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Now Accepting Nominations: 2020 Silver Medal Award

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.


The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award was established in 1959 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the advertising industry and who have actively furthered the industry’s standards for creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concerns. This award DOES NOT require that the person be or have been an AAF Columbus member.

Our Silver Medal Jury (Past Presidents and Silver Medal recipients) uses the following criteria when making their selection:

Contribution to their 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.

How is the award bestowed? Each May, AAF Columbus bestows this coveted award upon an outstanding community leader.

Past Silver Medalists include Columbus advertising legends such as Bob Wiseman and Vickie Easterday, Donna Teach, Betty Clark, Nancy Kramer, Pete McGinty, Barry Shawgo, Randy Malloy, Stephen Fechtor, Ron Foth Sr., Rick Milenthal, Kirk Phillips, Fred Coe, Dan Morris, Mindy Hedges, Charlie Rath, Marvin Brown, Bill Wickham, R. Steven Johnston, Anne Weaver, Linda Row, Guy Salvato, Perry Frey, Cameron James, and so many more.

This year’s recipient will be honored in November at a virtual event.

How do I submit a nomination? You must be an AAF Columbus Member to submit a nomination. If you are a Member and wish to submit a nomination for this prestigious award, please EMAIL the completed application to Kelly O’Brien with the subject line “2020 SILVER MEDAL NOMINATION” at If you are NOT a member, you may email a recommendation to who will find a current member to endorse your nomination and move it forward. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

You may also include biographical information about your nominee in the narrative aligned with the Silver Medal Criteria listed above. If you prefer to NOT to write that narrative, the nominee will be contacted to provide their own biography. But, please understand that most people prefer not to brag about their own accomplishments. Self-written information seldom “sells” the nomination.

Please note: In recent years, voting has been VERY close. So, if you have submitted a nomination before but that person was not selected, we urge you to do a quick update and enter your nominee again this year. Our Silver Medal Jury, which is made up of Past AAF Presidents and Silver Medal honorees, will consider all nominations.

If you have questions, please email Kelly at the AAF Columbus office,

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