American Advertising Federation-Houston

News Release


Contact:  Jay Hagins,

   Anne Mrok-Smith,


For Immediate Release

July 17, 2015



AAF-Houston to Host Induction Ceremony and Dinner October 2, 2015


Houston ─ The Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame is proud to announce its 2015 Class of Inductees from Houston:  Locke and Camille Bryan, Locke Bryan Productions, Brenda Love, Love Advertising, and Bill Young, Bill Young Productions. They join marketing research pioneer Cecil B. “Bud” Phillips of Dallas. Each of these distinguished honorees has made significant contributions to the advertising industry and in their communities.

“We’re pleased to be in Houston for our annual induction ceremony this year. With four distinguished honorees from Houston, and an outstanding gentleman from Dallas, the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame is continuing to grow a roster of men and women who have made a significant impact on the ad industry and their communities,” said Randy Kemp, Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame co-chair.

AAF-Houston will host this year’s annual induction ceremony recognizing the 2015 Class of the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame. The reception and awards dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015, at The Junior League of Houston. The awards celebration is being held in conjunction with the AAF District 10 Summit, the district’s annual leadership conference. Visit the “upcoming events section” at to reserve tickets and access sponsorship information.

"This year’s SW Advertising Hall of Fame awards ceremony will be held in Houston for the first time ever.  Initiated in 2008, the awards program is similar to the national AAF’s Advertising Hall of Fame, which has been honoring advertising professionals from throughout the country since 1948. Our inductees are automatically nominated for the National Advertising Hall of Fame as they become eligible. The AAF Tenth District is very proud of this year’s honorees and the impact they have made on the Southwest’s advertising industry,” said Jay Hagins, Governor of AAF Tenth District, which represents AAF affiliates in Arkansas, western Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. This year’s inductees include:

Locke and Camille Bryan, Houston. The dynamic husband and wife team of Locke and Camille Bryan founded Locke Bryan Productions, Inc., a full-service film and video company, in 1986. Today it remains a privately held company that specializes in creating high-quality audio and video content for a broad range of media. Locke is particularly proud of his long relationships with clients and key crew people.

In a 2012 interview with the Houston Business Journal, Locke remarked, “We believe in the importance of enduring relationships. We’re loyal and so are our clients. Two of our biggest clients, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Fiesta Mart, dominate the retail sector and have partnered with us for 20 and 25 years, respectively.”

The Bryans regularly sponsor student internships and provide sponsorships and in-kind donations for the annual AAF-Houston Student Conference and Competition. Camille has served as conference host, competition judge and presenter. An industry leader, Locke Bryan Productions is a corporate sponsor of professional development programs, including Women in Film & Television Houston, a non-profit dedicated to helping women reach their highest level of achievement in television, film and other moving-image media.

Camille is an active member of the Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals and the region’s Greater Houston Partnership, an economic development organization serving the Greater Houston area and surrounding ten counties. She also serves as a Trustee for her alma mater, Centenary College of Louisiana, in Shreveport.

The walls and shelves of Locke Bryan Productions are lined with hundreds of statuettes and awards as a testament to creative excellence in broadcast commercials, corporate image and marketing videos. They include the AAF-Houston American Advertising Awards, including Best of Show Broadcast; annual international Telly Awards, the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and business and corporate films; Worldfest-Houston International Independent Film Festival; and a coveted Lone Star EMMY Award for KHOU-TV from the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Locke also received the AAF Silver Medal in 2012. This award recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.

Brenda Love, Houston. With a career that spans over 40 years in advertising, Brenda Love continues to shape the industry with her dedication to client service and passion to teach others the art of communication. After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University, Love went on to graduate summa cum laude from San Diego State University with a master's degree in advertising, PR and telecommunications. She began her career as an account executive at Advantage Advertising in Houston. In 1979, she opened her full service agency with a startup capital of $500. Love Advertising, one of the first female-owned agencies in Houston, was founded on the principles of providing clients with the best service in the industry, while allowing employees to sustain a healthy work/life balance before that phrase was in vogue.

Since its founding, Love Advertising has grown to become one of the largest advertising agencies in Houston, with annual billings in excess of $50 million and an impressive list of local, regional and national clients. Love was one of the first advertising agencies in Houston to embrace Hispanic advertising in its strategic plans. Love Advertising invested heavily in both technology and people, to bring best-in-class digital media planning and buying to its clients rounding out its full service offerings.

Love also spends her time serving on the Boards of many foundations, including Memorial Hermann Hospital Executive Foundation Board, Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council, Chuck Norris KICKSTART KIDS Foundation National Board, as well as many others. Love gives back to the business community through her involvement with the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston Board and annual AEFH Scholarship Awards luncheon and 20 years on the Better Business Bureau Houston Board.

