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November 16 Lunch & Learn: VML

November 16 Lunch & Learn: VML | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, November 16th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Almost every brand wants to be a cool teen and culturally relevant on social, but not every brand can master it … and definitely not overnight.It takes a strong strategy, a steady brand voice and a consistent presence over time to win hearts on the interwebs.

Come see how the team behind the most retweeted tweet of all time (#NuggsForCarter) helped Wendy’s become a cool brand in social media, and nine time Cannes Lion winner in three easy steps.

About VML
VML is a contemporary marketing agency that moves brands forward by inspiring a human connection. VML’s clients include Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Ford, the Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Motorola, PepsiCo, Sprint, and Wendy’s.


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Public Service Project: Toys for Tots

This month, AAF Montgomery service project is Toys for Tots.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Montgomery and surrounding areas.

What to donate
Toys for Tots will accept new and unwrapped toys.

Where to bring
We will be collecting items at the November Lunch and Learn, November 16th, and thoughout the month of November.

If you have any questions, please contact our Public Service Chair Venessa Funches.

October 6 - November 5: 30 in 30 Membership Challenge

October 6 - November 5: 30 in 30 Membership Challenge | AAF-Montgomery

We are excited to launch our 30 in 30 Membership Challenge! For the next 30 days, our goal is to grow and continue to diversify our membership.

During this challenge, all new paid members who sign up within the 30 days will receive $5 off your next Lunch and Learn in addition to the benefits you already receive as a member.

And for our existing members, no one knows the benefits of an AAF Montgomery membership better than a you. If you refer someone who becomes a member, you will receive $5 off your next Lunch and Learn too PLUS a bonus 100 MOTY points! Remember, the member with the highest participation points throughout the club year (July 2017 - June 2018) will receive a FREE Premium membership for next year. So make sure they let us know it was you to get the credit you deserve.

So why should you join?
The American Advertising Federation Montgomery is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of the River Region’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, media companies, marketers and creatives. By joining this community you can:

1. Learn from the best. Sit back and soak up the knowledge from expert national speakers with our monthly Lunch & Learns, after hour socials, and workshops.

2. Network like crazy. Get your name out there, meet some new people in the industry, and start racking up those LinkedIn connections.

3. Work that discount. As an AAF Montgomery member, you get discounts on our events, workshops, ADDY entries, FedEx, Hertz, and many, many more.

Click here to download and fill out an application and email to us.

This offer is good until November 5, 2017.

October 25 After Hours: AAF on Tap

October 25 After Hours: AAF on Tap | AAF-Montgomery

Wednesday October 25 // 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Goat Haus Biergarten // 532 Clay Street
FREE Event

AAF on Tap is a new after hours networking event that connects members and guests of the advertising community in the River Region.

This month will focus on Meet Montgomery, a new online community initiative that aims to share stories of life in a New Montgomery.

AAF Montgomery members will receive their first drink on us!

Guests can learn about the new Montgomery and how the club wants to be a part of this movement.

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October 19 Lunch & Learn: Ad Council

October 19 Lunch & Learn: Ad Council | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday October 19 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Creating Social Change Through Communications: Love Has No Labels Case Study

For 75 years, the Ad Council has been the leading producer of public service advertising in the United States, raising awareness and inspiring action on a diversity of issues, from texting and driving to autism awareness. Our icons and slogans are woven into the fabric of American culture – from Smokey Bear, to “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” to “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”

Learn how the Ad Council uses communications for social change through a look at Love Has No Labels, a campaign taking a unique approach to one of today’s most pressing issues, bias, and discrimination.

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September 26 Public Service: MGM Votes

September 26 Public Service: MGM Votes | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, September 26th
AUM in front of Goodwyn Hall
FREE event

Government relations is always at the forefront of AAF. If any advertising-related legislative issues arise, we will be there to fight for our members and the industry as a whole.

And with advertising potentially on the tax reform proposal soon to be released, we need to make our voices heard.

Because of this and the upcoming special election, it is important to be registered to vote to help us when the time comes. We are hosting a voter registration drive on September 26, the National Voter Registration Day.

September 21 Lunch & Learn: Darlene Rotch

September 21 Lunch & Learn: Darlene Rotch | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, Sept 21, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students, $20 active military


As a retailer for the first 15 years of her professional life, Darlene Rotch sold top-shelf luxury goods to consumers. She was intrigued at how the right message applied through targeted marketing accelerated sales: audience perceptions created tangible results.

And with that idea in mind, Darlene created Panorama Public Relations and has had success working with companies such as Belk, Pandora jewelry, and Publix.

In this talk, learn how Darlene works with clients to define success in ways that are strategic and measurable and integrate traditional PR tactics with creative grassroots campaigns.

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August 17 Lunch & Learn: Jason Lovoy, Infomedia

August 17 Lunch & Learn: Jason Lovoy, Infomedia | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, August 17, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

We live in a changing economy. You can call it the gig economy; you can say it’s because of millennials; you can blame it on politics or technology or whatever, but the fact remains that work is different now.

Jason Lovoy, President of Infomedia, will give his tips on how to build your personal brand to stay relevant in a fast-changing environment.


About Jason Lovoy
Jason loves finding creative ways to solve client problems, and he’s always looking for ways to help clients use technology to get more done while building up the bottom line. Don’t ask this guy to read the manual; he believes technology should be intuitive, and you shouldn’t need to follow directions to get it right. This belief comes in handy when he’s demanding the best user experience for clients (not so much when putting together Ikea desks). To be happy, all Jason really needs is time with his family: wife, Shawndee, and kids Isaac, Juliette, James and Mary Rose — but a good cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll at Savage’s wouldn’t hurt.



BONUS!
Our special guest, James Belton, a past AAF Montgomery President, Silver Medal winner and AAF District 7’s first African American Governor, will be installing the 2017-2018 Board!

