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Who We Are.

The American Advertising Federation of Topeka (AAFT) – fondly called “Ad Club” – is just that: an advertising club with members in Topeka, Manhattan and across Northeast Kansas. AAFT is an affiliate of District 9 - the regional club – and of the national American Advertising Federation. Our members come for all facets of the advertising and marketing industry, including advertisers; advertising agencies; media companies, digital, film and video companies; creative types and freelancers; educators; and students studying in these fields. AAFT focuses on helping our members further their education and stay in-tune with the latest trends as well as network and improve the quality of advertising careers. We also sponsor the annual American Advertising Awards Competition – formerly called the ADDYs – which is the local tier of a three-tier competition that recognizes excellence in advertising. And we award annual scholarships to area college students in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields, to support our industry’s future leaders.

  • Past Presidents
    Past President
    2014 Jaclyn Collins
    2013 Brian Bookwalter
    2012 Brie Engelken Parks
    2011 Ryan Bishop
    2010 Alissa Menke
    2009 Terri Benson
    2008 Jennifer Haugh
    2007 Suzann Biggs
    2006 Suzann Biggs
    2005 Heather Newell
    2004 Frank Chaffin
    2003 Larry Stocker
    2002 Michelle Stubblefield
    2001 Kim Qualls
    2000 Kevin Mott
    1999 Ken Hastert
    1998 Leslie Palace
    1997 Jill Sittenauer
    1996 Kelly Engler
    1995 Bobbie Athon
    1993 Cindy Maude
    1992 Kathleen Funk-Linton
    1991 Jake Huyett
    1990 Kristy Green
    1989 Virgil Scott
    1988 Lynn Higbee/Jerry Bailey
    1987 Sandi Wilber
    1986 Carolyn Terhune/Pam Powell
    1985 Bill Reed
    1984 Barry Busch
    1983 Bruce Maus
    1982 Jane Werley
    1981 Wayne Jackson
    1980 Ross Markwardt
    1979 Ross Markwardt
    1978 Dana Rulon Frye
    1977 Phil Tysinger
    1976 Vince Frye
    1975 Steve Haller
    1974 Terry Nolte
    1973 Bill Zotto
    1972 Norton Douglas
    1971 Al Williams Jr.
    1970 Derril Peabody
    1969 Charles Cutler
    1968 Elmer Allen
    1967 Charles Clare
    1966 Jack Porteous
    1965 Bob Hilgardner
    1964 Ken Higgenbotham
    1963 Roger Berqueist
    1962 Jack Fallon
    1961 Miley Wade
    1960 Bob Lauck
    1959 Frank Young
    1958 Bob Kearns
  • Silver Medal Award Recipients
    2015 Steve Patterson
    2014 Peg Witmer
    2013 Dan Linquist
    2012 Phil Tysinger
    2011 Marlena Adkison
    2010 Sandi Wilber
    2009 Leslie Palace
    2008 Kevin Mott
    2007 Frank Chaffin
    2006 Michelle Cuevas Stubblefield
    2005 Jeff Carson
    2004 Gene Floro
    2003 Jill Sittenauer
    2002 Ken Hastert
    2001 Kurt Eskilson
    2000 Michael Allen
    1999 John Kuefler
    1998 Gary Jones & Rod Seel
    1997 Dale Hammer
    1996 Cindy Maude
    1995 Kristy Green & Virgil Scott
    1994 Lynn Hinkle
    1993 Cliff Hall
    1992
    1991 Barry Busch
    1990 Phil Grecian
    1989 Jake Huyett
    1988 Stanley Stauffer
    1987 Lynn Higbee
    1986 Carolyn Terhune
    1985 Harry Turner, Jr.
    1984 H. Pat Powers
    1983 Sondra Busch
    1982 Vince & Dana Frye
    1981 Phil Gibson
    1980 Sam Deitz
    1979 Gene Simon
    1978 Bill Hirshey
    1977 Jerry Holley
    1976 Lee Carpenter
    1975 Charles Cutler
    1974 Perce Harvey
    1973 Stan Emerson
    1972 Jim Metzer
    1971 Bob Peale
    1970 Duane Patterson
    1969 Merle Blair
    1968 Dottie Page
    1967 Thad Sandstrom
    1966 Ken Higginbotham
    1965
    1964 Roger Franzke
    1963 Bob Lauck
    1962 Bob Kearns
  • Carolyn Terhune Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients
    2015 Terri Benson & Carrie Jo Gros
    2014 Rachel Selden
    2013 Brian Bookwalter
    2012 Jill Sittenauer
    2011 Jeff Baker
    2010 Brie Engleken Parks
    2009 Terri Benson, Ryan Bishop, Becky Collins, Brian Cowen, Dan Defendorf, Jennifer Haugh, David Kitchner, Andrea Koker, Alissa Menke
    2008 Keith Walberg
    2007 Greg Ready
    2006 Suzann Biggs & Jennifer Haugh
    2005 Heather Newwell
    2004 Scott C. May
    2003 Larry Stocker
    2002 Travis Say
    2001 Brian Cowen
    2000 Chad Lynch
    1999 Kelly Engler
    1998 Ken Hastert
    1997 Kurt Eskilson
    1996 Nancy West
    1995 Kathy Busch, Mary Dudzik, Jim Ramos
    1994 Jeff Carson
    1993 Jill Sittenauer
    1992 Cindy Maude
    1991 Kathleen Funk-Linton
    1990 Kristy Green

Head over to our About page to view our current Officers & Board of Directors.

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Officers & Board of Directors

 

Past-President

Brian Bookwalter
Kansas Dental Association

President

Blade Mages
502 Media Group

Vice President

Shanna Goodman
Ampersand Business Solutions

   

Secretary

Kathy Crome
AAFT Administrator

Treasurer

Kurt Eskilson
jones huyett Partners

Director

Terri Benson
Topeka Capital-Journal

   

Director

Paige Burton-Argo
New Boston Creative Group

Director

Rachel Huff
jones huyett Partners

Director

Daniel Lassley
WIBW TV 13

   

Director

Hannah Schell
Newcomer Funeral Services Group

Director

Jill Sittenauer
jsSolutions

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