May 30, 2007

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AAF Celebrates Recipients of Prestigious Advertising Service Awards


Washington, D.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced this week its prestigious service awards honorees. Jimmy Warren of the Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation will receive the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award, and the Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Award will be awarded in memory of Warren Jaquith, American Advertising Federation. The awards will be presented during the AAF National Conference 2007, June 7–9, in Louisville, Ky.

The Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Awardwas established by the American Advertising Federation board of directors to recognize distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through their work with the AAF. The Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Awardwas established to recognize and honor employees of AAF member clubs, federations, districts and the national AAF.

Jimmy Warren'scontributions to the advertising industry began when he joined the Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation in 1982. He was elected as a board member in 1984, and continued to serve until 2005. During his involvement with the local club, Warren began his tenure with AAF's District 7, serving the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and southeastern Louisiana. His work on programs, events and his commitment to growth and education subsequently led to his appointment as governor of District 7 in 1996. In 2000, Warren was elected to chair the AAF council of governors and under his leadership worked with the council to develop and publish a comprehensive membership manual, A Gift, A Guide, A Goal.

AAF President Emeritus Howard Bell will present the 2007 Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Award in memory of Warren Jaquith. Jaquith joined the AAF as a receptionist in 1998 and for nine years served as a core member of the AAF staff. Jaquith's hard work, patience, attention to detail and quick wit made him an invaluable part of the AAF family.

For more information, contact Joanne Schecter, AAF executive vice president – club services at (202) 898-0089 or jschecter@aaf.org.

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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 www.aaf.org.