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August 8: AAF Montgomery 2017-2018 Kickoff Party

August 8: AAF Montgomery 2017-2018 Kickoff Party | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, August 8th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // Blackfinn, 6854 Eastchase Pkwy
FREE event // Cash bar, Free appetizers

Join us on August 8 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. for our 3rd annual Kickoff party!

Come learn about what AAF Montgomery has to offer and discover why we were voted Club of the Year last year! We will be there to talk with you about the benefits of membership, committee opportunities, upcoming events and more. If you are a returning member, stop by to see what is new for this next year. Our board will be there to talk about getting involved with our community service initiatives, our student education program, our club programs, and the American Advertising Awards.

The kickoff party is a great time to either become a member or renew your membership. Anyone who submits the application and payment by August 8 receives twice the Member of the Year (MOTY) points (200 points). And, as a member, you will be entered into our door prize drawing.

Admission to the event is free — please RSVP by August 4th. We will be hosting a supply drive for Montgomery Humane Society. If you bring items, you will receive extra MOTY points! A list of current needs is available here. A MHS representative will be on hand to answer any questions.

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June 15 Lunch & Learn: Lisa Lee, Pandora Radio

June 15 Lunch & Learn: Lisa Lee, Pandora Radio | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, June 15, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Swipe Right for Diversity

Three years after Pandora made its first head of diversity hire and started to focus on its diversity and inclusion efforts, it announced public, measurable, diversity goals. By the year 2020, the company aims to grow its underrepresented employees of color from 35% to 45%, achieve promotion parity, and reflect diversity externally across its business. This Lunch & Learn aims to shed light on the steps that the company, or rather, the employees, took to get to that point, how to make the case for diversity, and how setting goals is actually the “easy” part.

Topics we’ll explore:

  • What’s currently working for your company?
  • What do you “wish” you had, and what’s preventing you from getting that?
  • What has been challenging about setting measurable diversity goals?
  • What role do you see yourself playing?
  • What does your potential map of influence look like?

ABOUT LISA LEE

Lisa leads Diversity and Inclusion Strategies at Pandora and is a self-proclaimed diversity geek who spends 90% of her time thinking about a more equitable society. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to diversity and inclusion in tech and has been featured at SXSW, on NPR, and at General Assembly. Prior to Pandora, Lisa started her career in tech as one of the early employees at Facebook. During her seven years there, she led initiatives in user operations, product operations, and diversity programs.

Passionate about uplifting the Asian American community, Lisa founded and chaired the Facebook Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, is formerly the publisher of Hyphen magazine and cofounded the award-winning positive body image site www.ThickDumplingSkin.com.

Lisa serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She is also an advisor for Giving Side. Follow her at @rrrlisarrr and read more at www.misslisalee.com.

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May 18 Lunch & Learn: AdWeek

May 18 Lunch & Learn: AdWeek | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, May 18, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Getting Your Money’s Worth
ROI best practices for digital advertising and live events with Danny Wright

Thursday, May 18, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
Members $18, Non-members $30, Students $15, Active Military $20

ABOUT DANNY WRIGHT

Danny combines a wealth of experience creating strategic partnerships for some of the industry’s most well know stars including, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill, Dido, Maxwell, Run DMC, The Fugees, and Erykah Badu. As a sales and business development executive, he has worked with Fortune 100 brands such as P&G, Dell, Samsung, Intel, AT&T, Verizon and media companies like MTV, VH1, NBC/Telemundo, Bravo and the BBC. Danny has over 20 years of professional experience leading sales and business development teams and executing high revenue deals.

Currently, as the Managing Partner Awards, Honors & Events at Adweek, Danny is charged with developing the global strategy for all Adweek events.


Presenting Lunch & Learn Sponsor:

Bell Media

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May 9 After Hours: Diversity Panel

May 9 After Hours: Diversity Panel | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 // 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
Rosa Parks Museum // 252 Montgomery Street
FREE Event

Why is diversity important? What does it mean to you? And, what does it have to do with advertising?

AAF Montgomery will present a diversity panel that will be consist of advertising professionals assembled for a candid conversation on the challenges and the potential solutions to address diversity in thought, culture and gender in advertising and the workplace. These professionals represent companies from the River Region area, and they have been asked to consider viewpoints, with a particular focus on diversity in advertising.

Venue Sponsor
Rosa Parks Museum

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April 20-21 Workshop: Student Conference

April 20-21 Workshop: Student Conference | AAF-Montgomery

April 20, 9:30am-4:00pm // Capital City Club // 201 Monroe Street
April 21, 9:30am-3:00pm // Max Credit Union // 400 Eastdale Circle
$15 students

Formerly known as Portfolio Day, AAF Montgomery’s Student Conference is bigger and better than ever! The Student Conference is a two-day conference where students can learn about the field of advertising, discover what trends are developing in the industry and get a jumpstart on their career by networking with knowledgeable advertising professionals and recruiters.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Students will fuel their creativity and jumpstart their career by:
• Learning from inspiring keynote speakers and leaders
• Engaging with students who are just as passionate about advertising from across our local River Region colleges
• Meeting with professionals from top local agencies for a portfolio review


Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017

9:30-10:00 a.m
Check/Breakfast

10:00-11:00 a.m.
Aaron Gresham of Big Communications - “Why they got the call and not you”

11:45 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn with Cayenne Creative - “Branding 101

1:30-2:30
Agency Tour - Montgomery Advertiser

3:00 –4:00 p.m.
Agency Tour - Walker360

Friday, April 21, 2017

9:30 -10:00 a.m
Check/Breakfast

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m
Roundtables - Each table will have topics led by local industry professionals

12:00 - 1:00 p.m
Break/Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 p.m
Portfolio Reviews

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April 20 Lunch & Learn: Branding 101, Cayenne Creative

April 20 Lunch & Learn: Branding 101, Cayenne Creative | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, April 20, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BRAND IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Brand. Branding. We bandy these words about, but what do they really mean? In this age of at-the-fingertips information – both real and fake – branding has become crucial. So, how do you protect your brand in an environment wherein the errant tweet can send the villagers to your door with pitchforks? How much control do you have? What should you have in your branding toolbox? Our speaker, Dan Monroe, will explore these and other questions as we explore the 10 Commandments for Protecting Your Brand in the Digital Age.

