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Urgent Message from AAF Roanoke on proposed tax on advertising

October 13, 2017

Dear Business Owners, Employees and Advertising Professionals,

We need your help now! Congressional tax writers are discussing the specifics of the tax reform bill – including a possible tax on advertising – this week.

  • Virginia Senator Mark Warner is on the Senate Finance Committee, please contact him immediately and urge him to oppose effort to change the tax status of advertising.
  • Please contact Senator Kaine and your district house representative and ask that they speak to their colleagues on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and urge them to leave advertising alone.
    A sample letter is below for your convenience.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like any supporting materials.

Cindy Shepard Rawlins
Roanoke AAF Government Relations Chair

Contact information:

Virginia Senators:

Warner, Mark R. – (D – VA)
703 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2023

Kaine, Tim – (D – VA)
231 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4024


Virginia U.S. House of Representatives:

5th District
Thomas Garrett
415 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4711
Fax: 202-225-5681

6th District
Bob Goodlatte
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431
Fax: (202) 225-9681
Other office locations:



9th District:

Morgan Griffith
2202 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3861
Fax: (202) 225-0076



Dear __________,

The goal of tax reform is to grow the economy.  A tax on advertising – a primary engine of that growth – would undermine that goal and be counter-productive.  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.

Since the adoption of the tax code in 1913, advertising has been treated as a fully deductible cost of doing business, a drastic change will force business owners to pay much more in taxes and would endanger other essential costs of doing business. No economic rationale has been offered to justify a change in the deduction for advertising costs.

Please speak to your colleagues on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and urge them to leave advertising alone.

Thank you,

[insert your name here]

Ad Studies – Virginia

AdScape Seeks Students Interested in Advertising Careers

AAF Roanoke’s nationally award-winning program enters its fourth year of exposing area high school students to a variety of advertising disciplines


Roanoke, Va. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Now in its fourth year, Adscape is a daylong program offering advanced training in advertising to area high school students interested in graphic design, media, and marketing. It has become the area’s premier annual event for advertising career exploration for multicultural audiences. Applications are now open for interested students for the October 26 event held at Radford University.

AdScape is designed to give creative high school students an insider’s view of advertising. The program includes hands-on workshops on a range of topics and lunch with professionals, professors, and college students. Designed to cultivate advertising talent at the high school level, AdScape programing encourages students to view advertising as a viable career choice by providing professional guidance, leadership, and networking opportunities enhancing students’ understanding of marketing communication.

A program of the Roanoke Chapter of the AAF (American Advertising Federation), AdScape received national recognition in 2015 when it was awarded the Mosaic Award for Best Multicultural Student Program by the American Advertising Federation. Over the past 3 years, AdScape has placed first in the American Advertising Federation’s Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives for Division 3 for 2015, 2016 and 2017, beating other contending AAF clubs across the nation.

“AdScape was created specifically to promote inclusion and support of diversity within the advertising industry targeting multicultural high school students,” said Jamal Millner, AAF Roanoke’s Diversity Chair and Past President. “Minority students are underrepresented in our industry, and that’s why we try to encourage those academic middle students – students that might go to college or might not, by just letting them know there are cool jobs that exist, and that might make them say, ‘I can do this – I might go to college.'”

All workshops are presented by leading professionals in their field and the entire event, including lunch and transportation, is at no cost to students. To learn more and register for AdScape, visit:

About AAF Roanoke

Founded in 1958, the American Advertising Federation, Roanoke Chapter, is Roanoke’s only professional organization devoted entirely to the business of advertising. Professionals in the areas of graphic design, marketing, TV and radio, photography, printing, web design and more, come together to represent a diversity of companies from our community.


2017 AAF District 3 American Advertising Awards Announced

COLUMBIA, SC – District Three of the American Advertising Federation announced the American Advertising Award winners on April 1, 2017, recognizing work in the industries of advertising, marketing, public relations, photography, graphic design and related fields from agencies, businesses and individuals doing business in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina as well as college students studying for those related fields. This year’s judging also saw the participation of the Richmond Ad Club for the first time in many years.
Judging took place in Columbia, SC. The three out-of-market judges were:

Judges chose winners from approximately 200 professional entries and nearly 100 student entries including online, electronic device application, broadcast and print entries. Of those entries, 15 Gold ADDY® Awards and 27 Silver ADDY® Awards were presented to professionals, 7 Gold and 13 Silver ADDY® Awards were presented to students. Entries were judged by a 3-judge panel for their creativity, originality and strategy.
The following entries won the District 3 American Advertising Awards top honors:

  • HMH Agency of Charlotte, North Carolina of AAF Charlotte merited Best of Show Honors “Savannah Airport Takeover”.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Student Jay Adams of AAF Hampton Roads merited Best of Show Student Honors for her “Sweet & Low Companion”.
  • A Special Judges Award went to BooneOakley of Charlotte, NC of AAF Charlotte for “HB2 U, Pat”.

