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November 01, 2018

Walker360 Hosts a Notebook Workshop for the National Day of Print

​Walker360 hosted a notebook workshop to celebrate the National Day of Print. As a part of the workshop, they allowed their customers to make their own personal notebooks, ate some really great food and voted on some awesome pumpkins.

November 01, 2018

Inner Spark Creative Participates in the Auburn PRSSA / PRCA Panel

Employees from Inner Spark Creative recently spoke on the Auburn University Public Relations Student Society of America/Public Relations Council of Alabama panel (PRSSA / PRCA). The Public Relations Student Society of America / Public Relations Council of Alabama is an organization at Auburn University dedicated to giving students public relations experience and advancing their knowledge by allowing them to connect with industry professionals.

November 01, 2018

SPLC Takes Home 12 GD USA Awards

​The Southern Poverty Law Center was recently awarded 12 GD USA awards. Graphic Design USA covers news, people, project, trends, technology, products and services related to graphic design. They have several national design competitions that culminate in Annuals showcasing the best in Graphic Design, Inhouse Design, Web Design, Package Design, Healthcare Design, and Digital Design. Some of the projects that the SPLC was acknowledged for included Teaching Tolerance #58, the voter registration box, Mix It Up 2018 posters, and their Rock Against Racism poster. Congrats to the design team over at the Southern Poverty Law Center for their great work!

November 01, 2018

6th Annual Artist on Tap Draws in Biggest Crowd Yet

In 2011, Artists on Tap (AOT) was created by seven individuals who noticed a disconnect between the artist subculture and young professionals and decided to bridge the gap by focusing on promoting art and culture in the community. The original mission was to give artists throughout the River Region a means to share their original creativity and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents, while giving young professionals a venue to connect and have access to the works of up and coming artists in the community. As of today, AOT has slightly changed its mission. The mission is no longer just about connecting the young professionals to these up and coming artists but exposing the WHOLE community to these talented artists.

After a successful event in 2016, it was obvious that AOT needed to take a break in 2017 to allow more planning time. One challenge was finding a bigger venue space to host the event since the number of artists participating has grown and along with those attending the event. In early 2018, I was presented with an opportunity to host the 6thAnnual Artists on Tap event at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in the new outdoor exhibit area called Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden is like taking a stroll in the park and enjoying art as it is transformed by season, time of day, and even weather. The view of the sculptures are completely breathtaking during the day and night. This was made possible thanks to the partnership between S.H.E. Agency (pronounced as “she” agency) and MMFA’s Junior Executive Board along with 21 Dreams Arts & Culture to highlight AOT during the 3rd Annual Flight of Arts. October is recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). NAHM is an initiative that focuses on engaging creatives and arts advocates in various cities across the country fostering partnerships among communities. Between S.H.E Agency, MMFA, 21 Dreams and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, it made sense to collaborate together for a five-day event that would feature several exhibitions for digital, visual, performing, literary and culinary arts.

On Thursday, October 18th, AOT highlighted the visual artists by featuring 24 artists. These artists’ artwork included painting, drawing, graphics, mixed media, photography, three dimensional (ceramics, pottery, woodwork), and contemporary/traditional cultural items such as textiles. In addition to this, the event included live art demonstration, mini art theme fashion show, and live music from DJ Meek. The event ended with recording breaking attendance of about 200 people from the community to support this event. You can learn more about this year’s artists and their visual artwork at So if you didn’t make it to this year’s event, there is always next year!

In the meanwhile, I highly encourage you to… Support the Art. Invest in the Art. Create Art Opportunities. For many of our artists, it is not only a passion but also a means to earn a living. So, I am always looking for ways to help our local artists get the exposure they deserve and give them the extra push. It is a great feeling to see murals like the Nat King Cole mural located on Maxwell Boulevard that was painted by Sunny Paulk (AAF member) and Corey Spearman being showcased in Montgomery. Corey participated in AOT in 2016 and did a live art demo of painting an Owl. Even organization like Montgomery Clean City Commission has worked with AOT artist, Kevin King, to create 10 murals as part of the school clean up initiative in June 2018. Kevin has been a part of AOT since its inception. In this commUNITY, we are working together but I know we can do so much more and I will always continue to look for pARTners to work with to put on more art events to give encouragement, opportunity and support to our local artists.

This blog post was written by:

Traci A. Howell

Organizer of Artists on Tap, Owner of S.H.E. Agency, AAF Member

October 11, 2018

AAF Government Report: September 2018

AAF Submits Comments to FTC

The AAF and some of our sister associations have filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission in response to announced hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

The comments focus on advances in five areas of the FTC’s interest including in advances in self-regulation through the AAF supported Digital Advertising Alliance. The five primary points of the comments are:

  1. Consumer protection on the Internet has grown stronger, fostering innovation, economic growth, and consumer trust
  2. The use of big data in a responsible and privacy-conscious manner drives increased competition
  3. The Commission’s authority is an important piece to the privacy and data security framework, but it must be used in a responsible and principled way
  4. Predictive analytics and algorithmic tools drive innovation and connect consumers to the products and services they desire in a responsible manner
  5. Federal and state laws regarding the Internet should be consistent to allow the Internet to continue to function in a cross-border manner, free from arbitrary roadblocks.

DTC Price Disclosure Amendment Withdrawn During the recent Senate consideration of the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill Senators Richard Durbin, D-Illinois and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa announced their intention to introduce an amendment directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to require that advertisements for prescription drugs and biological products include a disclosure of pricing information for these products. The Advertising Coalition, of which AAF is a founding member, submitted a letter and issue briefexplaining our opposition to the proposal, including constitutional concerns and the difficulty of giving accurate price information given the complexity of insurance and government programs. The Senators ultimately did not introduce the amendment, however there have been indications that the Trump administration may try to advance a similar plan.

Senate Committee Conducts Privacy Hearing On September 26, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Privacy.” Witnesses included a representative of AAF corporate member Google. The hearing touched on a wide range of issues, perhaps the most important the acknowledgement that there is a broad industry consensus supporting the adoption of a single federal standard for data-driven advertising and privacy standards. Generally speaking the industry representatives supported giving consumers transparency, control, portability and security over data practices. While the specific details of how these goals are achieved, AAF is also supportive of a single effective federal standard for how consumer data is used in data-driven advertising. As reported in a previous issue of Government Report California has passed a Consumer Privacy Law. AAF is concerned that if multiple and inconsistent state laws are enacted it will be difficult if not impossible for companies to comply with each law and lead to limitations on innovation and services which would harm consumers as well as the companies.

DAA Releases Guidelines for “Political Ad” Icon The AAF supported Digital Advertising Alliance has released the creative implementation guidelines for use of the “Political Ad” icon, the latest advance in digital advertising self-regulation. The icon should link to disclosures that include name and contact information for the advertiser, as well as other information mandated by applicable law. In an August 23 meeting, the Maryland State Board of election voted to allow covered political entities to use a Political Ad-type icon in small ads that links to disclosures mandated by Maryland.

AAF Opposes Census Citizenship Question The AAF has joined the other major advertising industry trade associations on a letter opposing the inclusion on the 2020 Census of the question that asks, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” AAF believes such a question would depress responses among non-citizens and their families, even if family members are citizens. This would lead to flawed census results raising significant issues for marketing. Inaccurate data would result in a misallocation of resources negatively impacting both marketers and the undercounted communities they seek to serve.

Advertising Day on the Hill Date Set The next Advertising Day on the Hill will be in Washington, DC on March 6 and 7, 2019. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this important event. Attendees will be briefed by experts on the important issues facing the advertising industry and visit with their Senators, Representative and staff to explain the value of advertising to the economy and the implications, positive or negative, of proposed laws on the advertising industry. For sponsorship opportunities contact AAF’s Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Clark Rector at

October 11, 2018

6th Annual Artist on Tap

Tickets for the 6th Annual Artists on Tap are now on sale! This event is October 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Purchase your tickets to meet local artists and view their art works, sample hors d’ouevres, music from DJ Meek, live art demo and a fashion show! Tickets:

Artists on Tap gives artists throughout the River Region a means to share their original creativity and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents, while giving young professionals a venue to connect and have access to the works of up and coming artists in the community.

October 11, 2018

Walker 360 1st Annual Day of Print

​Join Members Walker 360 for their 1st Annual Day of Print!

Celebrate by joining in on their Notebook Workshop! They invite you to drop by and create your own notebook from 6 limited edition covers. Take your notebook through the print process, from start to finishing (sorry, bad pun).

Notebooks are limited, please email to RSVP.

October 11, 2018

Congrats to our Google Home Mini Winner!

At our annual AAF Montgomery Kickoff Party at Common Bond Brewers, Hillary Andrews went home with a Google Home mini!

Congrats to Hillary and be on the lookout for more great giveaways!

