AAF Gainesville Members Win District ADDY Awards










AAF Gainesville members were honored with numerous ADDY Awards at the AAF 4th District ADDY Awards Gala, Saturday April 14th in Orlando.  President, Nita Chester accepted awards on behalf of both Professional and Student winners.

Gold ADDY Awards:

  • Frankel Media Group Out of Home Campaign for Nextran Truck Centers “Nextran Interior Branding”

Student Gold – Marina Bezesky – Santa Fe College Digital Media “Contemporary Graphic Design Cover”

Silver ADDY Awards:

  • University of Florida Health – Regional / National TV Campaign “Problem Solving Care”
  • Frankel media Group –  Alachua County Local TV Campaign “Anti-Liter”
  • Exactech – Brochure “Truliant Knee System”

Student Silver ADDY Awards:

  • Ryan Jones UF College of Journalism “Better Stories”
  • Jessica Speckman Santa Fe College Digital Media “Thank You Box” and “Blue Bird Logo”
  • Caroline Staniski UF College of Journalism Design Workbook “The Third Space”


Congratulations to all the winners at the 4th District ADDY Awards.  A complete list of 4th District Winners will be posted soon.

Winners of the National Competition will be announced at the National ADDY Awards, June 8th in Chicago at the AAF National Conference.  


Annual Conference and ADDY Gala

Join AAF Gainesville at the AAF District Annual Conference April 13 – 15th in Orlando, FL .
Professional networking, speakers, and the District ADDY Gala celebrating ADDY winners from Florida and the Caribbean.
AAF Gainesville represented! 

A limited number of AAF Gainesville Members registration is included with the
AAF Gainesville Membership.
Registration includes conference speakers and of course the  ADDY Gala
with cocktail hour, seated dinner, open bar–and the ADDY Show.
Highlights also include awarding of the Jack Phillips Gold Medal and Governor’s Cup Volunteer of the Year.
Ticket link: https://aaffourthdistrict.regfox.com/aaf-fourth-district-2018-addy-gala

To register for the conference and hotel information, please click here.



BRAD HIGDON, EVP/Content & Activation
Sales Factory + Woodbine
Lessons from the Lizard: How to Stay Revolutionary

Brad shares his experience creating industry-shattering campaigns for the Geico brand and applies learning to help smart brands stay ahead.
ANDY JORISHIE, Managing Director, Bright Red\TBWA
Year of the Showdown: 2018 Consumer Trends Battle It Out

Andy explores the convergence of emerging consumer trends–man vs. machine, personalized vs. tribe–and their impact on brands.
ART HARDIE, Founder/Creative Director
Maven Creative

Advertising in the Era of Instant Engagement

Consumer demand is insatiable–and won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Art shares shrewd tactics to help your creativity keep pace.

Click to REGISTER for the Annual Conference and ADDY Gala


Public Service Advertising Competition


Are you an Angel ? Do you have a Public Service Campaign?
American Advertising Federation Fourth District’s
Angel Award Competition honors the very best in public service advertising. It combines two missions of the organization: to utilize industry expertise to address community issues, and to celebrate and honor advertising excellence.

Entry is open to all advertising service providers, public service organizations, and special interest causes and groups located in Florida and the Caribbean. No organization membership is required.

Showcase your creative work and message. Enter today! Deadline March 20th



It was great to see everyone at this year’s ADDY Gala show! We wanted to send out a quick note to say: Thank you for attending and thank you for entering your amazing work! You are a huge part of why our show is successful and why Gainesville creative market is on the rise! Hope to see you and your entries next year!

Silent Auction:
Thank you to our sponsors and for all the silent auction items.  With everyone’s support  AAF Gainesville raised $1,200 for Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation

Winning Entries:
Missed the show or want to see it all again?  View Here.

ADDY Gala Night Pictures:

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Forwarding your entries:
If you won a Gold ADDY Award, your award will automatically be forwarded to the District competition at no cost to you— you need to do nothing more on your Gold ADDY(s).


District ADDY Show: The District ADDY Show will take place in Orlando on April 14. It will include open bar, dinner, and of course the Award Show! More information and to purchase tickets in advance can be found here.

Silver ADDY winners may advance to the Regional ADDY competition by paying a forwarding fee. Email us by Thursday, February 22, to get your forwarding completed. The cut-off is 2:00 pm. If we do not hear from you by this time, we cannot forward your silver entry. No exceptions.