ABOUT DAN MONROE

Dan Monroe is a principal and one of three masterful wordsmiths at Cayenne Creative Group – a creative, brand development agency in Birmingham, Alabama that offers up national and international brand experience in the form of an agile creative team. Cayenne helps clients tell their stories strategically in ways that are interruptive and authentic, using whatever medium best talks their talk. When not writing for clients, Dan is a poet, a storyteller, an aficionado of single malt scotches, and a firm believer that the Great American Novel is trapped inside his pen and simply hasn’t found a way out, yet. He finds inspiration in the great big world out there, in his wife, Pam, his son, Sam, and Miss Priss the Cat, who allows him to live in the house because he feeds her.

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March 23 Lunch & Learn: Sappi Paper

March 23 Lunch & Learn: Sappi Paper | AAF-Montgomery

**DATE CHANGE**

Thursday, March 23, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
Members $18, Non-members $30, Students $15, Active Military $20

As the Commercial Marketing Manager for Sappi Fine Paper North America, Deborah MacDonald and the team at Sappi know the power of print and touch. Deborah will be discussing Sappi’s new book, Haptic Brain/Haptic Brand. This new publication examines haptics—the study of how our sense of touch shapes what we think, and explores the science that explains why haptic brains respond so well to haptic brands.

Through profiles of companies that have built deep emotional connections by integrating touchable media into branded communications, Haptic Brain/Haptic Brand offers inspiration and education to designers, marketers and brand owners, and shares guiding principles for all to use as touch points and why print and media support each other in getting a message to the public.

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American Advertising Awards: Prom Night 2017

American Advertising Awards: Prom Night 2017 | AAF-Montgomery

Friday, February 24th
Wynlakes Country Club, 7900 Wynlakes Blvd
Cash Bar and hor d’oeuvres

Advance tickets:
$45 professionals // $405 table // $20 students

At the Door tickets:
$50 professionals // $25 students

Get ready for the glitter. AAF Montgomery cordially invites you to celebrate the River Region’s finest for the 2016-17 American Advertising Awards. We will celebrate the best of the best in our Prom best.

It’s not all about the trophy — it’s about the work. If you submitted your work, you’ll see it on display.

Drinks and Perusing 6:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation 7:30 p.m.

Admission includes 1 beer/wine drink ticket (21+), 1 entry into the raffle and 1 vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Dress your best — prom or cocktail attire is suggested.


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February 14 Lunch & Learn w/ PRCA: Steve Lance

February 14 Lunch & Learn w/ PRCA: Steve Lance | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, February 14, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St $18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Steve Lance, co-author of The Little Blue Book of Advertising, The Little Blue Book of Marketing, and Breakthrough! will talk about the new English language and its impact on marketing and branding.

Lance, whose career as an advertising creative director, writer and author spans three decades, has seen a profound shift in the ways marketers must change to communicate and connect with the new digital citizens. It’s a new world of emoticons, emojis, texting, abbreviations and dependence on software to catch and correct misspellings. Lance calls it “Post-Modern English.” Senior marketing and management executives grew up reading and writing Modern English, making it difficult to read — much less approve — Post-Modern communications.

What does it all mean? Businesses are in one of three positions. They’re either disrupting or they’re evolving or they’re dead companies walking. Is that harsh? Yes. And it’s also the new reality. And the sooner you understand it, the sooner you have the chance of being a survivor.

What you will learn:

• Understanding the shift to Post-Modern English

• The impact of Post-Modern Communications on marketing

• How to evolve to using Post-Modern English

Presenting Lunch & Learn Sponsor:
Stamp Idea Group

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January 19 Lunch & Learn: Mary Kate McDevitt

January 19 Lunch & Learn: Mary Kate McDevitt | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, January 19, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Throughout Mary Kate’s career, she has realized that she works best when she doesn’t set strict goals for herself and that keeping goals more flexible allows her the freedom to do things without the pressure of failure.

However, it’s important to remember that if you’re not learning from mistakes and challenging yourself, you’re not gaining anything and just going with the flow. Mary Kate uses this approach in her career, lettering process, and how she shifts her work towards the work she wants to get.

What you will learn:
• everyone has a different idea of success
• not all mistakes are glamorous that lead to miraculous discoveries in your work and;
• the difference between patience and fear.

About Mary Kate McDevitt
Mary Kate is a lettering artist and illustrator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. When she isn’t creating hand-lettered illustrations for clients like Penguin Books, Target, Mental Floss and Twizzler’s, she is publishing books with Chronicle Books, creating self-authored stationery and calendars with Workman Publishing and teaching lettering and illustration classes online with Skillshare and in real-life at her alma mater Tyler School of Life.

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January 10 After Hours: New Year, New Headshot

January 10 After Hours: New Year, New Headshot | AAF-Montgomery

Tues, January 10, 5:30pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$5 members, $10 non-members // Cash Bar available

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.

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November 17 Lunch & Learn: Justin Ahrens

November 17 Lunch & Learn: Justin Ahrens | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, November 17, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Why Culture Can Be More Important Than Your Creative
There comes a point in most creative firms where the work that your company is producing is credible enough that it speaks for itself; no one questions that the firm is talented and capable of handling most projects. In these periods of a company’s creative development, the measure for whether or not a client wants to work with you is no longer predicated on how well you design—the decision becomes predicated on whether or not the firm is a “cultural fit.” Rule29’s, Justin Ahrens, explores why a company’s culture is potentially the most important (and most elusive) element for success in the creative (or any) industry and how to go about fostering the kind of company culture that employees want to be a part of and that clients want to work with.

