January 2018


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A Message From Our President

In This Issue

Officers and
Board of Governors


Franklin Park Mall 

1st Vice President
Cooper-Smith Advertising
419.470.5900 x18
2nd Vice President
Cuttlefish Graphics

The Blade


President's Advisory Council:

Madison Avenue Marketing Group

Executive Director:
office:  419.866.4199
cell:  419.260.9572

Board of Governors:
Fresh Products
Harbor Behavioral Health

Toledo Museum of Art
419.255.8000 x7428
Impact Products, LLC
419.841.2891 x313

Mail It Corporation

Rebecca Johns

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

H.O.T. Graphic Services
419.242.7000 x365
United Way of Greater Toledo

419.327.6100 x1614

Calendar of Events:

Friday, January 5  
deadline to submit online
Friday, January 5
no entries will be accepted after 4:00 p.m.
enter:  aaftoledo.org/addys 
PRINT MEDIA - drop off between 1:00-4:00
follow ALL rules and guidelines 
drop off location:
F.J. Westcott
1425 Holland Road, B
Friday, January 5 between 1-4 pm 
Friday, January 12
ADDY Judging
F.J. Westcott
Wednesday,  January 17
Panel Discussion: Silver Medal Award Recipients
"Looking Forward by Looking Back" 
at The Premier
Thursday, February 22
The Valentine Theatre
Friday, March 23
AdPIN - Bowling Tournament
22 lane maximum
register early! 
for more club information, visit:

Who Am I?
My place of birth is:
Birmingham, Alabama

My hobbies are:
Painting, writing, making art out of used/worn household items like wood, old tables, etc. I always handmake gifts for special occasions. I love dancing to old school music like the Temptations, Jackson Five, and MC Hammer. I enjoy quality time with the people I love and having good, meaningful conversations. I also like roller-skating, hiking, and being outdoors in the sunshine as much as possible.

The last good book I read was:
"Wonder" by R. J. Palacio 

My oddest habit is:
Biting my fingernails when I am nervous.

Device I couldn't live without:
Does an electric toothbrush count?
My greatest accomplishment outside my profession: 
I don't know where I got my deep desire to say no to a life of handouts and dependency or why   I  committed to my education and became the only member of my family to go to college. Some of my accomplishments include: graduating at the top of my class from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University; interning several times, including once in Washington D.C. for an Arizona Congressman; winning an award from the Society of Professional Journalists National Collegiate for Investigative Journalism; and graduating with as little debt as possible... They don't teach this at Universities!
The reason I got into advertising/marketing:
It has become my life's goal to seek the truth and tell the story... Not just the truth about poverty and welfare, but the truth behind all manufactured images tired Americans digest each day.   Before my graduation   I  accepted a position with WNWO to be an investigative reporter.  I  was ready to pursue my dreams. When   I  arrived in Toledo   I  was told that their plans to start an investigative division had been canceled.  I produced the newscast while waiting for the opportunity to start my career in an investigative unit. I embraced my position as producer and reporter with the same focus and determination that is my nature. I'm excited to do be back here now and working in a job that I LOVE at FOX 36 Toledo. I help promote local businesses as an on-air personality and account executive.
Biggest influences on me professionally: 
My Godfather Judge Bellamak and Godmother Traci Bellamak. I was fortunate to live with them throughout my undergraduate education. I saw how they lived and how hard they work and I want that. They taught me there's nothing a classy female with a big brain can't have!
My greatest unfulfilled ambition is:
Traveling the world and learning about other cultures through experience.
When nobody's looking, I like to:
Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleeeeep.... Z z z z Z z
The one thing I really want the world to know about me:
In addition to my job as an on-air personality at FOX 36 Toledo, I am also a Multi Media Consultant. If you're looking to advertise, let's collaborate! Contact me: vdias@fox36toledo.com or (419) 708-8093.
Oh, and one of my feet is a half size bigger than the other. I once bought a 7 and 7.5. The clerk never noticed, but I felt too bad and returned them the next day.
Best thing about being an AAF Toledo member: 
Having a solid excuse to network and build relationships while on the clock.

I Am:
 Vondalynn Dias
On Air Personality
FOX 36 Toledo

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AAF Toledo
entitles you to be a
member of the
American Advertising Federation (AAF).

