AAF member, Magen Lofgren wins AUM Outstanding Student of the Year

​Congrats to AAF student member, Magen Lofgren for winning AUM Outstanding Student of the Year. Keep up the amazing work!

May 02, 2019

Walker360 is hosting an Adobe Workshop

Walker360 is hosting an Adobe workshop at Common Bond Brewers! The event will be a session-based workshop covering Adobe programs including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. We will begin at 9am and commence around 4pm, with an hour and a half break for lunch. Lunch from Bibb St. plus 2 beer pints and optional brewery tours are all included for each attendee! Click here to learn more and purchase a ticket.

April 11, 2019

Flips & Food Trucks

Join AAF Members The Waters on Sunday, April 28th from 12-4PM at The Waters’ Town Square for furniture flips, food trucks and lots of FUN – all benefiting Montgomery Habitat For Humanity!

They are holding their own version of a “Flea Market Flip”! Local designers and DIYers alike will grab supplies from the Montgomery Habitat ReStore and ‘flip’ them into one of a kind pieces available during the day-of silent auction.

While you’re browsing the silent auction, grab lunch or a snack from one of the local food trucks, or snag a front row seat at The Square and enjoy the live music!

Live Music:
12-2PM: Brett Burcham Music
2-4PM: Laurel Taylor Taunton

Confirmed Food Vendors:
H2O Cafe, Market & General Store
Hole in the Wall Coffee Shop
Wharf Casual Seafood Montgomery
That’s My Dog Montgomery
Frios Gourmet Pops - River Region
More coming soon ...

If you are interested in participating in the furniture flipping event please contact Montgomery Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Nick Mielke at for more information.

April 11, 2019

STAMP visits the #AboutFace exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

​Recently, STAMP employees to a field trip to check out the #AboutFace exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibit features ceramic sculptures that “explore the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists.” If you haven’t seen it already you should definitely check it out!

April 11, 2019

SPLC Design team takes on the AIGA Design Conference 2019!

​The design team at SPLC traveled this past week to the 2019 AIGA Design Conference in Pasadena, California. They learned great tips on in-house design culture, designing for inclusion, designing for the digital space and much more! Hope you had a great time and learned a lot!

April 11, 2019

Communicorp receives an award with the highest honor!

​Congratulations are in order for Communicorp who just received the Best of the Best Workplace in the Americas award from Printing Industries of America! This award is given to companies that have a commitment to quality and excellence. Companies have to have great communication, culture, employee resources and benefits in order to win this award. Keep up the good work Communicorp!

April 11, 2019

Alabama Graphics Celebrates 65 Years!

​Congratulations to Alabama Graphics who just celebrated 65 years! We hope you are around for another 65!

March 12, 2019

AAF Members attend the 2019 Advertising Day on the Hill in DC

AAF Government Relations Chair Alex Trott and AAF member and soon to be AAF District 7 Governor Leigh Farrior, attended this year’s Advertising Day on the Hill in Washington, DC last week.

This exciting event was designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers the power and passion of the advertising industry’s grassroots network – the members of the American Advertising Federation’s local clubs and federations from across the country.

They heard from many speakers, including the Federal Trade Commission Advertising Division, met with Senator Richard Shelby and Doug Jones’ office’s, and were able to sit down with Representative Mike Rogers to talk about the importance of Advertising to the Alabama economy.

“Did you know that every $1 spent on advertising in Alabama results in $22 in economic impact? Advertising jobs account for over 10% of all jobs in Alabama. It’s important that our voices are heard, and AAF is the Unifying Voice For Advertising. I was honored to represent Alabama and AAF in Washington D.C. We were able to remind our representatives why advertising should not be taxed and help push for a national standard on consumer privacy online. I look forward to doing the same with our Alabama Advertising Day on the Hill campaign,” says Leigh Farrior.

When asked about his experience attending the event, Alex Trott said “Advertising Day on the Hill could not have been more eye-opening for me. I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to experience one of the most fundamental (perhaps the fundamental) mission of AAF—fighting for the future of our industry and being the spokesperson for the crucial work that our members are doing all across the country. Spending time meeting so many AAF members from countless different states (from Louisiana to California, from New York to Hawaii) and hearing their stories reminded me how our organization truly is the unifying voice of advertising, and one that is not afraid to speak firmly to power when it threatens our work or our ability to do the tremendous good that we do. It was an experience I will never forget, and I’m so incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to do it.”

Thank you to these members for lobbying on our behalf to protect the advertising industry not only in Alabama, but nationwide!

March 12, 2019

Tickets on Sale for Art-tivism

Tickets are on sale for a new art show called “Art-tivism” on April 13, 2019 at Kress on Dexter.

AAF member, Traci Howell who is the owner of S.H.E. Agency and curator for Artists on Tap, has started a new project called art-tivism. This project is geared towards artists who create art that force the hard and uncomfortable conversations to happen or that reflect the darker truths of today’s society. It is all about combining art with social responsibility.

To learn more about Art-tivism, visit To purchase tickets, click here.

March 12, 2019

Inner Spark Creative celebrates 5th year anniversary!

AAF Corporate members Inner Spark Creative is celebrating their 5th anniversary! They kicked off celebrations with delicious cake! Congrats to Inner Spark Creative on 5 years!!

March 12, 2019

Copperwing celebrates 20th anniversary!

AAF member Copperwing is celebrating their 20th anniversary! They kicked off celebrations with a Ribbon Cutting hosted by our friend Patsy Guy and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Congrats to Copperwing on 20 years!!

March 12, 2019

STAMP participates in their 16th consecutive Createathon!

At the end of February, AAF member STAMP participated in their 16th consecutive year! An intense 24-hour creative blitz, CreateAthon® is an annual pro-bono marketing initiative that select agencies around the country participate in to contribute their talents and skills to worthy non-profit organizations.

In the spirit of continuing to work with destination marketing organizations on their tourism and travel related initiatives, Stamp has elected to donate their 2019 CreateAthon® time and services that include strategic marketing action planning, brand development, and social media and planning to non-profit attractions that contribute to the tourism and travel industry in their respective communities.

The 2019 CreateAthon® event was held at Stamp’s Montgomery office on February 21-22. According to Managing Partner David Allred, “We anticipate providing a minimum of $50,000 of pro-bono agency services during the CreateAthon® event.”

March 12, 2019

Sunny Paulk is the featured artist for this month’s 21 Dreams Artist Tour

​AAF member Sunny Paulk is the featured artist for this month’s Artist Tour hosted by 21 Dreams! Her art series I AM STILL is on display in the 21 Dreams Art Gallery on 540 Clay St.The final stop of Sunny’s #ArtistTour will be her Artist Demonstration. During this event, Sunny will illustrate and discuss her process in creating her latest exhibit pieces.

This event will take place in our 540 Clay St. Art Gallery. Food & refreshments will be available next door at the Goat Haus Biergarten.

After the tour has concluded the pieces will still be able to view until April 27th at the 540 Clay St. Art Gallery.

March 12, 2019

Admerica 2019

June 5 - 8, 2019 // Hollywood, FL

ADMERICA, AAF’s national conference, is where the advertising industry comes together for inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

This year, we take a deep dive into “AI: Advertising Intelligence,” where we will discuss everything from Virtual Reality to Conscious Capitalism. You will discover how thought leaders are using technology and purpose to develop new levels of customer experience and engagement, and how businesses—large and small—can utilize these tools within their diverse markets.

There will be many opportunities to embrace Advertising Intelligence throughout the conference: AAF University will equip members with strategies designed to increase their club’s effectiveness; the Mosaic Awards will recognize companies and individuals who have improved the industry by making diversity and inclusion a priority in their work; the National Student Advertising Competition will be a chance to see the future of advertising in action as students present marketing plans for Wienerschnitzel; at Salute to AAF Achievers we’ll honor the accomplishments of our national network of clubs and the members who have committed to serving our industry; and we will celebrate the creative spirit of excellence at one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, the American Advertising Awards.