Things you will take away:
- You will have a deeper insight to how culture influences your creative
- Give you takeaways on how to assess culture
- Get perspectives on how to shift and understand culture

ABOUT JUSTIN AHRENS
For over 16 years, Justin Ahrens has led his creative firm, Rule29, in its commitment to “Making Creative Matter®” through great design and by helping others think differently about the world around them. With a collaborative approach to both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as the work it creates; the firm is involved in many social causes, including substantial work in Africa. Rule29 has been recognized by major competitions and publications, including AIGA, Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, Print, The Webby Awards, and many more. Ahrens has been a consistent voice for the design and business community in areas around Design for Good and work/life balance, which he has spoken about at the AIGA Design Conference, Design Thinkers, Adobe Max, Brand New, and HOW and has written about in his book, Life Kerning™: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life.

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November 16 After Hours: ADDYs 101

November 16 After Hours: ADDYs 101 | AAF-Montgomery

Wed, November 16, 5:30pm // KRU on Mt. Meigs
FREE Event

The American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs) proudly hails the finest creative in the nation. Do you have what it takes to win? Put yourself out there. Enter to win an ADDY® Award this year.

Not sure what work to enter or how to enter? AAF Montgomery board members will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions about the entry process, deadlines, and categories. You will leave understanding the competition process and with supplies and knowledge to enter your best work!

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November 15 After Hours: Pretty Much Everything with Aaron Draplin

November 15 After Hours: Pretty Much Everything with Aaron Draplin | AAF-Montgomery

​Tues, November 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm // The Upper Room at the AlleyBAR, 166 Commerce St
$5 members, $10 non-members, $5 students

Pretty Much Everything: The Whole Story Behind Our Book (as told by Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Co.)

We got a book deal! The call-up to the big leagues!

Go behind the scenes with the DDC and the harrowing account of making our first book. From the contracts to the scheming, from the pagination to the design, from the tears to the nightmares…let us tell you what it’s like to cram your whole half-wit career into 256 pages, and live to tell the story about it. We’ll pack in stories from the run-up, release, and surreal fallout, as well as updates to other tricky ventures we’ve been up to. The entire presentation is dipped in Pantone Orange 021!

ABOUT AARON DRAPLIN
Draplin is a graphic designer that has clients like Nike, Esquire, Coal Headwear, Nixon Watches, Wired, Bernie Sanders, President Obama, Patagonia and invented Field Notes. He’s got a head full of knowledge and a heart full of love.

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November 15 Workshop: Draplin Design School

November 15 Workshop: Draplin Design School | AAF-Montgomery

Tues, November 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm // MAX Credit Union, 400 Eastdale Circle
$35 members, $50 non-members, $30 students

**AFTER HOURS TICKET INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP**

An afternoon event where Aaron Draplin is your teacher extraordinaire. Hold onto your butts, as Draplin gives a mental download of his knowledge as a designer and will give an in-depth walk-through of some of Draplin Design Co.‘s (DDC) projects. He will open his laptop, and show us the inside scoop! There’ll be tips, tricks, tales and threats from our questionable existence! Questions answered. Riddles solved. Enigmas discussed. And a f@!#-ton of laughs. We promise you it’ll be worth every penny! BE THERE, MONTGOMERY!

ABOUT AARON DRAPLIN
Draplin is a graphic designer that has clients like Nike, Esquire, Coal Headwear, Nixon Watches, Wired, Bernie Sanders, President Obama, Patagonia and invented Field Notes. He’s got a head full of knowledge and a heart full of love.

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November 14 After Hours: Creative Roundtable

November 14 After Hours: Creative Roundtable | AAF-Montgomery

Mon, November 14, 5:30pm // The Sanctuary // FREE Event

This Creative Round Table is an outlet for creatives in the advertising industry to swap stories, share insights and offer solutions to problems that might have you stumped. This loosely moderated forum is open to anyone interested in advertising and design in the River Region community. The round table will focus on freelancing — from getting new clients, managing the business aspects, and staying connected to other creatives.

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October 20 Lunch & Learn: David Knight, Knight Eady

October 20 Lunch & Learn: David Knight, Knight Eady | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, October 20, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 guest, $15 students, $20 active military

Experiences Define Your Brand
Every one of us has hundreds, if not thousands, of experiences on a daily basis with various brands of products and services. Whether it’s consuming a product, seeing a product on an advertisement, interacting directly with a service, or simply hearing a testimonial of a product or service, we leave with a unique perspective on that company based on the interaction we have with its brand.

At Knight Eady, experiential marketing is a major priority for our clients, and we strive to create unique, creative activations for many brands primarily through sports.

David Knight, Chief Executive Officer at Knight Eady, and Suzanne Alvarez, Director of Marketing and Culture, will share innovative ways Knight Eady has taken various companies’ marketing goals and objectives and turned them into experiential campaigns.

Check out this rebranding video for Vestavia High School:

ABOUT KNIGHT EADY
Knight Eady Sports Group, founded in June of 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama, provides experiential marketing, branding, and event management services in many different areas of the sports industry. They have already developed partnerships with the NCAA, ESPN, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), the Lutzie 43 Foundation, the University of Alabama Basketball Program, and the National Senior Games.

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September 27 Public Service: MGM Votes

September 27 Public Service: MGM Votes | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130
FREE event

Government relations is always at the forefront of AAF. If any advertising-related legislative issues arise, we will be there to fight for our members and the industry as a whole. With this, it is important to be registered to vote to help us if the time comes. Because of this and the upcoming election, we are hosting a voter registration drive on September 27, the National Voter Registration Day.

Along with a drive, we will be showing Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot to show the power of the vote and encourage everyone to cast their ballots this November.

Venue Sponsor


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September 22 Lunch & Learn: Adobe

September 22 Lunch & Learn: Adobe | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, September 22, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

With increased bandwidth and the prevalence of social media feeds, video has quickly become an essential tool for getting your message out. Now, seeing exciting new emerging technologies like virtual/augmented reality, 4K, HDR, performance capture animation, and interactive storytelling, where will video be in 10 years? Join Adobe Senior Experience Designer Dave Werner as he highlights the current data and emerging trends to make some bold predictions about the future of video.

