January 2018 Luncheon and Silver Medal Ceremony

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:30am - 1pm (Past Event)

Join AAF Memphis on Thursday, January 25, as Erica D. Green, Global Creative Director of Barbie at Mattel Inc., talks about how to inspireBOLD. Bold creative, bold choices and bold changes. Hear her advice on what it takes to make a meaningful impact as a creative leader - and how standing out has become more important than ever. The luncheon will be held at Ballet Memphis at 2144 Madison Ave.

Erica leads all domestic and international work executed against the Barbie brand’s global vision. Her leadership spans all advertising, social, digital, events, and both long and short-form content across five global markets. During her tenure on Barbie, Erica launched the "You Can Be Anything" campaign–winner of Cannes Lion, Clio and Webby awards; featured the first ever boy in a Barbie commercial causing a shot heard round the world, and most notably led the launch of the new Barbie body types, generating a seismic shift for the brand while embracing the world girls see today.

We will also proudly recognize the 2018 Silver Medal Recipients, Howard and Beverly Robertson. Howard and Beverly are the Founding Principals at TRUST Marketing. The annual Silver Medal Award stands as the highest form of individual recognition by the American Advertising Federation. It is an awarded to an exceptional industry leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and advertising contribution. The Memphis chapter has recognized remarkable lifetime achievements annually since 1960.

Special thanks to Hemline for providing the creative!

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November 2017 Luncheon

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11:15am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

Join AAF Memphis – in partnership with the Indie Memphis Film Festival - on Thursday, November 2, as director Adam Bhala Lough will discuss Bitcoin and other technology featured in his gripping documentary “The New Radical.” The luncheon will be held at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis.

Adam Bhala Lough is an award-winning American film director, producer and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut at the age of 23 with “Bomb the System” (2002), nominated for a Spirit Award for Best First Feature, which landed him on Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Indie Filmmakers to Watch list. “The New Radical” is a documentary about uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom who attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world authorities in the midst of a dramatically changing political landscape. Adam lives and works in Los Angeles, sits on the Sundance Diversity committee and is a frequent mentor at the Sundance Native and Latino screenwriter’s labs. His work is driven by an obsession with storytelling, music and images as well as a deep love and curiosity for people.

Special thanks to Farmhouse for providing the creative!


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PLUG-IN 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6pm - 11pm (Past Event)

Jam out to loud, well-intentioned local ad-bands at Memphis' hottest new venue — Railgarten.

The Remainders
Ruff Kutt
RFP Speedwagon
The Revisions

Check out ADDY award-winning work on the projection screen between sets. And custom tie-dye your own Plug In 2017 shirt. 

Plug-in helps raise funds to support local advertising students compete in the National Student Advertising Competition.

$15 covers admission and a t-shirt. 


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September 2017 Luncheon

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

Join AAF Memphis on Thursday, September 28, as The Thomas Brothers - Thurman and Torrence - teach attendees about how to "lead with their left" by bringing a greater awareness to the importance of connectivity and synergy.  The luncheon will be held at Old Dominick Distillery.

Phrases that come to mind when describing The Thomas Brothers could be: label-bending, genre-defying, and slash-men. Hailing from Geismar, LA, a little town nestled between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Thomas Brothers are seeking to provide renewed insight and impact through the creative outlets and spaces that they occupy. With finding success in many different artistic disciplines, The Thomas Brothers are aiming to share with the world messages of love and enthusiasm. Their goal is to ignite listeners and viewers to not only receive, but to relay the principles communicated to impact their own spheres of influence, thus, change is created in our world.

Special thanks to 4Memphis for sponsoring our event and Walker & Associates for providing the creative!

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August 2017 Luncheon

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

Join AAF Memphis on Tuesday, August 22 as we hear Spike Jones, VP of Strategy for Spredfast in Austin, TX, share about "Word of Mouth; Connecting the Dots from Offline to Social." The luncheon will be held at Balinese Ballroom.

Jones has been at the helm of strategic development—from insight to creative execution—for companies like BMW, Arby's, USAA, AT&T, and General Motors, just to name a few. An expert in both online and offline word of mouth marketing, Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and is the co-author of the book, Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable Word of Mouth Movements.

Special thanks to Memphis Medical District for sponsoring our event and Hemline for providing the creative!

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June 2017 Luncheon

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Railgarten (Past Event)

Join AAF Memphis on Thursday, June 22 as we hear Jennifer Bridie, Senior Manager of Advertising for Southwest Airlines, share "How Southwest Leads with Heart to Win Customers."

The luncheon will be held at Railgarten and we will be installing the AAF Memphis 2017-2018 board.

Limited free parking is available on site, but there is also free parking along Cooper and in the neighborhoods off Central with a short one block walk. Please consider carpooling and thanks!

Special thanks to inferno for sponsoring our speakers!

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