October 05, 2018

Jenny and Brian complete the 9/11 stair climb

​AAF members Jenny and Brian completed the 9/11 stair climb, hosted by the Pike Road Fire Department, at the RSA tower . During this event, participants climb 22 flights of stairs 5 times in a row as a way to honor the lives lost during the tragic September 11, 2001 event and appreciate the hard work that firefighters endure everyday. This year marked the 7th year of the event with all the proceeds going towards the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

October 05, 2018

AAF Member completes mural for That’s My Child

That's My Child mural
After much time and dedication, AAF member Sunny Paulk and Milton Madison completed their mural for the local non profit, That’s My Child. The mural was officially revealed at a reveal party on September 20. That’s My Child is a organization dedicated to mentoring youth through arts, education and entrepreneurship while giving them a safe place to develop talents and skills to become tomorrow’s productive citizens. Be sure to stop by and check out their new mural!

September 05, 2018

Meet the 2018-19 AAF Montgomery Board!

On August 16 at the Lunch and Learn, James Belton, former District 7 Governor, installed the new AAF Montgomery 2018-19 Board!

After a successful planning meeting, the board is excited to kick the year off next week at our Kickoff Party at Common Bond Brewers. Come to meet them and learn about ways you can join their committees this year.

Pictured left to right — James Belton (former D7 Governor), Kristina Turner (President), Brittany Roberson (VP American Advertising Awards and President-Elect), Alex Trot (VP of Education), Jenny Brown (Membership Chair), Cierra Brinson (Communications Co-Chair), Chris Hardy (Diversity Chair), Maghen Barranco (Public Service Chair). Not pictured — Joyce Vaughn (Communications co-Chair)

September 05, 2018

AAF Montgomery is on Slack!

AAF Montgomery has a new way for you to plug into the club via Slack!

Slack is becoming the workplace app of choice for many office workers keen to keep on top of daily tasks with colleagues. The cloud-based collaboration tool is effectively a messaging service for the professional environment and helps to manage work flows.

On slack, you’ll have direct access to the board, club and other River Region professional creatives in the community.

If you’re wondering how slack works, take a tour here.

And if you’re ready to join our new online community, just contact and we’ll get you set up.

We can’t wait to connect with everyone!

September 05, 2018

Bell Media Named an INC 5000 Company for a 4th time

Bell Media, a digital marketing agency, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2018 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, marking it the fourth time the Company has been recognized for this achievement. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at America’s entrepreneurs, one of the most important segments of the economy.Bell Media is the only digital marketing agency in the state of Alabama to make the Inc. 5000 list.

“Being a part of the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth time is a testament to the quality of work and effort put in by our team”, said Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media. “I’m proud of our company and its accomplishments and hope to continue making the list for years to come.”

Read more here.

September 05, 2018

Former D7 Governor to Join AAF National Team as Vice President of Club Services

WASHINGTON DC, August 27, 2018—AAF President & CEO James Edmund Datri announced today: “Dawn Reeves has joined the American Advertising Federation’s national staff as our organization’s Vice President of Club Services Membership & Programs. Dawn’s involvement with the AAF professional club network began nearly two decades ago when she served in multiple leadership roles with AAF Birmingham, later as District 7 Governor, and currently as the Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Governors. She is also credited with being among the Council of Governors officers who created AAF University. Dawn is a proven and exceptional leader, respected throughout our club network, and I am so happy she is joining our national staff Team in this very important post.”In addition to her work with the Federation, Dawn offers 25 years of corporate experience and insight, most notably as the owner of Well S@id and as Senior Vice President of Advertising with RealtySouth, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

In her role at AAF’s national office, Dawn will be responsible for ensuring that AAF professional club members receive value for their membership and are engaged with the organization’s many programs such as the American Advertising Awards, Club Achievement Awards and ADMERICA. She will also focus on identifying opportunities for professional club members to further engage with students through the AAF’s college chapters and its National Student Advertising Competition and its corporate members through programs such as the Day on the Hill, Advertising Hall of Fame and Advertising Hall of Achievement.

Dawn Reeves said: “The best thing about our life’s journey is the twists and turns in the road we don’t anticipate. It is my absolute joy to have the opportunity to further serve an organization that has long been a part of my life. I am thrilled to pair my internal and external experience to heighten opportunities for our members and leaders as we further define our path forward.”

Dawn’s journey with the AAF’s national team begins on October 1, 2018.

April 11, 2018

Job Alert // Graphic Designer - Black Diamond


We’re looking for a creative, organized, outgoing and dedicated Graphic Designer to join our team. Black Diamond serves over 200 schools and businesses in building and maintaining their websites and apps. If you are looking for career in a fun, fast-paced environment and have a passion for web design and new media, this is the job for you. We have an immediate opening.

The Job:

  • Essential function includes designing from scratch website designs based on client’s requirements.
  • Interview clients and help them determine how they want their website to look.
  • Experience in print and identity design is desirable.
  • Some light copywriting and proofreading.
  • Position is an 8-5, M-F position.

You Are:

  • Proficient with Industry Standard Software: Really must know how to use the latest Adobe CC Photoshop and Illustrator. Working knowledge of Adobe CC InDesign and Acrobat are a plus, as well as iMovie, Microsoft Office, and GSuites.
  • A People Person: You find it easy to make connections with others, as you will be working with our team as well as our clients to create designs.
  • An Active Listener: We don’t want our clients to have to repeat themselves. And active listening may lead to new creative ideas.
  • Familiar with HTML, CSS, and Responsive Design: The web world is going responsive, so you have to design with that in mind.
  • Creative, Organized, and Analytical: Both right and left brain!
  • Flexible: You will need to be able to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Basically Knowledgeable of Sports: We deal with a lot of athletic sites, so you need to know how many innings are in baseball and how many players on a football field.

These qualities won’t hurt either:

  • Knowledge of internet and social media related tools and platforms.
  • Active learner, always wanting to better yourself and the company.
  • Open communicator, speaking respectfully and mindfully.

Submit your résumé online via the Upload Résumé page above. If you have an online portfolio, please supply its link in your résumé. If not online, please attach to your résumé some high-quality images of your top ten favorite projects. Provide a written rationale for each work.

For more information, click here.

April 11, 2018

Bell Media acquires Carted

Platinum Club sponsors Bell Media recently announced that they have acquired Carted, an online shopping and digital marketing provider for grocers.

Carted offers tools designed specifically for the independent grocer, and features three layers of marketing products that will allow grocers to quickly utilize features previously only appreciated by larger chains. Carted, at its very basic level offers a digital brochure website replete with such features as digital weekly ads, integrations with the Reach Offers coupon platform and allows for the displaying of recipes and enables customers to build online shopping lists. In a deeper offering, Carted also offers an online grocery shopping website solution, where customers can shop and pay online. In addition, Carted offers to all its customers the ability to perform a variety of digital marketing tactics including social media, email marketing, and advanced geo-fence targeting.

Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media, states, “We’re very pleased about completing this acquisition and look forward to growing the vertical . After taking a close look at Carted and all it has to offer, we became certain that their solution filled a gap desperately needed for independent grocers to be more competitive in the marketplace. We are looking forward to serving the grocery industry with such a robust offering that helps them keep up with customer demands in a quickly evolving market space.”

Kevin McLendon, Co-Founder of Carted, states, “We found a real fit with Bell Media during our discussions about Carted. They understand the vision and we feel they’ll be able to take what we’ve built and expand it far beyond the 60+ independent grocery stores we already serve.”

April 11, 2018

SPLC nominated for a Webby Award

AAF Corporate members The Southern Poverty Law Center have been nominated for a Webby Award for the redesign of the Teaching Tolerance website!

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. They present two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as, the winners of the Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, the Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, the Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

To show your support, vote for the Teaching Tolerance website, click here.

March 05, 2018

Rotary Club Mural

​AAF member and artist, Sunny Paulk, painted the new Rotary mural at the dog park downtown! This is a great addition to downtown Montgomery in addition to the other murals Sunny has worked on: The Selma-to-Montgomery mural and the Nat King Cole mural.

March 05, 2018

CAA Conversations Podcast

AAF member and Auburn University Montgomery professor, Breuna Baine, was featured on the College Art Association’s Conversations Podcast. Take a listen below:

March 01, 2018

Register for AAF Montgomery’s Walk of Life Team

AAF Montgomery will be participating in this year’s Walk of Life 5K Walk/Run! If you’d like to participate with us, register to join our team AAF Rack Pack!

