Creative Matters—AAF-Houston, August 2012, Issue 11

Creative Matters

August 2012 Issue 11


In This Issue...


Dear AAF-Houston Members,

I hope you are having a cool summer and are ready to crank up your attendance at some of the great events AAF-Houston has planned for you. Your new Board took office on July 1st and held their first meeting a few weeks ago. The Board members are full of creative ideas and have an exciting year planned for you. We are putting some new twists on established events like luncheons and ADDY’s plus adding new events and features.

On August 15th, we will kick off the year with our first AAF-Luncheon Creative Thought Leader Speaker Series at the Junior League of Houston. Don’t miss Dale Carman---fearless creative visionary and founder of Reel FX. Hear the inside story of this group of award-winning design and production studios that produce extraordinary animation and  visual effects.

This year we will feature and celebrate the artwork of our members at each luncheon.  We have some incredible talent right here in our Houston chapter. Cliff Gillock will be our first featured “Artist of the Month”. See Cliff’s wonderful paintings at the August 15th luncheon at the Junior League.

In September, plan to reserve your table for a beautiful evening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science honoring this year’s Trailblazer, Martha Turner of Martha Turner Properties. On September 20th, we will wine and dine and celebrate Martha’s accomplishments under the dinosaurs in the museum’s fantastic new Paleo Hall.

Please don’t forget to renew your AAF-Houston Membership! You can renew online with a credit card or send your check to the AAF-H office. We are committed to networking and professional development for our members. Don’t miss out on the benefits of membership.

I look forward to serving as your AAF-H Chairman this year. I promise it will be a fun and exciting year. See you at the League on August 15th!


Camille Bryan

P.S. Following this article is a list of your new Board and Committee members. Please contact them if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer your time and talents to one of our events.

Executive Board and Committee Members

Executive Committee Board Officers

Chairman: Camille Bryan

Chairman Elect: Rich Klein

Vice Chair: Lee Wheat

Secretary: Dennis Vegas

Treasurer: Norm Pegram

Immediate Past President: Alex López-Negrete

Board Members

Anna Giles
Chris Hawley
Thomas Watts
Troy Burwell
Ward Pennebaker
Garner McCulloch
Jennifer Carter
Jenny Bosby George
Judy Foston
Larry Kelley
Mark Hayden
Christine Stevens
Dave Henry
David Loving
Mike Hulsey
Nicole Fellers
Patricia Torres-Burd
Tammy Guest

President's Council: Cliff Gillock

AD 2 President: Candace Pittman

AEFH Chair: Rich Klein

OiH Chair: Christine Stevens

Club Ambassador to AAF District/National: Jay Hagins

Creative Thought Leader Speaker Series:

Register Online or call 713-237-9999

Trailblazer Gala/Silent Auction

Each year AAF-Houston holds the Trailblazer Gala to honor individuals who have made an impact in our business community. This year is very special as the honoree is Martha Turner—a true trailblazer in the real estate business, and the first woman to be honored in our Trailblazer event!

For the Silent Auction, we are looking for tickets to events or games, gift baskets, gift certificates, wine, restaurant packages, trips, hotel stays, jewelry, art work, home goods, services for the home, etc.

The Trailblazer Gala and Silent Auction are a very large fundraiser for our chapter. We need your help to make it a successful event.

If you have any items you can donate, please contact Patricia Torres-Burd at or 713-521-9227.

Thank You!

Patricia Torres-Burd

Join. Belong. Advance.

As we look forward to beginning our 2012-2013 year, it's a new year for you and a new year for advertising in Houston—we’re pretty thrilled about it! The Houston market continues to grow, succeed and innovate. AAF-Houston offers an exciting line-up of educational and personal development opportunities for you, its valued members.

It's sure to be an amazing year! Please complete the online renewal process or call the AAF-Houston office at 713-237-9999. Your continued involvement ensures our club and our industry continues to grow! Without you, American Advertising Federation-Houston just won't be the same.

All the best,

Christine Stevens
Membership Committee Chair

AAF-Houston Club of the Year

AAF-Houston is proud to announce our award for AAF National Division II Club of the Year for the 3rd year in a row! Congratulations also to Alex López Negrete for his award as Division II President of the Year. According to AAF National these awards are bestowed through “…overall achievement in all areas of club operations and excellence in planning and execution by club leaders…” as recognized in the annual Club Achievement Awards competition. This year, our club won awards in 7 of the 8 categories including:

1st Place - G.D. Crain Jr. Memorial Award for Public Service

1st Place - Sid Bernstein Communications Award for Communications

1st Place - Richard M. Goehler Memorial Award for Government Relations

3rd Place - Crain Diversity Grant for Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place - The Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Education Award

3rd Place – Award for Membership Development

3rd Place – Award for Club Operations

Special thanks to Jay Hagins, Christine Stevens, Sonny Villarreal, Alex López Negrete, Nicole Fellers and Dwight Douthit for all of your hard work and dedication to the club and to this competition.

Ad 2 Houston New Membership & Renewel

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email us at: or visit us at:

Candace Pittman
Ad 2 Houston President

Houston Creative Economy

The good/bad news is out about Houston's creative economy with this latest report delivered at the Houston Creative Summit. "But, WTF is a creative economy?!" Here's a definition I've pieced together from sources online.

The Creative Economy
—the power of creative professionals to leverage their creative assets to compete in the global economy, including: build businesses, pay taxes, employ citizens and attract new enterprises to the city. At the same time, ornament the city and improve the quality of leisure time.

Or as George Marshall Worthington of said in 2010, "For Houston to prosper in the future, the arts can no longer be regarded as some parallel experience its citizens have along the way (i.e. solely entertainment, diversion, leisure, hobby) but rather a powerful source of insight, transformation, possibility and optimism that is directly relevant to how they lead their organizations and this city."

Thus, a creative economy doesn't just beautify annual reports and create display advertising, it's the energy for continued innovation.

So what are we feeling in the wake of this news? Personally, I think Geto Boys—rappers from Houston—put it best with their song "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta". Or in this case, replace "Gangsta" with "Creative". Voila!

I'd love to hear your feedback. You can reach me at


Jonah B Sanders

Jonah B Sanders

©American Advertising Federation-Houston, 2012. All Rights reserved.

©American Advertising Federation-Houston, 2012. All Rights reserved.

Jonah Sanders
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Author: Jonah Sanders
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