Click HERE for more information!

March 12, 2019

District 7 Spring Convention

April 12 - 14, 2019 // Mobile, AL

Join us in Mobile, Alabama as over 125 advertising and marketing leaders and students from five states (AL, GA, LA, MS, TN) join us for keynote speakers and workshops. Plus, more than 100 advertising students from across the region will be here to compete in the National Student Advertising Competition.

Other highlights of this annual convention include the AAF District 7 American Advertising Awards presentation as well as the Governor’s Gala, an evening dedicated to honoring our members and local clubs and their outstanding achievements. It’s an elegant celebration with great food, great music and lots of fun!

Click here to register!

February 15, 2019

Angela Stiff Receives AAF Montgomery’s 2019 Silver Medal


Angela Stiff Receives AAF Montgomery’s 2019 Silver Medal

MONTGOMERY, AL — February 15, 2019 — AAF Montgomery has named Angela Stiff the 2019 recipient of its highest achievement, the Silver Medal Award. The award will be presented before a gathering of her peers, friends, and family at the American Advertising Awards gala on February 22 at the Capital City Club in Montgomery, AL.

The Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, AAF member clubs bestow this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community.

The Silver Medal is the highest award that can be given by AAF Montgomery. Silver Medal recipients are selected by a panel of judges from each local club.
Within 10 years of founding Copperwing in 1999, Angela Stiff succeeded in growing the company into one of Alabama’s leading communications firms. From the beginning, she understood the power of design systems and the difference they can make for a company. She founded the firm with brand management as its cornerstone, recognizing its critical role in creating breakthrough communications with long-term relevance. Over the course of her career, Angela Stiff has achieved countless accolades, but she’s most proud of how she has helped clients and individuals achieve their own goals.


As Copperwing celebrates 20 years, Angela continues to lead with the same out-front thinking as she sets the vision for the firm. As Copperwing’s creative director who oversees general operations, she has successfully led branding initiatives for clients with regional and national reach. Her creative work has been recognized with numerous industry awards.

Dedicated to providing today’s students and tomorrow’s professionals opportunities in visual arts education, Angela has served as a member to Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts Advisory Council, and currently serves as member and secretary to the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Graphic Design Advisory Council.

Angela regularly donates support and services to Agape of Central Alabama and organizations and events promoting arts education. She also serves as board member to DesignAlabama, which advocates for the collaboration of the design arts and their importance in creating and enhancing place in our state.

Angela will be awarded at this year’s American Advertising Awards Gala on February 22, 2019 so be sure to purchase a ticket so that you may congratulate her on her success!

For more information, please visit or contact Kristina Turner at


The American Advertising Federation of Montgomery is a 501(c)(6) organization and is the local affiliate of the largest advertising trade organization in the country with 40,000 professional members in 200 clubs. AAF Montgomery serves as an advocate to better the business community as a whole, creating an environment that is thriving and fair. We connect you to the entire advertising community and provide you with great opportunities for networking, education, public service, and both local and national opportunities. Our goal is to educate our members on the latest trends in advertising, marketing, and public relations with our variety of annual programs.

February 01, 2019

AAF Montgomery sponsoring the Synergy Marketing Conference

​AAF Montgomery will be a bronze sponsor of Troy University’s upcoming Synergy Marketing Conference with AAF member, David Allred, as the keynote speaker.

The one-day conference will take place on February 7, 2019 on the Troy University Montgomery Campus, located in downtown Montgomery, and will provide professionals an opportunity to hear from field experts who will be addressing an array of critical and relevant topics.

It will be a great event for Marketing and PR Professionals, Company Leaders and Managers, Content Managers and Creator and anyone who spends 25% or more of their time in the areas of Marketing, Public Relations, social media, community relations, HR, video production, corporate communications, word-of-mouth marketing, publicity, brand marketing, or media relations.

Get your tickets here.

February 01, 2019

AAF member Sunny Paulk featured in “Fe(male)” exhibition

AAF member Sunny Paulk will be one of the artist featured in the “Fe(male)” exhibition being held at Kress on Dexter. The event opens on Feb. 9th at 7pm.

“Fe(male)” strives to form a visual language presenting the spirits of women. This exhibition explores the imagery of identity and the politics of memory by creating a language that demolishes shame and presents women as pillars of strength. Merging autobiographical stories, social history, daily life, childhood memories, spiritual endeavors, and dreams as aspirations illustrate the world, and the female experience through the eyes of these selected artists.

February 01, 2019

AAF Member Traci Howell Recognized by Halcyon Elementary

AAF member, Traci Howell, was recently recognized by Halcyon Elementary School as their Hero in Education last week! Traci Howell is the owner of S.H.E Agency, creator of Artist on Tap, and creator of new project Art-tivism. Great work Traci!

January 11, 2019

Spectrum Reach #1 in Region

Congratulations to our corporate AAF Montgomery members Spectrum Reach on their 2019 Annual Agreement success!

Sales Manager, Brian McDowall announced that the Montgomery, AL team is #1 in the region and #9 in the nation.

Congrats on your success team!

January 11, 2019

art-tivism: New Project by AAF Member Traci Howell

AAF member, Traci Howell who is the owner of S.H.E. Agency and curator for Artists on Tap, has started a new project called art-tivism. This project is geared towards artists who create art that force the hard and uncomfortable conversations to happen or that reflect the darker truths of today’s society. It is all about combining art with social responsibility. The project is now acceptation entries. Any work that is focused on raising awareness on important topics such as the environment, social change, etc is highly recommended. For more information be sure to visit

January 01, 2019

Advertising Day on the Hill March 6-7, 2019

On March 6-7, 2019, Government Relations Chair Alex Trott will be representing Alabama at this year’s AAF’s Advocay & Action: Advertising Day on the Hill. This exciting event is designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers the power and passion of the advertising industry’s grassroots network – the members of the American Advertising Federation’s local clubs and federations from across the country.

​With a new administration, many changes come to Capitol Hill and in the White House. One thing that will not change is the importance of the advertising industry making our voice heard. We still must explain to policymakers the value of advertising to consumers and the economy, and the harm that would come from harmful taxes or restrictions.

They will be meeting with Alabama’s Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C. and want to take with them your concerns — the members of AAF in Alabama. Just fill out a postcard with your concerns, whether it’s advertising related or not, and they will deliver them while meeting at the U.S. Capital. Click here to print your own postcard or download, fill out and email to

Click here to view AAF’s position on particular legislative issues.

November 01, 2018

Walker360 Hosts a Notebook Workshop for the National Day of Print

​Walker360 hosted a notebook workshop to celebrate the National Day of Print. As a part of the workshop, they allowed their customers to make their own personal notebooks, ate some really great food and voted on some awesome pumpkins.

November 01, 2018

Inner Spark Creative Participates in the Auburn PRSSA / PRCA Panel

Employees from Inner Spark Creative recently spoke on the Auburn University Public Relations Student Society of America/Public Relations Council of Alabama panel (PRSSA / PRCA). The Public Relations Student Society of America / Public Relations Council of Alabama is an organization at Auburn University dedicated to giving students public relations experience and advancing their knowledge by allowing them to connect with industry professionals.

November 01, 2018

SPLC Takes Home 12 GD USA Awards

​The Southern Poverty Law Center was recently awarded 12 GD USA awards. Graphic Design USA covers news, people, project, trends, technology, products and services related to graphic design. They have several national design competitions that culminate in Annuals showcasing the best in Graphic Design, Inhouse Design, Web Design, Package Design, Healthcare Design, and Digital Design. Some of the projects that the SPLC was acknowledged for included Teaching Tolerance #58, the voter registration box, Mix It Up 2018 posters, and their Rock Against Racism poster. Congrats to the design team over at the Southern Poverty Law Center for their great work!