The Walk of Life is a 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run to raise money for those who cannot afford the lifesaving mammograms and breast cancer screenings they desperately need. The Walk of Life will take place April 21, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Every year, this landmark walk through downtown Montgomery delivers a rallying moment for thousands of participants from all fitness levels united by a common desire to do prevent breast cancer. Whether you’re considering your first Walk or are a seasoned veteran, we want you with us at The Walk of Life.

join our team or donate

March 01, 2018

Registration open for AAF District 7’s Spring Convention

APRIL 12-15, 2018, AAF Jackson will host the District 7 Spring Convention. Advertising and marketing professionals and students from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana will be in town for professional development, networking, creative competition and gala events.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2-6 pm Registration
3 pm AAF District 7 Executive Committee Meeting
Dinner on your own

Friday, April 13, 2018
8 am-4 pm Registration
8:30-10:30 am Breakfast – Keynote Speaker: Trey Herron/Goal Smashing
10:30-11:30 am Development Session – Presenter: Kristen Ley, Thimblepress/How to Be a Creative Thinker
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch – Keynote Speaker: Sarah Thomas, first female referee in NFL
2-3 pm Professional Development Session – Presenter: Gay Saxon/Leadership Development
3-4 pm Professional Development Session – Presenter: Tonya Ware/How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Achieve Success
5 pm Newcomers reception
5 pm NSAC Advisor Meeting
6-10 pm AAF District 7 American Advertising Awards – Students invited to attend; Student ticket $25
10 pm-midnight Hospitality Suite

Saturday, April 14, 2018
8 am-noon Registration
8:30-10 am Keynote Speaker: Mandi Stanley/ Establishing Your Professional Presence
10-10:30 am Regional Director meeting
10:30-11:30 am Development Session – Presenter: Mandi Stanley – Presentation Skills: Easy Ideas for Establishing Relationships, Respectability and Results
11:30 am-1:30 pm Lunch – Keynote Speaker: Memphis Jones/Moment-Manufacturer, Culture-interpreter, Dot-Connector and Song & Dance Man
1:45-2:45 pm Council of Presidents Meeting and Presidents’ Reception
2:45-4 pm AAF District 7 Board Meeting
1:45-3:15 pm Development Session – Painting Your Own Work of Art (Please reserve your spot in class when you register to attend the conference)
5-6 pm NSAC Winner announcement; winning team presentation; Hileman Award; Best Presenter Award; Presentation of Jan Gardner and Mosaic Scholarships
6 pm Transportation leaves for Governor’s Gala
6-10:30 pm Governor’s Gala at Old Capitol Inn
10:30 pm – midnight Hospitality Suite

Friday, April 13, 2018
8 am-4 pm Registration
6-10 pm AAF District 7 American Advertising Awards – Students invited to attend; Student ticket $25

Saturday, April 14, 2018
7 am-5:30 pm NSAC Judges have access to conference room
6-9 am Student Breakfast
7:30 am NSAC Competition begins
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunches for students, advisors and judges
12:30-4:30 pm NSAC Competition continues
5-6 pm NSAC Winner announcement; winning team presentation; Hileman Award; Best Presenter; Jan Gardner Scholarship; Mosaic Scholarship

Sunday, April 15, 2018
8 am NSAC Advisor Wrap-Up


March 01, 2018

Elizabeth Williams on Meet Montgomery Podcast

​One of our members from Baptist Health, Elizabeth Williams, was featured on the Meet Montgomery Podcast!

About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has a total of 14 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations. As a young professional, she is a member of Emerge Montgomery, Torchbearers Class III and serves on the Girls on the Run Executive Board. She also has an active role on several planning committees for numerous programs and events. Elizabeth devotes time outside of work to numerous nonprofit organizations including Boy Scouts of America (Exploring), March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association and Alabama Kidney Foundation. Elizabeth is a member of True Divine Baptist Church where she serves with the greeting ministry, girls ministry and health ministry. She is currently the Community Events Manager for Baptist Health where she has worked since July 2006.

Interesting fact: When Elizabeth was 16 yrs. old, she was involved in a car accident in which her neck was broken and she was submerged under water in the car for 5-10 minutes. She was unconscious for 7 days. Fully recovered with no paralysis, Elizabeth knows that God saved her life in order for her to live out her life with purpose focusing on serving others each day of her life.

Click these links to listen!

Podcast Link/Droid Devices:
Listen on Apple Devices:…/po…/meet-montgomery/id1286418872…

October 06, 2017

AUM AdFed presents Cirque D’Horreur

Our student chapter, AUM AdFed, is hosting their 3rd annual haunted basement fundraiser on October 26th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. After previous year’s success they are bringing it back scarier than ever! The cost is $3 per soul on the campus of AUM in Goodwyn Hall. The money goes towards AUM AdFed’s general club fund. This is open to the public, so please support our local college chapter!

October 03, 2017

Bell Bash Montgomery | Free Digital Marketing Event

Join Bell Media on October 17th, 5:30pm-7:00pm, for a night of FREE Networking and Digital Marketing Education. Montgomery Area Marketers and Business owners will gather at Tipping Point to learn about digital marketing trends to stay ahead of the rapidly-evolving digital marketing space. Click here for more information.

October 03, 2017

Business After Hours at The Waters

Spend an evening with our Member of the Year Sponsor, The Waters!

The Waters / New Waters Realty is sponsoring this month’s Montgomery Chamber Business After Hours. This popular after-work networking event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend an evening enjoying sunset at The Waters!

This year’s event is being held at the Blue Heron Pool Club from 5-7pm. Stop by to eat, drink, connect and relax. Click here for more information.

September 27, 2017

AAF Alert - September 2017 Government Report

Tax Reform Proposal Released

Senior Congressional and Administration officials have released their Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code. The so-called “Big 6” (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch) have been negotiating the details of the plan for weeks.

The plan would reduce the corporate tax rate to 20%. Many of the specific details are yet to be determined, but in order of offset the loss of revenue because of the significant rate reduction for businesses, “numerous special exclusions and deductions will be repealed or restricted.”

The plan as released is silent as to exactly which exclusions and deductions will be targeted. However, Treasury Department officials and senior legislative aides to members of the tax writing committees from both side of the aisle have confirmed to AAF and other advertising industry representatives that advertising is still very much being considered as a deduction that may be reduced or eliminated.

The last comprehensive tax reform proposals released in 2014 by then Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. would have paid for lowering rates by, in part, limiting the current year federal tax deduction for advertising to 50% and amortizing the rest over ten (House) or five (Senate) years.

AAF continues to meet with Administration and Congressional officials and aides to explain to them that advertising is a key driver of the economy and that increasing the tax burden on advertising would be counterproductive to their goals of growth and spurring economic activity which they are counting on to increase tax revenues.

AAF has also sent an alert to members urging them to contact their Senators and Representatives and urge them to oppose any effort to tax advertising.

FDA To Look at DTC Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may consider shortening the list of warnings and contraindications found in direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. According to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the “FDA’s own research on broadcast TV drug advertisements suggests that a more targeted method for delivering risk information may lead to better retention of those risks.” The FDA has released a Request for Information and Comments so that the public and interested parties may submit their views. The comment period closes November 20, 2017.

New Leadership at NAD and CARU

The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC) and Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) have announced the appointment of new leadership for both the National Advertising Division(NAD) and Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU).

Laura Ulrich Brett has been named Director of the NAD and Dona J. Fraser has been named Director of the CARU. Policies and procedures for NAD and CARU are set by the ASRC. The ASRC self-regulatory system is administered by the CBBB.

AAF is a proud supporter of the advertising industry self-regulatory program, which has often been recognized as one of the premiere industry self-regulatory programs. Self-regulation increased confidence in advertising and is good for the industry and consumers.

September 08, 2017

Bell Media Achieves Google Premier Partner Status

Great news for one of our Club Sponsors and members Bell Media! Congratulations!

Bell Media has been named an official Google Premier Partner. Google’s Premier Partner status is the highest level of Google’s Partner program that an agency can achieve and is designated for only a small percentage of the top performing Google Partners. Bell Media is one of four locally-owned digital marketing agencies in Alabama to earn this achievement.

“Securing a Premier Partner badge isn’t an easy designation to accomplish in only a couple years” said Scott Bell, company CEO. “It’s a true testament to the hard work and determination of the team. I’m proud of each and every one of us.”

In order to qualify as a Premier Partner, an agency must continuously meet Google’s three requirements: certification, ad spend and performance. Bell Media currently has 26 Google Certified employees that hold over 66 certifications in areas such as search advertising, mobile advertising, display advertising, video advertising, mobile sites, analytics and shopping.

Read more here.

September 07, 2017

AAF Alert - Tax Reform

The United States Congress and the White House are expected to release a federal tax reform proposal in the next few weeks. Members of the House and Senate tax-writing committees are currently working to determine how to pay for the bill.

Advertising is at great risk.

In a meeting this week with representatives of the ad industry a senior tax advisor to a member of the Senate leadership told us that advertising “is on the chopping block for sure” and may be close to a “done deal.” The House version of the last comprehensive tax reform proposal in 2014 would have created at $169 billion tax on advertising over 10 years. It looks as if Congress and the Trump Administration may be going down that road again.

It is vital that members contact their Senators and Representative and urge them to oppose any effort to place a tax on advertising by reducing the amount of advertising a business may claim as a normal and necessary business expense.

You can find contact information for your Senators here and Representatives here.

According to studies designed by a Nobel winning economist a tax on advertising must be opposed because:

· Advertising is the engine of the U.S. economy and generates $5.8 trillion in economic activity

· Advertising supports 20 million American jobs

· Every $1 million spent on advertising supports 67 jobs across American industries

· Every advertising job supports 34 jobs across other industries.

