AAF-Houston AdSmart December - Happy Holidays

Houston AdSmart
December 2007, Issue 3 

In This Issue...


Rita TrelewiczIf you're like me, the closer you get to the end of the year the more sugarplums start dancing in your head. But there is still work to do before we check out for a few days until the New Year begins. So the sugarplums have to wait a while longer. One item to put on the top of your list is the 2008 Addy's. The deadline for entries is this Friday, December 14.

The HCA event gets bigger and better each year. We lucked out with the weather, so we were able to take over the patio, as well as the first and second floors of The Courtyard on St. James Place. I saw many familiar faces along with quite a few new ones. As always, it was a great networking event and I can't wait until the next one.

There is no AAF-Houston luncheon this month. Have fun at all your holiday parties and I look forward to seeing you all next year. As always, if there is something you want to share, drop me a line.

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!

Rita Trelewicz
AAF-Houston AdSmart

The 49th Annual Addy Awards Flash Back

Entries for the 49th Annual Addy Awards are due this Friday, December 14th. Drop off entries at VT2 Studios located at 2401 West Bellfort beginning Thursday, December 13th from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. For an additional fee, late entries will be accepted until Tuesday, December 18th.

AAFH members receive a discounted entry fee of $90 per entry and non-members may enter for $120 per entry. The late fee is $100, regardless of the number of entries. Winners will be charged a $50 gallery fee per item.

For each category, there is a separate non-English category. For these simply enter the intended category and mark the entry "NE".

To enter, visit www.aaf-houston.org and for more information call the AAFH office at 713-237-9999.

By-Laws Amendment Proposal: Expanding the D10 Executive Committee

In January, district membership will receive detailed information on a proposal to amend the by-laws. The proposed amendment will expand the executive committee and ensure representation from each state in the district. Proposed by 2nd Lieutenant Governor Debbi Ray Walder, the amendment will add four state representatives to the executive committee from each state in the district.

"When I was running for 2nd Lieutenant Governor, one of the main considerations was geography," Walder explains. "Having two representatives from Houston on the Executive Committee (EC) was one concern. The other concern - both candidates were from Texas."

For a number of years, the district's leadership has recognized the need to include representation from each state. I has been difficult, if not impossible, to include representatives from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas on the EC. The proposed amendment will allow the incoming governor to appoint two members to a two-year term as a state representative. Limited to two terms, each of the four representatives - from Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas - will have a vote on the EC and will provide direct representation for the members from their respective states.

Welcome New Members

Please welcome the newest members of AAF-Houston. To help break the ice if you see them at an event, we profiled a few. Any new member who wants to include a short profile in future newsletters, please contact Becca Castillo. Be a part of the Houston Ad Crowd and join AAF-Houston now!

Ashley Damos, Kate Wiggins, Allison McPhail and Gregory Manuel - Ad 2 Houston, Mark Hayden - Parker:Hayden, Inc., Alison Brown - Houston Press, Laura Waldusky - American Intercontinental University, Jeff Rovinsky - Clear Channel Radio, and JP Sherron III - Ballyhoo.us

Greg ManuelGreg Manuel finds corporate recruiting rewarding and challenging. Originally from Sugar Land, he has lived all over Texas. While there's always something to do in Houston, he finds time to cook, try new food, work out, hunt or participate in outdoor activities. Although he wouldn't call himself a tragic character, he can relate to The Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield's disdain for phonies.

Laura Waldusky never suffers a dull moment as the education partners representative at American InterContinental University. During down time, she enjoys making jewelry, spending time with her toddler and watching movies from her ever-growing DVD collection. While not athletically inclined, she is very agile and does well in athletic activities, like snow skiing, much to the frustration to those who workout regularly.

Ashley DamosAshley Damos enjoys advertising and marketing of products and companies because it gives her the opportunity for a lot of creativity. She is originally from Iowa and likes to explore new areas of Houston and walking her dog, Lea. Her favorite book is Memiors of a Geisha. It is an amazing story of a woman's lifetime struggle for survival in a different culture.

Alison Brown is in sales management at the Houston Press and loves it. AAF just gives her another chance to network. While a native Houstonian, she did enjoy living in Buffalo, NY for a couple of years and enjoyed the snow. She is happy to be back in Houston and appreciates the history and the people. Everything but the traffic!

Mark Hayden's favorite book is "Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets." He appreciates the book's philosophical message to be careful on who you dump on because you never know when they may seek retribution. When not working for a living he likes to work for fun and can smile and stick empty beer cans to his cheeks...on his face.

Jennifer Johnson Jennifer Johnson finds working at ZipCast, an out-of-home digital advertising network rewarding. No two days are ever alike. The pace is fast and creative energy flows. She was born in Houston, but has lived in Lake Jackson, Miami, NYC, Dallas and Atlanta before coming home again. She collects folk art and makes the BEST macaroni and cheese.

Liz Scroggins was an aspiring accountant until someone told her marketing and PR fit her personality. She likes to help promote friend's and families' businesses, go to art shows and exhibits, read fashion mags, plan small road trips and events and work on her website. She enjoyed the movie, V for Vendetta because she secretly wants to start a revolution.

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Author: Rita Trelewicz
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