November 01, 2018

6th Annual Artist on Tap Draws in Biggest Crowd Yet

In 2011, Artists on Tap (AOT) was created by seven individuals who noticed a disconnect between the artist subculture and young professionals and decided to bridge the gap by focusing on promoting art and culture in the community. The original mission was to give artists throughout the River Region a means to share their original creativity and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents, while giving young professionals a venue to connect and have access to the works of up and coming artists in the community. As of today, AOT has slightly changed its mission. The mission is no longer just about connecting the young professionals to these up and coming artists but exposing the WHOLE community to these talented artists.

After a successful event in 2016, it was obvious that AOT needed to take a break in 2017 to allow more planning time. One challenge was finding a bigger venue space to host the event since the number of artists participating has grown and along with those attending the event. In early 2018, I was presented with an opportunity to host the 6thAnnual Artists on Tap event at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in the new outdoor exhibit area called Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden is like taking a stroll in the park and enjoying art as it is transformed by season, time of day, and even weather. The view of the sculptures are completely breathtaking during the day and night. This was made possible thanks to the partnership between S.H.E. Agency (pronounced as “she” agency) and MMFA’s Junior Executive Board along with 21 Dreams Arts & Culture to highlight AOT during the 3rd Annual Flight of Arts. October is recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). NAHM is an initiative that focuses on engaging creatives and arts advocates in various cities across the country fostering partnerships among communities. Between S.H.E Agency, MMFA, 21 Dreams and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, it made sense to collaborate together for a five-day event that would feature several exhibitions for digital, visual, performing, literary and culinary arts.

On Thursday, October 18th, AOT highlighted the visual artists by featuring 24 artists. These artists’ artwork included painting, drawing, graphics, mixed media, photography, three dimensional (ceramics, pottery, woodwork), and contemporary/traditional cultural items such as textiles. In addition to this, the event included live art demonstration, mini art theme fashion show, and live music from DJ Meek. The event ended with recording breaking attendance of about 200 people from the community to support this event. You can learn more about this year’s artists and their visual artwork at So if you didn’t make it to this year’s event, there is always next year!

In the meanwhile, I highly encourage you to… Support the Art. Invest in the Art. Create Art Opportunities. For many of our artists, it is not only a passion but also a means to earn a living. So, I am always looking for ways to help our local artists get the exposure they deserve and give them the extra push. It is a great feeling to see murals like the Nat King Cole mural located on Maxwell Boulevard that was painted by Sunny Paulk (AAF member) and Corey Spearman being showcased in Montgomery. Corey participated in AOT in 2016 and did a live art demo of painting an Owl. Even organization like Montgomery Clean City Commission has worked with AOT artist, Kevin King, to create 10 murals as part of the school clean up initiative in June 2018. Kevin has been a part of AOT since its inception. In this commUNITY, we are working together but I know we can do so much more and I will always continue to look for pARTners to work with to put on more art events to give encouragement, opportunity and support to our local artists.

This blog post was written by:

Traci A. Howell

Organizer of Artists on Tap, Owner of S.H.E. Agency, AAF Member

October 11, 2018

AAF Government Report: September 2018

AAF Submits Comments to FTC

The AAF and some of our sister associations have filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission in response to announced hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

The comments focus on advances in five areas of the FTC’s interest including in advances in self-regulation through the AAF supported Digital Advertising Alliance. The five primary points of the comments are:

  1. Consumer protection on the Internet has grown stronger, fostering innovation, economic growth, and consumer trust
  2. The use of big data in a responsible and privacy-conscious manner drives increased competition
  3. The Commission’s authority is an important piece to the privacy and data security framework, but it must be used in a responsible and principled way
  4. Predictive analytics and algorithmic tools drive innovation and connect consumers to the products and services they desire in a responsible manner
  5. Federal and state laws regarding the Internet should be consistent to allow the Internet to continue to function in a cross-border manner, free from arbitrary roadblocks.

DTC Price Disclosure Amendment Withdrawn During the recent Senate consideration of the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill Senators Richard Durbin, D-Illinois and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa announced their intention to introduce an amendment directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to require that advertisements for prescription drugs and biological products include a disclosure of pricing information for these products. The Advertising Coalition, of which AAF is a founding member, submitted a letter and issue briefexplaining our opposition to the proposal, including constitutional concerns and the difficulty of giving accurate price information given the complexity of insurance and government programs. The Senators ultimately did not introduce the amendment, however there have been indications that the Trump administration may try to advance a similar plan.

Senate Committee Conducts Privacy Hearing On September 26, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Privacy.” Witnesses included a representative of AAF corporate member Google. The hearing touched on a wide range of issues, perhaps the most important the acknowledgement that there is a broad industry consensus supporting the adoption of a single federal standard for data-driven advertising and privacy standards. Generally speaking the industry representatives supported giving consumers transparency, control, portability and security over data practices. While the specific details of how these goals are achieved, AAF is also supportive of a single effective federal standard for how consumer data is used in data-driven advertising. As reported in a previous issue of Government Report California has passed a Consumer Privacy Law. AAF is concerned that if multiple and inconsistent state laws are enacted it will be difficult if not impossible for companies to comply with each law and lead to limitations on innovation and services which would harm consumers as well as the companies.

DAA Releases Guidelines for “Political Ad” Icon The AAF supported Digital Advertising Alliance has released the creative implementation guidelines for use of the “Political Ad” icon, the latest advance in digital advertising self-regulation. The icon should link to disclosures that include name and contact information for the advertiser, as well as other information mandated by applicable law. In an August 23 meeting, the Maryland State Board of election voted to allow covered political entities to use a Political Ad-type icon in small ads that links to disclosures mandated by Maryland.

AAF Opposes Census Citizenship Question The AAF has joined the other major advertising industry trade associations on a letter opposing the inclusion on the 2020 Census of the question that asks, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” AAF believes such a question would depress responses among non-citizens and their families, even if family members are citizens. This would lead to flawed census results raising significant issues for marketing. Inaccurate data would result in a misallocation of resources negatively impacting both marketers and the undercounted communities they seek to serve.

Advertising Day on the Hill Date Set The next Advertising Day on the Hill will be in Washington, DC on March 6 and 7, 2019. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this important event. Attendees will be briefed by experts on the important issues facing the advertising industry and visit with their Senators, Representative and staff to explain the value of advertising to the economy and the implications, positive or negative, of proposed laws on the advertising industry. For sponsorship opportunities contact AAF’s Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Clark Rector at

October 11, 2018

6th Annual Artist on Tap

Tickets for the 6th Annual Artists on Tap are now on sale! This event is October 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Purchase your tickets to meet local artists and view their art works, sample hors d’ouevres, music from DJ Meek, live art demo and a fashion show! Tickets:

Artists on Tap gives artists throughout the River Region a means to share their original creativity and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents, while giving young professionals a venue to connect and have access to the works of up and coming artists in the community.

October 11, 2018

Walker 360 1st Annual Day of Print

​Join Members Walker 360 for their 1st Annual Day of Print!

Celebrate by joining in on their Notebook Workshop! They invite you to drop by and create your own notebook from 6 limited edition covers. Take your notebook through the print process, from start to finishing (sorry, bad pun).

Notebooks are limited, please email to RSVP.

October 11, 2018

Congrats to our Google Home Mini Winner!

At our annual AAF Montgomery Kickoff Party at Common Bond Brewers, Hillary Andrews went home with a Google Home mini!

Congrats to Hillary and be on the lookout for more great giveaways!

