Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Vote NOW for AAF-KC Member of Year!

AAF-KC Member of the Year, ad2 Member of the Year and Art+Copy Member of the Year nominations have been made. Now it will be your turn to vote on which of the three deserving individuals from each group should win this annual recognition to be awarded at the ADDYS on Saturday, February 19.

Rules for Voting: You must be an AAF-KC, ad2, or Art+Copy Club member to vote for the prospective Member of the Year for that group. You must be a member in good standing with all dues up to date. You may only vote for 1 person in each category (if you are voting in multiple catgories) and you may only vote 1 time. Voting will be open until 5pm on Monday, January 10, so vote NOW!

Congratulations to all nine of these awesome members!

Nominees with short personal bios are:

AAF-KC Member of the Year Nominees:

Sheree Johnson/Nicholson Kovac
Sheree has been an active member of the KC and national advertising community for numerous years. She joined the AAF-KC board last year, her second stint as a board of director, serving on the Communications team managing the weekly

e-Newsletter and ongoing e-mail communications. In addition to her communications’ role, last year during the board’s long-term strategic planning meeting, she identified the need to revise the AAF-KC Bylaws and managed this task from writing the revisions to securing final membership approval. And with the launch of the new AAFKC.com website, she is working with the communications team on the launch of a new weekly e-newsletter – KC Ad Briefs. Sheree is Senior Vice President with Nicholson Kovac, where she primarily manages Media and Market Research and is a member of NK’s executive committee and management team.

John Kreicbergs/Digital Evolution Group
John is an eleven year veteran of the Kansas City advertising scene. Getting his start at Bernstein-Rein in 1999, John has also served stints at both Barkley and VML. Currently he is a consultant with Digital Evolution Group in Overland Park. John has been a member of the AAF-KC board since 2008, serving this year as Vice President/Communications and leading an all-star team of social media, email, PR and general communications professionals. This “who’s who” of KC advertising rockstars has been responsible for the complete revamp of club communications over the past few months, including the recent re-launch of AAFKC.com.

Chris O'Connor/Liquid 9
Chris saw a major flaw in the sponsorship system, found a way to turn the status quo on its head and do a complete 180 in order to benefit both the Club and its membership. He told those who resisted to have a little faith. He asked us to be patient and trust in the process - sometimes hard to get a bunch of impatient, impulsive, A.D.D-ridden, ad-freaks to sit still and do this. But in the end, his vision and hard work has completely paid off and all are benefiting. Chris O’Connor has been dedicated to the AAF KC over the past few years, but in particular has made multiple contributions in the past12 months. Chris has really stepped up to the plate to create a sponsorship program that was much needed. He has given many hours to the organization to see it thrive in this economy.


ad2 Member of the Year Nominees:

Chelsea Fitch/Barkley
Chelsea Fitch (you might know her better as @chelseathebaker) has been closely involved in ad2 and AAF-KC for about three years, at first volunteering for event committees like Art of the Deal and Ad Wars, where she led sponsorship committees for both events in 2009, acquiring over $3K in sponsorships and $4K in silent auction donations. She has been serving on ad2’s Council the last two years, at first as Membership Director and most currently as Communications Director. This year she spearheaded the process of evaluating all events put on by AAF-KC, ad2 and Art+Copy Club, in hopes to give the members (you) programs they truly get value from. Facing unemployment recently, she really felt the benefit of being a member by the mounds of support she got from everyone she met through AAF and ad2.

Stephanie Parker/Barkley
Stephanie Parker (you may know her as Stephanie Scherer) has been an active AAF-KC member since 2006. At the first Addys she attended in 2007, she promised her boss that someday she would be the ad2 member of the year walking across the stage. Since then, Stephanie has worked toward that goal by being involved in many events including Virtual Agency, presenting at the 2009 Addys, and 2010 AAF-KC Strategic Planning. Stephanie served on the ad2 council as the 2009 Social Chair and is currently the Career Day Co-Chair. Stephanie makes AAF-KC a stronger organization by encouraging participation from members and volunteers and through leading by example.

Misty Stocksdale/Barkley Blacktop
If you don’t know Misty, you’ve been hiding in a closet for the last several years. Sure, she’s the current ad2 president, but she’s been an active ad2 member and has been involved with (if not in charge of) most ad2 events since 2008. She helped achieve a record-setting Career Day in 2009. She has helmed Ad Wars and worked tirelessly for AOTD and ADDY. She’s a student mentor as well and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. So come out of the closet and vote for Misty. (Written by a fellow AAF-KC member because Misty’s too classy to talk about herself.)


Art+Copy Club Member of the Year Nominees:

Aaron Cathey/VML
In his six years as an Art+Copy Club Board Member Aaron has worked as Secretary, Communications chair and most recently as Education chair helping to orchestrate Career Day. He’s also the acting Vice President of Art+Copy Club. Plus, he helped create the new AAFKC website which is hopefully live as you read this. Oh, and he fights for your rights every single day. He believes in hard work, risky business, doing what’s right not what’s easy, hugs, the power of love and not using more words than necessary.

Jeremy Johnson/GlynnDevins
Serving as President of Art+Copy Club for his second term, Jeremy has been instrumental in overseeing two positive and profitable years of the organization. His leadership skills have been utilized during the successful transition of a new director and long-term planning for the club. In addition to helping bring high-profile speakers and programs to the area, Jeremy also helped oversee the launch of the new AAF-KC website and has helped create more synergy within AAF-KC. His family also deserves a nomination for letting him attend a plethora of after-hours meetings.Jeremy has been with GlynnDevins for 10 years and holds the title of Associate Creative Director.

Adam Seitz/Bernstein-Rein
With over a decade of interactive creative direction, design, development and strategy experience, Adam has a unique talent for bridging the gap between visual flair and technical functionality. As Communications Chair for Art+Copy Club he has served as a mentor to professionals entering the field, spoken regularly regarding interactive media, juried national award shows and helped to launch the new AAF-KC website. Adam is an Interactive Creative Director at Bernstein-Rein and Professor of Interactive Media at JCCC. He attended KU and received his degree in Communication Design from JCCC where he sits on the Interactive Media Advisory Committee.


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