Creative Matters—AAF-Houston, September 2012, Issue 12

Creative Matters

September 2012 Issue 12

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Better Than Ever!

Dear AAF-Houston Members,

Our August luncheon broke attendance records! Thank you for turning out to network and hear Dale Carman-isms! Also, many thanks to Cliff Gillock for sharing his wonderful paintings.

We are planning for an even bigger lunch crowd on September 19th,  when our hometown ad man, Scott Brown, President and Chief Creative Officer of FKM, will give us the inside story of "The Pitch". Scott's story will amaze and entertain you!  Don't miss this luncheon on Wednesday, September 19th at the Junior League of Houston.

On Thursday, September 20th, we will honor Trailblazer, Martha Turner of Martha Turner Properties with a gala dinner at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Tickets are available on our website at Seating is limited so please order tickets today.

Many thanks to all of our Corporate sponsors who are supporting us this year. We have a new screen with all of their names and logos listed; please look for it each month at our luncheons.

Finally, don't forget to renew your membership!

See you in September,


Camille Bryan

Trailblazer Gala

Trailblazer Gala

Please join the Board of Directors and Members of the American Advertising Federation-Houston for the 2012 Houston Trailblazer Gala honoring Martha F. Turner, President and CEO of Martha Turner Properties.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 p.m. Presentation of the Trailblazer Award
8:00 p.m. Dinner

Make your reservations at

Creative Thought Leader Speaker Series:

Register Online or call 713-237-9999

Featured Artist of the Month: Cliff Gillock

Cliff Gillock retired in 2002 from the advertising profession after 44 years as an art director/creative director for many of Houston's major advertising agencies including McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy and Mather, and Young and Rubicam, as well as a partner in Black and Gillock Associates, a large local agency. He is past president of the Art Directors Club of Houston and the Houston Advertising Federation. In 2007, he was awarded the American Advertising Federation Silver medal for Lifetime Achievement.

He is now a full-time studio painter of landscapes and still-lifes, working in oils. His paintings reflect primarily, but not exclusively, travels around the country. Much of his emphasis has been on sea shore and water's edge. He was a commercial art major at the University of Houston. He has studied at The Glassel School and The Art League of Houston. His studio is #25 at Winter Street Studios.

Join. Belong. Advance.

AAF-Houston is renewing memberships! This month, we are excited to highlight all our corporate members who have joined. A special THANK YOU! to all. AAF-H wouldn't be the same without you!

Corporate members are a big part of AAF-H's  success! We want to add YOU to this amazing group of supporters. Each of our three corporate membership levels provide a HUGE value to our member companies. Will your company be our newest supporter?

Here are details about each level of membership.

CORPORATE SUSTAINER: Our highest level of support, Corporate Sustainer companies enjoy up to 25 individual memberships, attendance for 8 employees or guests at six of our Creative thought Leader luncheons, listing as a Corporate Sustainer in e-newsletter, five AD 2 memberships, and a banner ad on the AAF-H website. This level of membership has a total value of $10,580 for the cost of $6,000. This is a savings of $4,800!!

CORPORATE UNDERWRITER: Our next level of support, Corporate Underwriters enjoy up to 10 individual memberships, attendance for eight employees or guests to three of our Creative Thought Leader luncheons, listing as a Corporate Underwriter in e-newsletter, three AD 2 memberships, and a banner ad on the AAF-H website. This level of membership has a total value of $5,445 for the cost of $3,200. This is a savings of $2,245!

CORPORATE MEMBER: By joining as a Corporate Member, our third level of support, your company will enjoy up to five individual memberships and two AD 2 memberships. This level of membership has a total value of $1,545 for the cost of $935. This is a savings of $610!

In addition to all of the local, district and national benefits, every corporate member level also enjoys member rates for all of their attendees, including guests, at all of our AAF-H functions. All initiation and transfer fees are waived!

Clearly, our corporate members enjoy great benefits and realize enormous value through their support of AAF-H! C'mon and join! We're waiting for you. Please contact our offices or go online to complete a membership application for your company TODAY! We want you to be a part of the amazing future being shaped by Houston's thought leaders and advertising professionals. We look forward to providing you, your company and your employees all the benefits we can!

All the best,

Christine Stevens
Membership Committee Chair

Ad 2 Houston, WOOHOO!

Thanks for attending Ad 2 Houston's August Thirstday! And special thanks to our sponsor TabbedOut!

Keep checking our website for September's Thirstday Mixer! We hope to see you guys again soon!

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


Candace Pittman
Ad 2 Houston President

More Than A Club, It's A Community

These days, it seems like when people talk about community, they're referring to social networks or the latest online service. There's nothing wrong with that, but now the limitations are beginning to shine through.

Facebook has officially commodified friendship and our "likes". More people are worried about privacy. And who has the time and know-how to manage all these cryptic and esoteric settings?

Ironically, studies have been done and books have been written about a new growing trend. It's called, "Alone Together". The deep human desire for connection can't seem to be quenched by online communities alone. People are searching for ways in which virtual spaces can be mapped to physical places. Why else would you want to share your location or be mayor of a taco truck downtown?

It's why professional organizations like AAF-H are so important. More than great networking, mixers and luncheons create time outside of work to mingle with like minded people. After all, it's the common ground that becomes the foundation of a community.

But more than that, the hallmark of any community is a pooling and sharing of resources. Not to give equally to all, but to give to each as they need. To share a personal anecdote, my mother used to say she didn't love her children equally—I'm the middle child between two sisters—she loved us each as we needed. Meaning, she didn't love us the same because our personalities and our needs were different.

Many of the people I've met through AAF-H have helped me personally and professionally. I've received a helping hand, a great piece of advice, or landed a new project, at just the right moment. And likewise, I've had the joy of helping others at pivotal moments. You can call it serendipity, or you can call it being part of a great community. Thank you all!

To all members, soon-to-be-members and non-members: I hope through AAF-H your relationships become deeper and more meaningful. I hope you find answers to your vexing business problems. I hope you find the new talent you've been looking for. I hope you land projects that get you excited. In fact, I'm sure you will. Just as you need, and just at the right time.

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.

Jonah Sanders
(713) 471-7519
Author: Jonah Sanders
Phone: (713) 471-7519
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