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Seattle, WA

(206) 249-9909

AAF Seattle is the Western Washington chapter of the American Advertising Federation, serving Seattle's creative community through events, education and advocacy.

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Events Calendar

Agency people may be a lot of fun but they're also professional. So are our regular events, ranging from panels of our industry’s best discussing hot topics to casual after hours mixers where we basically goof off while we network.

Aug
24
6:00 pm18:00

After Hours: Strange and Wonderful

  • Strange and Wonderful

Another After Hours is on its way. This is your chance to hang out with your industry peers at a corporate member agency. This time we'll be at Strange and Wonderful on Capitol Hill. Exact date and details coming soon.

Oct
12
6:00 pm18:00

After Hours: C+C

  • C+C

Another After Hours is on its way. This is your chance to hang out with your industry peers at a corporate member agency. This time we'll be at C+C. Exact date and details coming soon.

Nov
9
6:00 pm18:00

Art Bash (TBD)

Our annual art event to raise money for our scholarship benefitting an underserved student aspiring to a career in the communications field. Theme, date, and location details to be determined.

Dec
7
6:00 pm18:00

After Hours: Workhouse Creative

  • Workhouse Creative

Another After Hours is on its way. This is your chance to hang out with your industry peers at a corporate member agency. This time we'll be at Workhouse Creative. Exact date and details coming soon.


After Hours: Vitamin T
May
25
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours: Vitamin T

  • Aquent/Vitamin T

We've made it through a long winter and a lot of industry events since our last After Hours, but the wait is over. It's time for the kind of fun that ad industry parties are known for. Your $5 ticket includes beer, wine, and apps.

Inspired by the boat traffic on the nearby Fremont cut, hosts Vitamin T will be will be adding a nautical theme to this event.

Tickets on sale now!

Gallery Night 2017
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Gallery Night 2017

  • AXIS Pioneer Square

This year's American Advertising Awards Gallery Night will be held at AXIS in Pioneer Square.

Tickets available now!

Art Bash
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Art Bash

We've given out canvases, our artists “art it up” and we throw a fabulous auction party for a great cause.

Advertising Hall of Fame Nominations Due
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

Advertising Hall of Fame Nominations Due

The American Advertising Federation has a list of the top contributors to the industry, and they call that list the Advertising Hall of Fame. It's kind of a big deal, as are the people in it.

Induction into the Advertising Hall of Fame honors men and women, international and American, who have had exceptionally distinguished and extraordinary careers, have completed their primary careers or have had careers spanning at least 35 years, and who, through and in their professional lives and community involvement, have made outstanding and notable contributions to the profession of advertising and its reputation, have consistently practiced the highest ethical standards, and have contributed substantially to their communities.

AAF is accepting nominations through the end of September to add to that list. If you know someone who's worthy, get that nomination in now!

ACT Theatre Special Event: Daisy
Jul
15
8:00 pm20:00

ACT Theatre Special Event: Daisy

ACT Theatre is gearing up to premiere the play Daisy, which is about the advertisers who created the Lyndon B Johnson commercials during the 1964 Johnson / Goldwater presidential election; the first of the negative political advertising campaigns. The “Daisy Girl” commercial is the most iconic of these ads despite the fact that it only aired one time. Playwright Sean Devine has worked closely with Sid Myers (DDB) and the son of Tony Schwartz to tell the story behind creating the ads that would forever change political campaigning. The “Daisy ad” has recently popped up again in various news features (highlighted in press release) and all over social media as it speaks directly to the state of our upcoming presidential election. This play could not be more perfectly aligned with American politics today

AAF Seattle members will be receiving an email with a special 20% off ticket rate, and a special advertising industry event has been arranged after the Friday, July 15th, performance with a paneled discussion including Mr. Sid Myers, Anton Schwartz (son of Tony Schwartz), playwright Sean Devine, director (and ACT’s Artistic Director) John Langs, and renowned ad man, Ron Elgin.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.acttheatre.org, by phone at 206-292-7660, or at the ACT ticket office at 700 Union Street.

