Club Member of the Year! – Cathleen Tyson

District 10 Governor, Keith Powell, joined us at our April 11th club meeting to announce Cathleen Tyson had been awarded District 10’s Club Member of the Year! Last Fall, Cathleen led a committee (i.e. pretty much the entire active membership of AAF-Amarillo) to host the 2017 Street Volkswagen AAF Central Region Conference.

Cathleen – AAF-Amarillo is grateful for your time and commitment to our club! Congratulations on this well deserved honor.

Small Club of the Year!

AAF-Amarillo received AAF District 10’s Small Club of the year beating out 16 other same size clubs throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and part of Louisiana! Throughout the year, clubs earn points by their philanthropic efforts and participating at the district level by hosting America Advertising Awards, submitting club achievement books, donating to the Advertising Education Scholarship Foundation, attending conferences, etc.

Thank you to all AAF-Amarillo club members! It is because of your support that we were able to achieve this award.

2018 American Advertising Awards Winners

The Amarillo chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Amarillo) hosted the local tier of the 2018 American Advertising Awards on Feb. 24 at the Derrick Event Center in downtown Amarillo. Approximately 185 advertising professionals and students celebrated as they and their peers won coveted “ADDY” trophies. More than 40 awards were bestowed upon guests, including gold and silver ADDYs, special judges’ awards and best of show.

“Members of AAF-Amarillo dedicate a significant amount of time every year gathering entries, recruiting professional judges and hosting an awards reception that recognizes and rewards the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising,” AAF-Amarillo President Megan Reed said.

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2018 ADDY Awards: The Art of Advertising

The Art of Advertising: 2018 American Advertising Awards

Join the Amarillo Chapter of the American Advertising Federation as we recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising at the 2018 American Advertising Awards.


2018 American Advertising Awards

Saturday, February 24, 2018 · 6-9 p.m.

The Derrick Event Center

814 S. Taylor Street; Amarillo, Texas 79101


This year’s event will include food & drink, entertainment, raffles, artwork in the Cerulean Gallery, and recognition of the best advertising in the Amarillo market.


Yellow City AAF Central Region Conference Excelled!

We brought the Texas Panhandle Hospitality to the AAF Central Region Conference 2017! Those who attended have given great reviews on the high level of speakers, excellent food, and fun after hours off-site venues. We even had our guest celebrity speaker, Brett Cullen, join us at the Denim and Diamonds Closing Reception! Excellent swag bags with goodies, more liquor than you could possibly drink, and a variety of food and snacks – all day long.

Thank you to all our excellent speakers! Jim Datri, Scott Cone, Maria Hale, Brett Cullen, Jackie Dryden, Street Volkswagen Team – John Luciano, Chris Villegas, David Meraz; Lisa Blake, Carla Michelotti, Clark Rector, Keith Powell, Roger Lindley, Carl Mullins, Beth Duke, Kevin Ball, Clay Stribling, Kevin Berman, John Newall, Jim Malcolm, Marissa Deslatte, Walter Barraza, Lalo Duran. 

AAF Amarillo extends a real Big thank you to Quantcast/Real Time Academy for bringing their training sessions on Advertising to the conference. We hope other clubs take advantage of what they can offer in your area.


Committee Members

Thank you to all the Committee Chairs and volunteers that helped make this such a successful conference.
Conference Chair – Cathleen Tyson; Registration – Martha Del Toro; Speakers Chair – Megan Reed, Keynote Chair, Ann Iverson; Event Chairs – Stephanie Price, Broc Carter, Trey Roach; Lunch/Break Chair – Jody Reynolds; Swag Bag Chairs – David Meraz, Han Owens; Video Production – Chris Villegas; Audio/Video Chair – Honnah Taylor; Volunteers Chair – Wesley Condray; Decorations Chair –  Maegan Seymour; Social Media Event Chair –  Kelly Podzemny. Sponsorship – April Johansson; Central Region Advisors – Blake Goldston, Kevin Fullerton; Print/Design Chair – Susan Porter; Accounting – Heather Brunson, Lindsey Murphy; Center City – Beth Duke; Embassy Suites – Jenna Clary; Amarillo Visitors Bureau – Stephanie Andrews. Volkswagen’s local team went above and beyond as the Conference Most Valuable Players! Thank you to Jerry Bergeron for designing the over all Yellow City Conference theme.

Thank you to all our sponsors!
Volkswagen, Street Volkswagen, FirstBank Southwest, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., ARC, Raycom, Lamar, Reed Beverage, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, PPS, Born Banner, Cenveo, Scarborough Specialties, Emfluence, Central City, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

Volkswagen AAF Central Region Conference 2017 | presented by AAF Amarillo

September 29th,Friday – September 30th, Saturday
Embassy Suites Hotel – Amarillo Texas

Registration opens Thursday, September 28th, with an Opening Reception that evening at the Panhandle Plains Museum with dinner and drinks.

Professional Informative Sessions and Exciting Keynote Speakers will begin Friday, September 29, 2017 and continuing through Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the new Embassy Suites Hotel in Amarillo, Texas.

Registration starts early on Friday, with our first keynote speaker, followed by both professional development and club development concurrent breakout sessions, morning and afternoon. Lunch will be provided in the General Sessions room, followed by our Keynote Speakers’ presentations. Friday evening, Amarillo will host special entertainment plans with a Pub Crawl in Downtown Amarillo and show off some favorite attractions!

Saturday will feature two more high-profile keynotes (morning and lunch) and breakout sessions and a club roundtable where participants can share best practices. Our Surprise Special Celebrity Keynote at lunch will be a highlight you won’t want to miss! Saturday evening closing reception will be hosted by the Tenth District Club: Corpus Christi – sure to be a blast!

For more information, visit the Event website:

What is Central Region?
This will be the fourth American Advertising Federation Central Region Conference. It brings together AAF club leaders from 18 states and 5 districts. The conference is being promoted to all 84 AAF clubs consisting of 12,000 members of Central Region.

Attendees are engaged in the advertising/communications industry and are leaders in their local and district AAF organizations. Central Region attendees will be drawn from Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Northwest Louisiana. We’re expecting somewhere between 170 and 225 participants – some of the best and brightest advertising leaders.

Why the conference?
This conference was created to fill the gap between a district conference and the national conference. While the 10th District (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and western Louisiana) holds three large, well attended conferences each year (usually 100-150 attendees), the other four districts that – together with the 10th – comprise the Central Region, do not.

Most districts hold just one or two small conferences each year, attended by 50 or fewer people in club leadership within their district. Because of the small attendance, these districts often cannot afford to bring in national-quality speakers and trainers. While these speakers and trainers ARE available at the national conference, the cost to attend the national conference is often prohibitive for small clubs to send their leaders. The goal for this conference is to provide high caliber training, networking and speakers at a level close to that of the national conference for a price that is affordable for even small clubs.