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

Chalk Talk 2017

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.

Chalk Talk 2017

  • 415 Westlake 415 Westlake Avenue North Seattle, WA, 98109 United States

Admission includes snacks and alcoholic drinks.

Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal. Only the best have made it this far, their work on stage for the world to see—and to be judged. Sure, there’s a game to be played, but we’re talking about the ads, baby!

Everyone’s going to have an opinion about which ad worked best and which flopped hard. At Chalk Talk you can share yours with industry peers, IRL style. That means conversations in more than 140 characters and Likes that sound like actual claps.

AAF Seattle is bringing together an expert panel of agency and brand professionals who know what it’s like to work on high visibility campaigns, eager for a lively and heated discussion about the most noteworthy ads of Super Bowl 51 (or LI, if you're attached to Roman numerals).

At Chalk Talk, the audience is essentially the final panelist, so take notes during the game and come ready to share because we're going to use the magical powers of social media to bring you into the conversation!

Pre-game commentary begins on Twitter where you can add your views in real time using #AAFChalkTalk. Conversation continues all week with tweets and pics providing an ongoing backchat leading up to our 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!

Admission includes snacks and alcoholic drinks.
 

The Game Plan

6:00-7:00 - Tailgate social hour
7:00-8:30 - Panel/audience interactive discussion
8:30-9:30 - Networking
 

The Color Commentator

Chris has been at Copacino+Fujikado for 12+ years, joining the agency out of school after graduating from Western Washington University. Early in his career, Chris worked predominantly on national brand, promotional and grand opening initiatives for REI. Over Chris’ time at C+F he has led several major agency accounts including Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Symetra Financial, Overlake Hospital and the Washington Forest Protection Association. Chris also oversees new business at C+F, managing all new client acquisition and business development efforts. Chris gets strong reviews from his clients for his ability to study and deeply understand their business. A lover of the creative process and unabashed agency guy, Chris blends a keen business mind with the understanding and appreciation of great creative work to achieve client objectives.

Chris has been at Copacino+Fujikado for 12+ years, joining the agency out of school after graduating from Western Washington University. Early in his career, Chris worked predominantly on national brand, promotional and grand opening initiatives for REI. Over Chris’ time at C+F he has led several major agency accounts including Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Symetra Financial, Overlake Hospital and the Washington Forest Protection Association. Chris also oversees new business at C+F, managing all new client acquisition and business development efforts. Chris gets strong reviews from his clients for his ability to study and deeply understand their business. A lover of the creative process and unabashed agency guy, Chris blends a keen business mind with the understanding and appreciation of great creative work to achieve client objectives.

Chris Copacino
Account Director
Copacino+Fujikado

 

The Starting Lineup

Emily is an expert strategist whose passion for uncovering consumer insights has led her to helm top strategy roles at agencies across the globe. Her research driven approach and creative vision lead the development of both digital and traditional spots working with clients like Target, Nike, Starbucks, and Microsoft. With a Super Bowl ad credit to her name and an unrivaled expertise in consumer behavior, we are thrilled to have her join the panel.

Emily is an expert strategist whose passion for uncovering consumer insights has led her to helm top strategy roles at agencies across the globe. Her research driven approach and creative vision lead the development of both digital and traditional spots working with clients like Target, Nike, Starbucks, and Microsoft. With a Super Bowl ad credit to her name and an unrivaled expertise in consumer behavior, we are thrilled to have her join the panel.

Emily Cushman
Creative Strategy Director
Tether

Nick was born and raised in The City of Brotherly Love, which means the majority of his free time h11as nothing to do with the beautiful outdoor scenery that Seattle has to offer; instead he spends his time in dark bars hate watching his favorite Philly sports teams.  Over the past fourteen years Nick has worked on global campaigns for brands like Volkswagen, BMW, ESPN, Walmart, Expedia, and Microsoft at agencies across the country including Arnold Worldwide, GSD&M, The Martin Agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and most recently leading client management and new business at Creature.  Currently, Nick leads mass advertising campaigns across various categories at Amazon.

Nick was born and raised in The City of Brotherly Love, which means the majority of his free time h11as nothing to do with the beautiful outdoor scenery that Seattle has to offer; instead he spends his time in dark bars hate watching his favorite Philly sports teams.  Over the past fourteen years Nick has worked on global campaigns for brands like Volkswagen, BMW, ESPN, Walmart, Expedia, and Microsoft at agencies across the country including Arnold Worldwide, GSD&M, The Martin Agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and most recently leading client management and new business at Creature.  Currently, Nick leads mass advertising campaigns across various categories at Amazon.

