American Advertising Awards

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Location: TBD

Cocktail Hour – 5:30pm
Show Begins – 7:00pm

After the judges have tallied up all of the scores, it’s time to gather your friends and accept some awards. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Who’s going to win each category, best of show, and club awards? Who’s going to be the best up-and-coming advertising student? Who will go home with all the glory (the kind that comes with a trophy)?

Join us at the awards show. Celebrate all the hard work you’ve done. Toss some drinks back with friends and/or the competition. Heck, bring your clients along to display your appreciation.

What is the American Advertising Awards Competition?

The National American Advertising Awards Program is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative creative competition, recognizing creative excellence in the art of advertising.

Sponsored by the AAF, the American Advertising Awards competition represents the broadest creative spirit of advertising by recognizing all forms of advertising; in all varieties of media; created by all sizes and types of entrants; and from all over the country. More than 40,000 total entries are entered and judged annually.

ADDY Award winners truly represent the best of the best. With the American Advertising Awards, it is the size of the idea that matters most, not the size of the organization that created the work, nor the size of the budget behind it. This distinction elevates the American Advertising Awards above virtually every other advertising competition.

Three-Tier Competition

1

Local

Entries are first judged at the local level, through competitions organized by nearly 200 ad clubs affiliated with the AAF.
2

District

Winners from the local level advance to the second level of judging and participate in one of 15 district competitions.
3

National

After district winners are selected, they advance to the third level of judging – the national finals.

Visit the AAF website to learn more about the national competition.

Visit AAF Website

The Student American Advertising Award Competition

The American Advertising Awards student competition is held concurrently with the professional competition and is the largest student advertising competition of its kind. Although there are fewer categories, the student competition mirrors the three-tier structure of the professional competition.

Registration for the 2023 American Advertising Awards is now closed. Stay tuned.

2022 Club Award Winners

Emerging Advertising Leader of the Year

Jenn State, Black Tie Creatives

The Emerging Advertising Leader of the Year award is presented to young professional men and women who are making outstanding contributions to marketing, advertising, design, and/or communication.

Even before graduating from Grand View University, Jenn was achieving her advertising goals by co-founding Black Tie Creatives. What began as a side-hustle for logo and web work, quickly grew into a little creative powerhouse. Jenn’s digital and design expertise helped Black Tie Creatives launch cutting-edge brands like MedPharm Iowa, Ricochet, Bâton Global, and H&K Manufacturing. At the same time, the team worked with some of Iowa’s most famous companies, including Kemin, Drake University, and Above & Beyond Cancer. Perhaps most notably, though, was her work for the Prime Minister of Dubai. (Yes. You heard that right.)

Never one to sit still for long (just ask her dog, Frankie,) Jenn kicked off her formal agency career at Performance Marketing in 2012. In her five years there, she developed work that moved the needle for Honeywell, U.S. Bank, and Toro. She was also an integral member of the team that launched the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundations’ first app, Iowa By Trail, which won numerous awards. Her experience at Performance Marketing also helped her further develop her creative and design skills for future leadership roles.

Speaking of leadership, Jenn joined the Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI) in 2015. At the time, membership was dwindling. But true to form, Jenn put her ambition to work to help the non-profit. She took on the role of President, volunteered to assemble a group of eager designers for committees—and together, they revitalized the organization and their (now famous) Annual Award Exhibition. During her time on the board, ADAI membership grew exponentially and has had great success connecting students to professionals. Jenn continues to push the boundaries of the organization to keep Iowa designers connected and recognized.

In 2016 Jenn made a pivotal career transition to become Director of Digital Design and Photography at Red Dot Advertising + Design, and the unofficial leader of the Red Dot breakfast pizza initiative. She made an immediate impact at Red Dot launching buzzworthy brands like JR’s SouthPork Ranch at the Iowa State Fair, creating campaigns for community betterment like the City of West Des Moines Five Waters Project, and helping to keep history alive with a new brand for The West Des Moines Historical Society and Jordan House museum. She’s also built brands from behind her camera (often standing in chicken coops or sorority house kitchens) doing photo shoots for Kent Feeds, Greek House Chefs, YSS, and many more.

Today Jenn continues to apply her expertise in web and print design to extend brands across online and offline channels seamlessly, earning local and national recognition from various organizations. Fueled by her passion for design and sense of adventure—go ahead, ask her about all of the places she’s traveled—Jenn inspires fellow designers and creative team members both personally and professionally.

Volunteer of the Year

Jenny Cross, TwoTone Creative

Volunteer of the Year is presented to an outstanding volunteer who has made significant contributions in furthering the growth and mission of the club.

As the communication co-chair of AAF, Jenny has helped orchestrate a fresh social media presence, website, and marketing strategy for AAF. In addition, Jenny has volunteered and served dozens of organizations such as Parenteen, AIGA, Agape Pregnancy Center, Spark Discipleship, and is an active participant in her local church.

Jenny Cross is the founder and CEO of TwoTone Creative, a full-service marketing agency founded in West Des Moines in 2014. She’s passionate about cultivating the potential of her clients and her 18-person team. Outside of the office, you can find Jenny spending time with her favorite human and husband, Jake, and their two daughters – Piper and Amelia.

Show Archives

2022 Show

The American Advertising Awards student competition is held concurrently with the professional competition and is the largest student advertising competition of its kind. Although there are fewer categories, the student competition mirrors the three-tier structure of the professional competition.

Winners Book

2021 Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 American Advertising Awards! Thank you to everyone who attended the show, as you are the reason it was another success! Be sure to check out the following items for more info on the winning pieces.

Winners Book

2020 Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 American Advertising Awards! Thank you to everyone who attended the show, as you are the reason it was another success! Be sure to check out the following items for more info on the winning pieces.

Winners Book

2019 Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 American Advertising Awards! Thank you to everyone who attended the show, as you are the reason it was another success! Be sure to check out the following items for more info on the winning pieces!

Winners Book