AAF Greater Flint ADDY Awards winners announcement coming soon!

Look for the announcement of all the winners of this years’ AAF Greater Flint ADDY Awards.  The event is sold out, but you can still see all the winners on the Awards page next week.  We have had an overwhelming response to this event and are looking forward to seeing all the awards given out February 23rd in Flint. Thanks to all of our sponsors as well.  We could not have done this without you.  Stay tuned for the list of all the winners early next week.

American Advertising Awards Free Workshop-Rescheduled to Tue Dec 19, 2017

The AAF of Greater Flint will be holding an American Advertising Awards workshop on Tuesday December 19th from 6PM to 8PM at the Mott Community College Visual Arts building.  If you want to learn how to enter an entry or how to determine what category to enter your work into, this workshop will help you do that.  It is free, but we encourage an RSVP.  Email Dave Perry at dave@davep.biz to let them know you are coming.  It is an informal workshop designed to help you with specific questions.  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

2017-18 AAF Greater Flint Board

Your votes have been counted, and we are pleased to announce the 2017-18 Board for the American Advertising Federation of Greater Flint.

Board positions are filled for a one-year term. You can find descriptions of board positions in the AAF Greater Flint By-laws.

Welcome to our new and returning members!


Alaina Wiens
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Vice President
Shelby Mayberry
Mayberry Media

Executive Director & Treasurer
Stephanie Gibbs
Spinosa Realty

Secretary & Membership Chair
Katie Curnow
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

College Connections Chair
Jim Shurter
Mott Community College

Communications Chair
Dave Perry
Townsquare Media

Programs Chair
John Tracy
McLaren Flint

Public Service Committee Chair
Lue Grady
Outfront Media

Governmental Affairs Chair
Mike Naddeo
Mike Naddeo Photography

American Advertising Awards Chair
Chris McDonald
Designworks Advertising


Call for Board Nominations

The American Advertising Federation of Greater Flint is now accepting nominations for the Executive Board and Committee Chairs.

In the coming year, AAF Greater Flint will focus on better connecting members with each other and industry resources. Care to join us? Know someone we should reach out to? Members, submit your nominations by 5pm on Friday, May 26.

Board Nomination Form

Board positions are filled for a one-year term. You can find descriptions of our board positions in the AAF Greater Flint By-laws.

2016-17 AAF Greater Flint Board

  • Alaina Wiens, President
  • Stephanie Gibbs, Executive Director
  • Ellen Peter, Membership Chair
  • Dave Perry, Immediate Past President
  • Lue Grady, Public Service Committee Chair
  • Tony McGill, College Connection Chair
  • John Tracy, Programs Chair
  • Chris McDonald, American Advertising Awards Chair
  • Katie Curnow, Secretary

AAF Greater Flint Welcomes Detroit Metro CVB and SMZ for a Case Study Presentation

Detroit Come BackThe American Advertising Federation of Greater Flint is proud to welcome the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and their agency of record SMZ on Thursday, May 4. We’ll learn about Detroit’s latest tourism ad campaign and the economic impact it is having on the growth in Downtown Detroit.  We’ll also discuss the case study’s application to Flint and Genesee County.


Thursday, May 4, 2017
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
University of Michigan-Flint
Happenings Room, Harding Mott University Center


Chris Pokorski, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Manager, Advertising
Mary Bridget Gielow, SMZ, VP/Management Supervisor
Victor Spieles, SMZ, Associate Creative Director

A moderated Q & A session will follow the presentation. Lunch will be provided.


  • AAF Members: $15
  • Non- AAF members: $20
  • Students: No cost

Please register online by Monday, May 1.

 Detroit Metro CVB Logo   SMZ Logo

Congratulations to our District 6 ADDY Award winners!

Each year, the  American Advertising Federation hosts local ADDY® Awards, which are the first step of a three-tiered, national competition. AAF Greater Flint winners, announced this year on February 24, were advanced to be judged in the District 6 competition.

Congratulations to our 2016-17 District 6 Silver award winners!

Professional Awards

BluFish Consulting
Hurley Medical Center
Outfront Media

Student Awards

Patrick Schnaezel and Bethanie Furhman, College for Creative Studies
Olivia Steele, College for Creative Studies

AAF District 6 represents 13 affiliate local professional advertising clubs in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. District winners are next forwarded to the third tier, the National American Advertising Awards competition.

You’re Invited to Our Membership Beer-B-Que

Every summer, the AAF-Greater Flint hosts a Membership Beer-B-Que. This is our way to say thank you to our current members and give new folks a taste of what the American Advertising Federation of Greater Flint is all about.

Beer-B-QueWednesday, May 24
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Rain or Shine
Hospitality House at McLaren
3170 Beecher Road • Flint, MI 48532

The Beer-B-Que is a great way to reconnect with fellow members and meet some new ones. If you know someone interested in joining the club, please bring them along!

Register online for this free event.

AAF Day on the Hill

Dave Perry, former Governor of AAF District 6 and Past President of AAF Greater Flint will be in Washington D.C. on March 30th for an event sponsored by AAF National called “Day on the Hill.”  Dave will have access to meet with Representatives and Senators in their offices that day and wants to hear from you, the membership, on your concerns related to legislation that effects your business and the advertising business in particular. 

If you have a concern that Dave should take on your behalf to the lawmakers directly, please send it to him via email at dave@davep.biz.  This is a rare time in our nation’s history and uncertainty is the only certainty right now. 

Let your voice be heard.  Dave is anxious to be your voice on March 30th in our nation’s capital.

Looking Forward to 2017

It’s an exciting time for the American Advertising Federation of Greater Flint as we reflect on this year’s projects and look forward to 2017.

The 40th annual American Advertising Awards gala in Flint will be held Friday, February 24, 2017. The call for entries is open, and we can’t wait to see the best and brightest examples of advertising excellence our region has to offer. Submit your entries for student and professional awards by January 13.

A notable update to this year’s event is the inclusion of a silent auction. For years, the annual AAF-GF Fall Auction has supported student scholarships, while offering attendees a chance to bid on valuable items such as local advertising, artwork, gift cards and more. With these events combined, your ticket to this year’s Evening of Excellence is an even greater value!

As we finalize programming for 2017 and beyond, we’d like to hear from you—our members and friends. How would you like to connect with the AAF? With other local advertisers and marketing professionals? If you have a few minutes, please complete this short survey.

Members & Friends Survey

On behalf of the AAF Greater Flint board, thank you for your membership and support these past 40 years.

Alaina Wiens