September 07, 2017

AAF President Emeritus Howard Bell

Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous sadness that I inform you of the passing of Howard Bell, who served as President of the American Advertising Federation for 24 years. In passing he follows his beloved wife Chan, known affectionately to many AAFers as “Ma Bell”, to whom Howard was married for 61 glorious years. That they are both now no longer with us marks the end of an era for our organization and for our industry.Howard was selected and served as the founding President of the modern AAF that resulted from the 1967 merger of the Advertising Federation of America, the predecessor organization of the AAF, which traces its roots back to 1905, and the Advertising Association of the West.

During his visionary 24-year tenure, Howard established and built many of the signature national programs that make up the AAF today, including the American Advertising Awards and the National Student Advertising Competition. He is also widely viewed as the father of advertising self-regulation, for his central role in the creation of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (then called the National Advertising Review Council), which today operates independently out of its offices in New York City, and is seen around the World as a model of successful industry self-regulation.

Howard was also responsible for moving the AAF’s Headquarters from New York City to Washington, D.C., which helped establish our organization as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising” in matters before our government.

Upon his retirement as President of the AAF in 1991, then AAF Chairman David Bell said of Howard: “There are few people who have had as large an impact on our industry as Howard Bell.”

President George H.W. Bush said in 1991: “...the Federation under Howard’s leadership acted upon the axiom that prosperity without purpose means nothing. And for that, I thank him and commend him.”

These words ring as true today of the legacy Howard Bell leaves as a leader and as a person as they did in 1991.

Advertising Age named Howard one of the 100 most influential advertising leaders of the twentieth century.

And in 1996, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Let me say personally that Howard was a mentor, a dear friend, and, to the end, a valued advisor I trusted and admired both for his incredible talent and vision, and for his humanity, which shined through so brightly to all who met him.

On behalf of the entire American Advertising Federation, and indeed our industry and nation, I express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones on this enormous loss, and our gratitude for their sharing Howard with us.

James Edmund Datri
President & CEO

American Advertising Federation​

June 28, 2017

RSVP July/August Magazine Release Party

Join AAF members RSVP Montgomery as they celebrate the release the July/August issue of RSVP Magazine at Dreamland’s new location! June 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Light bites, live music and a cash bar.

June 28, 2017

Jessica Powell on RSVP Montgomery’s The List

Congratulations to our member Jessica Powell for making RSVP Montgomery’s The List for the May/June issue. The List, compiled of young professionals and business leaders who bring culture and energy to our area, is published in every issue of RSVP Montgomery. Jessica is the Marketing Director for New Waters Realty. You can read more here.

June 28, 2017

2016-2017 Member of the Year

At our last Lunch and Learn of the year, we awarded Jim Bradley of Alabama Graphics as our 2016-2017 Member of the Year! Members gain points by simply participating in the club. That includes coming to events, joining committees, following us on social media, etc. In return, Jim will receive a free Premium Membership for the next club year. It pays to be an active member! Big thanks to our MOTY sponsor RSVP Montgomery for making this happen.

June 28, 2017

Alabama Graphics Pagewide Open House

Silver Student Sponsor Alabama Graphics is having a Pagewide Open House June 29 at Peppertree Steaks N’ Wine from 11am-2pm! Send your RSVPs to

May 03, 2017

Congrats to G Momma’s Cookies

Congratulations to our Speaker Gift Sponsor G Momma’s Cookies for their win in the Alabama Launchpad Competition.

They took home $107,000 for their business plan marketing southern-style cookies baked with real ingredients.

Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama which funds and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs in hopes of fostering job creation. Launchpad has invested more than $2.9 million in 61 companies over the past 10 years.

Those startups have gone on to create 502 jobs and secure $50 million in additional funding.

April 06, 2017

RSVP Montgomery Bridal Issue Release Party

Member of the Year Sponsor RSVP Montgomery is having their Bridal Issue Release Party wedding reception style! The event is April 13, 2017 at the Lido Pool at Hampstead at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers, drinks, photo booth and music by Top Tier Entertainment. Rain date: Friday, 4/14/17 @ 5:30pm.

Read more here.

April 06, 2017

Congratulations to our Government Relations/Public Service Chair!

​On Saturday, April 1st, our Government Relations/Public Service Chair Cara got married!

Congratulations to Cara! She was a beautiful bride.

April 06, 2017


June 7-10, 2017 // New Orleans // Early Bird registration ends April 15, 2017

Have you made your reservations for ADMERICA? All members of AAF District 7 and Leadership receive a 10% Discount. District 7, AAF Montgomery’s club district, is hosting this year’s AAF National Conference ADMERICA!

Nearly 800 of the AAF’s grassroots members representing all aspects of the industry—agencies, media companies, clients and suppliers—gather together every year for ADMERICA, AAF’s national conference.

Chaired by Kim Kelleher of WIRED Media Group, ADMERICA will explore the innovations made in the fields of advertising, marketing and communications through the use of social media, creative, digital, new business and mobile advertising. Maximize your networking opportunities at the Chairman’s Reception, hosted by David Messinger of CAA. Celebrate diversity and inclusion at the Mosaic Awards and creative excellence at the American Advertising Awards. Honor our outstanding Ad Club members and voluntees at the Salute to Achievers luncheon, and see our industry’s future compete in the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by Tai Pei Frozen Foods.

It’s rare the National conference is so close to us! If you’re interested, let us know and we could potentially save cost on travel arrangements with others. To receive your discount please type in ADMD717 when you register. Better hurry as this offer will expire on 4/15/17.

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February 28, 2017

Advertising Day on the Hill

On March 30, 2017, President Michelle Leland and Diversity Chair Kristina Turner will be representing Alabama at this year’s AAF’s Advocay & Action: Advertising Day on the Hill. This exciting event is designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers the power and passion of the advertising industry’s grassroots network – the members of the American Advertising Federation’s local clubs and federations from across the country.

​With a new administration, many changes are coming to Capitol Hill and in the White House. One thing that will not change is the importance of the advertising industry making our voice heard. We still must explain to policymakers the value of advertising to consumers and the economy, and the harm that would come from harmful taxes or restrictions.

They will be meeting with Alabama’s Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C. and want to take with them your concerns — the members of AAF in Alabama. Just fill out a postcard with your concerns, whether it’s advertising related or not, and they will deliver them while meeting at the U.S. Capital. Click here to print your own postcard or download, fill out and email to or

Click here to view AAF’s position on particular legislative issues.

February 28, 2017

The State of Content Marketing

2016 has drawn to a close, and with it comes speculation on what will be the “next big thing” in Content Marketing in 2017. Here’s the list Alabama Media Group compiled of what their content marketing team sees as big trends that will become really big in 2017. Click here to learn more.

February 28, 2017

Max Capital City Classic

The Montgomery Biscuits, along with the City of Montgomery, the University of Alabama and Auburn University, have announced that the two schools will host the ninth annual MAX Capital City Classic on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and for tickets.

February 28, 2017

Nat King Cole Mural

The Nat King Cole mural, located at 435 Maxwell Blvd. and overlooking downtown, is the second public art project commissioned by the Public Art Commission. The first, the Montgomery Street mural which depicts the Selma to Montgomery march, was also painted by Paulk and Spearman.

The mural is the brainchild of Atlanta-based artist Jerry Gentemann who is currently painting panels that will fill in the rest of the wall. Gentemann, who lived in Montgomery for 10 years between the 60s and 70s before attending school at Auburn University, saw that the commission was accepting proposals for a historical mural and saw an opportunity to pay respect to a fellow Montgomerian.

Click here to read the Montgomery Advertiser article.

February 28, 2017

2017 SEO Trends

With all the craziness that has happened in the SEO community this last year, what trends should SEO professionals pay attention to in 2017? Platinum Club Sponsor, Bell Media started by looking at Google’s 2016 timeline to help us hypothesize where Google and Bing may be going this next year. To learn more, click here.

February 28, 2017

YP Summit

The Alabama Young Professionals Summit is the annual platform to connect, learn and share. Join us for Alabama’s largest gathering of the next generartion of leaders. This Summit is for the cream of the crop – individuals under 40 years of age who serve as top entrepreneurs, attorneys, creatives, makers and more. The event will wrap with a happy hour mixer, including food, drinks, shopping and music.

For more information, visit

January 23, 2017


Several of our AAF Montgomery members are involved with IgniteMGM, a community pitch competition that brings together Montgomery’s creative community and awards grants to entrepreneurs and thinkers who want to contribute to Montgomery.

IgniteMGM will grant $12,000. There will be three categories with $2,000 going to a Digital/Social concept, $5,000 to a Food Truck concept and $5,000 to a Community Impact - Art concept.

Judges include Joe Birdwell of Foomatic Makers Space and Matrix, LLC, Kim Traff of RSVP Montgomery, L. Simone Byrd of Alabama State University and Bell Media is the tittle sponsor.

January 23, 2017

Digital Marketing Trends — January 2017 Edition

In the January edition, Bell Media covers Google’s Message Extensions and Instagram Story Advertising.