Bill Young, Houston (dec.).  Bill Young founded Bill Young Productions in 1981, and oversaw its growth to become one of the leading radio, television and print production/post production services in the nation...producing over 50,000 completed commercials a year. Building on long-standing relationships from his days in radio programming, Young began producing radio, then TV, ads for national touring concerts and record labels, developing the template for an entirely new service to artists, labels, agents and managers. Today the company continues to provide the nation's premier advertising and promotional materials service to the entertainment industry, supplying exclusive materials for the majority of the top grossing tours.

In 1956, Young began his early career at KRBA in Lufkin. Planning on entering the ministry, he attended Baylor University and worked as the evening DJ at WACO in Waco. He eventually became the station’s Program Director and discovered a real passion for “creative production”. Young left Texas briefly for a stint as a morning personality at KOIL in Omaha. With a son on the way and lonely for his home state, he returned to program KDOK in Tyler. In early 1966 he was hired as the head of programming at Gordon McLendon’s KILT AM & FM in Houston where he served for 15 years. Young briefly served as National Program Director of the McLendon Stations. In a radio career that spanned almost three decades, Young worked at only five radio stations, building an illustrious career that included selection as "Program Director of the Year" in the Gavin Poll and recognition on five different occasions as one of the industry's top major-market programmers by Billboard Magazine. In 2002, he became an original inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Young and his wife, Sharon, endowed a scholarship in 2006 for college advertising students within the AAF 10th District. To honor past leaders of advertising who did so much for his career, the Young’s fund is providing $4,000 annually to further the educational opportunities of the future leaders of the industry through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston, the foundation arm of AAF-Houston.  

Cecil B. “Bud” Phillips, Dallas (dec.).  After graduating from SMU in 1949, Dallas native Cecil “Bud” Phillips began his communications career at the then Dallas Tracy Locke Dawson advertising agency. A year later, he convinced the agency’s legendary leader Morris Hite to let him start up a Marketing and Research department, which became the first of its kind in the Southwest. As the agency’s research service became a sought after resource, Phillips’s research department grew, becoming a vibrant part of the agency’s growth. When the research department outgrew its quarters, Phillips’s group left the agency and began operating as a subsidiary known as M/A/R/C, Marketing and Research Counselors.

M/A/R/C experienced explosive growth as one of the leading marketing intelligence firms in America, providing full service research and marketing services to some of the largest consumer and industrial manufacturers such as Heinz, Kraft, RJ Reynolds, AT&T, Pepsi, Southwest Airlines, Coors and other Fortune 500 companies. M/A/R/C also served financial, media and advertising organizations. Phillips set a standard of excellence for others to follow. Along the way he mentored hundreds of practitioners who later went on to build successes of their own due to the entrepreneurial skills and values Phillips instilled in all with whom he worked.

A staunch supporter of education, Phillips was a co-­founder of the Masters in Marketing Research Program at the University of Georgia where he served as chair of the school’s Advisory Board. Through his leadership, M/A/R/C maintains ongoing relationships with several other universities including The University of Texas at Austin, SMU, University of Wisconsin and Southern Illinois among others for the purpose of educating and training practitioners for the marketing/research field.

AAF-Houston’s previous Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame inductees include:

Bill Fogarty and Rich Klein (FKM/The Company of Others), Alex Lopez Negrete (Lopez Negrete Communications), Dave Keith (Cargill & Associates), Audrey Gilbreath (Gilbreath Communications), Chuck Carlberg (Richards/Carlberg), Cliff Gillock (Black Gillock & Langberg), Dick Smith (Taylor-Smith Advertising), Fred Korge (Baxter+Korge/Savage Brands), Earl Littman (GDL&W/P.O.P. Broadcasting Co.), Jean William Brown (Rives Dyke), Richard J.V. Johnson (Houston Chronicle), Mike Turner (Ogilvy & Mather), Weldon Weekley (Weekley & Valenti/Weekley & Penny), Lyle Metzdorf (Metzdorf Advertising), and Willard Walbridge (KTRK ABC-TV).


   The American Advertising Federation-Houston ( is the association of advertising professionals that encompasses all disciplines in the advertising, marketing and communications industries. Founded in 1911, AAF-Houston is one of the oldest service organizations in Houston and enjoys a membership of 300 advertising and marketing professionals. Promotion of education and excellence in the industry is the core mission of AAF-Houston.

   AAF-Houston takes an active role in the community, both locally and through its affiliation with the national American Advertising Federation, headquartered in Washington, D.C. The AAF ( acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” AAF membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members that comprise the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of 15 district operations and nearly 200 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and more than 200 AAF college chapters, with over 6,500 student members.


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