Join the AAF Seattle Board!
May
6
May 16

Join the AAF Seattle Board!

AAF Seattle Board of Directors

AAF Seattle is the Western Washington chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Founded in 1909, we serve as a voice for the creative professionals, agencies and vendors that make up our vibrant community. 

Like the other clubs and chapters of the American Advertising Federation, AAF Seattle is an all-volunteer organization that strives to actively champion and instigate conversation within the Seattle creative community and beyond. Our club’s success depends on active and engaged participation of our members, sponsors, committees, and our board of directors — yes, people like you. 

Lead by the club President and in consultation with the Executive Committee, our AAF Seattle Board of Directors is responsible for all club operations and activities. Our local board works together to formulate club goals to best serve our membership as well as the greater Seattle advertising and creative community.  

The following is a list of the positions that will begin July 1, 2016. Each of these open positions are at the Director level and require a commitment of one year, with the term set to end June 30, 2017. Each Director will be responsible for building and maintaining a strong committee to help facilitate all committee goals and objectives. Please review the basic responsibilities and qualifications on the following pages, and if you’d like to be considered for one of the available positions, please fill our application.   (You can also grab this open position description info as a PDF.)

  • Secretary (member of the Executive Committee)  
  • Treasurer (member of Executive Committee)  
  • Membership Director  
  • Programs Director
  • Sponsorship Director
  • Advertising Education Director
  • Government Relations Director  
  • Advocacy Director
  • Insights Director 

General Responsibilities:   

  • Must be an AAF Seattle Member in good-standing, either as an individual or through your company’s corporate membership
  • Understand and support the policies, initiatives and programs of AAF Seattle
  • Awareness of District and National initiatives, as reported on by the AAF Seattle President and/or Vice President
  • Actively assist in resolving problems, meeting needs or answering concerns facing any board member or committee
  • Actively participate in AAF Seattle content creation via website, newsletter and LinkedIn channels  
  • Continually recruit, inform and retain volunteers to support the club goals and growth of the AAF Seattle membership  
  • Attends at least three-quarters of all scheduled monthly board meetings. Per our club’s by-laws, if you fail to meet certain criteria around this, you may be asked to step down from your board position. If you are unable to attend, you are responsible notifying the President in advance of the meeting, and submit a written report to be entered into the official board meeting minutes. You may also arrange for a representative from your committee to attend in your place.
  • Attend at least 75% of all scheduled events each year  
  • Attend annual club board retreat, generally taking place late summer/early fall 

Legal Responsibilities:

As Board Members of a 501(c)(6) Non-Profit, we have a legal responsibility to the local club, our district and the national organization. The following guidelines are recommended for non-profit organizations to reduce liability.  

  • Attend board meetings regularly
  • Be familiar with AAF Seattle’s by-laws and annual goals, objectives and programs
  • Make sure the club keeps a written, permanent record of all board minutes
  • Be certain to fulfill all aspects of non-profit and tax exempt status
  • Exercise general supervision over AAF Seattle’s affairs
  • Be familiar with the budget, budget process and financial health of the club, assuring the club maintains good credit and financial standing (as reported on by the club’s Treasurer) 
  • Insist on meaningful board meetings with full disclosure of operating results
  • Require the club to engage competent legal counsel, when necessary
  • Require committees to report activities and achievements at board meetings
  • Know the directors and officers of the club
  • Adopt and follow sound business policies and practices
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Monitor the community and professional image of the club
  • Review the organization’s insurance program
  • Question policies and practices that you don’t understand or cause concern   

SECRETARY  

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document
  • Attending and participating in AAF Executive Committee meetings, outside of regular monthly board meetings
  • Partnering with Executive Director and President to develop meeting agendas, send meeting reminders, and collect and review committee reports from directors
  • Recording and distributing monthly board meeting minutes
  • Assisting President, VP, and Immediate Past President with planning and organizing annual board retreat
  • Working with Immediate Past President and other Executive Committee Members on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Strong attention to detail with an interest in operational procedures
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills
  • Willingness and ability to follow through on commitments within the timeframe allowed.   