January 23, 2017

Southern Bridal Faire

January 29th, 2017 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. // The Renaissance Ballroom, 201 Tallapoosa Street

RSVP Magazine, our Member of the Year sponsor, is sponsoring the Southern Bridal Faire. The Fair is a great tool for all blushing brides-to-be! Find photographers, caterers, DJs, wedding planners, venues, florists and much more. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a fashion show featuring the most stunning gowns of 2016. Admission is $10.

November 29, 2016

American Advertising Awards Call for Entries

Each year, we host an annual competition and awards gala called the American Advertising Awards (formerly known as the ADDYs). The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. The Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year at the local AAF club competitions.

Early Bird: January 4, 2017
Regular: January 11, 2017
Late: January 18, 2017

AAF Montgomery individual members receive 1 free entry for the local AAAwards (early bird single entry, value of $60). Corporate members receive a maximum of 3 free entries.

click here to enter

November 29, 2016

New Year, New Headshot

Tuesday, January 10th at 5:30 PM // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
Members $5, Non-members $10 // Cash Bar

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.

click here for tickets

November 29, 2016

Casino Royal Holiday Cruise

December 15th, 2016 at 6:30 PM // Harriott II Riverboat

Member of the Year sponsor RSVP Montgomery is hosting Montgomery’s first Casino Royale Cruise aboard the Harriott II for. Your cruise ticket will include $1,000.00 worth of play money to be used in real casino style gaming: Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps and Roulette. At the end of the night you can trade in your chips for a chance to win some awesome prizes. This cruise is two hours long with a post 30 minute dockside, Live DJ Entertainment, Appetizers and a Full Cash Bar. Must be 21 and over. Don’t Miss the Boat!

click here for tickets

November 29, 2016

10 Minute Digital Audio Series

Club sponsor, Bell Media, debuted a new audio series called 10 Minute Digital. The series revolves around all-things digital marketing. Marketing experts from the Bell Media team, as well as a few special guests, will chat about today’s most innovative marketing tactics that marketers and business owners can use to promote their brand, drive leads and build followers.

For the first episode, Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media, discussed the growth of Bell Media’s online marketing department. Scott provides valuable insight into how Bell Media was able to rapidly scale its department by hiring key personnel, overcoming growing pains, improving customer retention and more.

Listen here.

November 29, 2016

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

The annual Makers Emporium Holiday Pop-Up Shop is back starting December 1, this year at 546 Clay St. in the Cottage Hill near downtown Montgomery. The shop features everything from handmade goods, to jewelry, to local art. The shop will be open noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Visit for more information.

November 29, 2016

Max Paper Shred Drive

Free Residential Paper Shredding and Recycling Event
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett Coliseum South Parking Lot // 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL

MAX joins with the Montgomery Clean City Commission, AARP Alabama, Walmart #4691 and Gilmore Services to offer free onsite shredding services to Montgomery-area residents on Friday, December 2.

Residents can bring up to five (5) bags of noncommercial documents for shredding onsite. The equipment can handle staples, paper clips and rubber bands so there is no need for presorting. All confidential records will be disposed of properly, and all shredded paper will be recycled.

Event participants are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

About MAX
MAX is a leading, locally owned financial institution in Alabama, with more than $1 billion in assets. Serving our communities for more than 60 years, MAX provides a full suite of consumer and business banking products, including checking, savings, loans, mortgage, insurance, wealth management, online and mobile banking. MAX has 17 branch locations across its Alabama footprint. Please visit us at

November 28, 2016

Job Alert // Marketing Coordinator

Do you enjoy…

…creative writing?
…online research?
…getting all nerdy about advertising techniques and tools?
…taking a plan and “making it happen?”
…coming up with new ways to communicate a message?
…juggling tons of projects for multiple clients in multiple industries?

We are hiring a talented, data-driven marketer to focus on the success and growth of our existing professional services customers. Your goal is to add more value to existing customers by executing strategies that include channels like content marketing, email, social, direct mail, and online advertising.

You will be our customers’ biggest advocate internally and keep the Cygnal team up-to-date on campaign progress. This position ensures the execution of a variety of deliverables and initiatives that power our clients’ – and our company’s – overall success.
Think you have what it takes to be Cygnal’s next Marketing Coordinator?

  • Execute the marketing strategy of our existing B2B-focused clients.
  • Ensure delivery of all assigned deliverables and projects.
  • Track, report, analyze, and escalate day-to-day execution of work.
  • Measure the success of client campaigns and optimize the approach based on the resulting data.
  • Continually improve the processes and costs of delivery.
  • Work with company leadership to refine and improve the marketing and sales process services we provide our clients.
  • Find new opportunities to applaud, support, and ultimately retain our customers.
  • Create and implement new projects and develop creative ideas that help improve customer success — from customer content and communication, to our approach, to marketing automation.
  • BA/BS in Marketing or Communications or equivalent working experience.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
  • Strong self-management and self-direction behaviors.
  • Willingness to take direction and execute personal study of required skills.
  • Personality to handle a fast-paced environment where it’s always “all hands on deck.”
  • Background in working with people with various personalities and communication styles.
  • Past experience in communications, marketing, analytics, or related field.
  • Excellent writing and content creation chops (including blog posts, ebooks, and other customer-facing resources), with the ability to align that communication uniquely to each client’s tone.
  • Working proficiency of G Suite, Microsoft Office, and preferably Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Knowledge of Mac OSX and macOS.

Shoot an email to Brett Cowden requesting the link to the pre-screening questionnaire.

Don’t send your resume!

November 15, 2016

Draplin Design School

October 25, 2016

Copperwing Founder Takes Home Award

One of our club member organizations and a student sponsor just took home a great award recently. Copperwing‘s founder, Angela Stiff, received the Distinguished Service Award from Auburn’s School of Industrial and Graphic Design at the Annual Award Banquet for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Congrats to Angela and to Coppering!

More pictures can be seen here.

October 25, 2016

MAX4Kids Halloween Festival

Join one of our member organizations MAX Credit Union at their Eastdale Branch to celebrate Halloween the fun and safe way! The MAX4Kids Foundation is hosting an amazing costume party, complete with a thrilling haunted house, trunk-or-treat goodies, and a huge cardboard tunnel maze that travels throughout the Eastdale Community Room. You have to see it to believe it! A donation of $10 per wristband to the event will benefit the MAX4Kids Foundation. For more information, click here.

October 25, 2016

Job Alert // Public Relations / Advertising Adjunct Instructor

The Department of Communications at Alabama State University seeks a part-time, adjunct instructor, with professional experience in advertising and/or public relations, to teach the CMM 420: PR Case Studies, upper-level undergraduate course for the Spring 2017 semester (January through May).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching the undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) in the CMM 420: PR Case Studies class

Having input and helping to develop/manage the class syllabus and ensuring that it meets department standards

Planning and creating lectures, in-class discussion, online activities (if desired) and other assignments

Grading assigned class activities (i.e., papers, quizzes, exams) in a timely fashion and submitting grades by the established deadlines

Being willing to use a variety of communication channels (phone, text, video, email, etc.) to interact with students

Education/Required Qualifications:

An earned Master’s degree in Communication (or a closely-related discipline) is required

Excellent communication and organizational skills

Ability to work independently and with faculty colleagues when necessary

Willingness to learn and/or have experience in the use of instructional technologies to teach traditional, hybrid, and/or distance learning classes

Preferred Qualifications:

Current professional experience in the advertising and/or public relations profession

Ability to integrate “real-world” experiences into course material

Previous teaching experience (but not necessarily formal teaching experience; example: facilitating workshops, team trainings, etc.)

For more Information or to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to:

L. Simone Byrd, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Public Relations at

For more information, click here.

October 25, 2016

Capital City Club Open House

Wednesday, October 26th from 11AM - 2PM

The Capital City Club, located in the RSA tower in downtown Montgomery, is having their 1st Annual Private Events Appreciation Luncheon. They will have hors d’oeuvres from their new fall menu, local businesses and associations will be set up to share their services, special offers on future events, and so much more. Go out and show your support and feel free to bring a friend!

To RSVP to the event, click here.

September 23, 2016

AUM AdFed’s The Other Side

Our student chapter, AUM AdFed, is hosting their 2nd annual haunted house fundraiser on October 27th from 7pm-12am. After last year’s success they are bringing it back scarier than ever! The cost is $3 per soul on the campus of AUM in Goodwyn Hall. The money goes towards AUM AdFed’s general club fund. This is open to the public, so please support our local college chapter!

Get pumped for the event with this spooky teaser that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat!

September 23, 2016

Congrats to the SPLC Design Team

Southern Poverty Law Center, one of our corporate club members, has received accolades for its design work. This year, HOW’s In-House Design Awards recognized their online exclusive “Intersectionality 101” for Teaching Tolerance magazine No. 53. Winners will be published in the Winter issue of HOW Magazine, and will be featured in the online awards gallery. Congrats!

