I am honored to hold this position that so many leaders in our advertising community have held before me. I would like to extend a welcome to all of our new members on the board this year, as well as a thank you to all of our returning members. I believe that the fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm from our new members, coupled with our returning members’ experience and dedication, certainly creates a recipe for our club’s continued success.
Our 2015 – 2016 year was a whirlwind of noteworthy events, all of which made were made possible by you, our members. We continued our partnership with NEPA BlogCon; held our annual Holiday Party, which this year featured an art supply donation to benefit local non-profit EOTC; and wrapped up our fifth season of Twenty Minutes & A Beer. Our American Advertising Awards were wildly successful, resulting in a record number of entries and attendance the evening of the awards. As a result of our over 60% increase in AAA entries from the previous year and a first place national Club Achievement Award in the category of Membership, we were given the opportunity to send two people to the 2016 National AAF Conference Admerica in Disneyland – for free! While at the conference, we were also able to see our local and District 2 Student Best in Show winner, David Bonomo of Marywood University, snag a Gold National AAA award for his “Shakespeare Summer Series” posters.
It is my goal for our board to be approachable, and for any member to feel welcome and encouraged to contribute. Drop us an email note or suggestion, follow us on our social media channels, come to an event, or if you’re not a member yet, join AAF!
By joining AAF, you are joining a community of 40,000 advertising professionals nationwide. Being a member comes with a host national benefits, not to mention the array of local benefits specific to our club, like discounts at club events, featured social media posts, and more.
Again, thank you all for your time, support, and commitment. I am enthusiastic about the future of our club and I couldn’t be more excited for the year to come!
President, 2016 – 2018
AAF Northeast Pennsylvania