Audrey Gilbreath named 2016 Silver Medal Winner



American Advertising Federation – Houston

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  Nicole Fellers, AAF-Houston Executive Director: 713-237-9999 or

  Tammy Guest, AAF-Houston Chairman: 713-663-8702

Audrey Gilbreath Named AAF 2016 Silver Medal Winner for Excellence in Advertising

Presentation Ceremony February 18 at American Advertising Awards Gala


Houston — The American Advertising Federation-Houston has named Audrey J. Gilbreath, CEO and Founder of Gilbreath Communications, Inc., as the 2016 AAF Silver Medal Award winner.

The AAF Silver Medal Award, the first granted locally in 1962, is part of the national American Advertising Federation's Silver Medal program. It recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their company and advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concerns. 

Gilbreath will be honored on Thursday, February 18, during the AAF-Houston’s 54th Annual American Advertising Awards gala at Union Station at Minute Maid Park. Event details at

“When we held our committee meeting to select the 2016 Silver Medal recipient, Audrey Gilbreath was the unanimous selection tobe the 2016 honoree, remarked Jim Walker, AAF-Houston Presidents Council and Silver Medal Award recipient.

Audrey has a long list of contributions to the advertising industry and is involved in many community organizations. Audrey was the first woman and African-American to be inducted into the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame. We are honored to have Audrey as this year’s AAF Silver Medal winner.”

Gilbreath launched Gilbreath Communications, Inc. (GCI), a mid-sized, Houston-based agency in 1990 and the company has steadily expanded its business and raised its profile, earning recognition over the years as one of Houston’s Fastest-Growing Small Businesses.

GCI is the oldest and largest African-American owned marketing firm in Houston, serving the region and nation with innovative marketing campaigns that apply the best in communication techniques and integrated strategies. Agency specialties include advertising, public relations, graphic design, and cause marketing. Gilbreath and her award winning firm have been featured regionally and nationally for their creative solutions and commitment to diversity.

Public and private sector clients include Shell Oil Company, Houston Airport System, Prairie View A&M University, CenterPoint Energy, City of Houston Department of Homeland Security, UT Health Science Center, Port of Houston Authority, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Spectra Energy, and Rite Choice Pharmacy.

Recognized for her community and civic leadership, Gilbreath is active in area economic development organizations, including the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Board of Governors of the Katy Area Economic Development Council. She has served on boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, American Heart Association, The Ensemble Theater, and Missouri City Chapter of The Links.

Gilbreath launched a scholarship in her company’s name in 2013 through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEFH). The scholarship is awarded to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are pursuing advertising degrees.

Gilbreath has served as board member and president of the American Advertising Federation-Houston and is a member of the AAF Presidents Council. She has also served on the national AAF board, chairing the Mosaic Council of Multiculturalism. The YWCA Houston honored Gilbreath as 2015 Outstanding Woman in Media. GCI was awarded the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum’s 2015 Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year. 

Gilbreath earned her undergraduate degree from Grambling University and master’s from the University of Southern California. She and husband Wardell are avid sports fans. They have two daughters, both professional basketball players and graduates of the University of Southern California.

American Advertising Federation-Houston

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 robust membership of advertising and marketing professionals. Houston was again named AAF Division II Club of the Year for 2014-2015. Promotion of education and excellence in the industry is the core mission of AAF-Houston. In 2015 it awarded $50,000 in scholarships through its Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEFH).

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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