September 23, 2016

Spectrum Reach to honor River Region First Responders

For the second year, club members Spectrum Reach will honor all First Responders of the River Region at the Alabama National Fair on Sunday November 6, 2016. The first 500 First Responders will receive commemorative challenge coins, a gift bag filled with sponsor’s items and all First Responders will have the opportunity to register for door prizes that will be given away at 6pm that day. The Alabama Bar Association will be available to all First Responders for free legal services for the purpose of writing last will and testaments.

Will your business sponsor a gift bag item or door prize?

Please contact Lisa Silver at Spectrum Reach (334) 260-3690 or to coordinate your sponsorship for this opportunity to thank those who serve the River Region every day of every year.

September 23, 2016

Bell Media named Inc Magazines 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies

For the second time, club sponsor Bell Media has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2016 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, marking the second time the Company has been recognized for this achievement. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at America’s entrepreneurs, one of the most important segments of the economy. The Company previously earned the achievement in 2014.

“Being a part of the Inc. 5000 list for the second time is a testament to the quality of work and effort put in by our team”, said Scott Bell, CEO of Bell Media. “I’m proud of our company and its accomplishments and hope to make the list again next year!”

Read more here.

August 26, 2016

Montgomery Dragon Boat Giveaway

Want a free t-shirt and a $25 gift card to the Shoppes at Eastchase?

Here’s how:

1. Visit our table on Saturday 8/27/16 at Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

2. Post a pic of you on your Instagram with one of our hashtag signs and tag your photo #aafmontgomery

We’ll pick a random winner at the end of the day! *End of day Saturday at 4pm CST.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

August 23, 2016

AAF Montgomery on Alabama Live

​Did you catch us earlier this month on WSFA’s Alabama Live with Tonya Terry? Check out the clip below!

August 23, 2016

2017 Mosaic Awards Call For Entries

The AAF is now accepting entries for the 2017 Mosaic Awards & Mosaic Media Image Awards! Submit your company’s creative work, media content, organizational initiatives or put the spotlight on an individual champion of diversity and inclusion.

The Mosaic Awards recognize companies and agencies whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives. Each year, we receive submissions from agencies and companies across the country for the 10 Mosaic Award Categories. A panel of industry professionals then score entries based on criteria, including an Executive Summary, Situation Analysis, Strategy & Execution and Collateral.

Past recipients have embraced advanced marketing techniques and business practices and have developed diversity programs that not only help improve the bottom line, but also secure a relevant role in a continuously evolving corporate environment. Honorees have included Allstate Insurance, Burrell Communications Group, Deutsch, General Mills, Leo Burnett, MGM Resorts International, the National Basketball Association, TBWA and many more!

The Mosaic Awards are held annually in conjunction with ADMERICA, the AAF’s annual national conference.

Join the growing list of brands, agencies and companies who are celebrating our nation’s multicultural identity.

Entries due December 2. Don’t Wait!

Enter Now!

August 23, 2016

AAF Montgomery at Montgomery Dragon Boat

AAF Montgomery will have a table at this year’s 7th annual Dragon Boat Races. Come see us this Saturday, August 27, while taking in a great festival at the Riverfront Park. This year’s races include more than 60 teams racing on the Alabama River. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama.

August 23, 2016

NAMIWalks of Alabama

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.


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.

join our team or donate

August 22, 2016

Job Alert // Social Media Intern

What’s Good Gump is looking for two social media interns to manage their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Preferably, one intern will be a graphic design major and, the other, a marketing major. The position is unpaid but would be amazing on your resume. The position will last a year (if possible).

What’s Good Gump is a platform through which good news and events happening in Montgomery are shared. You must love Montgomery, be interested in getting connected to the city and interacting with people (woohoo for networking), and be willing to work with everyone involved.

You will be responsible for curating the content for each platform, responding to all messages/comments, promoting local events, and other duties. You do not need to have professional social media, graphic design, or marketing experience though it is preferred.

You do not need to have professional social media, graphic design, or marketing experience though it is preferred.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Alysheia Gray at Send your resume, unofficial transcript, and three professional references (can be teachers, bosses, etc. Please no family members).

August 22, 2016

Job Alert // Office Assistant

Department: Administration

Type: Part-Time (20 hours per week)

Location: Montgomery, Alabama

Job Summary:

Bell Media is seeking an Office Assistant that will be responsible for answering phone calls, managing administrative functions for the Accounting and Executive team, handling all office related matters, etc. Applicant must be proficient with computer applications. Strong mathematical skills are required with the ability to do data entry and excel reporting.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones and provide information to callers
  • Take and distribute accurate messages
  • Coordinate messenger and courier service
  • Receive, sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Monitor incoming emails and answer or forward as required
  • Prepare outgoing mail for distribution
  • Fax, scan and copy documents
  • Maintain office filing and storage systems
  • Update and maintain databases such as mailing lists, contact lists and client information
  • Retrieve information when requested
  • Update and maintain internal staff contact lists
  • Co-ordinate and maintain staff administrative records such as staff parking, staff phones and company credit cards
  • Type documents, reports and correspondence
  • Organize travel arrangements for staff
  • Co-ordinate and organize appointments and meetings
  • Assist with event planning and implementation
  • Monitor and maintain office supplies
  • Ensure office equipment is properly maintained and serviced
  • Perform work related errands as requested such as going to the post office and bank
  • Perform light bookkeeping functions such as depositing checks and inputting payables

For more information, click here.

August 22, 2016

Job Alert // Digital Media Associate

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Alabama, seeks a Digital Media Associate for the Digital Department. The SPLC Digital Media Associate will help drive online engagement across digital platforms, with a focus on social media management. The ideal candidate should possess a strong grasp of SPLC work areas including LGBT rights, Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, Hate & Extremism, and Mass Incarceration. The Digital Media Associate will report to the Director of Digital Media.


• Write, edit, and curate content for SPLC digital media platforms.
• Monitor news developments and data releases for opportunities to create compelling and original content.
• Work with attorneys, advocates, and researchers to develop social content in service of campaigns and publications.
• Build relationships with ally organizations and journalists.
• Measure and report the impact of the department to leadership and other stakeholders.


• CMS experience, Drupal.
• Familiarity with basic HTML, CSS, etc.
• Working knowledge of Google Analytics and other analytics platforms.
• Experience with Facebook advertising and Google AdWords a plus.
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
• Video and audio editing skills a plus.

Education and Related Work Experience:

• 2-3 years of professional experience working in a digital/social media capacity.
• Experience working for a non profit, political campaign or social action campaign a plus.
• Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
• Ability to multi-task in fast-paced environment.
• Strong organizational skills, ability to independently manage priorities.
• Ability to work with staff across all organizational programs.

• Positive, energetic, personable, and respectful of others.
• Strong passion for social justice and fostering social change.

For more information, click here.

August 22, 2016

MGM Votes 2016

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, 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.

Check back for more information!

August 22, 2016

AUM Social Marketing Conference

Join us for the Social Marketing Conference November 16 on the AUM Campus! AAF Montgomery is a proud to be a sponsor of the event.

Why you can’t miss this event:

Learn more about social marketing in one day than you have in the past month
Meet valuable contacts and network with leading industry professionals
Meet top tier social marketing service providers and keep up with social marketing trends
Learn what leading brands are doing with social marketing

Registration Fee - $129

Plus, you don’t want to miss Johnny Cupcakes!

click here for tickets

August 22, 2016

AAF Government Report // August 2016

House and Senate Committees Look at FCC Privacy Plan
On July 12, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation each conducted hearings on the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on privacy issues. All five FCC Commissioners testified at the House hearing. The Senate hearing featured witnesses from the telecommunications and information technology industries and legal academics. When questioned at the House hearing, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who dissented from the Notice, warned that the FCC’s approach to broadband privacy would carve out unique regulations for Internet Service Providers and create a two-track regulatory regime alongside the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy framework. Similarly, witnesses at the Senate hearing characterized the Notice as too narrow since the FCC only has jurisdiction over ISP’s and not the entire Internet ecosystem. Industry witnesses argued for a revised Notice that would reconcile the FCC’s approach with that of the FTC. AAF and many of our allied associations have submitted comments with the FCC and letters to lawmakers expressing our concerns with the FCC proposal.

Canada Group Targets Food Advertising
The Canadian Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition is pushing the Canadian government to ban the advertising of all food and beverages to children under 18. The group was emboldened when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed the Minster of Health to introduce “new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, similar to those now in place in Quebec.”

The Coalition wants to go farther by banning the advertising of all food and beverages. It takes inspiration from the Ottawa Principles which calls for such ban, and has a very wide definition of what constitutes advertising and commercial marketing.

Day on the Hill Date Set
The American Advertising Federation’s Advocacy and Action: AAF Advertising Day on the Hill will be on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. This free conference will be a chance for advertising professionals from around the country to learn about the issues facing advertising from policy experts and lawmakers and then take to the halls of Congress to meet and educate their own Representatives and Senators.

More details will be released soon, but it is not too soon to start making plans to attend Advocacy and Action: AAF Advertising Day on the Hill.

