2020 District American Advertising Awards Announced!

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The 2020 District 10 American Advertising Awards competition has just been completed.  Because of the ongoing situation, it took a little longer than usual. We want to thank Marc Eisenberg and David Meraz for being flexible and ensuring this competition could still go on despite the obstacles! Congratulations to the following Dallas agencies for winning an award at the district level!
  • ATK PLN - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 
  • Caliber Creative - 1 Gold
  • Equilateral - 1 Bronze
  • Funimation - 1 Silver
  • Johnson & Sekin - 2 Silvers
  • Lucky21 - 1 Silver
  • MindHandle - 1 Silver
  • O&H Brand Design - 1 Bronze
  • Recreation Dallas - 1 Silver
  • Lerma Agency - 3 Bronze
  • Saatchi & Saatchi - 1 Gold
  • Spire Agency - 1 Bronze
  • The Infinite Agency - 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  • The Integer Group - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • The Richards Group - 1 Special Judge's Award, 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze
  • TracyLocke - 2 Silvers
  • WALO - 1 Silver

We'd also like to congratulate the students from the Temerlin Advertising Institute, Texas A&M Commerce, and The University of North Texas for their Awards!

  • Anna Rose Corell & Gaelle Gachelin - 1 Gold, 1 Special Judge's Award
  • Monica Williams - 1 Silver Award, 1 Bronze Award
  • Adeline Fortenberry - 1 Bronze
  • Ashley Roy - 1 Bronze
  • Madeline O'Mary - 1 Bronze 

If you are a Gold ADDY winner, your entry has automatically advanced on to the National competition, paid for by the District. If you are a Silver ADDY winner, you will receive an email from the AAF National office asking if you want to advance your Silver entries on to the National competition. Those emails should start going out during the week of April 13th. The entry fee to advance Silver ADDYs to National is $125/per entry for professional entries and $30/per entry for student entries, payable to National who will have all instructions. All Gold and Silver entries have been shipped to National, you do not need to resubmit anything. The National judging will take place in May.

District Trophies will be shipped to to us when it is safe. We will host a happy hour when we can to ensure you get your awards!

Further, the American Advertising Awards are usually hosted at ADMERICA in June. It was announced to day that the in-person conference has been cancelled and they are working on scheduling a virtual award show for the winners. Information will be available at as more decisions are made.
To see the full list of winners for the AAF Tenth District you can View/Download PDF files of winning entries, broken down by city:




Over the past few weeks all of our worlds were turned upside down after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. As this continued to unfold, it became apparent that we would not be able to conduct business as usual in regards to our luncheon programming and talent recognition programs like Shining Stars through the rest of our fiscal year. Since 1908, AAF Dallas has been bringing the industry together through our many events and initiatives to make our industry a better place to work and the world a better place to live in. We have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure we can still do this in these unprecedented times. 

Here's how we are responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • SHINING STARS NOMINATIONS: We are extending the 2020 Shining Stars Nomination Process until May 1. We are going to see so many amazing rockstars shine during this unprecedented time. It is completely free to nominate some and to let them know you think they are worthy of being recognized for the contributions to your team and the Dallas advertising industry. Nominate your star here!
  • SHINING STARS GALA: We have postponed the 4th annual Shining Stars Gala until September 3, 2020.
  • CANCELLED MEETINGS: We are cancelling all in-person meetings and events for Ad 2 Dallas and AAF Dallas through June 2020. 
  • RECRUITING FOR THE BOARD: We are looking for our new 2020-2021 board of directors. This is a great way to give back to our community. Please reach out to Allison ([email protected]) or Jorge ([email protected]) if you have any questions about volunteering.  Learn more information about which roles we are filling here.
  • CONNECTING PEOPLE: We are making our job board completely free of charge for anyone in the advertising industry who is looking for a job or candidate. If you have been impacted by layoffs, please consider advertising yourself and your resume on our job board. 
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are actively looking for experts who would be interested in leading webinars over the next few months to provide our members with free content. Email [email protected] if you are interested in sharing your knowledge. 
  • GIVING BACK: We are looking for advertising professionals of all flavors to join our adhoc committee to create PSAs for our city to use. Contact [email protected] if you are in creative, production, project management, or media. We need a few people from each discipline to pull this off. 
  • SHELTERING IN PLACE: We are conducting all meetings over the phone or via UberConference to ensure the health and safety of our board members. 
  • HERE TO LISTEN: Please reach out to us if you need support from AAF Dallas. As you all know this is evolving and we are looking to jump in where we can. 

With all this being said, we miss you! During this time, we hope you remember how important our industry is during all of this. We are storytellers who have the unique opportunity to help our clients keep their doors open and create meaningful messaging to our country during times of fear and uncertainty. We have the power to spread hope and humanity. We hope you take this opportunity to make the world a better place through your work and actions. Let us know what we can do to help you. 