TREASURER  

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document • Attending and participating in AAF Executive Committee meetings, outside of regular monthly board meetings
  • Working with AAF Seattle Executive Committee and/or Executive Director to keep financial accounts in good standing by means of bookkeeping, managing checking and other bank accounts, preparing and/or filing financial reports with AAF National, District XI, the IRS, and maintaining historical spending records for events
  • Preparing and disbursing a monthly Treasurer’s Report at each Board meeting, including a summary of banking activities and balances, checks deposited, expenses paid, etc.
  • Ensuring that the incoming Treasurer receives a complete set of financial records and relevant financial files, documents and instruments (i.e., access to accounting software, various passwords, checkbook etc.,)
  • Creating and managing an annual budget with the support of the executive board
  • Working with Immediate Past President and other Executive Committee Members on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions  

Additional responsibilities if the club does not have an Executive Director include:

  • Keeping physical records of key financial forms and documents (i.e., IRS 990 tax returns and non-profit status forms)
  • Recording revenue and expenses associated with each Club event or activity, and preparing a final profit and loss statement for each event, as part of a monthly budget report
  • Managing use of the cash box (i.e., ensuring that adequate change and a receipt book are provided, that good cash handling practices are followed, and that admission and other fees are collected at the door) at each Club activity or event
  • Managing and executing the payment of annual National membership dues, as well as District and National American Advertising fees  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Familiarity with the financial management of an organization, 501(c)(6) non-profit in particular
  • Strong attention to detail with an interest in setting budgets
  • Ability to communicate financial metrics to non-finance savvy board members
  • Passion for bar charts and data visualization a plus  

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR   

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document
  • Developing, implementing, and facilitating new and innovative strategies and themes for the recruitment of membership, focusing on questions/outline set forth in the AAF National Club Achievement package for Membership. Strategy to be presented at annual board retreat
  • Organizing and leading a committee to assist with duties and responsibilities, scheduling and managing a monthly meeting with the committee, outside of regular board meetings
  • Availability to meet on-site with current and potential corporate members to inform leadership and staff of the benefits of corporate membership
  • Managing an accurate membership directory to pass on to the next Membership Director
  • Assuring that the membership committee is well-versed in the national and local benefits of being a member, as well as carrying a positive and welcoming presence throughout all AAF Seattle activities
  • Give regular updates on membership numbers, including retention and growth  
  • Familiarizing yourself and committee with resources available on the national website and national membership database, and facilitate other board members with acquiring this information when needed
  • Coordinating with Education Director(s) and/or American Advertising Awards Student Chair to reach potential student members and current student members more effectively
  • Overseeing the planning of the AAF Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Assuring membership table is present and attended (by members of the membership committee) at each AAF Seattle event
  • Working with Immediate Past President on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Understanding how the club’s mission to actively champion and instigate creativity within the Seattle creative community and beyond applies to membership
  • Willingness to recruit, inform, motivate and recognize fellow volunteers and board members with a positive and welcome presence
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills   

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR  

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document
  • Developing an annual Programs strategy and plan with the board, and executing the strategy within the Programs committee. This strategy should take into account the questions/outline set forth in the AAF National Club Achievement package for Programs. Strategy to be presented at annual board retreat.
  • Organizing and leading a committee to assist with duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Programs strategy, and scheduling and managing a monthly meeting with the committee, outside of regular board meetings
  • Developing a budget for each event and obtaining board approval within the guidelines outlined in the Finance Policies
  • Working with the Communications Director to develop a communications plan for promoting events throughout the year
  • Coordinating joint events with other industry-adjacent clubs in the area as appropriate
  • Working with Immediate Past President on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Past experience on Programs committee preferred
  • Effective communication and facilitation skills
  • Ability to follow through on commitments within the time frame allotted  

