The American Advertising Federation of Greater Evansville (AAF-GE) is now seeking nominations for its 2nd annual Celebrating People Awards, designed to recognize advertising and marketing individuals in the Tri-State area. Five awards will celebrate an individual’s talent based on outstanding work and service in their respective roles. The winners will be announced on Friday, February 24 during the American Advertising Awards (formerly named ADDYS) ceremony held at the University of Southern Indiana in Carter Hall.  Nominations are due January 13, 2017.

The categories and summary of criteria are as follows, with a complete description and nomination form on the website

Account Executive of the Year

Nominees for this award salutes those in the trenches, selling the print, online, on-air and multi-platform programs and creating a winning proposition for both the client/advertiser and the media brand.

Creative Person of the Year

This person is always pushing the creative envelope both conceptually and visually. This person can be part of the creative process from copywriter, designer, videographer or cinematographer, website development and digital artist or creative director.

Digital Media Manager of the Year

This award is presented a person who showed exceptional skill in the realm of digital production, creative and/or account management. Nominees for this award should primarily work in the web, mobile, app development, or digital art spheres.

Media Strategist of the Year

The Media Strategist of the Year can include anyone from in-house to a contract buyer who shows exceptional negotiation skills and charming qualities. They should always be pushing the envelope for new media strategies while staying aware of the client’s budget.

Next Generation Award

This award celebrates young advertising professionals with unmatched ambition. The Next Generation Award was created to recognize those outstanding advertising individuals, ages 30 and younger, who are making a significant impact.

Nomination Process

All nominations will be submitted online. To submit a nomination, please be prepared to describe why this person deserves to win this award, a brief history of nominee’s job experience, and the contributions they have made to the advertising industry.

An advisory panel will determine the eligibility, narrow down the nominees and request work samples (if applicable). Winners for the Next Generation Award, Digital Media Manager of the Year and Creative Person of the Year awards will be determined by the judges of the American Advertising Awards. Winners for the Media Strategist of the Year and Account Executive of the Year will be determined by a panel of past Silver Medal winners.

The organization is requesting nominations from the public, including supervisors, colleagues, clients, etc. A review committee from AAF-GE will select finalists from the nominations, and submit those to a panel of ADDY judges from another market who will select the winner of each category.

To view the eligibility and nominate a candidate for one of the Celebrating People awards, please visit the website at and complete the form by Friday, January 13, 2017. Please contact AAF-GE at 423-3843 for more questions.