Attendees will come away knowing the following:
• Predictions on how to prepare for where video is headed in the future, both as a creator and consumer
• Which technologies seem like more hype than substance, and several prospects that may not be on your radar yet
• Innovative examples of new video paradigms, providing insight into how these will evolve in the coming years

ABOUT DAVE WERNER
Dave Werner is a Senior Experience Design Lead for the Character Animator team at Adobe. His past projects include the FWA-winning portfolio site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave’s work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, and Sesame Street.

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September 24 Public Service: NAMIWalks Alabama

September 24 Public Service: NAMIWalks Alabama | AAF-Montgomery

Saturday, September 24th, 8:00 am // Wynton Blount Cultural Park

We are participating in this year’s 14th Annual NAMIWalk! Come join us on September 24 to raise awareness for and to support people with mental illness. You can either walk with us or donate to our team.

ABOUT NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Through public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), NAMIWalks and other efforts, NAMI works to successfully combat stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

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August 18 Lunch & Learn: G Momma’s Cookies

August 18 Lunch & Learn: G Momma’s Cookies | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, August 18, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St.
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

A grandmother’s recipe and a small idea of a family meal have quickly grown into a marketing deal that encompasses more than 700 Cracker Barrel stores nationwide for Robert Armstrong, the founder of Selma Good Co. and G Momma’s cookies.

Join us on August 18 to hear about Robert’s journey. He’ll provide insights on business plans, financial woes of small businesses, product marketing, production — yes, baking cookies — and the hard work that turned his favorite childhood snack into a modern-day business success. It’s going to be a sweet treat.

Public Service Opportunity

We will also be collecting donations for the Montgomery Humane Society! If you bring items, you will receive MOTY points!

Items needed include:
Dog and Cat Treats
Dry Puppy/Dog Food
Dry Kitten/Cat Food
Towels & Blankets (new and used)

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August 2: AAF Montgomery 2016-2017 Kickoff Party

August 2: AAF Montgomery 2016-2017 Kickoff Party | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, August 2nd, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // Blackfinn, 6854 Eastchase Pkwy
FREE event // Cash bar, Free appetizers

Join us on August 2 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. for our 2nd annual Kickoff party!

Come learn about what AAF Montgomery has to offer and discover why we were voted Club of the Year last year! We will be there to talk with you about the benefits of membership, committee opportunities, upcoming events and more. If you are a returning member, stop by to see what is new for this next year. Our board will be there to talk about getting involved with our community service initiatives, our student education program, our club programs, and the American Advertising Awards.

The kickoff party is a great time to either become a member or renew your membership. Anyone who submits the application and payment by August 2 received twice the Member of the Year (MOTY) points (200 points). And, as a member, you will be entered into our door prize drawing.

Admission to the event is free — please RSVP by July 29. We will be hosting a supply drive for Montgomery Humane Society. If you bring items, you will receive extra MOTY points! A list of current needs is available here. A MHS representative will be on hand to answer any questions.

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June 16 Lunch & Learn: O2 Ideas

June 16 Lunch & Learn: O2 Ideas | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, June 16, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Companies, corporations, celebrities and countries spend billions each year on building their brands. But you’d be surprised to know what a brand really is, and how much you are in control of your brand’s destiny. And in most cases, it doesn’t cost you a dime to change your brand and change your world.

Bill Todd, president and partner at marketing agency o2ideas, presents a compelling case for connecting your brand to everyday personal interactions. Participants will learn to recognize and improve behaviors that can influence the perception others have of them and, by extension, their brands overall.

ABOUT BILL TODD

Bill Todd is the president and a partner at o2ideas in Birmingham, Alabama. Working for global, national and regional brands, he excels in strategic marketing and planning, branding, digital and social media, business management, and public relations. Bill’s expertise also includes staff and project management, business development, writing, media relations, crisis communications, governmental relations, video production, and presentations.

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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May 19 Lunch & Learn: Melissa Ivone

May 19 Lunch & Learn: Melissa Ivone | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, May 19, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Chances are you’re not currently working at your dream job. You’ll get there some day, but right now you’re focused on gaining the experience you need, or waiting until the job market improves. So you might be feeling a little drained from constantly making the logo bigger and jazzing things up (make it bold! and red!). But just because your day job might not be fostering your artistic spirit, there’s no reason to let your creative muscle atrophy. Melissa Morris Ivone will share her 8 tips for living a creatively fulfilling life while surviving corporate drudgery.

You’ll learn how to:

• make minor adjustments to your daily routine, leaving you feeling more fulfilled at work

• constantly challenge yourself (and find out why that’s so important)

• find something in your life that you are passionate about, if you’re not passionate about making Microsoft templates

Presenting Sponsor
Bell Media

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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April 21-22 Workshop: Student Conference

April 21-22 Workshop: Student Conference | AAF-Montgomery

April 21, 9:30am-5pm // Civil Rights Memorial Center, 400 Washington Ave
April 22, 9:00am-3:30pm // MAX Credit Union, 400 Eastdale Circle
$15 students

Formerly known as Portfolio Day, AAF Montgomery’s Student Conference is bigger and better than ever! The Student Conference is a two-day conference where students can learn about the field of advertising, discover what trends are developing in the industry and get a jumpstart on their career by networking with knowledgeable advertising professionals and recruiters.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Students will fuel their creativity and jumpstart their career by:
• Learning from inspiring keynote speakers and leaders
• Engaging with students who are just as passionate about advertising from across our local River Region colleges
• Increasing their hands on knowledge of the industry by competing in our Student Advertising Competition
• Meeting with professionals from top local agencies for a portfolio review