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document
  • Developing an annual Sponsorship strategy and plan with the board, and executing the within the Sponsorship committee. Strategy to be presented at annual board retreat.
  • Organizing and leading a committee to assist with duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Sponsorship strategy, and scheduling and managing a monthly meeting with the committee, outside of regular board meetings
  • Identifying, creating and/or overseeing projects and programs designed to build effective relationships with current and potential sponsors.
  • Developing sponsorship packages for annual and event-specific sponsorships
  • Working with the Executive Director and/or Treasurer to invoice sponsors and facilitate collections if necessary
  • Working with Programs, American Advertising Awards and other directors as necessary to identify and fill sponsorship needs and opportunities  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Familiarity with effective corporate fundraising strategies
  • Effective communication and facilitation skills
  • Ability to follow through on commitments within the time frame allotted

Download the nomination form now and get it in before April 22!

Mar
30
5:30 pm17:30

POSSIBLE + AAF: SXSW Redux

South by Southwest is one of the best experiences available for those of us in film, marketing, technology, music, or pet grooming (just seeing if you're paying attention) but, alas, we can't all get to go to SXSW every year.

Fortunately, this year we've got it covered.

We are working with POSSIBLE to bring the 2016 SXSW knowledge your way, so get your ticket (it's free!) and enjoy some drinks and appetizers along with the aforementioned knowledge.

Schedule:
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Happy 1/2 Hour
6:00pm - 6:45pm: SXSW Redux Discussion
6:45pm - 7:00pm: Q & A

The event will be at POSSIBLE - 414 Olive Way Ste. 500, Seattle, WA 98101. Hope to see you there!

How to Be a Great Client/How to Be a Great Agency
Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

How to Be a Great Client/How to Be a Great Agency

SVC Seattle is putting on a fantastic (and FREE!) lecture called "How to Be a Great Client/How to Be a Great Agency" the evening of March 29.

Alan Brown, the co-founder and CEO of DNA, will show you how clients get the best work out of their agencies, and look under the hood of their very long-term and successful agency-client partnership so we can learn the secrets to a more effective, less ulcer-producing relationship with our opposite numbers.

By focusing on what motivates both clients and agencies, this talk is for CMOs, marketing managers, and others on the client side, and agency and design firm client service directors, general managers, and creative directors. 

Click here to learn a lot more about it and sign up today! 

2016 American Advertising Awards Seattle
Mar
24
5:30 pm17:30

2016 American Advertising Awards Seattle

This event is kind of a big deal. And I'm guessing you're kind of a big deal. So mark this date down as a must-attend

Tickets are now on sale! And, in fact, tickets are selling so well we don't know how long they'll be available, so snap 'em up now when you have the chance! 

Bell Harbor Conference and Events Center

International Promenade
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121

Hosted by Fred Northup

Thursday, March 24

5:30–7:00 PM | Reception and Winners Gallery Viewing
7:00–9:00 PM | Awards Show
9:00–10:00 PM | After Party

We will have a live social feed thanks to Seattle’s own Tagboard.

Use hashtag #seattleaddys to join the conversation!

Gallery Night Presented by Vitamin T
Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

Gallery Night Presented by Vitamin T

A lot of great work is entered into the Seattle American Advertising Awards every year, and while (as the name implies), awards are garnered and praise is doled to selected pieces, the rest of the entries are left behind, without much exposure.

But not this year.

This year we're going to have a party to celebrate all of the entries. There will be a chance to see more inspired (and inspiring) work than you can shake a stick at... and there just might be alcohol involved, too. It's your call whether you use the two drink tickets you get or not. Tickets are available now!

This is also where the People's Choice Award voting takes place. The results will be revealed at the ADDY Awards Show on March 24 along with the rest of the winners.