October 05, 2018

Jenny and Brian complete the 9/11 stair climb

​AAF members Jenny and Brian completed the 9/11 stair climb, hosted by the Pike Road Fire Department, at the RSA tower . During this event, participants climb 22 flights of stairs 5 times in a row as a way to honor the lives lost during the tragic September 11, 2001 event and appreciate the hard work that firefighters endure everyday. This year marked the 7th year of the event with all the proceeds going towards the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

October 05, 2018

AAF Member completes mural for That’s My Child

That's My Child mural
After much time and dedication, AAF member Sunny Paulk and Milton Madison completed their mural for the local non profit, That’s My Child. The mural was officially revealed at a reveal party on September 20. That’s My Child is a organization dedicated to mentoring youth through arts, education and entrepreneurship while giving them a safe place to develop talents and skills to become tomorrow’s productive citizens. Be sure to stop by and check out their new mural!

September 05, 2018

Meet the 2018-19 AAF Montgomery Board!

On August 16 at the Lunch and Learn, James Belton, former District 7 Governor, installed the new AAF Montgomery 2018-19 Board!

After a successful planning meeting, the board is excited to kick the year off next week at our Kickoff Party at Common Bond Brewers. Come to meet them and learn about ways you can join their committees this year.

Pictured left to right — James Belton (former D7 Governor), Kristina Turner (President), Brittany Roberson (VP American Advertising Awards and President-Elect), Alex Trot (VP of Education), Jenny Brown (Membership Chair), Cierra Brinson (Communications Co-Chair), Chris Hardy (Diversity Chair), Maghen Barranco (Public Service Chair). Not pictured — Joyce Vaughn (Communications co-Chair)

September 05, 2018

AAF Montgomery is on Slack!

AAF Montgomery has a new way for you to plug into the club via Slack!

Slack is becoming the workplace app of choice for many office workers keen to keep on top of daily tasks with colleagues. The cloud-based collaboration tool is effectively a messaging service for the professional environment and helps to manage work flows.

On slack, you’ll have direct access to the board, club and other River Region professional creatives in the community.

If you’re wondering how slack works, take a tour here.

And if you’re ready to join our new online community, just contact and we’ll get you set up.

We can’t wait to connect with everyone!

September 05, 2018

Bell Media Named an INC 5000 Company for a 4th time

Bell Media, a digital marketing agency, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2018 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, marking it the fourth time the Company has been recognized for this achievement. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at America’s entrepreneurs, one of the most important segments of the economy.Bell Media is the only digital marketing agency in the state of Alabama to make the Inc. 5000 list.

“Being a part of the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth time is a testament to the quality of work and effort put in by our team”, said Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media. “I’m proud of our company and its accomplishments and hope to continue making the list for years to come.”

Read more here.

September 05, 2018

Former D7 Governor to Join AAF National Team as Vice President of Club Services

WASHINGTON DC, August 27, 2018—AAF President & CEO James Edmund Datri announced today: “Dawn Reeves has joined the American Advertising Federation’s national staff as our organization’s Vice President of Club Services Membership & Programs. Dawn’s involvement with the AAF professional club network began nearly two decades ago when she served in multiple leadership roles with AAF Birmingham, later as District 7 Governor, and currently as the Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Governors. She is also credited with being among the Council of Governors officers who created AAF University. Dawn is a proven and exceptional leader, respected throughout our club network, and I am so happy she is joining our national staff Team in this very important post.”In addition to her work with the Federation, Dawn offers 25 years of corporate experience and insight, most notably as the owner of Well S@id and as Senior Vice President of Advertising with RealtySouth, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

In her role at AAF’s national office, Dawn will be responsible for ensuring that AAF professional club members receive value for their membership and are engaged with the organization’s many programs such as the American Advertising Awards, Club Achievement Awards and ADMERICA. She will also focus on identifying opportunities for professional club members to further engage with students through the AAF’s college chapters and its National Student Advertising Competition and its corporate members through programs such as the Day on the Hill, Advertising Hall of Fame and Advertising Hall of Achievement.

Dawn Reeves said: “The best thing about our life’s journey is the twists and turns in the road we don’t anticipate. It is my absolute joy to have the opportunity to further serve an organization that has long been a part of my life. I am thrilled to pair my internal and external experience to heighten opportunities for our members and leaders as we further define our path forward.”

Dawn’s journey with the AAF’s national team begins on October 1, 2018.

April 11, 2018

Job Alert // Graphic Designer - Black Diamond


We’re looking for a creative, organized, outgoing and dedicated Graphic Designer to join our team. Black Diamond serves over 200 schools and businesses in building and maintaining their websites and apps. If you are looking for career in a fun, fast-paced environment and have a passion for web design and new media, this is the job for you. We have an immediate opening.

The Job:

  • Essential function includes designing from scratch website designs based on client’s requirements.
  • Interview clients and help them determine how they want their website to look.
  • Experience in print and identity design is desirable.
  • Some light copywriting and proofreading.
  • Position is an 8-5, M-F position.

You Are:

  • Proficient with Industry Standard Software: Really must know how to use the latest Adobe CC Photoshop and Illustrator. Working knowledge of Adobe CC InDesign and Acrobat are a plus, as well as iMovie, Microsoft Office, and GSuites.
  • A People Person: You find it easy to make connections with others, as you will be working with our team as well as our clients to create designs.
  • An Active Listener: We don’t want our clients to have to repeat themselves. And active listening may lead to new creative ideas.
  • Familiar with HTML, CSS, and Responsive Design: The web world is going responsive, so you have to design with that in mind.
  • Creative, Organized, and Analytical: Both right and left brain!
  • Flexible: You will need to be able to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Basically Knowledgeable of Sports: We deal with a lot of athletic sites, so you need to know how many innings are in baseball and how many players on a football field.

These qualities won’t hurt either:

  • Knowledge of internet and social media related tools and platforms.
  • Active learner, always wanting to better yourself and the company.
  • Open communicator, speaking respectfully and mindfully.

Submit your résumé online via the Upload Résumé page above. If you have an online portfolio, please supply its link in your résumé. If not online, please attach to your résumé some high-quality images of your top ten favorite projects. Provide a written rationale for each work.

For more information, click here.

April 11, 2018

Bell Media acquires Carted

Platinum Club sponsors Bell Media recently announced that they have acquired Carted, an online shopping and digital marketing provider for grocers.

Carted offers tools designed specifically for the independent grocer, and features three layers of marketing products that will allow grocers to quickly utilize features previously only appreciated by larger chains. Carted, at its very basic level offers a digital brochure website replete with such features as digital weekly ads, integrations with the Reach Offers coupon platform and allows for the displaying of recipes and enables customers to build online shopping lists. In a deeper offering, Carted also offers an online grocery shopping website solution, where customers can shop and pay online. In addition, Carted offers to all its customers the ability to perform a variety of digital marketing tactics including social media, email marketing, and advanced geo-fence targeting.

Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media, states, “We’re very pleased about completing this acquisition and look forward to growing the vertical . After taking a close look at Carted and all it has to offer, we became certain that their solution filled a gap desperately needed for independent grocers to be more competitive in the marketplace. We are looking forward to serving the grocery industry with such a robust offering that helps them keep up with customer demands in a quickly evolving market space.”

Kevin McLendon, Co-Founder of Carted, states, “We found a real fit with Bell Media during our discussions about Carted. They understand the vision and we feel they’ll be able to take what we’ve built and expand it far beyond the 60+ independent grocery stores we already serve.”

April 11, 2018

SPLC nominated for a Webby Award

AAF Corporate members The Southern Poverty Law Center have been nominated for a Webby Award for the redesign of the Teaching Tolerance website!

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. They present two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as, the winners of the Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, the Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, the Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

To show your support, vote for the Teaching Tolerance website, click here.

March 05, 2018

Rotary Club Mural

​AAF member and artist, Sunny Paulk, painted the new Rotary mural at the dog park downtown! This is a great addition to downtown Montgomery in addition to the other murals Sunny has worked on: The Selma-to-Montgomery mural and the Nat King Cole mural.