Thank you, 

Farhan Rehmani, AAF Dallas President

Allison McCaslin, AAF Dallas Executive Director

AAF Dallas Opens 2020 Nominations for Shining Stars


AAF Dallas is celebrating the 4TH annual Shining Stars awards program which honors top women in Dallas advertising. Shining Stars will be held at The House of Blues Music Hall on May 21, 2020. We are accepting nominations for Shining Stars through April 4th! Nominate your Shining Star for this honor by April 4th via our nomination form.

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. In 2018, women from Southwest Airlines, PepsiCo, BBDO, The Richards Group, DREAM Fund, Spectrum Reach, The Marketing Arm and may more were recognized. 

Since launching this program, we are proud to say we've seen a shift in AAF leadership with a board make up of 65% women.

For more information about this award and to see the full list of 2019 Shining Stars:
See the 2018 Winners here:

6:30pm - Registration Begins
7:45pm - Program Begins

Tables & ticket sales will be on sale soon. This event is expected to sell-out.

Dress Code: Formal

Thank you to this year's sponsors! 

Bronze Sponsor: SMU Advertising

Temerlin Advertising Institute, A proud sponsor of AAF Dallas

AAF Dallas Announce the 2020 American Advertising Awards Best of Show

Last night, we had the best time celebrating the amazing creativity coming out of Dallas!  We had so much fun working with Johnson & Sekin with the Must Love Ads theme for this year. The did a phenomenal job bringing this theme to life! If you missed the show, check out their groovy theme videos here. The Richards Group took home the Best of Show for their "Snapple X Old Town Road" in the social media campaign category. Other special awards went to:

  • Lerma, The Mosaic Award for "PRxPR Case Study" in the  Pro Bono Campaign category.
  • Launch Agency, Judge's Choice for "So Much Better TV" in the TV Campaign category.
  • ATK PLN, Judge's Choice for "Arli and the World of Wonderful" in the Animation, Special Effects or Motion Graphics/CGI category. 
  • The Richards Group, Judge's Choice for "Save Jane" in the Pro Bono Ambient Media category.
  • Lerma, Judge's Choice for "#StopGunViolence" in the Pro Bon Pro Bono Campaigns category.
  • Anna Rose Corell and Gaelle Gachelin at Southern Methodist University,  Student Best of Show for "P3 - Good Things Come in Threes" in the Poster category.
  • Client of the Year - TOYOTA, Josh Hoffmann
  • Agency Media Strategist/Planner of The Year - Nicole Cappellino, Publicis Media
  • Agency Media Buyer/Investor of The Year - Katie Brown, Goodway Group
  • Media Sales Rep of The Year - Laura Garcia, Viant
  • Agency Account Executive of The Year - Samer Salfiti, The Integer Group
  • Creative Production Partner of The Year - Courtney Love, Shoptology
  • Agency Support of The Year - Jonathan Ogle, The Infinite Agency
  • Educator of the Year - Douglas May, UNT
  • Young Professional of the Year - Kyla Jones, RAPP

To see who won Gold, Silver and Bronze, check out our 2020 winners book here. If you were a winner and would like to purchase trophy duplicates for your clients or teams, order here through March 21.

This year, the American Advertising Awards Gala was the largest of the year with 604 attendees. We have likely outgrown the venue and are looking forward to the future of this program! Proceeds from the American Advertising Awards gala go directly back into the development of our industry through AAF's Education Initiatives, Public Service, Diversity and Multiculturalism Programming, Public Service and Professional Devleopment. Thank you to all who attended and made this a historic evening to remember! Follow us on Social Media for the full gallery of photos which wil be available in 2-3 weeks. 

Highlights from the 2020 American Advertising Awards 

AAF Dallas is proud to announce The Richards Group won Best of Show for Snapple X Old Town Road for their client Dr. Pepper Keurig (Snapple). Photo Credit goes to Cinthia Jaimes. 

Best of Show Richards

Lerma accepting the 2020 Mosaic Award for their PRxPR Case Study Campaign painted by Mariell Guzman. Photo Credit goes to Cinthia Jaimes. 



Chris Smith, Emcee for the evening. Photo Credit goes to Cinthia Jaimes. 

Chris Smith drawn like a french girl

The Bomb Factory was packed. Photo Credit goes to Cinthia Jaimes. 

The Sponsors

Creative Partners

Johnson & Sekin is the official American Advertising Awards Creative Partner for AAF Dallas Charlie Uniform Tango logo

Program Sponsor

Blanks, Long Time AAF Dallas Program Sponsor


Drink Sponsor

Shoptology is a proud gold sponsor of the american advertising awards.

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Shoptology is a proud gold sponsor of the american advertising awards.

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83 Creative is A proud sponsor of the American Advertising Awards

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Saatchi and Saatchi proud sponsor of AAF Dallas

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StudioTribe Drink Sponsor

Mosaic Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsor
3 Headed Monster is a proud sponsor of the American Advertising Awards

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StudioTribe Drink Sponsor

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Temerlin Advertising Institute


Behind the Scenes Sponsor

Judging Weekend Sponsor