Following is a complete list of the AAF Roanoke District 3 American Advertising Award winners:

  • Gold ADDY® Award for “My Daddy’s Grass Album Cover” by Boyd Pearman Photography (Photography, Color)
  • Silver ADDY® Award for “CT Rolling of the Bulls” by Access (Illustration)
  • Silver ADDY® Award for “Happy Holidays Set” by Virginia Tech (Card, Invitation or Announcement Campaign)
  • Silver ADDY® Award for “Bon Secours Branding Launch” by BOSS Motion Picture Company (Cinematography)
  • Student Gold ADDY® Award for “Koze” by Shannon LeBlanc from Liberty University (Point of Purchase)
  • Student Gold ADDY® Award for “Don’t Let Them Fade Away” by Shawna Hession from Radford University (Illustration – Campaign)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “UNCOVER” by Chloe Kim from Liberty University (Poster Campaign)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “Collect 200 | A Museum Exhibition” by Hannah Pinkie from Liberty University (Single Occurrence or Installation)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “Why So Cereal?” by Ji Su Lee from Liberty University (Packaging)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “AHA!” by Ji Su Lee from Liberty University (Point of Purchase)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “Objectification” by Hannah Lynch from Liberty University (Outdoor & Transit Advertising Campaign)
  • Student Silver ADDY® Award for “Mug Hard: Holiday Collection” by Dakota Stanford from Radford University (Packaging)

For a full list of District 3 American Advertising Award winners, please visit:

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. The three-tier national competition is conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, advertising’s largest industry association and the only one to represent the interests of all facets of advertising: advertisers, agencies, suppliers and media. The AAF is based in Washington, D.C. and has more than 40,000 members through 200 local advertising clubs. For more information, visit

A Letter from AAF Roanoke

AAF Roanoke has been the victim of a larger embezzlement scheme involving a former member of our board.

We have reported the incident to the authorities, and are cooperating with all local and state agencies during the investigation.

We were both shocked and saddened that a longtime member of our board would commit such a criminal act, but are committed to navigating through this legal process, however lengthy, and recovering the strong financial footing of our organization.

We value our members, sponsors and industry partners and want to assure you that we are taking steps to ensure such an act will not happen again.

AAF Roanoke’s public service, diversity and educational programs will continue to serve our region. Our board is strong and determined to recover. In addition, we have been fortunate to have support at our AAF District and National levels.

AAF Roanoke would like to thank our members and community for your ongoing support and understanding during this challenging time.

Winners Announced for 2017 Western Virginia American Advertising Awards

Update: Gold winners are forwarded on the District 3 AAA competition. If you won a professional Silver and would like it to compete a the next level, download the forwarding form. If you won a student Silver and would like it to compete a the next level, download the forwarding form. If you would like to order a duplicate award, download the order form.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Western Virginia Advertising Awards Gala. It was a spirited celebration of you, your work, and your contributions to our industry.

And thank you to all who entered, without your work and your pride for the creative you develop there would be no awards. The Best of winners represent the top prizes in our local industry. Golds will automatically be sent to districts and silvers can be forwarded by the entrant. All winning entries can advance to districts and some will even find their way to Nationals in New Orleans, LA.

Congratulations again to all our winners. Keep being “horrible.”

Howard Packett Award for Creative Excellence (Best of Show)  

Access, IOV I’m Just a Custom for Inorganic Ventures

Best of Print

ndp, Universal Fibers Aloe for Universal Fibers

Best of Interactive                

NewCity, Cleveland Institute of Music Website

Best of Film, Video, and Sound

Access, IOV I’m Just a Custom for Inorganic Ventures

Student Best of Show

Cody T. Davis, GLXY EDM Festival for Liberty University

Student Judge’s Choice        

Nicholas Smith, Color Chemistry for Virginia Western Community College

See the full list of winners.

Thanks again to our sponsors.

Nominations for Advertising Person of the Year now being accepted

You can now submit your nomination online. Visit the link below.


Nominate Advertising Person of the Year

AAF Roanoke honors Lindy Adams and John Anstey with Silver Medal Award

john_anstey_lindy_adams_altRoanoke, Va. (October 24, 2016) – AAF Roanoke recognized Lindy Adams and John Anstey with the American Advertising Federation’s highest honor, the Silver Medal Award, at a ceremony on Thursday, October 20.

The Silver Medal Award was established by the American Advertising Federation in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.

Silver Medal recipients have achieved success within an advertising agency, or as an advertiser, media or advertising service. They demonstrate outstanding creative ability and a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field. Silver Medal recipients have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession. Finally, they contribute to their community by being active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.

Lindy Adams has been a fixture in the Roanoke advertising community for many years. Through the years, there were many times that Lindy served as the glue that held the AAF together. Along the way, she worked in both media and on the agency side, and today is President of System4 Advertising. The body of work in her career demonstrates dedication to craft and community.