March 05, 2018

CAA Conversations Podcast

AAF member and Auburn University Montgomery professor, Breuna Baine, was featured on the College Art Association’s Conversations Podcast. Take a listen below:

March 01, 2018

Register for AAF Montgomery’s Walk of Life Team

AAF Montgomery will be participating in this year’s Walk of Life 5K Walk/Run! If you’d like to participate with us, register to join our team AAF Rack Pack!

The Walk of Life is a 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run to raise money for those who cannot afford the lifesaving mammograms and breast cancer screenings they desperately need. The Walk of Life will take place April 21, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Every year, this landmark walk through downtown Montgomery delivers a rallying moment for thousands of participants from all fitness levels united by a common desire to do prevent breast cancer. Whether you’re considering your first Walk or are a seasoned veteran, we want you with us at The Walk of Life.

join our team or donate

March 01, 2018

Registration open for AAF District 7’s Spring Convention

APRIL 12-15, 2018, AAF Jackson will host the District 7 Spring Convention. Advertising and marketing professionals and students from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana will be in town for professional development, networking, creative competition and gala events.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2-6 pm Registration
3 pm AAF District 7 Executive Committee Meeting
Dinner on your own

Friday, April 13, 2018
8 am-4 pm Registration
8:30-10:30 am Breakfast – Keynote Speaker: Trey Herron/Goal Smashing
10:30-11:30 am Development Session – Presenter: Kristen Ley, Thimblepress/How to Be a Creative Thinker
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch – Keynote Speaker: Sarah Thomas, first female referee in NFL
2-3 pm Professional Development Session – Presenter: Gay Saxon/Leadership Development
3-4 pm Professional Development Session – Presenter: Tonya Ware/How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Achieve Success
5 pm Newcomers reception
5 pm NSAC Advisor Meeting
6-10 pm AAF District 7 American Advertising Awards – Students invited to attend; Student ticket $25
10 pm-midnight Hospitality Suite

Saturday, April 14, 2018
8 am-noon Registration
8:30-10 am Keynote Speaker: Mandi Stanley/ Establishing Your Professional Presence
10-10:30 am Regional Director meeting
10:30-11:30 am Development Session – Presenter: Mandi Stanley – Presentation Skills: Easy Ideas for Establishing Relationships, Respectability and Results
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch – Keynote Speaker: Memphis Jones/Moment-Manufacturer, Culture-interpreter, Dot-Connector and Song & Dance Man
1:45-2:45 pm Council of Presidents Meeting and Presidents’ Reception
2:45-4 pm AAF District 7 Board Meeting
1:45-3:15 pm Development Session – Painting Your Own Work of Art (Please reserve your spot in class when you register to attend the conference)
5-6 pm NSAC Winner announcement; winning team presentation; Hileman Award; Best Presenter Award; Presentation of Jan Gardner and Mosaic Scholarships
6 pm Transportation leaves for Governor’s Gala
6-10:30 pm Governor’s Gala at Old Capitol Inn
10:30 pm – midnight Hospitality Suite

Friday, April 13, 2018
8 am-4 pm Registration
6-10 pm AAF District 7 American Advertising Awards – Students invited to attend; Student ticket $25

Saturday, April 14, 2018
7 am-5:30 pm NSAC Judges have access to conference room
6-9 am Student Breakfast
7:30 am NSAC Competition begins
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunches for students, advisors and judges
12:30-4:30 pm NSAC Competition continues
5-6 pm NSAC Winner announcement; winning team presentation; Hileman Award; Best Presenter; Jan Gardner Scholarship; Mosaic Scholarship

Sunday, April 15, 2018
8 am NSAC Advisor Wrap-Up


March 01, 2018

Elizabeth Williams on Meet Montgomery Podcast

​One of our members from Baptist Health, Elizabeth Williams, was featured on the Meet Montgomery Podcast!

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has a total of 14 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations. As a young professional, she is a member of Emerge Montgomery, Torchbearers Class III and serves on the Girls on the Run Executive Board. She also has an active role on several planning committees for numerous programs and events. Elizabeth devotes time outside of work to numerous nonprofit organizations including Boy Scouts of America (Exploring), March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association and Alabama Kidney Foundation. Elizabeth is a member of True Divine Baptist Church where she serves with the greeting ministry, girls ministry and health ministry. She is currently the Community Events Manager for Baptist Health where she has worked since July 2006.

Interesting fact: When Elizabeth was 16 yrs. old, she was involved in a car accident in which her neck was broken and she was submerged under water in the car for 5-10 minutes. She was unconscious for 7 days. Fully recovered with no paralysis, Elizabeth knows that God saved her life in order for her to live out her life with purpose focusing on serving others each day of her life.

Click these links to listen!

Podcast Link/Droid Devices:
Listen on Apple Devices:…/po…/meet-montgomery/id1286418872…

October 06, 2017

AUM AdFed presents Cirque D’Horreur

Our student chapter, AUM AdFed, is hosting their 3rd annual haunted basement fundraiser on October 26th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. After previous year’s success they are bringing it back scarier than ever! The cost is $3 per soul on the campus of AUM in Goodwyn Hall. The money goes towards AUM AdFed’s general club fund. This is open to the public, so please support our local college chapter!

October 03, 2017

Bell Bash Montgomery | Free Digital Marketing Event

Join Bell Media on October 17th, 5:30pm-7:00pm, for a night of FREE Networking and Digital Marketing Education. Montgomery Area Marketers and Business owners will gather at Tipping Point to learn about digital marketing trends to stay ahead of the rapidly-evolving digital marketing space. Click here for more information.

October 03, 2017

Business After Hours at The Waters

Spend an evening with our Member of the Year Sponsor, The Waters!

The Waters / New Waters Realty is sponsoring this month’s Montgomery Chamber Business After Hours. This popular after-work networking event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend an evening enjoying sunset at The Waters!

This year’s event is being held at the Blue Heron Pool Club from 5-7pm. Stop by to eat, drink, connect and relax. Click here for more information.

September 27, 2017

AAF Alert - September 2017 Government Report

Tax Reform Proposal Released

Senior Congressional and Administration officials have released their Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code. The so-called “Big 6” (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch) have been negotiating the details of the plan for weeks.

The plan would reduce the corporate tax rate to 20%. Many of the specific details are yet to be determined, but in order of offset the loss of revenue because of the significant rate reduction for businesses, “numerous special exclusions and deductions will be repealed or restricted.”

The plan as released is silent as to exactly which exclusions and deductions will be targeted. However, Treasury Department officials and senior legislative aides to members of the tax writing committees from both side of the aisle have confirmed to AAF and other advertising industry representatives that advertising is still very much being considered as a deduction that may be reduced or eliminated.

The last comprehensive tax reform proposals released in 2014 by then Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. would have paid for lowering rates by, in part, limiting the current year federal tax deduction for advertising to 50% and amortizing the rest over ten (House) or five (Senate) years.

AAF continues to meet with Administration and Congressional officials and aides to explain to them that advertising is a key driver of the economy and that increasing the tax burden on advertising would be counterproductive to their goals of growth and spurring economic activity which they are counting on to increase tax revenues.

AAF has also sent an alert to members urging them to contact their Senators and Representatives and urge them to oppose any effort to tax advertising.

FDA To Look at DTC Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may consider shortening the list of warnings and contraindications found in direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. According to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the “FDA’s own research on broadcast TV drug advertisements suggests that a more targeted method for delivering risk information may lead to better retention of those risks.” The FDA has released a Request for Information and Comments so that the public and interested parties may submit their views. The comment period closes November 20, 2017.

New Leadership at NAD and CARU

The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC) and Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) have announced the appointment of new leadership for both the National Advertising Division(NAD) and Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU).

Laura Ulrich Brett has been named Director of the NAD and Dona J. Fraser has been named Director of the CARU. Policies and procedures for NAD and CARU are set by the ASRC. The ASRC self-regulatory system is administered by the CBBB.

AAF is a proud supporter of the advertising industry self-regulatory program, which has often been recognized as one of the premiere industry self-regulatory programs. Self-regulation increased confidence in advertising and is good for the industry and consumers.

