Get Plugged In

AAF Omaha programs feature something for everyone – presentations on relevant and engaging topics; opportunities to connect with others in the ad business; events that reward our talent; and social outings that are just plain fun.

AdBites (professional development while you eat)

Interact professionally and personally with local industry leaders through the AAF Omaha programs.  The program committee annually develops a series of meaningful and entertaining programs addressing the diverse needs of members. 

For program information or to join the program planning team contact the Program Committee Chairs listed below.

Carrie Kentch, 402-444-1448 or
Laura Spaulding, 402-956-4364 or 

Omaha AAF Awards

Every year, AAF Omaha salutes three members who have demonstrated their commitment to their club and their community in outstanding ways. Well-respected and recognized in the advertising industry, these prestigious accolades salute our industry’s best and brightest.

Nominate a worthy AAF Omaha colleague by clicking on the AAF Omaha Nomination Form below.

Questions regarding the AAF Omaha Awards can be directed to Teri Hamburger at the AAF Omaha office.

Teri Hamburger, 402-561-6625 or

ADDY Awards

Recognizing Our Best
Each year, the Nebraska ADDYÒ Awards recognize the best and brightest ads and campaigns created by Nebraska businesses and advertising agencies. American Advertising Federation Omaha (AAF Omaha) and the American Advertising Federation Lincoln (AAF Lincoln) members participate in this prestigious event. Every other year, AAF Omaha hosts the event. The latest information on the Nebraska ADDYs award show can be found at

Contact Mark Carpenter at or 402-330-0110 or Trish Haniszewski at for more information. 

After Hours – AdNights

Advertising, After 5-Style

Sneak out a few minutes before 5, spend some time with your fellow AAF Omaha members and step inside an AAF Omaha member’s business or area hot spot. It’s all part of AAF Omaha AdNights. It’s a darned good excuse to NOT stay late at the office for once.

Interested in Sponsoring Your Own AdNights Event?
Contact Michael Goldsmith or Heidi Grunkemeyer, After Hours Committee Chairs for the details.

Michael Goldsmith, 402-393-2200 or
Heidi Grunkemeyer,

Meet the Pros

February 16 & 17, 2015

Register for the conference, check the current schedule, view the list of speakers and read the blog to unearth the knowledge you need to defend yourself in the job market. No fancy filter, metal portfolio or plastic binder can save you from the vicious onslaught of the real world. Nail a killer concept and you just might live to see day two.

Area advertising professionals are needed to assist with seminars, roundtable discussions and student portfolio reviews.  To join the committee or volunteer at the event, contact Meet the Pros Co-Chairs Amanda Olson or Mike Hennings.

Amanda Olson, 402-340-9608 or
Mike Hennings, 402-770.5457 or


The More You Know
AAF Omaha educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing through seminars, monthly luncheon speakers, exhibitions and trade shows.

We also provide networking opportunities in a variety of settings so that you can make new connections, glean killer business advice and ideas, and expand business opportunities for yourself and your clients.

AAF Omaha isn’t just for professionals; we encourage young people to enter the advertising business and offer both events and scholarships to students focusing on advertising fields of study. AAF Omaha gives college scholarships and sponsors college chapters at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Creighton University. 

For more information about educational opportunities contact our Education Chair Teonne Wright or AAF Omaha’s 2nd Vice President Sarah Pieper.

Teonne Wright, 402-554-3122 or
Sarah Pieper, 402-677-9921 or

Speakers’ Bureau

AAF Omaha strives to educate members, students and area professionals about the advertising industry.  If you’re looking for a speaker for your next event please contact us.

(Use the list below to choose a speaker topic and email to schedule an engagement.)

Agency/Client Relationships
Personal/Professional Development

AAF Omaha Speakers Bureau List

We are looking for professionals in the advertising/marketing industry who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with our club.  Please email if you are interested in speaking about one of the topics above.

“6 in 60″

Each quarter, AAF Omaha hosts an affordable, after-hours professional development and networking event. Each event features a panel of six advertising and marketing professionals who are all experts on a specific topic. During the event, the panelists share firsthand experience and advice so that attendees can learn not only best practices, but also about rising trends in the industry. Attendees even have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists once the 60-minute discussion is complete. Our goals with each event are to:

  • Educate the Omaha community on relevant industry topics
  • Expose more professionals to the idea of AAF membership
  • Engage local AAF students
  • Create an additional opportunity for networking

Public Service

Each year, AAF Omaha assembles a Public Service Committee which chooses a local non-profit organization to receive a comprehensive advertising campaign at little or no cost. The work produced by the committee has achieved critical acclaim and has received back-to-back-to-back Club Achievement Awards from the American Advertising Federation.

Recent campaign recipients include The Hope Center, Youth Emergency Services, Shaken Baby Task Force, The Kim Foundation/Project Relate, Children’s Respite Care Center and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Celiac Sprue Association, Midwest Heart Connection and

Put your professional talents to work for your community. Contact Angel Carl or Bob Mancuso today to get involved in AAF Omaha’s public service opportunities.

Angel Carl, 402-578-5788 or
Bob Mancuso, 402-346-8003 or

Special Events

Pro-bono campaign work and killer events don’t come without a cost. To keep prices reasonable while still offering value and benefit for members, AAF Omaha hosts 4 to 5 special events annually to raise money for educational programming and to fund a fully integrated marketing campaign for one non-profit organization. Special events are a great way to raise money for AAF Omaha and to make new business connections.

Plan to attend our next Special event!

For event questions or to join the committee contact:

Lisa Healy 402-551-0503
Jim Deitering 


Each January, ad professionals polish off their bowling shoes and start throwing strikes in hopes of attaining the vaunted AAF Omaha Bowl-O-Rama trophy. Gather your team of 4 to 6 bowlers and register now. Lanes fill up fast.

2015 Bowl-O-Rama tentative date is Friday, January 30, 2015

You Can’t Handle the Trivia!

The AdWars team competition tests your knowledge of advertising practices, terminology and trivia. But it’s anything but trivial (just ask someone from the 2014 AAF Omaha AdWars championship team from Swanson Russell). It’s a brutal display of seemingly useless terms and acronyms. It’s a grueling and treacherous evening of famous jingles and tag lines. It’s always fun!

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