Location:

Fred Wildlife Refuge
127 Boylston Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Enter on Belmont Ave E

Tickets:

$25 for members
$35 for non-members
$45 door
Tickets include two free drink tickets and light food. Cash bar available, coat check $1.

Get your tickets right this very moment by clicking on this very link.

Chalk Talk 2016: A Super Bowl 50 Ad Review
Feb
11
6:00 pm18:00

Chalk Talk 2016: A Super Bowl 50 Ad Review

Monday morning quarterbacking is a thing (even if there are Monday night games), and many football fans like talking about the games just as much as the like watching the games. And the same can be said about advertisers--we often like deconstructing ads more than we like seeing them.

Since the Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of the Advertising as well as of football, AAF Seattle and PSAMA are teaming up once again to bring together a panel of agency and brand professionals for a lively—and often heated—analysis about the best and worst ads we saw during Super Bowl 50 (or "Super Bowl L" for those who don't want to give up on Roman numerals).

This is one event where the audience is essentially the final panelist, so take notes during the game and bring your questions and opinions because we'll mix your questions and comments into things.

The party is going down at Art Marble 21 and promises to be a lot of fun!

Pre-game commentary begins on Twitter where you can add your views in real time using #ChalkTalk2016. Conversation continues all week with tweets and pics providing an ongoing backchat throughout the course of the event.

Much like the game, Chalk Talk is one of the most-anticipated events of the year. Get your tickets early while you still can.

Snacks and drinks included in ticket price.

Game Plan:

6:00 Doors Open - drinks, apps, mingling
7:00 Panel Discussion
9:00 More Mingles
10:00 Doors Close

American Advertising Awards Entries Due
Jan
29
4:59 pm16:59

American Advertising Awards Entries Due

You've had a year to do your amazing work, and you've had over two months to get it in and earn your just deserts.

And now... the deadline's been extended. But we're serious this time. Friday at 5:00 PM.

There's a $35 late fee, but better late (and slightly more expensive) than never, right?

Head over to the ADDYs page and enter now!

Silver Medal Nominations Deadline
Jan
22
11:58 pm23:58

Silver Medal Nominations Deadline

You better recognize!

The AAF Silver Medal Award annually honors bodies of work amassed by the most talented members of Seattle’s advertising community. This year’s award will be presented as part of the American Advertising Awards Gala on March 24, allowing the creative community’s most accomplished stars to shine in front of their colleagues. The AAF Silver Medal Award honors only the brightest beacons of advertising achievement, and we only accept nominations through January 22!

See the Silver Medal page for more info and to submit your nominee today.

Workshop #3 (American Advertising Awards Seattle 2016)
Jan
21
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop #3 (American Advertising Awards Seattle 2016)

OK. The deadline for your entries is rapidly approaching and you still don't have your head wrapped around all the exciting changes in the American Advertising Awards competition... what do you do?

You don't beat yourself up for being a massive procrastinator, and then you attend our January 21 workshop, which is the LAST of three chances you've got to meet with the AAF Seattle peeps and get the 411 (and perhaps experience other dated slang terms along the way).

The workshop is going to take place at Digital Kitchen and the evening will look something like this:

  • 5:30 - 6:00 Socializing
  • 6:00 - 7:30 Workshop Presentation

Tickets are FREE but LIMITED... so click here to reserve your spot now!

Dec
17
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop #2 (American Advertising Awards Seattle 2016)

The American Advertising Awards, formerly known as the ADDYs, is a magnificent institution but it is not one to eschew change--just as your humble event description is not one to eschew hyperbole.

So what's changing? And how does it affect you as a participant and as a human being? 

Come to this workshop, the second of three offered by AAF Seattle, to find out.

The workshop is going to take place at Digital Kitchen and the evening will look something like this:

  • 5:30 - 6:00 Socializing
  • 6:00 - 7:30 Workshop Presentation

Reserve your FREE spot here.