AAF MEMPHIS NAMES ANDERSON HUMPHREYS AS 2021 AAF SILVER MEDAL WINNER
--Prestigious award celebrates lifelong, outstanding contributions to the Advertising Industry --
January 15, 2021 (Memphis, TENN) – AAF Memphis announces that Anderson Humphreys has been named as its 2021 Silver Medal recipient. The prestigious award will be presented virtually at a special reception set for noon, Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Memphis.
The annual AAF Memphis Silver Medal Award stands as the highest form of individual recognition by the American Advertising Federation. It is awarded to an exceptional advertising industry leader for a complete career of outstanding accomplishment and contributions to the Memphis community. The award is based on four key areas of service: Contributions to Company, Creative Ability, Contributions to the Advancement of Advertising and Contributions to the Community.
The Memphis AAF chapter has recognized remarkable lifetime achievements annually for over 60 years (since 1960) and includes the legends of the Memphis Advertising community. Here is a complete list of former recipients.
Humphreys will be honored during a virtual ceremony as part of AAF Memphis’ monthly luncheon Thursday, January 21 at noon.
Anderson Humphreys Career Highlights
Anderson Humphreys, a lifelong Memphian, has been a consistent champion for creativity in advertising and in building up the perceptual value of Memphis as a center for advertising excellence.
The Humphreys family has deep roots in Memphis, and they have always been a steady force for good in the community. Anderson Humphreys attended college in Michigan, Florida and Tennessee. He studied advertising at the acclaimed School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Humphreys started the Memphis advertising agency, Humphreys Ink, in 1988 after working at Malone & Hyde Advertising and Auto Shack (later AutoZone).
Humphreys Ink was recognized locally, regionally and Nationally for creative advertising with numerous advertising industry awards and worked with clients such as: Holiday Inn, The Memphis Zoo, Financial Federal, FedEx, Farrell Calhoun Paints, The Daily News and others.
He also produced and directed a full-length feature film – “The Cayman Triangle” released in 1978 and he started up a company called “Phonies” which featured the voices of impersonator Rich Little.
Responsible for the start of advertising careers of many advertising professionals, Humphreys taught “Conceptual Advertising” at the Memphis College of Art where he helped develop the next generation of Advertising leaders for the Memphis market – people who have gone on to great careers and who have helped influence thousands across the globe.
Humphreys has made Memphis better by serving on the Boards of:
Memphis Advertising Federation, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, AAF National ADDY Committee, Memphis Cotton Carnival, Shea Clinic Foundation.
Advertising awards he has garnered include: ATHENA, Mobius, New York Art Directors Club, Creative magazine, Communigraphics, 4 National AAF ADDYs, 15 District ADDYs and more than 60 local ADDYs, "Best of Show" and "Marketer of the Year," 1990, 1991; AAF Memphis Volunteer of the year 1989, 1990. He also judged a large number of regional and local AAF ADDY competitions.
Most recently, Humphreys established his own firm - Anderson Humphreys LLC in 2016 using a virtual team approach, leading experienced advertising professionals in branding projects and integrated advertising solutions for select clients. As part of that work, he has been working with business and government leaders in Hardeman County Tennessee on a branding and economic development initiative for the region.
The mission of AAF Memphis, the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation, is to inspire, empower and applaud the professional growth of marketing and communications specialists. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AAFMemphis or www.aafmemphis.org