Cost to forward each entry for members: $75
Cost to forward each entry for non-members: $95
Cost to forward each entry for students: $10



Join us February 16th for the 2018 ADDY Awards at the Gainesville Woman’s Club.

RSVP by February 8 by emailing Anna@frankelmedia.com – Seating is limited!

Students $35
Individuals $50
Corporate Table $350 (8-person)

Heavy Hors d’ouevres • Cash Bar

Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening evening with “A Night in the Safari” to honor and support Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Our silent auction proceeds will all go to Carson Springs. Contact Nita Chester if you would like to donate an item to our auction by emailing her at nitachester@hotmail.com.



Welcome New Member

We are excited to announce a new member to AAF Gainesville!   PS Design

PS Design is a premiere Graphic design and Web design company located in Ocala – North Central Florida and has been serving our community since 2008. We specialize in providing complete, end-to-end graphic and website management.

Holiday Social

Join us Wednesday, December 13 for our annual Holiday Social.
Become a Guardian Angel! Adfed is collecting gifts for all ages for over 550 children in the court system in this circuit who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many children will not receive gifts without our help. Please bring unwrapped gifts to our Holiday Social so we can make those kids happy.

Where: The Depot Event Space, 201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

RSVP direct to Anna Bouwens by December 8: anna@frankelmedia.com

UF Grad and Veteran PR Practitioner to speak at Joint Luncheon

Join us Thursday Nov. 16th for the our Joint luncheon with Florida Public Relations Association. John P. David, President of David PR Group and a graduate of the University of Florida, will speak about the intricate world of Online Reputation Management.

Where: Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
When: Thursday Nov. 16th at 11:30 a.m.

Members $0 RSVP direct to Beth Eng: beng@wcjb.com

Non-Members Register Here:

All New and Renewing Memberships include Programs at no additional cost.  Learn about joining AAF Gainesville.



About John P. David

John P. David has more than 25 years of experience in the public relations industry, serving South Florida-based and national clients. He specializes in creating and implementing media relations programs that not only build name recognition but also generate leads. He has extensive experience in most forms of corporate communications including writing news releases, brochures and newsletters. He is frequently called on by his clients for high profile, time-sensitive writing assignments as well as for marketing efforts and crisis management. He also has experience handling large-scale media events.

David frequently writes about public relations and marketing at David PR Blog, and his insights on publicity and communications are frequently published on the Huffington Post.  He also serves as a partner with online reputation management firm WebFactCheck.com, a website that enables businesses to effectively respond to negative internet posts.  He has been quoted on a variety of marketing and PR related topics in a number of national media outlets including NPR.org and Today.com.

Help AAF-Gainesville unify our industry


Your membership with the AAF, through your company or organization, your club or your college, connects you to the entire advertising community and provides you with great opportunities for networking, education and valuable discounts.

AAF educates members on the latest trends in advertising, marketing and government issues with a variety of annual programs. Attendance at the AAF District Conferences, AAF National Conference and Government Affairs Day in Tallahassee provides members with the information necessary to stay current and competitive in the industry.

Greetings From Our New President

Welcome to a new and exciting year for AAF Gainesville.

AAF Gainesville is affiliated with the only organization that includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. You can build your connections and celebrate this ever-changing, amazing industry we work in.

AAF Gainesville has been an active part of the Gainesville business community for well over 25 years. Our members include advertising agencies, television and radio stations, print publications, small businesses, non-profits and more. AAF Gainesville is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) 4th District Florida/Caribbean. This vast network is a wonderful resource for professional opportunities and recognition, both locally and throughout the District.

We hold monthly educational meetings, social gatherings, the annual ADDY Awards, participate in legislative efforts, and host fundraising projects including the inaugural Lazy River 5K Fun Run and River Float at Ginnie Springs to support The Florida Springs Institute preservation efforts. Membership entitles you to free attendance at all programs and socials, not including the ADDY awards banquet.

If by chance you are not a member – now is the time to join! Membership levels are available for individuals, businesses of all sizes, as well as for students. Join now to get the best rate when entering the upcoming ADDY Awards competition. This acclaimed advertising contest, judged by industry professionals, can possibly bring your business local, district and even national recognition.

And, AAF Gainesville is more than just a professional organization. Many Gainesville members have been a part of this organization for decades forming lifelong friendships.

Need to know more? Information is available on memberships, ADDY entries as well as discounts from the national AAF organization. Renew or become a member today and get ready to take your career to the next level.

Thanks for your commitment as we embark on a new AAF Gainesville adventure. Join me for a fun and exciting year!