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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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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 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!

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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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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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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AAF Montgomery 2017-18 Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors

AAF Montgomery 2017-18 Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors | AAF-Montgomery

Have you ever wanted to:

• Share an idea with the world (or at least your community)?
• Be recognized for your skills and talents?
• Learn something new?
• Be in charge?
• Meet new people?
• Win an award?
• Be a part of something big?

AAF Montgomery would be lost without the hard work of our amazing volunteers! And we need individuals like you to keep the momentum going for years to come.

AAF Montgomery is THE group of passionate, forward thinking and forward moving people who make a difference. The American Advertising Federation represents the future of advertising and marketing communications through its ability to unite talented professionals not only across the River Region, but across the country as one group. AAF Montgomery is a means for professionals in the industry to gain the contacts, education and leadership opportunities they need to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.

If this sounds like you, check out our list of positions below. Need help deciding which one is right for you? Just email Michelle Leland at

Board positions available:
Vice President
American Advertising Awards Chair
American Advertising Awards Co-Chair
Membership Chair
Programs Chair
Education Chair
Communications Chair
Diversity Chair
Government Relations Chair
Public Service Chair
Fundraising/Sponsorships Chair
Club Achievement Chair

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Win an Apple Watch!

Win an Apple Watch! | AAF-Montgomery

Enter to win an Apple Watch today! For $5, you are one step closer to owning Apple’s latest hit. AAF Montgomery is selling raffle tickets, at $5 each, from now until the June 16, 2016, Lunch & Learn OR until they are sold out! There are 200 tickets available. Talk to any board member at the next two Lunch & Learns or email us today to enter to win.

AAF Montgomery won the Apple Watch at the District 7 Spring Conference in Johnson City, Tennessee. D7 hosted a membership contest for 2015-16 and AAF Montgomery blew it out of the water., with more than a 120% increase. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success!

Watch Details:

38mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band

I’m Feeling Lucky!

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.

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


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
Matrix, LLC

Venue Sponsors
Civil Rights Memorial Center
MAX Credit Union

In-Kind Sponsors
DIGroup Architecture

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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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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:

Student Sponsors:
Matrix, LLC

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

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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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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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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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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.

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 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 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

2016-2017 Club Sponsors

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professional development, education and giving back
to the community. Thank you to all our sponsors!

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