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AAF Nebraska programs feature something for everyone — presentations on relevant and engaging topics; opportunities to connect with others in the ad business; events that reward our talent; and social outings that are just plain fun.

AdBites – Professional Development While You Eat

Interact professionally and personally with local industry leaders through the AAF Nebraska programs. The program committee annually develops a series of meaningful and entertaining programs addressing the diverse needs of members.

For program information or to join the program planning team contact the Program Committee Chairs listed below.

Ken Peoples, with RCG Advertising & Media
David Moore, with Kingswood & Palmerston


Every year, AAF Nebraska salutes three members who have demonstrated their commitment to their club and their community in outstanding ways. Well-respected and recognized in the advertising industry, these prestigious accolades salute our industry’s best and brightest.

Nominate a worthy AAF Nebraska colleague by clicking on the AAF Nebraska Nomination Form below:

2023 AAF Nebraska Awards Form (Ad Pro, Ad Rookie & Silver Medal) – Closed now and will be taking nominations for 2024 in September of 2023

Questions regarding the AAF Nebraska Awards can be directed to Teri Hamburger at the AAF Nebraska office.

Teri Hamburger, 402-401-4273 or

American Advertising Awards

Recognizing Our Best

Each year, the American Advertising Awards recognize the best and brightest ads and campaigns created by Nebraska businesses and advertising agencies.   The latest information on the local American Advertising Awards show can be found at:

American Advertising Awards | Creative Nebraska 2023 Winners here

EARLY BIRD Entry Deadline (November 1 – December 16, 2023)

DROP DEAD Entry Deadline (January 1, 2024)

Dinner and Show February 23, 2024 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln
Tickets on sale now here.

Connect. Network. Relax

Advertising, After 5-Style

Sneak out a few minutes before 5, spend some time with your fellow AAF Omaha members and step inside an AAF Omaha member’s business or area hot spot. It’s all part of AAF Omaha AdConnect. It’s a darned good excuse to NOT stay late at the office for once and a free member perk.

Interested in Sponsoring Your Own AdConnect Event?

Contact the AAF Nebraska office for details and sponsorship opportunities 402-401-4273.

Meet the Pros

February 29 and March 1, 2024
Funny Bone Comedy Club

Register for the conference, check the current schedule, view the list of speakers and read the blog to unearth the knowledge you need to defend yourself in the job market. No fancy filter, metal portfolio or plastic binder can save you from the vicious onslaught of the real world. Nail a killer concept and you just might live to see day two.

Area advertising professionals are needed to assist with seminars, roundtable discussions and student portfolio reviews. To join the committee or volunteer at the event, contact Meet the Pros Co-Chairs Shaela Wefler or Gunnar Guenette.

Details here.

Community Outreach, Education, & Diversity

The More You Know

AAF Nebraska educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing through seminars, monthly luncheon speakers, exhibitions and trade shows.

We also provide networking opportunities in a variety of settings so that you can make new connections, glean killer business advice and ideas, and expand business opportunities for yourself and your clients.

AAF Nebraska isn’t just for professionals; we encourage young people to enter the advertising business and offer both events and scholarships to students focusing on advertising fields of study. AAF Omaha gives college scholarships and sponsors college chapters at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Creighton University.
For more information about educational opportunities contact our Education Chairs Shana Boyd or Taylor McBreen.

Speakers’ Bureau

AAF Nebraska strives to educate members, students and area professionals about the advertising industry. If you’re looking for a speaker for your next event, please contact us.

(Use the list below to choose a speaker topic and email to schedule an engagement.)


We are looking for professionals in the advertising/marketing industry who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with our club. Please email if you are interested in speaking about one of the topics above.

“6 in 60”

Each quarter, AAF Nebraska hosts an affordable, after-hours professional development and networking event. Each event features a panel of six advertising and marketing professionals who are all experts on a specific topic. During the event, the panelists share firsthand experience and advice so that attendees can learn not only best practices, but also about rising trends in the industry. Attendees even have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists once the 60-minute discussion is complete. Our goals with each event are to:

Public Service

Each year, AAF Nebraska assembles a Public Service Committee which chooses a local non-profit organization to receive a comprehensive advertising campaign at little or no cost. The work produced by the committee has achieved critical acclaim and has received back-to-back-to-back Club Achievement Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
Recent campaign recipients include The Hope Center, Youth Emergency Services, Shaken Baby Task Force, The Kim Foundation/Project Relate, Children’s Respite Care Center and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Celiac Sprue Association, Midwest Heart Connection,, Heartland Hope Mission, Coalition on Human Trafficking, Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha, League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, Partnership 4 Hope, Refugee Empowerment Center Omaha and Omaha Academy of Ballet.

Put your professional talents to work for your community. Contact Chris LaCroix, Jeffrey Maciejewski or Ross Finocchiaro today to get involved in AAF Nebraska’s public service opportunities.

Chris LaCroix,
Jeffrey Maciejewski,
Ross Finocchiaro,

Special Events

Pro-bono campaign work and killer events don’t come without a cost. To keep prices reasonable while still offering value and benefit for members, AAF Nebraska hosts 4 to 5 special events annually to raise money for educational programming and to fund a fully integrated marketing campaign for one non-profit organization. Special events are a great way to raise money for AAF Nebraska and to make new business connections.
Plan to attend our next Special event!
For event questions or to join the committee contact:

Lauren Schuster,
Alfredo Lang,


Each January, ad professionals polish off their bowling shoes and start throwing strikes in hopes of attaining the vaunted AAF Nebraska Bowl-A-Rama trophy. Gather your team of 4 to 6 bowlers and register now. Lanes fill up fast.
2024 Bowl-A-Rama – January 25, 2024


You Can’t Handle the Trivia!

The AdWars team competition tests your knowledge of advertising practices, terminology and trivia. But it’s anything but trivial (just ask someone from championship teams; just to mention a few Bozell, Bailey Lauerman, Smith Kroeger, 10/11 Television, Eleven Twenty-Three). It’s a brutal display of seemingly useless terms and acronyms. It’s a grueling and treacherous evening of famous jingles and tag lines. It’s always fun!
2024 AdWars | date to be announced.

ON Brand

An inspirational look at branding, presented in concert by three national trade organizations.

The ON Brand conference is a unique gathering of professionals working to create, support and promote strong brands. Developed by the local chapters of three national industry organizations, the American Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America, the ON Brand conference will provide education and development for the many facets of branding, as well as a valuable networking experience for individual career growth. Centrally located in Omaha, NE, the conference will draw attendees from the Midwest region.

ON Brand | July 2024 – date to be announced
Creighton University | Harper Conference Center

Registration to open soon at

AAF Nebraska members please use the AAF Nebraska discount code link to register online. If you do not have the code contact our office by emailing

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