AAF Dallas & Ad 2 Dallas Receive National Honors

The American Advertising Federation, a national trade association, announced Wednesday, April 17, 2019, club awards throughout the fifteen AAF national districts. AAF Dallas is part of the AAF Tenth District which is comprised of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas.

Advertising clubs are divided into five divisions based on membership size:

Division I     500+ members 
Division II    250–499 members 
Division III  100–249 members 
Division IV   Up to 99 members 
Division V    Ad 2 Clubs
AAF Dallas received second place for the highest national award, Division 1 AAF National Club of the Year. With more than 200 AAF clubs, this is a true honor to place 1st or 2nd in each National category. With First Place awards for Club Operations, Membership Development, and Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives. Dallas awards included Second Place for Public Service, Advertising Education, Communications, Government Relations, and Programs. In 2018, AAF Dallas received first place for the Division 1 AAF National Club of the Year.
Ad 2 Dallas received six awards including first place for Government Relations, second place for Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives, Membership Development, and Public Service, along with third place awards for Club Operations, Communications, and Programs.
AAF Dallas: Division I recipient of highest ADDY entry increase.
In addition, annually the American Advertising Federation recognizes clubs which have participated in the AAF American Advertising Awards and had substantial increases in entries.  The club in each AAF division with the greatest percentage increase year-over-year in total number of entries will have their AAF annual dues 100% waived for the following year, and receive special recognition at the annual conference, ADMERICA in Hollywood, Florida in June 2019.  Division I recipient is AAF Dallas. 

Collectively, the American Advertising Federation Tenth District clubs will be recognized with thirty awards.
Other Tenth District National Recognition:
AAF Austin, AAF Houston, AAF Amarillo, AAF Fort Worth, AAF-Rio Grande Valley, AAF Northeast Arkansas, AAF Shreveport Bossier and Ad 2 Austin.

The American Advertising Federation protects and promotes the well-being of advertising.  We accomplish this through a unique, nationally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local advertising clubs, and university chapters.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Advertising Federation is the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.”  The AAF has more than 200 local clubs across the country representing nearly 40,000 advertising professionals, and clients. 

AAF Dallas Announces The Top 25 Women in Dallas Advertising in 2019


AAF Dallas is celebrating the 3rd annual Shining Stars awards program which honors top women in Dallas advertising. In 2017, we launched our AAF Dallas Shining Stars program to celebrate amazing women doing amazing things in Dallas advertising. Inspired after attending the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame event, we googled “top women in Dallas advertising” and the result was “The 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas” instead of finding women who are producing thought-provoking and innovative work, breaking through barriers to create something new, or forging partnerships that drive growth. We believe ambition, work ethic, creativity, and leadership are qualities to celebrate and elevate. We believe when you get 25 incredible women in a room, great things happen. We believe it’s time that the nation recognizes our city as the talented advertising market that we are…and so the AAF Dallas Shining Star program lives on. See last year's group here

The AAF Dallas Shining Stars Gala presented by SMU Advertising will be held at The Bomb Factory on May 23, 2019. Dress code is formal. Table reservations will begin on April 12, 2019. This event has consistently sold out so there are no individual ticket sales at this time. Please register for our mailing list if you would like to be notified if individual tickets go on sale. For information about tables reservations reach out to Allison Farris at [email protected]

We’re thrilled to announce the third class of AAF Dallas Shining Stars. These women are Community Leaders, C-Suite Executives, Co-Founders, Executive VPs, Strategic Masterminds, Media Mavens, and more. They are breaking glass ceilings and elevating the Dallas advertising community to heights we have never seen before! Congratulations!

The 2019 AAF Dallas Shining Stars: 

Alayna Oram, Corporate Director, Marketing at Omni Hotels & Resorts

Allison Burzlaff, Senior Copywriter at TracyLocke*

Amanda Abrams, Creative Director Team One

Amanda Guerra Koch, Director, Connection & Insight Strategy at Saatchi & Saatchi

Amy Vollet, SVP, Executive Media Director at The Integer Group

Audrey Berger, Principal at Quadratic*

Cheryl Huckabay, Managing Principal - Brand Media at The Richards Group*

Diane Seimetz Duncan, Principal at Launch Agency*

Erin Bryant, Sales Director at Pandora

Karie Scuiller, Account Director at Caliber Creative

Kathleen Colditz, EVP, Customer Engagement Strategy at The Marketing Arm

Kim Moss, Chief Media Officer at TM Advertising*

Kimberly Tyner, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Spire Agency

Krista McCrimmon, Creative Director at Johnson & Sekin*

Luann Boggs, VP of Business Development at bloomfield knoble advertising*

Mary Price, Brand Media, Group Head at The Richards Group*

Megan Ward, Director of Project and Resource Management at Firehouse

Paloma Fuentes, Brand Manager at Richards/Lerma*

Pam Watkins, SVP, Business amd Media Strategy at MCC

Robin Thomas, Director of Media at Chili's

Sandi Edgar, Marketing Specialist at Temerlin Advertising Institute*, AAF Dallas Education Chair

Sarah Beddoe, Vice President, Marketing at Pizza Hut

Shelia Lemon, Founder, CEO & President of Citrus Advertising

Suzanne La Forgia, Senior Vice President of Captivate*, Past President of AAF Dallas, 2nd Lt. Governor of AAF Tenth District

