Join us in celebrating the best and brightest in the northern Nevada advertising community. AAF Reno will present our Ad People of the Year 2014 Awards at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, NV. Details to come regarding the event date and time.

Nominations now open

Nominations for Ad People of the Year are now open. Nominate your co worker, marketing manager, public service team today. Nominations are open until April 29th. Nominate a worthy advertising professional today!

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Award Criteria

Thomas C. Wilson Award

The recipient must have made significant contributions to advertising and been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. They must have shown a consistently high degree of excellence in the field of advertising over a lifetime, coupled with strong community involvement.

Ad Person of the Year Award

The recipient must have achieved singular excellence in the advertising field during the last year, while demonstrating strong community involvement.

Promotion Person or Group Award

The recipient must have made an outstanding contribution to the effectiveness of promotional activities on behalf of the community. The time frame of this award is not necessarily limited to the past year.

Community Contribution of the Year Award

The recipient should have made an outstanding advertising-related contribution to the community during 2013. This award recognizes those businesses or individuals that have been active in furthering the industry’s responsibility in areas of social concern.

Neither the nominee nor the nominator need be AAF Reno members, though the nominee must do, or have done, business in Northern Nevada.


Past Honorees

2011

Thomas C. Wilson Award Phyllis Freyer
Ad Person of the Year Steven Ariamini
Promotions Person/Group TXT L8R Campaign
Community Service Contribution Laura Newman
Thomas C. Wilson Award Marjie Swiatek
Ad Person of the Year Gail Letcher
Promotions Person/Group The Holland Project
Community Service Contribution Michael J. Moreno, III

2009

Thomas C. Wilson Award Brian Crane
Ad Person of the Year John Murphy
Promotions Person/Group Reno Philharmonic
Community Service Contribution The Glenn Group

2008

Thomas C. Wilson Award Michael Eardley
Ad Person of the Year Casey Strachan
Promotions Person/Group Tune In To Kids
Community Service Contribution Charter Media

2007

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jim Burke
Ad Person of the Year Esther Isaac
Promotions Person/Group Pete Copeland and Molly Dillon
Community Service Contribution Jeff Ross

2006

Thomas C. Wilson Award Dan Gustin
Ad Person of the Year William Letcher
Promotions Person/Group Anti-Meth Coalition
Community Service Contribution Dali Weiderhoft

2005

Thomas C. Wilson Award Bob Felten
Ad Person of the Year Jeff Dow
Promotions Person/Group Reno Radio Reps
Community Service Contribution RTC

2004

Thomas C. Wilson Award Tom Rodrigue
Ad Person of the Year Tim O'Brien
Promotions Person/Group Moms on the Run
Community Service Contribution Rose/Glenn Group

2003

Thomas C. Wilson Award Scott Mortimore
Ad Person of the Year UNR NSAC Team
Promotions Person/Group Tiffany Frisch
Community Service Contribution Nevada Museum of Art

2002

Thomas C. Wilson Award Travis Lynn
Ad Person of the Year Stan Byers
Promotions Person/Group Reno Air Races Association
Community Service Contribution CSG Direct

2001

Thomas C. Wilson Award No Award
Ad Person of the Year Karen Ferguson
Promotions Person/Group Christy Jefferson
Community Service Contribution Reno News & Review

2000

Thomas C. Wilson Award Valerie Glenn
Ad Person of the Year Dan Morgan
Promotions Person/Group Susan Komen Race/Nevada State Fair
Community Service Contribution Envision

1999

Thomas C. Wilson Award Lynn Atcheson
Ad Person of the Year Michael Eardley
Promotions Person/Group Pat Smith
Community Service Contribution Jerry Cail

1998

Thomas C. Wilson Award Bob Alessandrelli
Ad Person of the Year Jeff Ross
Promotions Person/Group Steve Trounday

1997

Thomas C. Wilson Award Eric Anderson
Ad Person of the Year Edward Estipona
Promotions Person/Group Artown

1996

Thomas C. Wilson Award Betty Stoddard Muncie
Ad Person of the Year Jackie Shelton
Promotions Person/Group Reno Rodeo

