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Creatives On Creative

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Creatives on Creative

Panel Discussion hosted by Teddy Shipley

There’s no better way to expand your creative horizons than learning from the experts. Join us for a discussion on ideas coming to life lead by HMH creative director, Teddy Shipley.

Uncomfortable with public speaking? Not a problem. Email your questions to and Teddy will ask them.

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2019 Silver Medal Awards Winner Nancy Haynes

Join AAF Charlotte as we celebrate
the career and legacy of Nancy Haynes!

Nancy Haynes has been some variation of principle/co-owner/president of successful Charlotte-based agencies since the early 70s. From her “Chesson” days (1973-1983) to Bi-Media (1984-1998) to Collins, Haynes & Lully (1998-2018). In that time, she’s developed a reputation as a media strategist and creative thinker. Nothing may capture Nancy’s contribution more to the general advancement of advertising better than her commitment to “reaching the people who count.” She taught this methodology as far and wide as she could.

She worked alongside many fellow Charlotte’s Silver Medal winners to collaborate on countless campaigns. To that point, she has served on many boards such as AAF and the original Charlotte Ad2, Charlotte Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, University Radio Foundation, to name a few. But it would be apt to say her overall passion for mentoring others in industry has itself been a significant standalone contribution to the welfare of others. 

Click here to learn more about the Silver Medal Award.

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April Speaker: Fyre Festival Designer, Oren Aks


Oren Aks, a designer and social media consultant, has risen very quickly to fame. This meteoric rise is in thanks or perhaps not thanks to the documentaries released by Hulu “Fyre Fraud” and the Netflix “Fyre”. Both of these documentaries break down the disaster known as the Fyre Festival. Both documentaries put up a mirror to the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) in the millennial age.

Oren Aks wasn’t aware of what it would become. He was given the task to roll out a social media campaign and boy did he ever. This campaign went viral and orange was everywhere. His use of design, gorgeous photography and smart thinking is only part of the story. Come join us and let him tell you the rest.

To learn more about Oren Aks visit his website

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March Speaker Series with "Ex-Disney Guy" John Formica


John Formica, (The “Ex-Disney Guy”), is a leading authority on tourism, hospitality and service industries alike. John inspires audiences on how to create a Disney-like culture, positive leadership, team relationships, small business growth and transforming any existing service level into a Magical customer experience. During his 10 years at the Walt Disney in Orlando, John managed their top luxury resorts and implemented “Disney’s” philosophy on creating a superior customer experience.

Today, John is “America’s Customer Experience Coach” and has been featured on the NBC Morning Show, FOX, ABC, CBS and Univision. As well as completing two successful speaking tours in Australia and named “Australia’s Best Customer Experience Coach”.

To learn more about John Formica visit his website

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AAAwards | Gala

The results are in. Your work has been judged and it’s that time of year to see what you won.

Join us for the AAF 2018 American Advertising Awards Gala on February 28th at The Terrace at Cedar Hill where will be celebrating the best creative talent in Charlotte.

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AAAwards for Students with Laura Beebe

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Join AAF and rockstar designer, Laura Beebe as she tells her personal story of how entering the AAAwards for Students helped shape her career for years to come.

Here are just a few of the topics Laura will be sharing about:

- What submitting for the Addy’s did for her.

- How she received TWO back-to-back Best of Shows.

- What’s happening now?

- Current and past work

- and much more!

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5:30 PM17:30

October Speaker Series with Greg Kihlström

An award-winning creative director and digital strategist who's worked with brands like AOL, MTV, Starbucks and Toyota, Greg will be speaking on how to apply agile marketing principles to a brand with examples drawn from his new book, The Agile Brand. Learn how companies can remain relevant beyond a logo and how to embrace customer feedback without compromising core values.

After a hugely successful inaugural event last month, we're expecting an even better turn out on October 25th. Get your ticket today before we sell out!

And thanks to a generous donation from Robert Half, The Creative Group, the first 10 people to purchase tickets will receive a free copy of The Agile Brand. 

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September Speaker Series with Melanie Deziel


Don't miss our September speaker series event with Melanie Deziel!

Melanie Deziel, the founder of StoryFuel, is an international keynote speaker and a lifelong storyteller, recognized as one of the world's leading experts in native advertising and branded content. 

As a speaker, she's taught marketers around the globe to think like journalists and tell better brand stories. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, and has graced the stages of industry-leading events like Content Marketing World, Native Ad Days, Social Media Marketing World, SXSW, and more.  

Join us September 20th as Melanie shares her storytelling expertise and we kick off a new year for AAF Charlotte!

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2018 Silver Medal Awards Winner Donna Forbes!
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2018 Silver Medal Awards Winner Donna Forbes!

Join AAF Charlotte as we celebrate the career and legacy of Donna Forbes, GM, HMH Agency!

About the Silver Medal Award:

The American Advertising Federation's Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, AAF Charlotte bestows this honor upon an outstanding member of the local advertising community.

Silver Medal Award Criteria: The Silver Medal winner will be selected by a panel of judges made up of past winners and AAF Charlotte members. Judges use the following criteria when making their selections.           

Contribution to His/Her Company - The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service.            

Creative Ability - The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.          

Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising - The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.           

Contributions to the Community - The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.

When: Tuesday, June 12th from 11:30am to 1pm (Subject to change based upon nominees availability)
Where: Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

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April Professional Luncheon with Corri Smith


Don't miss our April professional luncheon series featuring Corri Smith!

Corri is the owner of Black Wednesday, a Charlotte-based marketing and PR company. BW works with retail, restaurant and nonprofit brands to create organic, creative and innovative strategies that engage their target audiences. She also leads a monthly meet up called #instabeerupclt and recently supported the opening of Subsecreto, a coffee and retail shop. With a focus on community, she hopes to help personify brands in order to become more trustworthy, friendly and engaging.

Join us April 26th as Corri Smith will share about her ventures through entrepreneurship as a woman, transplant, millennial and generally offbeat human being.


11:00-11:45am - doors open and networking amongst attendees
11:45-12pm - lunch is served and guests are welcomed to find seating.
12-12:50pm - presentation from our guest speaker
12:50-1:05pm - Q&A for guest speaker

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March Professional Luncheon with Ted Williams

Title: Origin of Charlotte Agenda and opportunities we're seeing for Charlotte marketers

Ted will share the behind the scenes story of starting and growing the Charlotte Agenda - both the good and the bad. 

Additionally, Ted will share the opportunities that he sees in the market for agency leaders, freelancers and marketers to take advantage of today's media landscape to win accounts and customers. 

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