Scroll to see our past Silver Medal Recipients, Honorary Life Members, Living Legend Award Winners, Distinguished Service Members, Spirit of AAF-Houston Recipients and those who have received our Trailblazer Award.
The Silver Medal Award, first granted locally in 1962, is part of the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal program and 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.
The Chairman or the previous recipient will present the Silver Medal at the ADDY award ceremony, which generally occurs in February of each year.
Anyone can make nominations for this award by submitting information based on the following criteria to the Silver Medal Committee Chair or they may request a nomination form from the AAF-H office.
At least 60 days prior to the AAF-Houston ADDY Awards, the chairman shall propose to the Board at least 5 and no more than 7 AAF-Houston members (designating one as Chairman) to serve as the Silver Medal Selection Committee. The committee will be comprised of the most recent Silver Medal recipient, the current chairman and individuals who did not serve on the committee in the prior year. Committee members are ineligible to receive the Silver Medal during the year in which they serve.
The Silver Medal winner will be considered a matter of highest confidentiality, with disclosure limited to the selection committee and those directly involved with producing the award and presentation.
AAF-Houston will honor the award design and criteria determined by AAF.
The Silver Medal Award is based on five areas of consideration:
|Suzie “Z” Jennings||2021|
|Leo De Leon||2013|
|N. Don Brown||2009|
|Robert J. Culpepper Jr.||2008|
|Alex Lopez Negrete||2005|
|Ann C. Iverson||2004|
|Larry J. Sachnowitz*||2002|
|Bill Fogarty and Rich Klein*||2001|
|Charles H. Lewis*||1997|
|Michael B. O’Neill*||1995|
|Anna Jane Wingfield||1992|
|Ben A. Baldwin, Jr.*||1983|
|Fred J. Korge*||1982|
|Jack B. Zilker||1981|
|David B. Keith*||1980|
|Alice B. Rogers*||1979|
|John Paul Goodwin*||1977|
|Jean Wm. Brown*||1975|
|Richard J. V. Johnson*||1974|
|Robert M. Gray*||1968|
|Robert W. Dundas, Sr.*||1967|
|Melvin S. Hattwick*||1964|
Honorary life members of AAF-Houston shall be members who have contributed significantly to the industry or AAF-Houston’s welfare and progress. Memberships are generally awarded in June and may be bestowed by a majority vote of the Board and will be for life. Honorary Life Members are not required to pay dues (payment for lunches, tables, tickets, etc. is still required).
Honorary Life Membership Awards are generally granted at AAF-Houston’s annual luncheon meeting in June of each year.
Any AAF-Houston member or the AAF-Houston Chairman can make a nomination for this award by April 1st of each year and selection, if any, will be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Awarded to AAF-Houston members who have made significant contributions to the advertising industry or to AAF-Houston’s welfare and progress.
|Donna Baker||Art Bower*|
|Don Brown||Jean William Brown*|
|June Cerrato||Vera Coffin*|
|Bill Courtney||Bob Culpepper*|
|Dwight Douthit*||Jackie Dryden|
|Robert W. Dundas, Sr.*||Bill Fogarty|
|Joe Fournet||Macon Freeman|
|Sabra Gill*||Cliff Gillock|
|Ruth McLain Graham*||Tammy Guest|
|Jay Hagins||D.A. Heard*|
|Oveta Culp Hobby*||Richard J.V. Johnson*|
|David B. Keith*||Fred Korge*|
|Don Lamm||Charles H. Lewis*|
|Earl Littman||Ellie Malavis|
|Anne Mrok-Smith||Carl Murray|
|Covey Nash*||Michael B. O’Neill*|
|Tracey Prater||Marshall Pengra*|
|Alice B. Rogers*||Rev. Dave C. Rogers, Jr.|
|Stephen Rogers*||Harry Rogers*|
|Connie Senter||Dick Smith|
|Donna Sullivan||William H. Tipton, Jr.|
|Weldon Weekley*||Bil West*|
The Living Legend Award recognizes the accomplishments of members who have exerted continuous efforts throughout their careers in Advertising and Marketing. The award is presented to those unique individuals who have achieved a high level of success over the course of their profession. The award is generally granted in the month of June. The award is conferred after nomination by the Presidents Council and approval of the Board of Directors.
Honorary Life Membership Awards are generally granted at AAF-Houston ’s annual luncheon meeting in June of each year.
The award is conferred after nomination by the Presidents Council and approval of the Board of Directors.
The Living Legend Award is granted to individuals who have achieved a high level of success through their career in the advertising and marketing field.
|Jean William Brown*||Camille Bryan|
|Chuck Carlberg||June Cerrato|
|Bob Culpepper*||Dwight Douthit*|
|Jackie Dryden||Bill Fogarty|
|Audrey Gilbreath||Cliff Gillock|
|Jay Hagins||Richard J.V. Johnson*|
|Dave Keith*||Rich Klein*|
|Fred Korge*||Don Lamm|
|Alex Lopez Negrete||Charles Lewis*|
|Earl Littman||Michael B. O’Neill*|
|Harry Rogers*||Dick Smith|
|Jack Valenti*||Jim Walker|
Distinguished service members shall be persons who have been active or educational members for at least ten (10) years and who have made continuing and significant contributions to the welfare and progress of AAF-Houston. Membership is for life, is generally awarded in the month of June and will be conferred after nomination and approval by the Board. Distinguished service members are not required to pay dues (payment for lunches, tables, tickets, etc. is still required).
Distinguished Service Memberships are generally granted at AAF-Houston’s annual luncheon meeting in June of each year.
The membership is conferred after nomination by and approval of the AAF-Houston Board of Directors.
