Get involved with celebrating the best and brightest in our industry. We recognize industry greatness through our American Advertising Awards, Industry Impact Award, AAF Silver Medal Award, AAFCLE Advertising Hall of Fame and 4 Under 40. To get involved with our Awards & Recognition team email Rick Turner.


Rick Turner
First Vice President/VP Programs
Regional Director of Business Development
Extraordinary Events

American Advertising Awards – The American Advertising Awards is one of the industry’s largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.



Industry Impact Award – recognizes an outstanding professional whose ideas, talent, passion and leadership has left an indelible mark on the marketing communications world. This individual is an agent of change; someone who develops and promotes new ideas that have a forceful, yet positive impact on the industry. They change the way we work, think and create – for the better.

Collete Jones (c) Destination Cleveland 2019 Industry Impact Award Winner

AAF Silver Medal Award – The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, the AAF’s Ad Clubs bestow this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community. The award serves to enhance the image of advertising by recognizing a locally well-known person for his or her advertising and community involvement.

Brian Glazen (l) Think Media Studios 2018 Silver Award Winner

4 Under 40 – we honor 4 young professionals under the age of 40 who are the industry’s rising stars.

Class of 2019 (l-r)

Christian Woltman, Little Jacket – Chris Jungjohann, Recess Creative – Jeff Culliton, Adcom – Diana Prodan, Knox Marketing