This membership connects
you to the entire advertising
community and provides you
with great opportunities for networking, education, and valuable discounts.


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Casey Pogan
AAF Toledo President
Happy New Year from AAF Toledo with sincere wishes for all things positive throughout 2018 for you and yours!

As we embark on a new calendar year, what better time than now to remember the best of 2017?  The ADDYs are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local events. The AAF Toledo ADDY Awards are the first of a three-tier, national competition. The deadline to submit ADDY entries is this Friday, January 5 at 4:00 p.m.  Find all the details about entry submission here.

Join us on Wednesday, January 17 for the first Lunch & Learn program of 2018 which will be held at The Premier from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Be inspired by past AAF Toledo Silver Medal Award recipients as they share their career retrospective and what the future holds for the creative industry. Reserve your space and purchase tickets here.

Save the date for Friday, March 23, 2018 and start recruiting bowlers for AdPIN 2018! This sell-out event is a fan favorite and includes, glow bowling, shoes, food, trophies and more! Teams are encouraged to   register early as space is limited.

Thank you for your continued support of AAF Toledo. Keep up with all that is happening by following us on Facebook or by visiting www.aaftoledo.org for current event and program information!

Casey Pogan
Franklin Park Mall | Marketing Director
(419) 473-3317


ADDY Call for Entries
deadline to submit:  Friday, January 5
print entries must be dropped off between 1:00-4:00
electronic/digital entries must be entered by 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 5

no entries will be accepted after 4:00 p.m. 

Submit entries online at:
Drop off in person:
Friday, January 5
between 1:00-4:00 p.m.


$65 Member Individual
$80 Member Campaign

$100 Non-Member Individual
$115 Non-Member Campaign

$50 Mosaic - Local Only

$40 Student 
The F.J. Westcott Co.
1425 Holland Rd B
Maumee, OH 43537

Westcott Soundstage, entrance around the back of the building.

There is a large sign above the door in the back.


Mosaic Award

Introducing AAF Toledo ADDYs newest entry categories:  the Mosaic Awards.

Our organization finds it vital to formally recognize, and celebrate, the portrayals and contributions of diverse talent within the creative industry. The continued success of advertising is dependent on the inclusion of all individuals, both behind the keyboard and in front of the camera. We encourage you to read further about these new awards at " aaftoledo.org/addys".

No matter an individuals race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation...we all have a role in the process of creative collaboration. Looking forward to reviewing your entries!


AAF Toledo Mosaic Award for Advocacy: Individual or Company (Single Entry)
This award will be given to an advertising-related professional or company who, through their work, has addressed issues and given voice to groups that have been stereotyped, ignored or excluded in media. This individual or organization has helped increase viewer's perceptions and understanding of multicultural communities and nurtured up and coming multicultural advertising professionals.
AAF Toledo Mosaic Award for Innovation in Storytelling (Single Entry)
The Innovation in Storytelling award will recognize content that presents storylines that extend beyond stereotypical portrayals and depict multicultural communities and individuals as the complex, multifaceted and dynamic groups they are.
AAF Toledo Mosaic Award for Multicultural Ad Campaign
This category recognizes a series of three (3) or more related campaign media mix (must include both traditional media and digital media) that demonstrates understanding and sensitivity of targeted ethnic audiences and their buying practices and behaviors. This can include any of the listed mediums in the campaign: Broadcast, online, radio, print, mobile, streaming, outdoor and apps ads.
AAF Toledo Mosaic Award for Multicultural Digital Campaign
Recognizes campaigns that are executed primarily or exclusively online or through interactive marketing. The winner of this category utilized interactive media targeted toward multicultural markets. This includes digital media, mobile, interactive advertising and video game production advertising.

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, January 17
The Premier

"Looking Forward by Looking Back"

Panel Discussion
past Silver Medal Award Recipients will share their career retrospective and what the future holds

  • Jerry Brown, Madison Avenue Marketing Group
  • Steve Hanson, Hanson Inc.

Join us on Wednesday, January 17 at The Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.

