Andy Narrai Elected Treasurer of the AAF; Wally Snyder Named President Emeritus


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The board of directors of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) today elected Andy Narrai as the organization’s national treasurer. Narrai succeeds Alan Schultz, chairman and CEO of Valassis, who had served as treasurer since 2003.

Andy Narrai, vice president of client services and a partner at Scheibel Halaska, a full-spectrum marketing communications firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., is currently the chairman of the AAF’s Council of Governors (COG), which represents the 200 advertising clubs from across the AAF’s 15 districts.

Significantly, this marks the first time in the AAF’s history that a member of the Council of Governors has served in the national treasurer’s post; all previous AAF treasurers have come from the ranks of corporate board members.

Narrai has been actively involved in the AAF for many years, both nationally and in his own community. In addition to leading numerous committees, he has served as president of the Milwaukee Advertising Club, governor of the Eighth District (covering North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and chairman of the Central Region. He sits on the board of advisers for the Eisner American Museum of Advertising & Design. Narrai received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations from Marquette University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu and Kappa Tau Alpha honor societies.

AAF President and CEO James Edmund Datri stated, “Andy is a proven, results-oriented leader who loves the AAF, and I applaud his election by the board today as our national treasurer. I think it is a great benefit to the AAF that our new treasurer, who will have such a key role in our budgetary and fiscal issues, will bring with him the perspective and experience he has gained as an ad club president, governor and COG chairman.”

Narrai said: “In today’s increasingly dynamic advertising environment, the AAF’s singular ability to bring together all facets of the industry to address, solve and promote key issues makes it more relevant and essential than ever. I look forward to this added responsibility and consider it an honor to work alongside AAF President Jim Datri and the other executive committee members to ensure the fiscal stability and growth of the federation.”

The board also today formally designated Wally Snyder, immediate past president & CEO of the AAF, who served 16 years as the AAF’s leader, as president emeritus. Snyder has been widely recognized as a leader in the advertising industry and as having initiated inroads in the areas of self-regulation and diversity during his tenure as AAF president & CEO. Snyder will serve alongside President Emeritus Howard Bell.

“This honor is in recognition of Wally’s 16 years of distinguished service and visionary leadership as the AAF’s president and CEO and his continued commitment to, and important role in, our federation and our industry,” said Datri.

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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 40,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 225 college chapters, the AAF provides 7,500 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.