Nick Gesualdi
Senior Campaign Manager
Amazon

Patrick hails from Toronto, Canada and self-identifies as having the mind of a scientist and heart of an adventurer. Starting (early) as a programmer, his career has gravitated towards becoming that glue between collecting & storing data and using it to drive decisions. Patrick has been lead for some of the largest analytics initiatives in Canada, and has worked across North America on cross-channel integration and data warehousing projects. He’s been working behind the scenes on advertising and helping to steer the data-driven discussions before & after executions. Now with POSSIBLE (1.5 years), Patrick oversees analytics and BI initiatives related to social listening, big data, and forecasting models in an effort to support the next generation of advertising strategy.

Patrick hails from Toronto, Canada and self-identifies as having the mind of a scientist and heart of an adventurer. Starting (early) as a programmer, his career has gravitated towards becoming that glue between collecting & storing data and using it to drive decisions. Patrick has been lead for some of the largest analytics initiatives in Canada, and has worked across North America on cross-channel integration and data warehousing projects. He’s been working behind the scenes on advertising and helping to steer the data-driven discussions before & after executions. Now with POSSIBLE (1.5 years), Patrick oversees analytics and BI initiatives related to social listening, big data, and forecasting models in an effort to support the next generation of advertising strategy.

Patrick Mazzotta
Associate Director, Marketing Sciences
POSSIBLE

Pat moved back to his home state of Washington in 2010, settling in Seattle with his wife Nina and daughters Avery and Maddy. Prior to that he worked as a writer and CD at W+K London; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; DDB LA and The Martin Agency, developing work for brands like UPS, Viacom, Comcast, Got Milk?, Starbucks, Nestea and Honda. After the move home, he freelanced for several years before landing in his current role at Cole & Weber in 2014. His work has been recognized by Cannes, The One Show, The Clios, D&AD, New York Art Directors Club, London International, The Effies, Andy Awards, The Webbys, AICP, The Kellys, CA Magazine, Los Angeles Belding Awards and The Emmys. Sometimes he likes to throw this little pot sweetener on the table: Find your own truck and he’ll help you move that mattress.

Pat moved back to his home state of Washington in 2010, settling in Seattle with his wife Nina and daughters Avery and Maddy. Prior to that he worked as a writer and CD at W+K London; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; DDB LA and The Martin Agency, developing work for brands like UPS, Viacom, Comcast, Got Milk?, Starbucks, Nestea and Honda. After the move home, he freelanced for several years before landing in his current role at Cole & Weber in 2014. His work has been recognized by Cannes, The One Show, The Clios, D&AD, New York Art Directors Club, London International, The Effies, Andy Awards, The Webbys, AICP, The Kellys, CA Magazine, Los Angeles Belding Awards and The Emmys. Sometimes he likes to throw this little pot sweetener on the table: Find your own truck and he’ll help you move that mattress.

Patrick McKay
Executive Creative Director
Cole & Weber
 

Adam drives the creative for Amazon at WONGDOODY. He’s been a writer and creative leader at some of the world’s best advertising agencies including DDB Chicago, TBWA Chiat Day – Los Angeles, Foote Cone & Belding West. He’s worked with iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Gatorade, Nissan, Taco Bell, Levi’s and Amazon picking up accolades from Cannes Lions, the One Show and Clios along the way.

Adam drives the creative for Amazon at WONGDOODY. He’s been a writer and creative leader at some of the world’s best advertising agencies including DDB Chicago, TBWA Chiat Day – Los Angeles, Foote Cone & Belding West. He’s worked with iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Gatorade, Nissan, Taco Bell, Levi’s and Amazon picking up accolades from Cannes Lions, the One Show and Clios along the way.

Adam Nowak
Creative Director
Wongdoody

 


The Social

• Tweet #AAFChalkTalk to join the event social stream
• Rate the ads using our form
• RSVP on Facebook to keep up with event-related news
• Start the conversation early in our LinkedIn group
 

The Sponsors

Hand Crank Films Event Sponsor

Hand Crank Films
Event Sponsor

Vitamin T AAF Seattle Platinum Sponsor

Vitamin T
AAF Seattle Platinum Sponsor