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Day One: Thursday, April 21, 2016
9:30 a.m 10:00 a.m. — Check–in/Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Casey Knox (Personal Branding and Resume Building)
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.AAF Lunch & Learn at Capital City Club with Sagi Haviv (Identity Design)
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Agency Tour // Stamp
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Agency Tour // Southern Poverty Law Center
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Presentation of Competition
4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. – Screening of Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Ampersand open for competition

Day Two: Friday, April 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Check-in/Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Magazine Panel // Pam Washburn (Explore Media) and Kim Traff (RSVP Montgomery)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Presentation of Campaigns
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Break/Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Portfolio Reviews
3:30 p.m. – Announcement of Competition Winner

Presenting Sponsors
Copperwing
Matrix, LLC

Venue Sponsors
Civil Rights Memorial Center
MAX Credit Union
Ampersand

In-Kind Sponsors
DIGroup Architecture

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April 21 Lunch & Learn: Sagi Haviv

April 21 Lunch & Learn: Sagi Haviv | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, April 21, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

A company’s identity is the one thing people will remember — whether it’s good or bad. Crafting a clear identity is a top priority for successful brands.

No one knows this better than Sagi Haviv, the creative mind behind the identities for the Library of Congress, Harvard University Press and Armani Exchange. Haviv will speak on the “Basic Principles of Identity Design.” From his talk, attendees will walk away being able to understand and answer the following:

• What is a good logo?
• How is a good logo achieved?
• The relationship between the client and design is the linchpin.

Watch Sagi break down the 2016 Political Campaign logos



ABOUT SAGI HAVIV
Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Among the over 50 identity programs he has designed are the logos for the Library of Congress, CFA Institute, Harvard University Press, Conservation International, Women’s World Banking, and Armani Exchange.

Sagi joined the firm in 2003 after graduating from The Cooper Union School of Art. He teaches Visual Identity Design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. A frequent speaker, Sagi has given lectures and conducted workshops at AIGA conferences, the HOW conference, the Onassis Foundation, as well as at design schools and institutions around the world. In 2014, he served as the chair of the CLIO awards design jury.

Sagi is a coauthor of Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar (Print Publishers, 2011).

Presenting Sponsor
Southern Poverty Law Center

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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April 16 Public Service: Walk of Life

April 16 Public Service: Walk of Life | AAF-Montgomery

AAF Montgomery is participating in the Walk of Life this year! We formed this team to raise money to help more women survive breast cancer. In Alabama alone, 3,680 women were expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

These women desperately need our help to detect and treat breast cancer EARLY, so they’ll be more likely to survive it.

The event raises money to provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Over 11,000 free mammograms have been provided since 2001!

We invite you to join our team in walking If you can’t join us, please consider supporting our team by donating today. Every $100 we raise can provide a mammogram and whatever amount you can donate will help!

Help us reach our goal of $500. Our progress so far:

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March 3 Lunch & Learn: India Vincent

March 3 Lunch & Learn: India Vincent | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, March 3, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Intellectual Property and Copyrighted Materials in a Digital World
Have you ever wondered whether it was okay to repost that image or send something out in an email? Have you wanted to use a photo for a publication or a video that you found online but weren’t sure about the copyright? With so much content available through social media and the Internet, it can be tricky to navigate the copyright status of everything that you come across.

India Vincent will cover what is protected by copyright and what may and may not be copied or incorporated into other materials. She will explain the risks of using material posted on social networks like YouTube and Instagram, along with general content on the Internet.

ABOUT INDIA VINCENT
India Vincent is a Partner at Burr-Forman, LLP in Birmingham, AL. Her areas of practice include intellectual property, technology, business planning, and corporate transactions. She assists her clients in maximizing the value of their intellectual property assets. As part of those efforts, India works with clients to determine appropriate strategies for protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property, including trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights.

Presenting Sponsor
Davis Direct

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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February 19: AD-MAGEDDON: 2016 American Advertising Awards

February 19: AD-MAGEDDON: 2016 American Advertising Awards | AAF-Montgomery

Friday, February 19, 6:309m-9:30pm // One Court Square, 1 Court Square
$40 professionals, $20 students, $360 professional table (10 people)

Don’t look back, the 2016 AD-MAGEDDON is here! Who will arrive? Who will survive? But don’t worry, it’s not about who came out on top — it’s about the work. If you submitted your work, you’ll see it on display.

Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who RSVP now survive. Your ticket comes with 1 beer/wine drink ticket (21+) and 1 vote for People’s Choice award.

Venue Sponsor:
One Court Square

Gold Event Sponsor:
Alabama Power

Silver Event Sponsor:
Communicorp

Student Sponsors:
Copperwing
Matrix, LLC

In-Kind Sponsors:
24 Communications
AKD
Blackfinn Ameripub
Madison Car Wash
Montgomery Biscuits
Pure Barre Montgomery
Seville Salon
Shoppes at Eastchase
Spectrum Reach
Taziki’s
Welle Studio
Wells Printing

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February 9 AAF & PRCA Joint Lunch & Learn: David Wilson

February 9 AAF & PRCA  Joint Lunch & Learn: David Wilson | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, February 9, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Paving the Road to Success: Developing a Marketing Strategy
UPS Marketing Executive and Strategist David Wilson brings more than two decades of business experience helping companies large and small achieve their goals. Through participants’ interaction and humor, David will help you understand the critical importance of a strategic marketing plan and guide you through the process of developing one. Learn how to develop your company’s “story,” turn your story into a strategic marketing advantage, and turn that strategy into tactics to grow your business.

ABOUT DAVID WILSON
David Wilson is a results-driven executive leader with 20+ years of experience within a Fortune 50 company (UPS), and currently works as an internal/external business consultant and strategist. His professional experience spans the full range of business functions – business development, marketing, new product development, operations, and director level executive administration.

He serves as the Immediate Past President of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Central Alabama Food Bank, and the Board of Directors for the Nashville Business Incubator Center. He has also been an investor with the Birmingham Angel Network, and taught at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he earned an MBA.

