American Advertising Federation returns to SWFL

August 14, 2019 CONRIC PR

The newly re-launched American Advertising Federation-Southwest Florida chapter officially began its tenure on July 1 with a kickoff event and swearing in ceremony in downtown Fort Myers on July 25.

The group better known as AAF-SWFL is a professional advertising club and political action organization devoted to the protection and promotion of advertising in Southwest Florida. Now accepting membership applications, AAF-SWFL is open to advertisers, agencies, media companies, and advertising service providers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, and Hendry counties. For more information on AAF-SWFL and to become a member, visit

The following advertising professionals were sworn in as board members of the organization:

Tim Hennessy – President

Kate Kintz – Vice President

Jim Wyatt – Treasurer

Julie Lawrence – Secretary

Wendy Payton – Immediate Past President

Don Gross – Membership Chair

Chris Wright-Isak – Education Chair

Josh Pope – Creative Director

Erin Donati – Events Chair

Josh Milton – Communications Chair

Stephen Gray-Blancett – ADDY Chair

Earl Quenzel – Public Service Chair

Laura Brandano – At-Large

Bob Beville – At-Large

Nancy Solliday – At-Large

Teri Hansen – At-Large

Also sworn in were the organization’s board of trustees:

Wendy Payton – Chair

Gary Firestone

Kerri Goldsmith

Stephen Gray-Blancett

Steve Hagewood

Christopher Spiro



Established in 1905, the American Advertising Federation acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” Commonly known as AAF, its membership comprises the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies, a national network of local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals, and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members.

The American Advertising Federation-Southwest Florida chapter is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. This passionate group of advertising industry leaders better known as AAF-SWFL performs community service, support and education. The organization also exists to provide industry advocacy and knowledge sharing. AAF-SWFL hosts a number of programs and initiatives that support its membership through government relations, professional development, advertising education, mentorships, workplace diversity and inclusion, and recognition of excellence. To become a member, please email the AAF-SWFL membership team at or visit

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