Previewing our 2016-17 Calendar

By: Marcia Rich

It’s September, which means a new year for AAF Buffalo (formerly the Advertising Club of Buffalo). And as a second-year board member, I’m excited to give you a sneak peak into what we have in store for 2016–2017.

This year, we’re planning to hold at least two Skillshops. The first Skillshop of 2016 is scheduled for September 8 and the team from Pegula Sports and Entertainment will teach attendees some tips for DIY video production. The event is for members only, so don’t forget to renew or sign up now (shameless plug).


New this year is our Spotlight Speaker Series. Four out-of-town speakers will be coming to Buffalo throughout the year to present on different hot topics in marketing and advertising. We’ve restructured ticket pricing for these events to give you the best bang for your buck. Check the events page often to make sure you’re getting the best value.

  • October 12: Zontee Hou, principal and founder of Media Volery LLC, will present “Marketing Your Customers Want: The Alchemy of Content Marketing.”
  • November 15: Aaron Irizarry, director of UX at Nasdaq, will present “Hold Fast: Managing Design Teams When Sh!t Hits the Fan.”
  • April 11: Todd Radom, independent graphic designer specializing in branding for professional sports franchises and events, will present “Design for Sports with Todd Radom.”
  • May 9: Jonathan Kranz, copywriter and founder of Kranz Communications, will present “Nightmare Marketing: How to Create Great Content for ‘Boring,’ Complex, and Undifferentiated Products.”

Zontee Hou will present during Ad Week, which begins Monday, October 10. The first event of Ad Week will be with Buffalo Prep, where students will spend the day immersed in the advertising world. The students will visit Crowley Webb, Luminus Media, and dPost to get a well-rounded view of our industry and different career opportunities they might be interested in. Be sure to visit our website for more details on Ad Week (coming soon!).

We’re also bringing back favorite events like the holiday bowling tournament, Uber Bowl, Preview Night, and – our biggest event of the year – the American Advertising Awards. Crowley Webb will be taking the creative lead for the show this year, and I’d love to tell you more about what they’re cooking up, but you’ll just have to wait.

So, yes, there’s a lot to look forward to this coming year. Including seeing all your lovely faces at these exciting events.