Angie Martz, Author at AAF Roanoke

American Advertising Federation of Roanoke Honors Steve Huff and Katie Wallace with Silver Medal Award

Recipients both noted for inspiring the next generation of creative professionals

Roanoke, Va. (July 10, 2018) – Steve Huff, communication design professor and entrepreneur and Katie Wallace, principal of The Wallace Agency have been awarded the 2018 American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke.

The two industry veterans received this prestigious award at the Silver Medal Ceremony on June 28. This event celebrates the lifetime achievement and creativity of its recipients.

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.

Steve Huff

Recognized not only for his contributions as an educator at Virginia Western Community College, but also for his entrepreneurial and charity efforts, Steve Huff was the evening’s first honoree. His impact recognized in 2011 when he received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). The award is given annually to one teaching faculty member in Virginia who distinctly represents teaching excellence. In addition, as owner of Accuracy X, Steve displays his creativity by hand making firearms of exceptional quality. A highly respected marksman, Steve is frequently sought out as an instructor, helping train military and police special forces around the country.

Huff and his wife, Stacey, started a non-profit organization called World Relief Now (WRN) in 2005 after witnessing acute poverty during their travels to Africa. Through the organization, Huff has provided everything from vitamins to coloring books and helped build schools for people in places like Senegal, Nepal and South Africa.



Katie Wallace

For more than 30 years, Katie Wallace has helped clients build sustainable branding and marketing solutions with The Wallace Agency. Katie draws on her many years of business and marketing experience combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion to help clients identify opportunities for growth. With a national network of research, marketing and creative professionals, she finds hand-picked talent specific to her clients’ needs.

Katie was also recognized for her passionate about community building and “place-making” through the development of artist studios and the revitalization of underutilized properties. She has been a valuable member of numerous community councils and boards, including the American Advertising Federation, where she served as Addy Committee Chair, Vice President, and President (two years) and Ex-Officio (two years) and at the AAF district level as State Governor of Virginia.

“I can’t emphasize enough how much Steve and Katie have helped inspire creative minds in our region,” said Stefanie Brown, immediate past president, AAF Roanoke. “Whether through pushing students to reach new heights of academic creativity or giving a recent graduate that first shot at an exclusive agency job, Steve and Katie have made our industry stronger with their inspiring work ethic, professionalism and community impact.”

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.


Stefanie Brown, APR

Immediate Past President, AAF Roanoke

2018 Silver Medal Award Nominations

The American Advertising Federation of Roanoke is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 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 April 10.

To date, AAF Roanoke has awarded the Silver Medal to 35 individuals since it’s inception in 1966. Here are all of the Silver Medal Award recipients to date.

2016 – Lindy Adams and John Anstey

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

Nominations for Advertising Person of the Year & Vendor of the Year now being accepted

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

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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.


American Advertising Federation of Roanoke Will Serve 11 Nonprofits During CreateAthon®

Roanoke, Va. (Sept. 29, 2017) – Eleven Roanoke and New River Valley nonprofit organizations will be the beneficiaries of free marketing and creative services provided by the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke (AAF Roanoke) in its 7th CreateAthon® event. This 24-hour work-around-the-clock event will begin on Saturday, October 7.

Organizations selected as CreateAthon clients this year include:

  • Apple Ridge Farms
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley
  • Girls Rock Roanoke
  • Habitat ReStore
  • Junior Achievement of Roanoke Valley
  • LEAP
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Straight Street NRV
  • The First Tee Roanoke Valley
  • Troutville Volunteer Fire Department
  • Clean Valley Council

AAF Roanoke received a large number of applications from nonprofits across the Roanoke and New River Valley regions. “Choosing the accepted nonprofits is one of the most difficult tasks we have all year,” said Stefanie Brown, 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 previous events, 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, agencies and creative groups in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico have held CreateAthon events in their cities. The effort has benefited more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations with projects valued at over $24 million. For more information on the program, please visit

CreateAthon relies on generous support of volunteers and sponsors to make it a success. To volunteer creative expertise, please visit For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact AAF Roanoke Public Service Chair Carrie Cousins:, 540.343.1550 x109.