Ten Awards Toast Birmingham’s Advertising Trailblazers

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American Advertising Federation-Birmingham celebrated the best of the best in advertising and marketing at an awards ceremony Thursday, June 28.

AAF-Birmingham held at a reception Thursday, June 28 at Vulcan Park and Museum where it announced winners of the 2012 Ten Awards.

The Ten Awards recognize the crucial, often unsung, sales and service side of the marketing industry.

On Thursday, June 28, the Birmingham Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Birmingham) held at a reception at Vulcan Park and Museum where it announced winners of its first-ever Ten Awards. The awards recognize the crucial, often unsung, sales and service side of the marketing industry.

Rick Journey — who recently left his longtime post as co-anchor of Fox 6’s Good Day Alabama — emceed the ceremony, offering winners a chance to thank the crowd, co-workers and colleagues. Winners each received a unique, custom trophy individually crafted by Birmingham’s Frontera Iron.

2012 Ten Award Winners:

Business Leader of the Year
Paul Crawford, President/Creative Director for Scout Branding
The Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes a business leader or entrepreneur who has the greatest impact on the Birmingham advertising community and the field as a whole.

Account Service Award
Libby Sexton Romano, Senior Account Executive for Big Communications
The Account Services Award recognizes a professional who has mastered the art of making projects run smoothly and the magic of making it all invisible.

Mixed Media Award
Sheila Grandy, Media Director for Strong LLC
The Mixed Media Award recognizes an agency or external media professional who finds the right medium to reach the right eyes and ears.

Public Relations Award
Michael Hansen, Director of Public Relations for The Modern Brand Company
The Public Relations Award recognizes an in-house or agency public relations professional who best represents the client’s brand in plain language to everyone who needs to hear it.

Production Award
Jacob Garner, Broadcast Producer for Lewis Communications
The Production Award recognizes an individual who takes the brilliant — and sometimes grandiose — ideas of the creative team and makes them a reality.

Re-Tweet Award
David Griner, VP/Director of Digital Content for Luckie & Co.
The Re-Tweet Award recognizes the social media guru who has best delivered their social media expertise upon the advertising community. This award is open to self-nomination.

Junior of the Year Award
Laura Ervin, Account Services for Cayenne Creative Group
The Junior of the Year Award recognizes a junior or assistant staff member who has made the most impact for the least credit.

Student of the Year
Haley Shelton, Communications and PR Intern for MotionMobs
All of advertising’s great professionals started out as promising students with great potential and no idea what they were getting into. The Student Award recognizes a local university or college student studying marketing, advertising, design communications, journalism, or another advertising-related field

Ann Halpern Service Award
Satina Richardson, Senior Account Executive for Big Communications
The Ann Halpern Service Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional social responsibility in the community and exceptional service to AAF-Birmingham.

Firewall Award
Wanda McKoy, Owner of Express Print
The Firewall Award recognizes an individual who excels at communication, diplomacy, organization, and keeping the client from having to interact directly with the creative team (and vice-versa).

For more information about The Ten Awards visit http://www.the10awards.com or write Satina Richardson, immediate past president of AAF-Birmingham, at satina(at)bigcom(dot)com.

The mission of AAF-Birmingham is to promote excellence in advertising through professional education, networking, community service, ethics, quality and creativity. AAF-Birmingham plays a unique role in the Birmingham advertising community, striving to maintain a strong network through industry knowledge and education, creative recognition, and opportunities for idea exchange — for both the businesses and the individuals who make advertising happen in the Birmingham area. AAF Birmingham has been recognized on both the district and national levels for its outstanding service to the advertising community.

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