Tracy Armstrong, Senior Manager, Brand Communications at Southwest Airlines

*denotes corporate members of AAF Dallas


Title Sponsor: SMU Advertising

Temerlin Advertising Institute, A proud sponsor of AAF Dallas

Printing Sponsor: Blanks Printing

blanks proud printing sponsor of aaf dallas shining stars


Gold Sponsor: Captivate
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Silver Sponsor : The Goodway Group 

goodway group silver sponsor

Gift Sponsor: Kendra Scott (please note that 20% of the proceeds from the Kendra Scott pop up shop will go to AAF Dallas Education Foundation)

kendra scott sponsor aaf dallas shining stars

VIP Champion of Shining Stars Sponsor: Launch Agency

VIP Champion of Shining Stars Sponsor Launch Agency

VIP Champion of Shining Stars: MCC

MCC VIP Champion of Shining Stars

VIP Champion of Shining Stars: Omni Resorts and Hotels

omni hotels and resorts VIP champion of AAF Dallas shining stars

Bronze Sponsor: Pandora

Pandora Sponsor of AAF Dallas

Bronze Sponsor: Citrus Advertising

citrus advertising bronze sponsor

AAF Dallas awarded Tenth District Club of the Year

Date: 4/10/19

Contact: Allison Farris, Executive Director of AAF Dallas, [email protected]

DALLAS – AAF Dallas was awarded the AAF Tenth District 2019 Large Club of the Year. AAF Dallas was also awarded first place in Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives and Communications. The organization is comprised of 2,000 members, 21 Board of Directors and led by President Crystal Gonzales and Executive Director, Allison Farris.

The AAF Tenth District is comprised of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana. AAF Dallas is one of the largest organizations within the District.

One of the American Advertising Federation’s major objectives is to recognize excellence and encourage high standards among industry professionals. The National Club Achievement Competition is designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments of its affiliated advertising clubs and to showcase the programs and projects that these clubs undertake each year.

The AAF's Club Achievement Competition recognizes local advertising clubs for their initiatives in advertising education, communications, club operations, diversity and multicultural initiatives, government relations, membership, programs and public service. The competition was established to honor the significant contributions of the AAF network of professional advertising clubs and to encourage excellence in areas of club operations that contribute to the strength of the AAF's member clubs.

In 2018, AAF Dallas won the AAF Tenth District and National 2018 Large Club of the Year. AAF Dallas will be represented at the AAF national conference, ADMERICA, in Hollywood, FL from June 5-8.

Dallas Agencies Win Most District American Advertising Awards in 2019

For Immediate Release
Date: 4/2/2019
Contact: Allison Farris, [email protected]
Dallas Agencies Win Most District American Advertising Awards in 2019

DALLAS – Eighteen Dallas-based agencies won the most awards at the District level of the American Advertising Awards making the 2019 AAF Dallas competitors the most awarded of this year's competition.   AAF Dallas competitors won a total of 54 Awards in this year competition: One Special Judges Award, 10 Gold ADDY Awards, 24 Silver ADDY Awards, and 19 Bronze Awards were awarded. Entries were judged by a 3-judge panel for their creativity, originality and strategy. The AAF Tenth District American Advertising Awards is the second level of the national American Advertising Awards program, only gold and silver winners have the ability to be forwarded on to the third and final judging level. AAF Dallas would also like to extend a congratulations to the students from SMU Advertising, Texas A&M Commerce, and University of Texas at Arlington for their wins. See the full list of winners here:

3Headed Monster
Banowetz + Company
Caliber Creative
Firehouse Agency
Johnson & Sekin*
O&H Brand Design
SC Pictures
SEE Pictures
Tadd Myers Photography
Tamarack Agency
Temerlin Advertising Institute*
Texas A&M Commerce
The Collective part of The Integer Group
The Integer Group
The Richards Group*
The Shop*
The University of Texas at Arlington
*denotes an AAF Dallas Corporate Member

AAF Dallas would like to thank this season of sponsors one more time for generously supporting this amazing program! 

Mosaic Award Sponsor: Blacks In Advertising

Blacks in Advertising, Mosaic Sponsor

Drink Sponsor: The Goodway Group

The Goodway Group Annual Sponsor of AAF Dallas

Drink Sponsor: StudioTribe

StudioTribe Drink Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor: The Creative Group

The Creative Group

Bronze Sponsor: Temerlin Advertising Institute

Temerlin Advertising Institute

Dessert Sponsor: Captivate

Captivate Dessert Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor: Workbook

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Contributing Sponsor: Plano Profile
Plano Profile Contributing Sponsor for AAF Dallas American Advertising Awards

Program Sponsor: Blanks

Blanks, Long Time AAF Dallas Program Sponsor

Creative Partners: Richards/Lerma & Equilateral Films

Richards/Lerma AAF Dallas ADDY Creative Partner

equilateral films


The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. The three-tier national competition is conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, advertising’s largest industry association and the only one to represent the interests of all facets of advertising: advertisers, agencies, suppliers and media. The AAF is based in Washington, D.C. and has more than 40,000 members through 200 local advertising clubs. More information at

AAF Dallas is the oldest civic organization in the Big D and has been the trusted business partner by connecting our corporate members and sponsors since 1908. We are one of the largest AAF chapters in the national network of 200 AAF chapters with our 2,400 (and counting) members. Our working board of volunteers is dedicated to our mission to protect and promote the wellbeing of the advertising industry through our government relationships, to provide thought leadership to our members through innovative programming, to attract top talent by supporting and growing future industry leaders via our Educational Foundation, to foster diversity in advertising, and to honor advertising excellence. AAF Dallas is proud to be the 2018 AAF Large Club of the Year.