AAF-Houston AdSmart July - Creative Thought Leader Series

Houston AdSmart

July 2010, Issue 16

In This Issue...


Rita Trelewicz AAF-Houston was named Club of the Year in Division II of the American Advertising Federation. In addition, we won first place for club operations, public service and diversity and multicultural initiatives. We took second place for communications and third place for advertising education. Way to go!


Frank Cooper, CMO, Sparkling Beverages, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages, was elected to serve another term as Chairman and Steve Pacheco, Managing Director, Advertising & Marketing Communications of FedEx, as Vice Chairman. Our Houston chapter recently held election and Tami Weitkunat is our new Chairman and Camille Bryan will serve as Vice Chairman.

The 2010 Houston Media Classic is just a few months away. Plan to join them as they celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Blackhorse Golf Club on October 28.

As always, if there is something you want to share, drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next month, thanks for reading!

Rita Trelewicz
AAF Houston AdSmart

Creative Thought Leader Series: Patrick Coyne

Patrick CoyneIn August, AAF-Houston will co-sponsor a joint luncheon with the Media Alliance of Houston (formerly AWRT Houston) where Patrick Coyne will discuss the history and philosophy of Communication Arts magazine. He will talk about how CA's competitions work and how creative's are chosen for profiles in the magazine. He will also present a selection of award-winning design and advertising projects produced on limited budgets and discuss the future of creativity in the post-information age.

Patrick Coyne is editor and designer of Communication Arts. In addition to determining the layout and content of the magazine, Mr. Coyne writes feature stories and the editor's column. He has also guest lectured at numerous creative clubs and universities. The recipient of numerous awards for his design and art direction (including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators), Coyne received the 2004 Design Leadership Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Prior to joining CA in 1986, Coyne studied at the California College of the Arts, worked for Michael Mabry Design and SBG Partners and established the multi-discipline, San Francisco-based design firm of Patrick Coyne Stephanie Steyer Design Office.

Communication Arts is the leading professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms, agencies and corporate communications departments. Current circulation is 60,000 paid. Through editorials, feature articles and annual competitions it sponsors, CA provides new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field.

Register now for this event.

Dwight Douthit Named to AAF National Board of Directors

Dwight DouthitLocal ad man, Dwight Douthit has been appointed to the American Advertising Federation (AAF) national board of directors. President and owner of Douthit Design Group, Douthit has been active on the local level for most of his professional career. He serves on the board of directors for AAF-Houston and currently is the group’s Public Service Director.

The announcement came last week at the group’s annual conference in Orlando. During his two-year term, Douthit will represent the organization’s Division II clubs, or those with 250 to 499 members. This will be Douthit’s second time to serve on the AAF national board. He was appointed in the late 80’s, while serving as National Chairman of the AD2 Division, the organization’s thirty-one and under sub-set. He also served as AAF’s National Public Service Chairman from 1990 to 1992 and most recently on the national ADDY committee. More on this story.

AAF-Houston Comes to the Aid of the Innocent

When the sign on your kennel door says “pointer pit-bull mix,” chances are life’s already sold you short. For three-year-old Mavis the future didn't hold much hope, either. Labeled aggressive by the City of Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, she was slated to be euthanized - another casualty of animal overpopulation.

Unwanted dogMavis, though, caught the eye of two Friends of BARC volunteers who adopted the 45-pounder, now labeled a “goof ball,” and today she is living a safe and comfortable life. She’s also about to be famous, one of several animals “stars” featured in an advertising awareness campaign promoting Friends of BARC, a non-profit group that supports the work of BARC.

The campaign was developed by volunteers with the AAF - Houston for the Friends of BARC, which promotes animal adoption and educates the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. Creative Director, Dwight Douthit, chaired the AAF-Houston committee that developed the campaign.

Douthit hopes the campaign encourages more Houstonians to support Friends of BARC by volunteering, donating money and adopting from BARC. If you are interested in supporting the initiative contact Dwight Douthit.

Member News

To help break the ice if you see any of these members at an upcoming event, we profiled a few. If you have any news you want to share with the group or want to include a short profile in future newsletters, please contact Rita Trelewicz. Let the Houston Ad Crowd know what is going on with you!

Kerry GauseKerry Gause went to University of Texas at Austin before getting into Radio Advertising as an Account Executive. A unique fact about Kerry is that she has an identical twin sister. In her free time she enjoys reading, cycling, and traveling. She enjoys the diversity of Houston and one of her favorite things about the city is the restaurants.


Jonah Sanders is a native Houstonian. He works at a startup called OurBlok which specializes in hyper-local advertising for small to medium businesses. He got is this line so he could work at the intersection of art and commerce. One of his favorite books is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It was the start of counter-culture and a new American romanticism. In his rare free time, he turns off all technology and avoids media. It provides his mind some quiet space to balance the noise.

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Author: Rita Trelewicz
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