June 30, 2016

Golden Service Award Recipient—Kristina Turner

Volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization and are vital to our federations growth and well-being. AAF-Montgomery honors individuals for their substantial contribution to enhancing and sustaining our federation. Established in 2010, the Golden Service Award is given annually to a member who epitomizes the perfect volunteer — someone who has given valuable commitment and contribution to AAF Montgomery. This year’s award is going to a person who is an excellent example of the spirit and character that this award represents. They are a constant cheerleader of the club and go above and beyond their commitment. This person’s dedication is great — often tackling several different projects at the same time, even when they do not fall under their scope of work within the club. This person is a valuable team player, pushing the club forward — helping AAF Montgomery excel. It is no surprise then that their leadership has helped AAF Montgomery win several club achievement awards — placing third at AAF-District 7 and at nationals for advertising education.

Please join AAF Montgomery in congratulating this year’s winner, Kristina Turner.

June 30, 2016

2016-17 Forward Planning

We’re excited to start the new year with lots of ideas from our 2016-17 Forward Planning meeting! Thanks to Bell Media for hosting. We came up with a TON of ideas.

Why we did this
Each year, the board gets together to help generate ideas and create plans for the year. We work to plan a year that is what our members want and reflect who our membership is in order to gain more insight and truly deliver the best club that we can.

If you didn’t get to make it, that’s okay! We still want to hear from you. Want different benefits? Tell us! Want a certain speaker? Send it on, too! Everything (and we mean everything) will be taken into consideration and then sent out to each board chair for further planning.

If you want to contribute, here are the topics we discussed:

  • Membership
  • Programs — Lunch & Learn speakers/topics
  • Programs — workshops
  • Programs — socials/after hours events
  • Education
  • Government Relations
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Sponsorships
  • Public Service
  • Diversity
  • American Advertising Awards

If you have more, please send your ideas to We want to make sure we are maximizing your club membership!

June 30, 2016

Congrats to our Government Relations chair!

Our Government Relations Chair, Cara Hathcock, recently got engaged! Her fiance, Eddie Grizzard, is a native of Birmingham and works for Apple. Cara and Eddie are very excited about their recent engagement and plan to get married at the beach in April 2017.

June 30, 2016

New AAF District 7 Leadership Roles

We are proud to extend our leadership opportunities at the district level for the 2016-2017 year. AAF District 7 is the largest, most aggressive, innovative and oldest District of the 15 that comprise the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The five state district comprises of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and includes 1600+ professional members and 580+ student members.

Cara Hathcock, our Government Relations chair for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 has accepted her nomination for AAF District 7’s Government Relations Chair–Alabama. Cara will report to the district’s Governor-Elect all issues affecting advertising for the state, and serve as a mentor for all Alabama AAF chapters’ Government Relations chairs as needed.

Leigh Farrior, who has served for us in various positions for the last ten years, has been elected to AAF District 7’s Executive Committee. This six year commitment starts July 1st as Secretary/Treasurer, leads to her being Governor for the 2020-2021 year, and concludes following that as Board Chair.

AAF Montgomery will host the AAF District 7 Spring Convention in April 2020 for Leigh’s Governor’s Gala and installation. The convention also includes the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), the District American Advertising Awards Gala, and many professional development opportunities. The last event we hosted for the District was the Leadership Conference in 2010. If you wish to serve on the convention host committee, it’s never too early to sign up!

June 30, 2016

Matrix wins big at PRSA Awards

Congrats to club member Matrix, LLC and the Alabama Nursing Home Association for winning an Award of Excellence in Integrated Communications—Associations for their campaign last year called “Stand Tall Alabama.”

Awarded annually since 1944, the Silver Anvil Award is considered the public relations equivalent of an Oscar or Grammy. According to PRSA, the award recognizes programs that incorporate sound research, planning, execution and evaluation and meet the highest standards of public relations performance. Silver Anvils are awarded in 13 categories and various subcategories.

ANHA and Matrix, LLC created “Stand Tall Alabama” to help inform the Alabama Legislature about the importance of fully funding the Alabama Medicaid Agency during the Second Special Session of 2015. The integrated communications campaign incorporated social media, grass roots advocacy and advertising to successfully engage voters to contact lawmakers and encourage them to approve Medicaid funding proposals. To read more, check out:

Pictured: AAF Montgomery board member Summer Barrett Patterson and ANHA Director of Communication John Matson

June 30, 2016

2015-16 Member of the Year

Congrats to our 2015-16 Member of the Year, Lori Moneyham! She definitely deserves this award—she has been to nearly every event and helped out with the membership committee all year. Thanks to MOTY sponsor Alabama Graphics and Jim Bradley for sponsoring and being there to present to Lori.

Lori Moneyham is a public relations specialist with the State of Alabama Real Estate Commission. In her variety of public relations work at the Commission, her responsibilities include communicating with Alabama’s almost 30,000 real estate licensees, as well as consumers, through the agency’s publications and social media. She is proud of the Commission’s recent Communication Award, a recognition presented by the international Association of Real Estate License Law Officials. She is a current member of PRCA and the Southern Public Relations Federation. Lori is a Montgomery native and a graduate of Auburn University Montgomery.

In addition to being recognized as the Member of the Year, Lori will receive a free all-inclusive Premium Membership for the 2016-17 AAF Montgomery club year. Congrats again to Lori!

May 26, 2016

Government Alert // ADOR v Omni Studios

Advertising and photography have long remained a non-taxable service. But the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) has filed an appeal for the 3rd time to classify all commercial photography services as retail sales. They are proposing new regulations that make 100% of our gross revenue subject to sales tax collection.

They are doing this despite a very strong court decision, recently won by Omni Studio, which explicitly holds that commercial photography services are not subject to sales tax.

AAF has been keeping an eye on this issue for a while. If the ruling is overturned, it could set a precedent for all advertising to be taxed and companies owing thousands in back taxes.

Find out more here from Weld for Birmingham.

May 26, 2016

Government Alert // Overtime Rules

New Overtime Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2016

Did you know about the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of modified employee overtime pay rules? The new rules, which take effect on December 1, 2016, will have a financial impact on many U.S. businesses including marketing, advertising, and media companies. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees minimum wages and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. These protections extend to “non-exempt” workers.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the regulations issued under the FLSA revising the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. The exemption, which is referred to as the FLSA’s “EAP” or “white collar” exemption, provides that to be considered exempt, employees must meet certain minimum tests related to their primary job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than a specified minimum amount. curreent required for exemption has been $455 a week ($23,660 for a full-year worker). The updated DOL rules will increase the standard salary level required for exemption to $913 a week ($47,476 for a full-year worker). Up to 10% of the new OT obligation can be met using bonus, commission and other incentive compensation. The threshold will automatically adjust on a three-year cycle beginning in 2020. The new rule does not affect the definitions of exemptions (executive, administrative and professional).

The new overtime rules apply to virtually all businesses. The modified overtime pay rules will potentially have a significant impact on your agency’s operations. It is essential for your company to understand the modified overtime rules including the parameters, definitions, implementation elements and time frames as well as going forward aspects of the rules changes. The Federal Register PDF of the Rules to be published by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division on 5/23/2016 is available to download here.

More information can be found at the links provided below:

White House Fact Sheet: Overview and Summary of the Rule

Wage and Hour Division Overtime Fact Sheet

Questions and Answers

Private Employer Technical Guidance Document

May 26, 2016

Silver Medal Award Call for Nominations

Since 1959, the AAF’s Silver Medal Award has honored those who have made outstanding contributions to the advertising community–furthering industry standards, promoting excellence in creativity and serving areas of social concern. Honorees promote, support and further the River Region’s advertising community. Read more here.

Do you know someone who helps advance our advertising community?
Tell us about them by sharing their accomplishments with the world–nominating them for the AAF Silver Medal Award. Download the nomination form and submit to

Deadline for submissions is June 6, 2016. If the committee chooses an honoree, the award will be presented on June 16, 2016 at the Lunch and Learn.

May 25, 2016

AUM Ad Fed Paints Mural with Students

AUM Ad Fed Club, the on campus affiliate club at Auburn University Montgomery, recently completed a service project at Pintlala Elementary school in Hope Hull, AL. Club members painted a mural with the elementary school students.

Here is a quote from the school about the club:

“It is so important to have children experience things they cannot experience from reading a textbook. ...What an awesome bunch of young ladies to come and give up an entire day to give back to the community. I cannot say thank you enough.”

More pictures can be seen here.

May 25, 2016

Alabama Graphics Named One of Best Commercial Printers in U.S. for Fifth Year Straight

For the fifth year in a row, Member of the Year Sponsor Alabama Graphics was named one of the Top 60 Print Shops in America by Wide-Format Imaging magazine, the premier source for wide and grand-format imaging!

Congratulations! Read more here.

April 26, 2016

Win an Apple Watch!

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 26, 2016

Southern Poverty Law Center wins a Webby Award!

The Southern Poverty Law Center, AAF Montgomery member, won a People’s Voice Webby Award for their website redesign!

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. They present two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as, the winners of the Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, the Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, the Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

April 26, 2016

AAF Montgomery is an exhibitor at River Region YP Summit

AAF Montgomery will be an exhibitor and the River Region YP Summit on April 29, 2016 at One Court Square.