September 08, 2017

Bell Media Achieves Google Premier Partner Status

Great news for one of our Club Sponsors and members Bell Media! Congratulations!

Bell Media has been named an official Google Premier Partner. Google’s Premier Partner status is the highest level of Google’s Partner program that an agency can achieve and is designated for only a small percentage of the top performing Google Partners. Bell Media is one of four locally-owned digital marketing agencies in Alabama to earn this achievement.

“Securing a Premier Partner badge isn’t an easy designation to accomplish in only a couple years” said Scott Bell, company CEO. “It’s a true testament to the hard work and determination of the team. I’m proud of each and every one of us.”

In order to qualify as a Premier Partner, an agency must continuously meet Google’s three requirements: certification, ad spend and performance. Bell Media currently has 26 Google Certified employees that hold over 66 certifications in areas such as search advertising, mobile advertising, display advertising, video advertising, mobile sites, analytics and shopping.

Read more here.

September 07, 2017

AAF Alert - Tax Reform

The United States Congress and the White House are expected to release a federal tax reform proposal in the next few weeks. Members of the House and Senate tax-writing committees are currently working to determine how to pay for the bill.

Advertising is at great risk.

In a meeting this week with representatives of the ad industry a senior tax advisor to a member of the Senate leadership told us that advertising “is on the chopping block for sure” and may be close to a “done deal.” The House version of the last comprehensive tax reform proposal in 2014 would have created at $169 billion tax on advertising over 10 years. It looks as if Congress and the Trump Administration may be going down that road again.

It is vital that members contact their Senators and Representative and urge them to oppose any effort to place a tax on advertising by reducing the amount of advertising a business may claim as a normal and necessary business expense.

You can find contact information for your Senators here and Representatives here.

According to studies designed by a Nobel winning economist a tax on advertising must be opposed because:

· Advertising is the engine of the U.S. economy and generates $5.8 trillion in economic activity

· Advertising supports 20 million American jobs

· Every $1 million spent on advertising supports 67 jobs across American industries

· Every advertising job supports 34 jobs across other industries.

September 07, 2017

AAF President Emeritus Howard Bell

Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous sadness that I inform you of the passing of Howard Bell, who served as President of the American Advertising Federation for 24 years. In passing he follows his beloved wife Chan, known affectionately to many AAFers as “Ma Bell”, to whom Howard was married for 61 glorious years. That they are both now no longer with us marks the end of an era for our organization and for our industry.Howard was selected and served as the founding President of the modern AAF that resulted from the 1967 merger of the Advertising Federation of America, the predecessor organization of the AAF, which traces its roots back to 1905, and the Advertising Association of the West.

During his visionary 24-year tenure, Howard established and built many of the signature national programs that make up the AAF today, including the American Advertising Awards and the National Student Advertising Competition. He is also widely viewed as the father of advertising self-regulation, for his central role in the creation of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (then called the National Advertising Review Council), which today operates independently out of its offices in New York City, and is seen around the World as a model of successful industry self-regulation.

Howard was also responsible for moving the AAF’s Headquarters from New York City to Washington, D.C., which helped establish our organization as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising” in matters before our government.

Upon his retirement as President of the AAF in 1991, then AAF Chairman David Bell said of Howard: “There are few people who have had as large an impact on our industry as Howard Bell.”

President George H.W. Bush said in 1991: “...the Federation under Howard’s leadership acted upon the axiom that prosperity without purpose means nothing. And for that, I thank him and commend him.”

These words ring as true today of the legacy Howard Bell leaves as a leader and as a person as they did in 1991.

Advertising Age named Howard one of the 100 most influential advertising leaders of the twentieth century.

And in 1996, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Let me say personally that Howard was a mentor, a dear friend, and, to the end, a valued advisor I trusted and admired both for his incredible talent and vision, and for his humanity, which shined through so brightly to all who met him.

On behalf of the entire American Advertising Federation, and indeed our industry and nation, I express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones on this enormous loss, and our gratitude for their sharing Howard with us.

James Edmund Datri
President & CEO

American Advertising Federation​

June 28, 2017

RSVP July/August Magazine Release Party

Join AAF members RSVP Montgomery as they celebrate the release the July/August issue of RSVP Magazine at Dreamland’s new location! June 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Light bites, live music and a cash bar.

June 28, 2017

Jessica Powell on RSVP Montgomery’s The List

Congratulations to our member Jessica Powell for making RSVP Montgomery’s The List for the May/June issue. The List, compiled of young professionals and business leaders who bring culture and energy to our area, is published in every issue of RSVP Montgomery. Jessica is the Marketing Director for New Waters Realty. You can read more here.

June 28, 2017

2016-2017 Member of the Year

At our last Lunch and Learn of the year, we awarded Jim Bradley of Alabama Graphics as our 2016-2017 Member of the Year! Members gain points by simply participating in the club. That includes coming to events, joining committees, following us on social media, etc. In return, Jim will receive a free Premium Membership for the next club year. It pays to be an active member! Big thanks to our MOTY sponsor RSVP Montgomery for making this happen.

June 28, 2017

Alabama Graphics Pagewide Open House

Silver Student Sponsor Alabama Graphics is having a Pagewide Open House June 29 at Peppertree Steaks N’ Wine from 11am-2pm! Send your RSVPs to

May 03, 2017

Congrats to G Momma’s Cookies

Congratulations to our Speaker Gift Sponsor G Momma’s Cookies for their win in the Alabama Launchpad Competition.

They took home $107,000 for their business plan marketing southern-style cookies baked with real ingredients.

Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama which funds and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs in hopes of fostering job creation. Launchpad has invested more than $2.9 million in 61 companies over the past 10 years.

Those startups have gone on to create 502 jobs and secure $50 million in additional funding.

April 06, 2017

RSVP Montgomery Bridal Issue Release Party

Member of the Year Sponsor RSVP Montgomery is having their Bridal Issue Release Party wedding reception style! The event is April 13, 2017 at the Lido Pool at Hampstead at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers, drinks, photo booth and music by Top Tier Entertainment. Rain date: Friday, 4/14/17 @ 5:30pm.

Read more here.

April 06, 2017

Congratulations to our Government Relations/Public Service Chair!

​On Saturday, April 1st, our Government Relations/Public Service Chair Cara got married!

Congratulations to Cara! She was a beautiful bride.

April 06, 2017


June 7-10, 2017 // New Orleans // Early Bird registration ends April 15, 2017

Have you made your reservations for ADMERICA? All members of AAF District 7 and Leadership receive a 10% Discount. District 7, AAF Montgomery’s club district, is hosting this year’s AAF National Conference ADMERICA!

Nearly 800 of the AAF’s grassroots members representing all aspects of the industry—agencies, media companies, clients and suppliers—gather together every year for ADMERICA, AAF’s national conference.

Chaired by Kim Kelleher of WIRED Media Group, ADMERICA will explore the innovations made in the fields of advertising, marketing and communications through the use of social media, creative, digital, new business and mobile advertising. Maximize your networking opportunities at the Chairman’s Reception, hosted by David Messinger of CAA. Celebrate diversity and inclusion at the Mosaic Awards and creative excellence at the American Advertising Awards. Honor our outstanding Ad Club members and voluntees at the Salute to Achievers luncheon, and see our industry’s future compete in the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by Tai Pei Frozen Foods.

It’s rare the National conference is so close to us! If you’re interested, let us know and we could potentially save cost on travel arrangements with others. To receive your discount please type in ADMD717 when you register. Better hurry as this offer will expire on 4/15/17.

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February 28, 2017

Advertising Day on the Hill

On March 30, 2017, President Michelle Leland and Diversity Chair Kristina Turner will be representing Alabama at this year’s AAF’s Advocay & Action: Advertising Day on the Hill. This exciting event is designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers the power and passion of the advertising industry’s grassroots network – the members of the American Advertising Federation’s local clubs and federations from across the country.

