New York Times Columnist David Brooks to Speak at the AAF National Conference 2009

AAF Invites Attendees to "Make It New" in Washington, D.C., at Annual Conference


WASHINGTON, D.C.—This June, the collective advertising and marketing community will gather in the nation's capital for the American Advertising Federation's premier event, the AAF National Conference 2009. The conference will be held June 4–6 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., overlooking Washington, D.C.

The conference lineup of speakers will include top advertising leaders and innovators and feature New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks, who will give the keynote address, "Politics in the Age of Obama," at The New York Times Luncheon on Friday, June 5. Brooks, who has written for The Times since September 2003, is the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.

Nearly 1,000 professionals from around the country will participate in advertising forums, professional development workshops and numerous networking opportunities as they discuss and determine how the advertising industry will "Make It New" with a new administration, new economic climate and new technological advances.

Mike Kelly, senior advisor, Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and the national chairman of the 2009 conference, stated, "The AAF National Conference 2009 will take on the industry's most pressing issues—from how to successfully harness cross-platform marketing and digital media to practical ways to get the most out of advertising investments in these troubled economic times. Our speakers and panels will share their expertise and insight on how to keep our industry strong through innovation."

The 2009 conference will be the first located in Washington, D.C.—the home of AAF's headquarters—since 1999. "It's extremely fitting that this year's annual conference will be held here in Washington," said AAF President and CEO James Edmund Datri. "D.C. is the focal point for change in the United States, and we will gather together in June to celebrate the possibilities for advertising's future while continuing the fight to protect our industry from harmful legislation."

The two cornerstone events of the AAF National Conference 2009, the Worldwide ADDY® Awards and the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), promise to be as entertaining and rewarding as ever. The ADDYs are the world's largest and toughest advertising awards competition and will close the AAF National Conference 2009 on Saturday night, June 6. World-class judges, top agency talent and clients will celebrate creative excellence from the smallest and largest agencies.

For more than 30 years, the NSAC has supplied the industry with many of its current leaders. Each year, the competition provides more than 3,000 college students with real-world experience by requiring a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate sponsor. This year, the teams of student finalists will present a public-service campaign to a panel from the Century Council. In addition, recruiters will have the opportunity to spend quality time with these bright future leaders of the industry at the NSAC Recruiters Expo.

The AAF will also celebrate the professional achievements of its ad clubs and their members during the Salute to AAF Achievers luncheon on Saturday, June 6.

Finally, the AAF will again welcome leading exhibitors to its annual Ad Expo. The Ad Expo showcases products and services to conference attendees and presents an ideal opportunity to interact one-on-one with national movers and shakers in the advertising field.

For more information, registration and a schedule of events for the AAF National Conference 2009, please visit www.aaf.org/conference. For more information about the following events, please contact these individuals directly:


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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.