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AAF Honors Andy Narrai with Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

Washington, D.C., June 6, 2014—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) awarded Andy Narrai of Milwaukee, Wisconsin the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award last week at ADMERICA!, the AAF’s National Conference on Advertising.

The Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award was established by the AAF board of directors in 1994 to recognize distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through volunteer work with the AAF. The award is named in honor of the late Bart Cummings, former chief executive officer of Compton Advertising (now Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising), whose extraordinary career was dedicated to industry service and to advancing the social and economic values of advertising. This award is the highest honor the federation can bestow on a member. Andy Narrai, a sixteen-year AAF continuous volunteer, received the 2014 Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award as someone who embodies the spirit of the Award.

“Andy more than meets the criteria for this great recognition. Among his many talents, he has displayed trust, gusto and guts under pressure, all to achieve meaningful results for the American Advertising Federation,” said Ann Iverson, principal of Creating Selling Opportunities, and Bart Cummings’ daughter.

Andy Narrai’s contributions to the advertising industry began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he has remained a fixture throughout his successive leadership roles in media, agency and corporate settings. He joined the Advertising Club of Milwaukee in 1995 and held several leadership roles including club president. He has since served as a AAF’s District 8 Governor, AAF Central Region Chair, Chair of the AAF Council of Governors, and has been a driving force for several AAF initiatives.

Narrai currently serves as AAF National Treasurer and works closely with AAF President and CEO, James Edmund Datri, and other members of the AAF’s National Board of Directors, to ensure rigor and transparency in the management and communication of AAF finances. He also is an Advisory Council Member of the Institute for Advertising Ethics, AAF’s Compensation Committee Secretary, a member of AAF’s National Board of Directors, and a member of the board’s Executive Committee.

Narrai is currently the Director of Marketing at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms. Jerry Janzer, CEO of Reinhart said, “We are thrilled to have Andy on our team. He has extensive knowledge and insight into marketing and advertising strategy, and brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to every initiative he undertakes.”   

The AAF extends its congratulations to Andy Narrai on the honor. AAF has seen growth over the last five years as a direct result of Andy’s talent, leadership, work, dedication, and belief in the Federation.

To learn more about the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award and Andy Narrai’s accomplishments, visit www.aaf.org.

About the American Advertising Federation
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members comprising the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 AAF college chapters with over 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism, and summer Ad Camps for high school students. For more information on the full range of AAF programming, visit www.aaf.org.