​With a new administration, many changes are coming to Capitol Hill and in the White House. One thing that will not change is the importance of the advertising industry making our voice heard. We still must explain to policymakers the value of advertising to consumers and the economy, and the harm that would come from harmful taxes or restrictions.

They will be meeting with Alabama’s Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C. and want to take with them your concerns — the members of AAF in Alabama. Just fill out a postcard with your concerns, whether it’s advertising related or not, and they will deliver them while meeting at the U.S. Capital. Click here to print your own postcard or download, fill out and email to or

Click here to view AAF’s position on particular legislative issues.

February 28, 2017

The State of Content Marketing

2016 has drawn to a close, and with it comes speculation on what will be the “next big thing” in Content Marketing in 2017. Here’s the list Alabama Media Group compiled of what their content marketing team sees as big trends that will become really big in 2017. Click here to learn more.

February 28, 2017

Max Capital City Classic

The Montgomery Biscuits, along with the City of Montgomery, the University of Alabama and Auburn University, have announced that the two schools will host the ninth annual MAX Capital City Classic on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and for tickets.

February 28, 2017

Nat King Cole Mural

The Nat King Cole mural, located at 435 Maxwell Blvd. and overlooking downtown, is the second public art project commissioned by the Public Art Commission. The first, the Montgomery Street mural which depicts the Selma to Montgomery march, was also painted by Paulk and Spearman.

The mural is the brainchild of Atlanta-based artist Jerry Gentemann who is currently painting panels that will fill in the rest of the wall. Gentemann, who lived in Montgomery for 10 years between the 60s and 70s before attending school at Auburn University, saw that the commission was accepting proposals for a historical mural and saw an opportunity to pay respect to a fellow Montgomerian.

Click here to read the Montgomery Advertiser article.

February 28, 2017

2017 SEO Trends

With all the craziness that has happened in the SEO community this last year, what trends should SEO professionals pay attention to in 2017? Platinum Club Sponsor, Bell Media started by looking at Google’s 2016 timeline to help us hypothesize where Google and Bing may be going this next year. To learn more, click here.

February 28, 2017

YP Summit

The Alabama Young Professionals Summit is the annual platform to connect, learn and share. Join us for Alabama’s largest gathering of the next generartion of leaders. This Summit is for the cream of the crop – individuals under 40 years of age who serve as top entrepreneurs, attorneys, creatives, makers and more. The event will wrap with a happy hour mixer, including food, drinks, shopping and music.

For more information, visit

January 23, 2017


Several of our AAF Montgomery members are involved with IgniteMGM, a community pitch competition that brings together Montgomery’s creative community and awards grants to entrepreneurs and thinkers who want to contribute to Montgomery.

IgniteMGM will grant $12,000. There will be three categories with $2,000 going to a Digital/Social concept, $5,000 to a Food Truck concept and $5,000 to a Community Impact - Art concept.

Judges include Joe Birdwell of Foomatic Makers Space, Kim Traff of RSVP Montgomery, L. Simone Byrd of Alabama State University and Bell Media is the tittle sponsor.

January 23, 2017

Digital Marketing Trends — January 2017 Edition

In the January edition, Bell Media covers Google’s Message Extensions and Instagram Story Advertising.

January 23, 2017

Southern Bridal Faire

January 29th, 2017 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. // The Renaissance Ballroom, 201 Tallapoosa Street

RSVP Magazine, our Member of the Year sponsor, is sponsoring the Southern Bridal Faire. The Fair is a great tool for all blushing brides-to-be! Find photographers, caterers, DJs, wedding planners, venues, florists and much more. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a fashion show featuring the most stunning gowns of 2016. Admission is $10.

November 29, 2016

American Advertising Awards Call for Entries

Each year, we host an annual competition and awards gala called the American Advertising Awards (formerly known as the ADDYs). The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. The Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year at the local AAF club competitions.

Early Bird: January 4, 2017
Regular: January 11, 2017
Late: January 18, 2017

AAF Montgomery individual members receive 1 free entry for the local AAAwards (early bird single entry, value of $60). Corporate members receive a maximum of 3 free entries.

click here to enter

November 29, 2016

New Year, New Headshot

Tuesday, January 10th at 5:30 PM // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
Members $5, Non-members $10 // Cash Bar

What better way to start 2017 than with a new and current headshot? For professionals and students alike, a current and professionally taken headshot can be key to making a great first online impression. Not only should your online presence be up-to-date with work experience, but your headshot should also be current. While you are updating your LinkedIn, be sure to upload a new photo. Join us on Tuesday, January 10, to get a new headshot. We are partnering with local photographers to offer this at a low cost to those who attend.

click here for tickets

November 29, 2016

Casino Royal Holiday Cruise

December 15th, 2016 at 6:30 PM // Harriott II Riverboat

Member of the Year sponsor RSVP Montgomery is hosting Montgomery’s first Casino Royale Cruise aboard the Harriott II for. Your cruise ticket will include $1,000.00 worth of play money to be used in real casino style gaming: Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps and Roulette. At the end of the night you can trade in your chips for a chance to win some awesome prizes. This cruise is two hours long with a post 30 minute dockside, Live DJ Entertainment, Appetizers and a Full Cash Bar. Must be 21 and over. Don’t Miss the Boat!

click here for tickets

November 29, 2016

10 Minute Digital Audio Series

Club sponsor, Bell Media, debuted a new audio series called 10 Minute Digital. The series revolves around all-things digital marketing. Marketing experts from the Bell Media team, as well as a few special guests, will chat about today’s most innovative marketing tactics that marketers and business owners can use to promote their brand, drive leads and build followers.

For the first episode, Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media, discussed the growth of Bell Media’s online marketing department. Scott provides valuable insight into how Bell Media was able to rapidly scale its department by hiring key personnel, overcoming growing pains, improving customer retention and more.

Listen here.

November 29, 2016

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

The annual Makers Emporium Holiday Pop-Up Shop is back starting December 1, this year at 546 Clay St. in the Cottage Hill near downtown Montgomery. The shop features everything from handmade goods, to jewelry, to local art. The shop will be open noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Visit for more information.

November 29, 2016

Max Paper Shred Drive

Free Residential Paper Shredding and Recycling Event
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett Coliseum South Parking Lot // 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL

MAX joins with the Montgomery Clean City Commission, AARP Alabama, Walmart #4691 and Gilmore Services to offer free onsite shredding services to Montgomery-area residents on Friday, December 2.

Residents can bring up to five (5) bags of noncommercial documents for shredding onsite. The equipment can handle staples, paper clips and rubber bands so there is no need for presorting. All confidential records will be disposed of properly, and all shredded paper will be recycled.

Event participants are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

About MAX
MAX is a leading, locally owned financial institution in Alabama, with more than $1 billion in assets. Serving our communities for more than 60 years, MAX provides a full suite of consumer and business banking products, including checking, savings, loans, mortgage, insurance, wealth management, online and mobile banking. MAX has 17 branch locations across its Alabama footprint. Please visit us at

November 28, 2016

Job Alert // Marketing Coordinator

Do you enjoy…

…creative writing?
…online research?
…getting all nerdy about advertising techniques and tools?
…taking a plan and “making it happen?”
…coming up with new ways to communicate a message?
…juggling tons of projects for multiple clients in multiple industries?

We are hiring a talented, data-driven marketer to focus on the success and growth of our existing professional services customers. Your goal is to add more value to existing customers by executing strategies that include channels like content marketing, email, social, direct mail, and online advertising.

You will be our customers’ biggest advocate internally and keep the Cygnal team up-to-date on campaign progress. This position ensures the execution of a variety of deliverables and initiatives that power our clients’ – and our company’s – overall success.
Think you have what it takes to be Cygnal’s next Marketing Coordinator?