Presenting Sponsor
Stamp Idea Group

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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January 29 Workshop: Creative Bootcamp w/ Stefan Mumaw

January 29 Workshop: Creative Bootcamp w/ Stefan Mumaw | AAF-Montgomery

Creative Boot Camp author Stefan Mumaw will elaborate on the key characteristics of daily creative output, identifying the obstacles to effective creative training and breaking down ideation into digestible steps, all the while using short, in-their-seats creative exercises to illuminate key points about behavior, experience and perspective. You will see, once and for all, that you are able to generate ideas in greater quantity and quality. The session is lively and fun, with Stefan’s trademark humor and wit on display. Creative Boot Camp will give everyone all of the speed of its military counterpart with none of the chow time remorse.



Venue Sponsor
MAX Credit Union

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December 10 Lunch & Learn: Camellia Bowl

December 10 Lunch & Learn: Camellia Bowl | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, December 10, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students


Carol Gunter knows a thing or two about moving Montgomery in a positive direction and helping create opportunity for its citizens as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for the City of Montgomery. Now, working as the liaison for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — under the direction of Mayor Strange and Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President and GM for ESPN Events — she’s continuing to do just that. Named after the Alabama state flower, the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl debuted on December 20, 2014 at the historic Cramton Bowl in front of a crowd of almost 21,000. Come hear the story of how this national brand, now in it’s second year as one of the 11 postseason bowl games owned, operated and televised by ESPN, produced a local impact on our community.

About Carol Gunter

Carol Gunter has worked for the City of Montgomery for almost 18 years. In 1997, she became the Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Parks and Recreation Department and then when Mayor Strange took office in March 2009, she became the Public Relations Administrator for the City.

When ESPN and City officials announced the creation of a new post season college football game in August 2013, Carol was reassigned to the Sports Commission of Central Alabama and loaned to the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. With a staff of three, her time is devoted to working on corporate sales, marketing, media relations, event management, but mostly community involvement and outreach.

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November 19 Lunch & Learn: Wier/Stewart

November 19 Lunch & Learn: Wier/Stewart | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, November 19, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart of Wier/Stewart will break down starting-up and running a creative firm and share lessons and advice they have learned in their 10 years as an agency.

Without the benefit of any formal business education, they’ve made decisions (good and bad) based on guts, intuition and what is most likely a very different ethos than they’re teaching in school. Join in the fun as a couple of guys who just love what they do give their best advice, based on some brutal and humorous experience, on “How to Do What You Love and Survive While You’re at It.” They’ll tell you what they’ve learned about leadership, management and strategy so you don’t have to suffer like they did to figure it out.

About Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart

Alex Wier and Daniel Stewart are partners at Wier/Stewart, a creative firm in Augusta, Georgia. Without the benefit of any formal business education, they were able to grow their business from 2 to 12 people in a poor economy. Now in their 10th year, their work has won National American Advertising Awards and have been published in Communication Arts, How and Print. They have also presented at Creative South and The Southern Coterie Summit conferences. Alex Wier was even a speaker at TedX Augusta.

Lunch and Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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November 10 After Hours Social: The Next Big Thing with Bell Media

November 10 After Hours Social: The Next Big Thing with Bell Media | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 pm - 7:00pm // Bell Media, 5027 Mercer Street
FREE AAF members, $5 guests

Come out and hear about some of the awesome opportunities in digital marketing technology with members of the Bell Media team!

Bell Media is a leading expert in delivering media products and services to aid small businesses with their advertising by developing innovative and unique product and service offerings. Moderated by AAF Montgomery, the panel will include Scott Bell, CEO, Chuck Adams, VP of Key Accounts and On-Premise Marketing, and Matt Pavlick, VP of Online. They will be discussing geo-fencing technology, beacon technology, and content-based marketing and reputation management.

Did we mention there will be giveaways, free t-shirts, koozies, drinks and light fare?


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March 17 Lunch & Learn: Burn Your Portfolio

March 17 Lunch & Learn: Burn Your Portfolio | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, March 17, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

Why do some amazing designers struggle to accomplish great things and other mediocre designers find great success? It takes more than just an art school degree and a killer portfolio to succeed as a creative professional. Through real-life stories, humor and experiences from his career, Michael Janda will share the secrets to success that propelled him up the graphic design career ladder.

Michael’s lecture will include lessons learned in the trenches of growing his agency from basement to acquisition. Attendees can expect to walk away with some nuggets of wisdom to help them survive and thrive in the challenging creative industry.

ABOUT MICHAEL JANDA

Michael Janda founded the creative and marketing agency, Riser, in 2002. Following thirteen successful years serving an A-list of clients including Disney, Google, ABC, NBC and FOX, Michael sold Riser to the agency Eli Kirk to form EKR where he now serves as its Chief Creative Officer. Additionally, Michael is also the author of the book Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff They Don’t Teach You in Design School, But Should.

Michael lives in the Salt Lake City area with his wife and their three boys.

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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October 27 Workshop: Print Matters w/ French Paper and Mama’s Sauce

October 27 Workshop: Print Matters w/ French Paper and Mama’s Sauce | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
FREE members, $5 guests and students

FREE limited edition screen printed poster to first 75 people
Cash bar will be available // Only 125 tickets available!

Come and take a peek behind the curtain of two unique journeys that bring so much old world paper-making and printing to the national design community, French Paper Company and Mama’s Sauce. The first 75 people to come out will leave with a free limited edition screen printed poster commemorating the event designed by local designer, Cody Eason. Attendees will also have the chance to letterpress their very own certificates of authenticity.

about print matters

Print Matters is a speaking event comprised of tales from Brian French, 6th Generation French Paper Company, and Nick Sambrato, Mama’s Sauce Founder, about their respective companies combined 150 years (143 of those from French alone) of producing paper and printing in an ever modernizing world. Both companies are not just manufacturers, each has become a part of the design community. By putting their product quality first, their brands have attracted and hence been built by the designers who use their services everyday.