11:30 networking
11:45 buffet lunch
12:00 announcements/presentation/Q&A

RSVP by Monday, January 15
$25 member - $30 non-member - $15 student

Silver Medal

2018 Scholarship Application
Toledo Community Foundation

2018 Advertising Club of Toledo / AAF Toledo Scholarship

Deadline: February 01 2018 at 11:59 PM EST (Midnight)


To provide annual scholarships for students pursuing a communications, marketing, public relations or related degree at The University of Toledo or Bowling Green State University (or another accredited university or college in Ohio or Michigan) who will be full-time (as defined by the institution) college undergraduate or graduate students. Scholarship recipients may re-apply in subsequent years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

It is anticipated that at least two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in early May. Finalists may be interviewed. Recipients will be introduced at the AAF Toledo annual June meeting.


The criteria used for selection of scholarship recipients include consideration of the following:

a. Scholastic aptitude and prior academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or above);
b. Individual motivation, ability and potential;
c. Letters of Recommendation;
d. Intent to pursue a degree in communications, marketing, public relations or related degree;
e. Extra curricular activities such as clubs, internships, work/study programs (required attachment);
f. Interest in pursuing your professional career in the greater Toledo area.

apply here

AdPIN - Bowling Tournament
Friday, March 23
Rossford Lanes

Friday, March 23
Rossford Lanes

22 lane maximum 

AdBID - Online Auction
accepting donations now-April 20

New Members

 Welcome New Members
Tina Ellis
Advertising Consultant
The Blade
Ben Steyer
Owner/Marketing Specialist
Steyer Media

2017-2018 Membership Renewal


JULY 1, 2017

Please renew as soon as possible.

Not a member?
contact Patty with questions at 419.866.4199

Career Opportunities

Job Posting

AAF Toledo's marketing job board will put your job posting in front of the most robust network of marketing and advertising talent in the Toledo Area.

Your posting will be placed on the AAF Toledo job board/career tab for 30 days. It will also receive one mention in the monthly AAF Toledo e-newsletter (which is sent to all AAF Toledo members) and one mention per week (4x) on each of AAF Toledo's social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter).

Price: $50 non-members

Job postings are free for AAF Toledo members. Take advantage of this member benefit and join today

submission form

Processing Rules & Regulations:
Once AAF Toledo receives your request for a job posting the Executive Director will approve the posting. At this time the company/individual posting the job will pay a fee of $50.

*AAF Toledo has the right to refuse any job postings at anytime.*


AAF Toledo Blog

How to Submit a Guest Blog Post to AAF Toledo
The ideal length for a post is between 850 and 1,000 words and must not have been previously published.
Come up with a great idea. To be considered, AAFTOL blog topics should be related to advertising, marketing and communications. Write something that you would want to read yourself.
Send a proposal. Send a brief proposal to director@aaftoledo.org. Please do not send the full article. Keep it brief: a tentative headline; two or three sentences explaining what the blog will be about; and one sentence saying why you are qualified to write it. Based on this proposal AAFTOL will let you know within three business days whether to submit the article.
Write with the reader in mind. Writing for the web is different from writing for print. The best way to organize the piece is to start with a brief set-up that hooks the reader. Then organize the rest in segments. Assume the reader is busy and has a short attention span. Short paragraphs and headings within the article make it easier to read.
Include a brief bio at the top. Your name; the name of your company (with a link to your website); and if you've written a book relevant to the article, the title of that book with a link to the Amazon page or to your website if the book is available for sale there. If you tweet, please indicate that, and include a link to your Twitter profile page.
Submit the completed article. Please submit your final version by pasting into the body of an e-mail, or attach it as a Microsoft word document. Your submission will be reviewed by AAFTOL editorial board. If we have any questions, comments or concerns, we will contact you.
What happens next? AAFTOL will acknowledge receipt of the blog within 24 hours, and let you know within a week whether it has been accepted for publication. If it is, AAFTOL reserves the right to edit the article, including changes in the text, subheads and headline, to improve readability and maximize web traffic.



About AAF Toledo


AAF Toledo, formerly the Advertising Club of Toledo, is a professional and social organization for individuals actively involved in the creation and production of advertising and marketing communications materials.  The nonprofit (501C6) organization was originally formed in 1909 and remains dedicated to providing professional education and promoting fellowship among members and the community they serve.    


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