The Distinguished Service Membership is based on the following areas of consideration:
|Michael Albrecht||Allen Brivic|
|Leo DeLeon||Dwight Douthit*|
|Tammy Guest||Jay Hagins|
|Leslie T. Hunt*||Ann Iverson|
|Larry Kelley||Rich Klein*|
|Rich Klein*||Charles H. Lewis*|
|Norm Pegram||Tracy Prater|
|Alice B. Rogers*||Ray Schilens|
|Bess Scott*||Connie Senter|
|Jim Walker||Lee Wheat|
Spirit of AAF-Houston recipients shall be members who have contributed significantly to The AAF-Houston’s success. This award, generally awarded in June of each year at the discretion of the AAF-Houston Chairman, which represents the effort expended during that fiscal year, recognizes individuals who have worked on a particular event or committee in a selfless manner. The award will be conferred after selection by the AAF-Houston Chairman.
The Spirit of AAF-Houston Awards are generally granted at AAF-Houston’s annual luncheon meeting in June of each year.
The Spirit of AAF-Houston Award will be conferred after selection by the AAF-Houston Chairman. The award is granted solely at the discretion of the AAF-Houston Chairman.
The Spirit of AAF-Houston Award is based on the following areas of consideration:
|John Del Tatto||2021|
|William A. Sexton||2017|
|Pamela Willhelm Kehoe||2017|
|Bill* and Sharon Young||2006|
|Wm. Scott Black||1991|
Established in 1997 by the AAF-Houston, the Trailblazer Award recognizes business leaders who have built Houston companies through effective advertising, sound marketing and corporate citizenship. In so doing, these “Trailblazers” have not only enhanced their companies’ images, but that of the city of Houston as well through their marketing.
Generally awarded in the fall of each year, The Trailblazer Award is given to an outstanding business professional in Houston who embodies the importance of marketing, its role in the success of business in our community and in building Houston’s image. In recognizing these outstanding Trailblazers, the AAF-Houston seeks honorees who exemplifies the “Made In Houston” spirit and who underscores the strong partnership between the advertising and business communities.
The Trailblazer Award is presented at the annual Made in Houston Gala. The event honors a leading individual who personifies the spirit of the Trailblazer and celebrates that person’s energy, ingenuity, and vision. The evening brings together an audience of our city’s influential media, business, and advertising professionals. It is also a showcase for the remarkable creative talent found right here in Houston.
Ultimately, the Made in Houston Gala is about what we think of our hometown and what the world thinks of Houston. It is about the business and advertising communities working together to enhance our city’s image.
The Made In Houston Gala is an opportunity to highlight the exceptional advertising and marketing expertise that is available in Houston. The design work, photography, videography and cinematography manifested in the award’s event are all evidence of the remarkable talent found right here in Houston.
Through exceptional advertising produced by local talent, many businesses have helped create and enhance a positive image of the city of Houston. The Trailblazer recipient and Gala affair exemplify this “Made In Houston” spirit and the important partnership between the advertising and business communities.
The AAF-Houston is the city’s preeminent advertising and marketing communications organization. Founded in 1911, it is one of the oldest professional service clubs in Houston. The promotion of education and excellence in our industry is at the core of the AAF-Houston ‘s mission. The gala is an AAF-Houston fund-raising activity that has always focused on education. Proceeds from the Made in Houston Gala, including a silent auction, help fund scholarships and educational activities for aspiring young advertising and marketing professionals in Houston.
The AAF-Houston is proud to honor local business leaders who have demonstrated a true spirit of innovation in marketing and advertising at the Made In Houston Gala. The Trailblazer Award recognizes an influential business leader for enhancing the overall image of Houston through marketing. The Trailblazer honoree is typically presented to the community at a black-tie gala in early fall incorporating audiovisual presentations, auctions, live entertainment and an audience of influential media, business and advertising professionals.
The Trailblazer Selection Committee will include the following committee members chaired by a Representative of the AAF-Houston Presidents Council:
Three at-large AAF-Houston members appointed by the gala chair The committee shall meet in person one or more times during the first quarter of each year, and select by private and individual vote, the Trailblazer recipient for the following year by April 10th. There must be five qualified committee members present at the final selection meeting. Notification of the selection should be made in person by one of the previous recipients, the AAF-Houston Chairman, the AAF-Houston President and the gala chair as soon as possible.
Trailblazer candidate must be a person who embodies the following characteristics:
|Paul Hobby||Texas Monthly||2019|
|Ed Wulfe||Wulfe & Co.||2017|
|Ric Campo||Camden Properties||2016|
|Stacey Gillman||Gillman Auto Group||2015|
|Dan Wolterman||Memorial Hermann||2014|
|Welcome W. Wilson Sr.||Welcome Group||2013|
|Martha Turner||Martha Turner Properties||2012|
|Leroy Shafer||Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo||2011|
|Leslie L. Alexander||Houston Rockets||2009|
|Walter Johnson||Amegy Bank||2008|
|George DeMontrond, III||DeMontrond Automotive Group||2007|
|Tilman Fertitta||Landry’s Restaurants||2005|
|John L. Nau III||President & CEO, Silver Eagle Distributor||2004|
|Jim McIngvale||President, Gallery Furniture||2003|
|Bob McNair||President, Houston Texans||2002|
|Richard J.V. Johnson||Retired Publisher, Houston Chronicle||2001|
|Don D. Jordan||Retired Chairman, Reliant Energy||2000|
|Drayton McLane||President, Houston Astros||1999|
|Randall Onstead, Jr.||Former CEO, Randall’s Food Stores||1998|
|Gordon Bethune||Chairman, Continental Airlines||1997|
A common trait among those who receive special recognition from AAF-H is generosity of time when they have so little to give. Their level of engagement is fueled by passion for their craft, their peers, and their community.