AAF Cincinnati Aug-Sept Newsletter Print

Club News

AAF Cincinnati Captures 3 National ADDYs at ADMERICA 2017

Cincinnati State Student Dallas Ford accepted a Gold Student ADDY for his Skateboarding Infographic. He picked up the hardware at Admerica in New Orleans on June 10 with the school’s Graphic Design program chair Jason Caudill and other fans clapping loudly. In the pic with Dallas are (left to right) AAF EVP Joanne Schecter; National AAF American Advertising Awards volunteer chair, George Riddell; and volunteer co-chairs Greg Branch and Michele Massey.

Professional ADDY winners in New Orleans included a Gold ADDY to Landor for its “Inject Hope” poster campaign for the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

Madtree Brewing Company, entering the three-tier local-district-national creative competition for the first time ever, won a national Silver ADDY for their “Identity Crisis” Can Design.

Big congratulations to our Cincinnati’s national ADDY winners!

And thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016-2017 CincinnADDYs. (If you’re interested in being involved in planning the 2017-2018 CincinnADDYs, now is the time to join the committee. Email Executive Director Judy Thompson, [email protected] and let us know!)

Back to top

Calendar of Events

2017-2018 Club Programming Ramps Up with “Membership Reboot” Wed., Aug. 23, 5-8pm at the American Sign Museum

Register Now! (Registration taken up to the last minute! And we will accept a few walkins.) 



Mark Your Calendar for Wed., Sept. 20 Cannes Lions lunch at the Radisson in Covington (and yes the bridge will be open).

Luncheon features 2017 Cannes Lions Winners presented by NCM America's Movie Network 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Radisson Covington

You'll see the best work from the world's agencies and marketers as judged at the 64th Annual International Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity that happened in June 2017 in Cannes, France! Always one of our most popular events for the creative community, it's being held at the Radisson Riverfront in Covington. Reserve your seats now! Our Table for !0 assures up-front seats for a group -- at a price that accommodates members and non-members. 



Register Now!


Back to top


AAF Cincinnati Wants YOU! 2017-2018 Membership Campaign Underway!

Back to top

Community Service

Celebrate 70 years of trailblazing. AAF Cincinnati has been asked to help spread the word about a Celebration on Sept. 12 at Duke Energy Center. 

Did you know that Steve Reece was AAF Cincinnati’s (then Ad Club) first African American Board Member? It was 1978 when he was elected to our Board.  At the time, Reece and his wife Barbara ran a downtown marketing and events-promotion company called Communiplex Services that they’d founded in 1975. That company would later move to Integrity Hall, a Reece-owned meeting and banquet facility in Bond Hill.

"Steve Reece and I were both elected to the AdClub Board for the first time in 1978. Knowing Steve Reece – and, of course, his daughter Alicia -- has helped me make great connections in the Cincinnati business community,” says AAF Cincinnati’s Executive Director Judy Thompson. “When I was at Cincinnati Bell, Communiplex was one of our ad agencies. At a time when custom calling services like 3-way calling and call hold were the new thing, Steve helped us introduce those.”

It was Alicia Reece who reached out to us with her invitation to attend this celebration. No reservations necessary. Just show up! 


Non-profit Equality Ohio Seeks a Little Help from A Friend


While visiting AAF Cincinnati last week Non-profit agency Equality Ohio, headquartered in Cleveland, was described by their Executive Director as a “small but mighty organization.”

Equality Ohio is seeking an advertising or marketing company for a public service partnership to help them do some important work. With limited funds, they’re willing to offer a possible in-kind exchange for a corporate sponsorship.Equality Ohio’s brochure says, “We utilize, legalize, organize, formulize, strategize, synchronize the LGBTQ Community in Ohio.”

AAF Cincinnati was surprised (perhaps because we live in Cincinnati) to learn that only 21% of Ohio’s municipalities provide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

If your company has an interest in helping Equality Ohio, please email our Executive Director, Judy Thompson, at [email protected]. She will put you in touch with Equality Ohio.

Back to top

Executive Director's Corner

Call for Committee Volunteers!

It’s that time of year when we seek people to help out on our many AAF Cincinnati committees. Want to volunteer for an organization that offers you remarkable networking opportunities while it gives you leadership experience you may not be getting on the job?  Just let us know!  Volunteers make our world go ‘round!  Right now, we are eager to add people to our CincinnADDYs committee, our Membership committee, our Programs committee and more!

Send an email to Executive Director Judy Thompson at [email protected] Tell her which committee you’d like to volunteer for. Or, if you’re not sure, tell her a little about your background, your interests, what you’d like to get from your AAF Cincinnati membership. Looking for a mentor? Drinking buddies? Strategies for getting the promotion you deserve? Maybe a better job?  A bigger salary?

It’s all possible through AAF Cincinnati! 

Judy can help you find the perfect fit.  Email her today!

Back to top