AAF Dallas Announces Digital Summit Dallas 2019 Partnership

We’re proud to support the this year’s Digital Summit Dallas, coming back to the Irving Convention Center this December 4 - 5. Join us and 1600+ of your peers — and dig deep into the latest digital marketing trends and practices from leading brands.

Here’s what’s in store for you this year:

  • Confirmed keynotes from Netflix Co-Founder, Mitch Lowe, Founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers, and Airbnb content lead, Liza Dunning
  • 65+ in-depth sessions from the likes of Uber, Twitter, WWE, Pinterest, Sephora, IBMAvocados from Mexico, Southwest, MGM, and many more
  • New this year – Full Day in-depth Masterclasses in Advanced Social Media, Conversion Optimization, or Advanced Google Analytics training on December 3 — making this year’s DS Dallas a 3-day soiree
  • 1600+ seasoned digital marketers like you onsite. Think of all the networking and deal-making possibilities
  • Fun extras like parties, swag, free wifi, and more

See the full program and speaker list at and use our special promo code AAF50 and get $50 off your pass. Only a limited number of seats available.


Tim Hudson, Founding Partner and General Manager at Belmont Icehouse Awarded 2018 AAF Dallas Member of the Year

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 AAF Dallas Member of the Year, Tim Hudson, Founding Partner and General Manager at Belmont Icehouse. The announcement was made at the 2019 ADDYs Kick Off Party on October 24. Over the past two years Tim has volunteered his time and his agency to transform the Marketing and Communications team at AAF Dallas.

Tim’s efforts have been crucial to the evolution of the MarComm team, creating a more streamlined process and consistent look and feel across collateral and channels.  His agency, Belmont Icehouse has volunteered their time and talents by taking on AAF Dallas as a pro bono client providing graphic design support, social media assets and promotion, and most recently the rebranding of AAF Dallas. We are so happy to honor Tim for his dedication and service to AAF Dallas.

Thank you to Tim and Team for all you have done to make AAF a great organization!

Tim Hudson, 2018 AAF Dallas Member of the Year

Ad 2 Dallas Announces 2018 Class of 32 Under 32

Ad 2 Dallas, the young professional division of AAF Dallas, is proud to present our 32 Under 32 Awards program. Ad 2 Dallas aims to shine a spotlight on the rising stars who are continuously making a difference in our advertising community here in Dallas. With this goal in mind, we’re kicking off Dallas’ 2nd annual “32 Under 32”. Similar to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, the “32 Under 32” event recognizes 32 local professionals under the age of 32 for their extraordinary accomplishments. This is a night for celebration as we raise our glass to these passionate, forward-thinking, and motivated professionals, and applaud them for the work they’ve accomplished so early on in their careers.

Congratulations to the 2018 Class of 32 Under 32:

  • Angelica Ocampo, Strategar
  • Armando Perez, MonkeyTag
  • Ashley Mora, The Richards Group
  • Cesar Jasso, Richards/Lerma
  • Chris Petrawski, University of Dallas
  • Cody Pickett, Publicis Hawkeye
  • Colton Canava, The Integer Group
  • Crystal Demott, Pandora Radio
  • Dana Magnuson, Quadratic
  • Derek Diaz de Leon, Richards/Lerma
  • Hilary Watson, Color Dynamics
  • Jeremy Bermender, Atomic Design & Consulting
  • Josh DuMond, TracyLocke
  • Justin Wenokur, Belo + Co
  • Katarina Sipan, BBDO
  • Kevin Forister, TracyLocke
  • Kevin Green, RAPP
  • Kristian Bottini, 270B
  • Mariana Galvao Viana, Gameness
  • Matthew Line, 31,000 FT
  • McKenzie Teng, Citrus Advertising
  • Molly Grummun, MonkeyTag
  • Nadia Ciccotelli, PMG
  • Nancy Coblenz, Rebel Role Model
  • Natalie Miranda, The Marketing Arm
  • Nina Bressau, The Integer Group
  • Parnia Tahamzedeh, Publicis Hawkeye
  • Rachel Ramsey, Citrus
  • Roger Ricardo, Kernel
  • Taylor Franke, The Integer Group
  • Whitney Holden, Mary Kay
  • William Floyd, The Integer Group

Please join us in celebrating this accomplishment at a cocktail reception on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 at Canton Hall. General admission ticket sales will open on October 11. 

For information on underwriting this event in 2019 please reach out to Allison Farris at 

Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Temerlin Advertising Institute for supporting this event!

 SMU Title Sponsor 32 Under 32

Thank you to our Drink Sponsors, Citrus Advertising, Integer Group, and PMG for Supporting this event!

Citrus, Ad 2 32 Under 32 Drink Sponsor

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PMG Proud Drink Sponsor

Thank you to our Photobooth Sponsor, Pandora Radio for supporting this event!

pandora, proud sponsor of 32 under 32

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Captivate for supporting this event! 

captivate, a proud sponsor of 32 under 32

Thank you to our Silver Sponsor, RAPP for supporting this event!

RAPP, Silver Sponsor of 32 Under 32

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors, ColorDynamics, MonkeyTag, Quadratic Insights, Richards/Lerma, Strategar, and WealthyMind for supporting this event!

ColorDynamics, proud sponsor of 32 Under 32!

monkeytag, proud sponsor of 32 under 32

Quadratic, Proud Sponsor of 32 under 32

richards/lerma, proud 32 under 32 sponsor

Strategar, Bronze Sponsor

wealthymind 32 under 32 sponsor

About Ad 2 Dallas: Ad 2 is not just another networking group, it’s the key to launching a successful career in all advertising industry segments—agencies, media companies, clients and suppliers.  Ad 2 is a collaborative community of passionate, forward-thinking and motivated professionals that are making a difference in their local communities and their industry. Together with the American Advertising Federation, Ad 2 fosters the professional development for advertising professionals 32 and under through public service and education in order to promote and protect the well-being of advertising. Ad 2 Dallas was established in 2014 and is currently the largest Ad 2 chapter in the nation. Ad 2 Dallas is an affiliate of AAF Dallas, the oldest civic organization in the Big D and has been the trusted business partner by connecting our corporate members and underwriters since 1908.

AAF National September 2018 Government Report

September 30, 2018
  • AAF Submits Comments to FTC
  • DTC Price Disclosure Amendment Withdrawn
  • Senate Committee Conducts Privacy Hearing
  • DAA Releases Guidelines for “Political Ad” Icon
  • AAF Opposes Census Citizenship Question
  • Advertising Day on the Hill Date Set
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

The AAF protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities. Our nation-wide network monitors advertising-related legislation on local, state and federal levels. We put our members face-to-face with influential lawmakers while encouraging self-regulation as a preemptor to government intervention, when appropriate of course. To learn more about our advocacy efforts, click here.