the unifying voice of advertising
The AAF Central Region's value to our member districts is to provide leadership on issues involving and affecting advertising, to cooperate with government officials at federal, state, and local levels by representing the industry’s positions before legislative and administrative bodies when necessary, to promote and encourage fellowship, networking, understanding, and cooperation among the various disciplines of the advertising industry, to act and promote the highest level of ethical standards and act and operate in an equitable and fair way to all members, to promote the efforts, accomplishments, and support the needs, concerns, and general operational struggles a member district and/or club may have, and for the Chair of the AAF Central Region to serve as a member of the AAF National Board of Directors having a voice and a vote on AAF matters that concern all members. The AAF Central Region Chair is also a reporting member of the AAF COG (Council of Governors).
The AAF Central Region represents nearly 12,000 AAF members within five districts, 60+ local ad clubs, which encompass 18 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Our local members that belong to one of our five districts are employed in all aspects and disciplines of the advertising industry. They represent agencies, corporate marketing departments, broadcast and print media companies and industry suppliers.
Through our districts and local clubs our collective affiliation with the national AAF provides a powerful voice and influence in own local and regional business communities. Each of the local ad clubs are part of the national AAF’s member network comprising of 40,000 professionals in all corners of the United States.
Every other year, the AAF Central Region has a conference bringing together members from all 18 states for two-days of professional development, networking, and fun. Throughout the year our districts and clubs offer member programs, including meetings featuring industry-related speakers, professional development workshops, educational seminars, scholarships, public service initiatives, social events and local award competitions recognizing excellence in advertising.
The AAF Central Conference is hosted by an AAF local ad club with the planning support from the Central Region leadership. We have been fortunate to have had these following AAF local ad clubs step up and host:
2023 AAF Des Moines (Iowa / District 9) - CHECK OUT THE PHOTO GALLERY
2021 AAF Amarillo (Texas / District 10)
2019 AAF Greater Evansville (Indiana / District 6)
2017 AAF Amarillo (Texas / District 10)
2015 Kansas City Ad Club (Missouri / District 9)
2013 AAF Central Minnesota (Minnepolis / District 8)
2011 AAF Ft. Worth (Texas / District 10)
Each AAF ad club falls within one of three geographic regions: Western, Central or Eastern. Each region collectively elects a regional chair to serve on the national AAF board of directors. The regional chair represents the concerns of ALL the clubs and federations in his/her region. AAF Central Region represents Districts 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.
The AAF map is then further broken down into 15 multi-state districts. Each district elects a district governor to serve on the AAF Council of Governors (COG). Members of the COG also serve on the national AAF board of directors, representing the interests and concerns of local ad club members.
AAF districts serve another vital role: They set the framework for well-known industry programs like the American Advertising Awards and the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). In each program, district-wide competitions yield top contenders, who then advance on to a national round.
The AAF Central Region represents nearly 12,000 members within 5 districts across 18 states. As a member of your local AAF Club, you enjoy the following benefits of membership and opportunities to volunteer and get involved in your district, the AAF Central Region, and the national AAF.
Professional Development & Networking
Recognition of Advertising & Creative Excellence American Advertising Awards
Industry News & Resources SignUp for AAF SmartBrief
Development of Future Industry Leaders
Promotion of the Value of Advertising and the Industry
Click a logo below to learn about each district and their member ad clubs, as well as the national AAF.
OHIO | KENTUCKY | WEST VIRGINIA
Governor David Caldwell
ILLINOIS | INDIANA | MICHIGAN
Governor Chris McDonald
MINNESOTA | NORTH DAKOTA
SOUTH DAKOTA | WISCONSIN
Governor Bridget Deutz
IOWA | KANSAS | MISSOURI
Governor Jennifer Goetz
ARKANSAS | N. LOUISIANA
OKLAHOMA | TEXAS
Governor Laurel McEuen
Young Professionals in Advertising
Ad 2 is a division of the American Advertising Federation whose members are age 32 and younger. Ad 2 clubs give young professionals a chance to interact with their peers, and they help to bridge the gap between college graduation and entry into the professional world by providing professional development and public service programs. Today, Ad 2 is over 1,000 members strong and boasts 18 clubs nationwide. ELEVEN of the 18 are in the AAF Central Region!! Click here to learn more!
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HAVE YOU SERVED AAF AS A CENTRAL REGION DISTRICT GOVERNOR? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING THE AAF CENTRAL REGION BOARD? contact the aaf central region chair for more details