The Central Ohio Chapter
AAF Columbus.

Welcome to AAF Columbus, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). AAF is a national organization that brings together advertising and communications professionals for networking, education and fun!


We all need inspiration to spur creativity and ideas, but where does inspiration come from? How do we continue to be inspired every day? AAF Columbus believes that inspiration comes from everywhere, especially from interacting with other creative people. AAF Columbus brings in top creative talent and industry leaders every year to educate and inspire our members.

We are dedicated to maintaining high standards in our profession and encouraging future generations to prosper. Inspiration is key in this business, and seasoned professionals know inspiration can come from the enthusiasm of those just starting in the industry.


AAF Columbus is a whole lot more than meetings and deals. It’s about connecting people, hearing their stories, and making connections and friendships that last a lifetime. Membership enables you to interact with a wide variety of advertising, marketing, interactive, and public relations experts as well as suppliers to the industry.

We offer discounts on our events, including submissions to the ADDY Awards – one of the largest awards shows in the country.

We offer members a wide range of benefits from nationally sponsored webinars and access to one of the most comprehensive job banks to cost-effective insurance opportunities to great deals on shipping, subscriptions, credit cards, rental cars and more. These outstanding opportunities are available only through AAF Columbus membership.

We share our time and talents with good people and good causes. Improving the quality of communication for profit, fun and for the good of our community is one of our main objectives.


Hard work deserves recognition. That’s why each year AAF Columbus hosts:

  • The Columbus American Advertising Awards (the ADDYs) – This annual competition and awards show is first step in an exciting three-tiered national competition for creative excellence featuring more than 100 categories. The ADDYs honors the best and brightest work in central Ohio. Winners in the local competition can, and often do, go on to win District and even National ADDYs.
  • At our Annual Meeting/Silver Medal Award Luncheon, we recognize an individual who has made contributions to their company, to the advertising industry and to the community – providing leadership, creating visionary work and inspiring others – with our most prestigious award, the Silver Medal.
  • We offer numerous luncheons and evening events, giving members the opportunity to learn from the best in the field.

So, if you’re looking for a place to network with the brightest and best in the business, learn more about the tricks of the trade or simply have fun, AAF Columbus is for you. If you are a dedicated advertising, marketing or public relations professional, we invite you to join us!

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