Committed to public service, John Anstey has made an indelible mark on the community by contributing pro bono work for numerous area nonprofit organizations. His company, Anstey Hodge, has a national footprint in senior living marketing. He is a successful developer, and a dedicated father and husband.

This was the first time in AAF Roanoke’s history that two Silver Medal recipients were honored in one ceremony. In addition, this year also marks 50 years since AAF Roanoke’s very first Silver Medal was awarded. The first recipient was John Will Creasy, a legend in advertising, culture, and public service in our region.

About AAF Roanoke
Founded in 1958, the American Advertising Federation, Roanoke Chapter, is Roanoke’s only professional organization devoted entirely to the business of advertising. Professionals in the areas of graphic design, marketing, TV and radio, photography, printing, web design and more, come together to represent a diversity of companies from our community.


See below for the presentation videos.

2016 – 2017 Slate of Officers

If you would like to express your interest in volunteering for this new year, please let us know via email.

2016 – 2017 Slate of Officers

President: Stefanie Brown, ndp

Vice President and Membership: Jarett Henshaw, WSLS 10

AD 2 President: Aaron McDowell, WSLS 10

Treasurer: Colleen Dresser, Lawrence Transportation Systems

Communications: Patrick A. Carrell, Anstey Hodge Advertising Group

Education: Leigh Anne Kelley, Radford University

Diversity and Past President: Jamal Millner, M3:GRAFIX

Programs: Tom Field, Berryfield, Inc.

American Advertising Awards: Kym Davis, Fink’s Jewlers

Media Auction: Matt Brown, Anstey Hodge Advertising Group

Secretary, Club Achievement: Tom Smigielski, ndp

Public Service: Corrie Prater, Honeytree Early Learning Centers

Government Relations: Cindy Rawlins, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

2016 Silver Medal Award

UPDATE: The Silver Medal Award nominations have closed. You can now RSVP for the event on October 20.

The American Advertising Federation of Roanoke is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Silver Medal Award. This is the AAF’s highest honor awarded for Lifetime Achievement and is given in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contributions to the advertising profession.

To nominate a qualified individual, please report a detailed overview of the following criteria in the appropriate form field below. The deadline for nominations is June 17.

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To date, AAF Roanoke has awarded the Silver Medal to 33 individuals since it’s inception in 1966. Here are all of the Silver Medal Award recipients to date.

2015 – Todd Marcum

2010 – Tony Pearman

2009 – Terri Jones

2007 – David Hodge

2006 – Richard Boyd

2003 – Robin Chalkley

2002 – Sandy Murray

2001 – Freda Carper

2000 – Greg Vaughn

1991 – Jim Webster

1990 – Howard Packett

1989 ­ – Jan Wilkens

1988 – Larry Bly

1987 – Don Foutz

1985 – Julie McDowell

1984 – William B. Houck, Sr.

1983 – Fred Mugler (Frelantz)

1982 – Mamie Vest

1981 – Dick Burton

1980 – Dale Poindexter

1979 – Claude Harrison

1978 – Wiley Wright

1977 – Herb Weaver

1976 – Burt Levine

1975 – Jerry Conrad

1974 – Bill Snider

1973 – Gordon LeGarde

1972  – John Harkrader

1971 – Cecil Edmonds

1970 – Chuck McKeever

1969 – C.B. Houck

1968 – Clay Ferguson, Jr.

1967 – Shields Johnson

1966 – John Will Creasy

AAF Roanoke Announces 2015 CreateAthon Recipients

Ten Roanoke and New River Valley nonprofit organizations will be the beneficiaries of free marketing and creative services provided by the American Advertising Federation – Roanoke (AAF Roanoke) in its 6th CreateAthon® event. This 24-hour work-around-the-clock event will begin on Saturday, October 17th.

Organizations selected as CreateAthon clients this year include: The Rescue Mission, Bradley Free Clinic, Blue Ridge Literacy, Total Action for Progress, Old Southwest, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, Feeding America of Southwest Virginia, Prevention Council of Roanoke County, Roanoke Emergency Medical Services, Inc. and Downtown Christiansburg, Inc.

AAF Roanoke received a large number of applications from nonprofits across the Roanoke and New River Valley regions. “This is one of the most difficult tasks we have all year,” said Jamal Millner, AAF Roanoke, President. “The nonprofit community in Roanoke is outstanding, and choosing which applicants to accept is a painstaking process. We want to do what we can to help all the nonprofits succeed.”

In the 5 years prior, AAF Roanoke’s CreateAthon event and its volunteers have provided more than half a million dollars worth of creative services to local nonprofit businesses. Since 2002, 99+ agencies and creative groups in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico have held CreateAthon events in their cities. The effort has benefited over 1,300+ nonprofit organizations with 3,500+ projects valued at over $16.5 million. For more information on the program, please visit the web site at

For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact AAF Roanoke Vice President and Public Service Chair Stefanie Brown:, 540.397.3651. To volunteer your expertise, please visit