The YP Summit is a platform for young professional influencers from every professional, social and nonprofit corner of the River Region to join together to network, share ideas and celebrate each other. In this half day summit, we’ll be tackling relevant issues and hearing from employers and business leaders with fresh ideas for reaching millennials.’s River Region YP Summit, themed “Millennials Rising” is your opportunity to engage rising leaders in the river region. We’ll be tackling relevant issues and hearing from employers and business leaders with fresh ideas for reaching Millennials.

End the day with a happy hour where you can:

-Join a new YP organization or junior board
-Get a professional headshot
-Network with peers and business leaders
-Enjoy drinks, food and entertainment

All for only $10.

Hope to see you there!

click here tickets

April 26, 2016

Matrix, LLC is a finalist for the national PRSA awards!

AAF Montgomery member Matrix, LLC is a finalist for the national PRSA awards for their campaign for Alabama Nursing Home Association.

Awarded annually since 1944, the Silver Anvil Award is considered the public relations equivalent of an Oscar or Grammy. According to PRSA, the award recognizes programs that incorporate sound research, planning, execution and evaluation and meet the highest standards of public relations performance. Silver Anvils are awarded in 13 categories and various subcategories. “Stand Tall Alabama” is a finalist in the Integrated Communications category.

ANHA and Matrix, LLC created “Stand Tall Alabama” to help inform the Alabama Legislature about the importance of fully funding the Alabama Medicaid Agency during the Second Special Session of 2015. The integrated communications campaign incorporated social media, grass roots advocacy and advertising to successfully engage voters to contact lawmakers and encourage them to approve Medicaid funding proposals.

The Silver Anvil winners and Silver Anvil Award of Excellence winners will be announced on June 9, 2016, at a ceremony in New York City.

April 26, 2016

Fido Fest!

The Shoppes at Eastchase, an AAF Montgomery member organization, are hosting Fido Fest, Montgomery’s furriest addition to the festival season that promises to be the Ulti-Mutt day out for people and their dogs! With your support, Fido Fest will be a huge success and they look forward to helping Montgomery’s neediest animals.

Fido Fest 2016 will benefit the Montgomery Humane Society! The Montgomery Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the lives of dogs in need by providing foster homes, medical care, and matching them with their forever friends through adoption initiatives.

Fido Fest will include a wide array of vendors, doggy activities, great food from local food trucks, k9 splash zone and much more! The live music lineup will include Federal Expression, Blue Yonder, the Good Doctor, John Bull and Clinton Babers. There is something for the whole family, two legged and four legged alike! You don’t want to miss it.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on event brite. Bring your dog, kids, a chair and enjoy all of the fun at The Shoppes at EastChase!

click here tickets

April 26, 2016

AAF Rack Pack does Walk of Life 2016

On April 16, 2016, AAF Montgomery’s Rack Pack (Summer Patterson, Leigh Farrior, Michelle Leland, Clarissa Poff, Tammi Poff, Kristina Turner and Cara Hathcock) participated in the 2016 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!

April 25, 2016

Communicorp and Stamp win at District 7 AAAs

AAF Montgomery members Communicorp and Stamp won big at the District 7 American Advertising Awards!

Communicorp won a Gold ADDY® for their Aflac Convention Qualification Brochure New Orleans and Aflac Convention Awards Book Oasis of the Seas Brochure.

Stamp won a Silver ADDY® for their Zero Addiction TV Campaign.

District 7 includes clubs from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Communicorp and Stamp will now compete nationally with these winning pieces at the National AAF Conference in Anaheim, California on June 7, 2016. Wish them luck at the National American Advertising Awards!

April 24, 2016

AAF Montgomery wins big!

AAF Montgomery is honored to have received “Club of the Year” recognition from the American Advertising Federations (AAF) District 7 (D7), an award that Montgomery hasn’t brought home since 1995! D7 includes clubs from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Along with the Club of the Year designation, AAF Montgomery President Michelle Leland was awarded “President of the Year” in D7, for division 4 (based on club size).

The AAF Club Achievement competition includes eight categories—Advertising Education, Club Management, Communications, Diversity & Multiculturalism, Government Relations, Membership, Programs and Public Service. The different categories provide an opportunity to present a comprehensive look at club programs, events, and initiatives over the last year. Entries in each category are judged on goals, strategies, and results. AAF Montgomery received awards in five Club Achievement categories during the recent 2015 AAF D7 Spring Conference in Johnson City, Tennessee. See the list below.

Here’s a little breakdown of our Club of the Year achievements of the past year and our District level wins:

1st Place — Membership
2nd Place — Government Relations
2nd Place — Club Operations
3rd Place — Advertising Education
3rd Place — Diversity

In the National Competition our books placed:

1st Place — Membership
2nd Place — Club Operations
3rd Place — Advertising Education

Recognition for lots of hard work and dedication is always gratifying of course. However, AAF Montgomery is nothing without the support and involvement of our members. For that we thank you and we thought we’d share the good news!

April 24, 2016

Our Newest AAF Montgomery Member

Meet Charlie!

AAF Montgomery’s Membership Chair Amber Willingham and her husband Keith welcomed their little girl! Meet Charlotte “Charlie” Lee Willingham, 7lb 15oz, 18in long, born at 12:29 p.m. on April 8, 2016. Congrats to the new addition!

March 22, 2016

ADMERICA Registration Open

Nearly 800 of the AAF’s grassroots members representing all industry segments—agencies, media companies, clients and suppliers—gather together every year for ADMERICA, AAF’s national conference. Chaired by David Messinger of Creative Artists Agency, ADMERICA will explore the innovations made in the fields of advertising, marketing and communications through the use of social media, creative, digital, new business and mobile advertising.

Maximize your networking opportunities at the Chairman’s Reception, hosted by Jim Norton of AOL. Celebrate diversity and inclusion at the Mosaic Awards and creative excellence at the American Advertising Awards. Honor our outstanding volunteers at the AAF’s Salute to Achievers luncheon, and see our industry’s future as we watch our talented college chapter members compete in the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored by Snapple.

click here for more info

March 22, 2016

Be a part of Selma’s 2016 Charter our Community rebuild project!

Join Charter Saturday, April 2, 2016, as Charter our Community rebuilds a home in Selma, AL. Charter our Community is our philanthropic initiative providing education, resources and financial support to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020.

This pilot partnership with Edmundite Missions will focus on rebuilding the home of Ms. Gloria Kibbler. They are looking for 30-35 volunteers to give the gift of time from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Edmundite Missions has been serving the poor living in the poverty-stricken communities of the Deep South for more than 77 years.

Work is performed in a single day alongside co-workers and skilled craftsmen. Whether you’re a handy person or you’ve never picked up a tool before, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to help. Food, water, a Charter our Community t-shirt and all necessary rebuilding materials and equipment will be provided.

All event registrations are first-come, first-served. Family members 14 years and older are welcomed to participate. Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 are required to have a parent or a guardian with them on site.

Please note this is a volunteer event. Employees are not paid for time on the rebuild or reimbursed for travel-related expenses.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Lisa Silver by March 25, 2016.

For questions or additional information, contact Patti Michel, Charter’s Ambassador for this project via email, or Lisa Silver, Associate Media Marketing Representative and Charter’s Volunteer Coordinator for this event.

Come out, support Charter our Community and enjoy a great day of helping someone in need!

February 24, 2016

District 7 Spring Conference Registration Open

Johnson City, TN | April 7-10 2016

Join more than 120 of the most creative minds in advertising for a weekend of networking, seminars and workshops, and the District 7 American Advertising Awards. Witness our industry’s talent of tomorrow as students within our district compete in the National Student Advertising Competition.The conference will come to a close Saturday evening at the Governor’s Ball, honoring Teresa Treadway, the incoming District 7 Governor.


Karl Sakas | Amanda Valentine | Stefan Mumaw
Brant DeBow | Marika Gonzales Whitehurst | Wynne Tyree

register now

February 23, 2016

Stamp Wins 2016 Reed Award

Congratulations to AAF Club Sponsor Stamp for winning a 2016 Reed Award for Best Web Video for the Mayoral Campaign videos they produced for Mayor Strange’s campaign.

February 23, 2016

Our Newest AAF Montgomery Member

Leigh Farrior, Secretary/Treasurer of AAF Montgomery had an early surprise last week! Meet Kylie Star Farrior, 8lb 9oz, 19.5in tall, born at 9:34pm on February 17, 2016. Send Leigh some congrats!

February 23, 2016

Cara Hathcock on The List in RSVP Montgomery

Congratulations to our AAF Montgomery Government Relations Chair Cara Hathcock for being featured on The List for the Jan/Feb issue of RSVP Montgomery Magazine!

Read more about Cara here.

February 23, 2016

Suzanna Wasserman Recognized By River Region Living Magazine

Congratulations to our AAF Montgomery Programs Chair Suzanna Wasserman! She was recently recognized by River Region Living Magazine as the 2015 Citizen of the Year Advisory Committee.

You can read more here.

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