Build Your Own Brand



If you’re a student in Western New York interested in the world marketing and advertising, AAF Buffalo is an invaluable resource. Not only are events like Skillshops perfect chances to learn and make connections with bigwigs in the area (at a discounted rate, no less), but we also offer opportunities tailored specifically to students. We even offer a few annual scholarships. So what are you waiting for? Become a student member today!

We’ve put together a handy list of AAF Buffalo events for the whole school year so you have no excuses not to mark your calendar. Build your personal brand, learn, network, and shake hands with your future coworkers, colleagues, and bosses.


Philip Miller

Student Liaison

Buffalo State College

Lindsay Neilson

Student Ambassador

Villa Maria College

Melanie Hidy

Student Ambassador

Canisius College

Maggie Blaisdell

Student Ambassador


Amanda Mituzas

Student Ambassador

Hilbert College


Annual Agency Tour (Main Street)
register now!
Friday, September 27 | 12:45pm, meet at Crowley Webb
Six Agencies. One Afternoon. Agency Tour.

Have you ever wanted to see what an ad agency is really like? What all this stuff you’re learning in school is going to amount to?
We’re partnered with some of the top agencies in town and they’ve agreed to open their doors to let us behind the scenes to see what they’re really like. Join us for this exclusive behind the scenes tour! This event is open to college students with an interest in advertising, marketing, and communications.

Participating Agencies: Luminus, Crowley Webb, Block Club, more to come.

Registration is limited and we expect that it will fill up fast.


Portfolio Series Part 1: Pro Panel
Saturday, October 26 | 9-11am; Buffalo State College

Join a panel of design professionals and last year’s AAF Student Portfolio Review winner for invaluable insight on the industry and getting your portfolio ready for interviews so you can land that internship or dream job. This event is open to college students with a focus on design, illustration, and visual communications.

Panelists include: Tim Staszak, Designer, Block Club; Holly Norris, Designer, White Bicycle; Andrea LoPiccolo, 2019 Portfolio Review Winner.

American Advertising Awards
Student Entry Submission Deadline

American Advertising Awards

Preview Night

Brand Hack
Saturday, February 8; Daemen College; 9am–4pm
Get ready for Buffalo’s design “Hack-a-thon”!
Gather a team of fellow students who have talents in a variety of disciplines – ranging from design to copywriting to marketing – and create a branded campaign for a local non-profit. Teams will have 5 hours to develop their branded campaign. At the end, you will present to our panel of judges and they will pick their favorite campaign. Gain real world experience in the advertising industry in a fun and competitive setting! Winning team gets $500! Register your team ASAP here, spots fill up quick!

American Advertising Awards

Awards Night

Don Nichols Scholarship
Submissions due Friday, March 27 to Crowley Webb
Open to Western New York undergraduates in design, writing, communications, illustration, photography, or fine arts. Enter this competition by submitting a design or writing project that answers to a specific topic (to be announced). We are awarding $1,250 in scholarships to the top 3 winning projects. A great portfolio builder. Click here for full details.

Portfolio Series Part 2: THE REVIEW
Saturday, April 18; Daemen College; 9am–2:30pm
If you attend one event, this is it! Get your portfolio ready. Meet, network, and get feedback by industry pros. Speed dating style format. Limited space, so register in advance. Top 3 portfolios get a share of $1,250 in scholarships!

JOIN THE CLUB! 2019/20 STUDENT MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $15 Click here to sign up

AAF Buffalo, affectionately known as the “Ad Club of Buffalo,” is the largest and most diverse organization of marketing and communications professionals in Western New York. Our mission is to educate, connect, and inspire a creative community that is dedicated to building businesses small and large, near and far.