Presenting Sponsor
Gumption Fund

Supporting Sponsor
Mac Papers

Venue Sponsor
Capital City Club

In-Kind Sponsor
Foomatic Makerspace

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October 15 Lunch & Learn: Vixen Vodka

October 15 Lunch & Learn: Vixen Vodka | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, October 15, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students

When LeeAnn sat down with a business consultant to review her initial business plan, he closed the document, told her how well written it was and then said, “You’ll never make it.” When asked why, he replied, “Because it’s the liquor industry, it’s all men, and they will eat you up and spit you out.” LeeAnn looked right back at him and said in her sweet Southern syrupy way, “Sugar, this could be a pair of pantyhose or a tube of lipstick, we’re creating a brand and we know what women want.” Intrigued? Learn how she took a brand from beach to shelf and disrupted a male dominated category along the way.

LeeAnn Maxwell

LeeAnn spent over 28 years in the financial industry and about as long in a marriage. Once both those chapters were over, she realized she wanted more out of life; to rediscover the woman she used to be and the one she wanted to become. Her varied experiences have contributed to an extremely detail-oriented work ethic along with a very savvy business acumen.

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor
The Stop at Union Station

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September 22 After Hours Social: Southern Makers Panel

September 22 After Hours Social: Southern Makers Panel | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, September 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00pm // Cotton & Pine, 3300 Eastern Boulevard
FREE members, $5 guests

Join us for an after-hours social featuring the local minds behind one of the River Region’s most highly successful events, Southern Makers. Moderated by AAF Montgomery, our Southern Makers panel will feature two of the creators and curators of the event — Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, along with a representative from the beneficiary, E.A.T. South.

Oh, did we forget to mention FREE Beer/Wine with entry? And our very own local maker, Cotton & Pine, will have live printing demos on site.

Southern Makers

Southern Makers brings together Southern creativity and innovation all under one roof for people to explore. The two-day event celebrates Southern creativity and innovation by bringing together highly curated, handpicked talent – artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, musicians, designers, authors – for one fantastic gathering. Here you can explore the contemporary side of Alabama’s heritage of craftsmanship, textiles, music, and food, meeting the top talent working throughout the Southeast today. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit E.A.T. South, a Montgomery non-profit focused on children’s education and healthy food production.

September 17 Lunch & Learn: The Basics of Blogging

September 17 Lunch & Learn: The Basics of Blogging | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, September 17, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 guests, $15 students

“A VERY special THANK YOU to Miss Kim Thomas of KP Fusion for an outstanding workshop on “The Basics of Blogging”! ... With her tips in tow, I actually feel empowered to BLOG!! Here’s to a Brand New Year of Brand New Beginnings!!” #‎kpfusion‬ ROCKS!!!”
— Ava Loren Design, event planner

I really enjoyed this workshop when I attended in January! Good stuff!
— Clarissa Newson, creator of Chick Chat CC


The Basics of Blogging Workshop allows attendees to explore the key fundamentals of what makes a successful blog, and how social media and photography are integral parts to capturing your audience.

You will learn:

What To Blog: Figuring out your blog’s niche and simple SEO
Where To Blog: Which Blogging + Social Media platforms are best for you and why
When To Blog: Content creation and Editorial Calendar development

KIM THOMAS

Kim Thomas is the creator of KP FUSION, a fashion & lifestyle blog awarded Memphis’ BEST FASHION BLOG BY EXAMINER.COM, provides of-the-moment news, fashion tips, and style ideas with a little Memphis, TN flavor thrown in. In addition to her blogging workshops, this native Memphian provides photography, fashion styling, and other creative consulting services to local fashion and lifestyle bloggers and brands. A magazine fiend and lover of all things pretty, she can usually be found shopping for the best deals and trends, or in a coffee shop reading the latest style book.

Lunch & Learn Gift Sponsor

The Stop at Union Station

August 27, 2015: AAF Kick-off Party @ The Sanctuary

August 27, 2015: AAF Kick-off Party @ The Sanctuary | AAF-Montgomery

So come on down!

Thursday August 27, 4:30-6:30pm // The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite Street // Free Event

Send an email to Amber at membership@aafmontgomery.org to rsvp!

Join AAF Montgomery before you head to Rally in the Alley for a free showdown throw down! Enjoy treats and drinks as you mingle with your industry fellows and check out the showcases of what AAF Montgomery can offer you. And, if you become a member beforehand or the evening of, you’ll be entered to win a prize and a chance to play one of our Price is Right games!

From now until the kick-off party, we are having a membership drive. If you become a member or renew your membership from last year, you will get a chance to play for some great prizes at the party. You can check out all of the new benefits here and download a membership application.

We are still working on finishing up our website so the online registration is not yet complete, but in the meantime, you can use the PDF to sign up today. Amber Willingham, the Membership Chair, is available for any questions and any assistance you might need. Contact membership@aafmontgomery.org with questions.

Club Sponsors:
Bell Media
Davis Direct
Stamp Idea Group


Member of the Year Sponsor:
Alabama Graphics

Venue Sponsor:
The Sanctuary

Kick-off Sponsors:
Alabama Graphics
Blackfinn Ameripub
Cupcakes by Tish
Madison Car Wash
Montgomery Biscuits
Pure Barre Montgomery
Seville Salon
Spectrum Reach
Welle Studio

May 4th Lunch & Learn: MoonPie – our first 100 years

May 4th Lunch & Learn: MoonPie – our first 100 years | AAF-Montgomery

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:45am at the RSA Plaza


Pricing
$18 for AAF Members
$24 for Guests
$16 for Students with School ID

You know MoonPies are delicious. You know they’re the perfect combination of marshmallow, graham and chocolate. But do you know how they came to be? It’s an outta-this-world story, so join us on May 4 as Tory Johnston, VP of Marketing for Chattanooga Bakery, takes us through their first 100 years. And yes, he is bringing MoonPies and door prizes!

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