1995

Thomas C. Wilson Award Norm Nielson
Ad Person of the Year Larry DeVincenzi
Promotions Person/Group Bruce Van Dyke

1994

Thomas C. Wilson Award John Glenn
Ad Person of the Year Stephanie Kruse
Promotions Person/Group John Ascuaga's Nugget

1993

Thomas C. Wilson Award Dave Newman
Ad Person of the Year Scott Voeller
Promotions Person/Group Reno Redevelopment Agency

1992

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jim Elliott
Ad Person of the Year Brian Crane
Promotions Person/Group Jay Milligan

1991

Thomas C. Wilson Award Stanton K. Berdrow
Ad Person of the Year Bob Felten
Promotions Person/Group Rick Heckman

1990

Thomas C. Wilson Award Bourne Morris
Ad Person of the Year Ron Cooney
Promotions Person/Group International Winter Special Olympic Games

1989

Thomas C. Wilson Award Dr. Joseph Howland
Ad Person of the Year Bob Alessandrelli
Promotions Person/Group City of Sparks Redevelopment

1988

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jim Thompson
Ad Person of the Year Steve Rusk/Jennifer Evans
Promotions Person/Group No Award

1987

Thomas C. Wilson Award Lynnae Hornbarger
Ad Person of the Year Cynthia Kelly / Valerie Rose
Promotions Person/Group Ben Plaza

1986

Thomas C. Wilson Award Sash Nakamoto
Ad Person of the Year Mark Bayer
Promotions Person/Group Willie Davison

1985

Thomas C. Wilson Award Don Cralle
Ad Person of the Year Mark Bayer
Promotions Person/Group Candace Pearce

1984

Thomas C. Wilson Award Bob Carroll
Ad Person of the Year Tom Draper
Promotions Person/Group RSCVA / Dick Scott

1983

Thomas C. Wilson Award Phil Rose
Ad Person of the Year Alan Randolph
Promotions Person/Group Norm Neilson

1982

Thomas C. Wilson Award Laurie Vasquez
Ad Person of the Year Tom Merrill
Promotions Person/Group C.J. Hadley

1981

Thomas C. Wilson Award Pete Peterson
Ad Person of the Year Dan Gustin / Mark Curtis
Promotions Person/Group Bill Thornton

1980

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jerry Higgins
Ad Person of the Year Gary O'Brien
Promotions Person/Group Sierra Arts Foundation Board

1979

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jim Herzig
Ad Person of the Year Frank Kratzer
Promotions Person/Group Howard Cannon

1978

Thomas C. Wilson Award Allen Dunn
Ad Person of the Year Binney Evans
Promotions Person/Group Reno Air Races Board of Trustees

1977

Thomas C. Wilson Award Gene Evans
Ad Person of the Year Jan Bleachner
Promotions Person/Group Frank Ferrari

1976

Thomas C. Wilson Award John Garberson
Ad Person of the Year Marion Miller
Promotions Person/Group Vern Durkee, Sr.

1975

Thomas C. Wilson Award Lee Hirshland
Ad Person of the Year Bill Bleachner
Promotions Person/Group John Dermody

1974

Thomas C. Wilson Award Ron Smith
Ad Person of the Year Jim Elliot
Promotions Person/Group John Ascuaga

1973

Thomas C. Wilson Award Gene McKenna
Ad Person of the Year Bob Carroll
Promotions Person/Group Mike O'Callaghan

1972

Thomas C. Wilson Award Fred Davis
Ad Person of the Year Si Seller
Promotions Person/Group Will Jurgens

1971

Thomas C. Wilson Award Howard Doyle
Ad Person of the Year Lorraine Arms
Promotions Person/Group Bill Harrah

1970

Thomas C. Wilson Award Wallie Warren
Ad Person of the Year Ken Webster
Promotions Person/Group Dick Campbell

1969

Thomas C. Wilson Award Mark Curtis, Sr.
Ad Person of the Year Allen Dunn
Promotions Person/Group Pat Baker

1968

Thomas C. Wilson Award Mel Matheson
Ad Person of the Year Don Thompson

1967

Thomas C. Wilson Award Jordan Crouch

1966

Thomas C. Wilson Award Roy Powers

1965

Thomas C. Wilson Award Thomas C. Wilson