May 4, 2006

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ADDY® Awards Judging Draws Noted Advertising Talent to Elite Panel

Judging for World's Largest Creative Competition Takes Place May 5–6

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 2006 ADDY®Awards, run by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), today announced the renowned creative and executive talent that will comprise its prestigious 2006 judging panel. The judges will choose finalists for the world's largest advertising competition May 5–6 in Washington, D.C.

This year's ADDY Awards panel is made up of these esteemed creatives and executives:
* Judging Panel Chairman: Mark Tutssel, chief creative officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide
* Tom Ajello, VP, creative director,, New York, N.Y.
* Rick Carpenter, president, DDB Group Los Angeles, Venice, Calif.
* Matt Fischvogt, associate creative director/VP, McKinney, Durham, N.C.
* Jay Giesen, vice president, group creative director, Blattner Brunner, Pittsburgh, Pa.
* Cortrell Harris, creative director, Carol H. Williams, Chicago, Ill.
* Ann Hayden, executive creative director, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, N.Y.
* John Heath, copywriter, Atmosphere BBDO, New York, N.Y.
* David Kim, interactive creative director, Publicis West Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
* Mary Knight, executive creative director, Foote Cone & Belding, Seattle, Wash.
* Paul Schoknecht, director of interactive, JWT Technology, San Francisco, Calif.
* David Stolberg, senior vice president/group creative director, Deutsch LA, Los Angeles, Calif.
* Bob Sullivan, EVP, creative director, Grey Worldwide, New York, N.Y.
* Daniel Vargas, chairman & president, Vargas & Amigos, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

The ADDY Awards competition honors numerous categories of advertising and also features the Student ADDY Awards, designed specially for college students. The program is unique among all advertising competitions; it is the only one that includes three rigorous levels of judging for its 58,000 entries.

"The ADDY Awards celebrate the diverse and ingenious creative excellence of the advertising industry. These esteemed judges, who hail from all regions of the advertising community, are perfectly positioned to cite the most effective and innovative work being done today," said Wally Snyder, president & CEO, AAF.

The ADDY Awards ( are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide. The ADDY Awards gala will take place June 11, in San Francisco, Calif., at the AAF National Conference 2006.

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at