  • Execute the marketing strategy of our existing B2B-focused clients.
  • Ensure delivery of all assigned deliverables and projects.
  • Track, report, analyze, and escalate day-to-day execution of work.
  • Measure the success of client campaigns and optimize the approach based on the resulting data.
  • Continually improve the processes and costs of delivery.
  • Work with company leadership to refine and improve the marketing and sales process services we provide our clients.
  • Find new opportunities to applaud, support, and ultimately retain our customers.
  • Create and implement new projects and develop creative ideas that help improve customer success — from customer content and communication, to our approach, to marketing automation.
  • BA/BS in Marketing or Communications or equivalent working experience.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
  • Strong self-management and self-direction behaviors.
  • Willingness to take direction and execute personal study of required skills.
  • Personality to handle a fast-paced environment where it’s always “all hands on deck.”
  • Background in working with people with various personalities and communication styles.
  • Past experience in communications, marketing, analytics, or related field.
  • Excellent writing and content creation chops (including blog posts, ebooks, and other customer-facing resources), with the ability to align that communication uniquely to each client’s tone.
  • Working proficiency of G Suite, Microsoft Office, and preferably Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Knowledge of Mac OSX and macOS.

Shoot an email to Brett Cowden requesting the link to the pre-screening questionnaire.

Don’t send your resume!

November 15, 2016

Draplin Design School

October 25, 2016

Copperwing Founder Takes Home Award

One of our club member organizations and a student sponsor just took home a great award recently. Copperwing‘s founder, Angela Stiff, received the Distinguished Service Award from Auburn’s School of Industrial and Graphic Design at the Annual Award Banquet for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Congrats to Angela and to Coppering!

More pictures can be seen here.

October 25, 2016

MAX4Kids Halloween Festival

Join one of our member organizations MAX Credit Union at their Eastdale Branch to celebrate Halloween the fun and safe way! The MAX4Kids Foundation is hosting an amazing costume party, complete with a thrilling haunted house, trunk-or-treat goodies, and a huge cardboard tunnel maze that travels throughout the Eastdale Community Room. You have to see it to believe it! A donation of $10 per wristband to the event will benefit the MAX4Kids Foundation. For more information, click here.

October 25, 2016

Job Alert // Public Relations / Advertising Adjunct Instructor

The Department of Communications at Alabama State University seeks a part-time, adjunct instructor, with professional experience in advertising and/or public relations, to teach the CMM 420: PR Case Studies, upper-level undergraduate course for the Spring 2017 semester (January through May).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching the undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) in the CMM 420: PR Case Studies class

Having input and helping to develop/manage the class syllabus and ensuring that it meets department standards

Planning and creating lectures, in-class discussion, online activities (if desired) and other assignments

Grading assigned class activities (i.e., papers, quizzes, exams) in a timely fashion and submitting grades by the established deadlines

Being willing to use a variety of communication channels (phone, text, video, email, etc.) to interact with students

Education/Required Qualifications:

An earned Master’s degree in Communication (or a closely-related discipline) is required

Excellent communication and organizational skills

Ability to work independently and with faculty colleagues when necessary

Willingness to learn and/or have experience in the use of instructional technologies to teach traditional, hybrid, and/or distance learning classes

Preferred Qualifications:

Current professional experience in the advertising and/or public relations profession

Ability to integrate “real-world” experiences into course material

Previous teaching experience (but not necessarily formal teaching experience; example: facilitating workshops, team trainings, etc.)

For more Information or to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to:

L. Simone Byrd, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Public Relations at

For more information, click here.

October 25, 2016

Capital City Club Open House

Wednesday, October 26th from 11AM - 2PM

The Capital City Club, located in the RSA tower in downtown Montgomery, is having their 1st Annual Private Events Appreciation Luncheon. They will have hors d’oeuvres from their new fall menu, local businesses and associations will be set up to share their services, special offers on future events, and so much more. Go out and show your support and feel free to bring a friend!

To RSVP to the event, click here.

September 23, 2016

AUM AdFed’s The Other Side

Our student chapter, AUM AdFed, is hosting their 2nd annual haunted house fundraiser on October 27th from 7pm-12am. After last year’s success they are bringing it back scarier than ever! The cost is $3 per soul on the campus of AUM in Goodwyn Hall. The money goes towards AUM AdFed’s general club fund. This is open to the public, so please support our local college chapter!

Get pumped for the event with this spooky teaser that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat!

September 23, 2016

Congrats to the SPLC Design Team

Southern Poverty Law Center, one of our corporate club members, has received accolades for its design work. This year, HOW’s In-House Design Awards recognized their online exclusive “Intersectionality 101” for Teaching Tolerance magazine No. 53. Winners will be published in the Winter issue of HOW Magazine, and will be featured in the online awards gallery. Congrats!

September 23, 2016

Spectrum Reach to honor River Region First Responders

For the second year, club members Spectrum Reach will honor all First Responders of the River Region at the Alabama National Fair on Sunday November 6, 2016. The first 500 First Responders will receive commemorative challenge coins, a gift bag filled with sponsor’s items and all First Responders will have the opportunity to register for door prizes that will be given away at 6pm that day. The Alabama Bar Association will be available to all First Responders for free legal services for the purpose of writing last will and testaments.

Will your business sponsor a gift bag item or door prize?

Please contact Lisa Silver at Spectrum Reach (334) 260-3690 or to coordinate your sponsorship for this opportunity to thank those who serve the River Region every day of every year.

September 23, 2016

Bell Media named Inc Magazines 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies

For the second time, club sponsor Bell Media has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2016 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, marking the second time the Company has been recognized for this achievement. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at America’s entrepreneurs, one of the most important segments of the economy. The Company previously earned the achievement in 2014.

“Being a part of the Inc. 5000 list for the second time is a testament to the quality of work and effort put in by our team”, said Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media. “I’m proud of our company and its accomplishments and hope to make the list again next year!”

Read more here.

August 26, 2016

Montgomery Dragon Boat Giveaway

Want a free t-shirt and a $25 gift card to the Shoppes at Eastchase?

Here’s how:

1. Visit our table on Saturday 8/27/16 at Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

2. Post a pic of you on your Instagram with one of our hashtag signs and tag your photo #aafmontgomery

We’ll pick a random winner at the end of the day! *End of day Saturday at 4pm CST.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

August 23, 2016

AAF Montgomery on Alabama Live

​Did you catch us earlier this month on WSFA’s Alabama Live with Tonya Terry? Check out the clip below!

August 23, 2016

2017 Mosaic Awards Call For Entries

The AAF is now accepting entries for the 2017 Mosaic Awards & Mosaic Media Image Awards! Submit your company’s creative work, media content, organizational initiatives or put the spotlight on an individual champion of diversity and inclusion.

The Mosaic Awards recognize companies and agencies whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives. Each year, we receive submissions from agencies and companies across the country for the 10 Mosaic Award Categories. A panel of industry professionals then score entries based on criteria, including an Executive Summary, Situation Analysis, Strategy & Execution and Collateral.

Past recipients have embraced advanced marketing techniques and business practices and have developed diversity programs that not only help improve the bottom line, but also secure a relevant role in a continuously evolving corporate environment. Honorees have included Allstate Insurance, Burrell Communications Group, Deutsch, General Mills, Leo Burnett, MGM Resorts International, the National Basketball Association, TBWA and many more!

The Mosaic Awards are held annually in conjunction with ADMERICA, the AAF’s annual national conference.

Join the growing list of brands, agencies and companies who are celebrating our nation’s multicultural identity.

Entries due December 2. Don’t Wait!

Enter Now!

August 23, 2016

AAF Montgomery at Montgomery Dragon Boat

AAF Montgomery will have a table at this year’s 7th annual Dragon Boat Races. Come see us this Saturday, August 27, while taking in a great festival at the Riverfront Park. This year’s races include more than 60 teams racing on the Alabama River. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama.

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