To make those crucial connections

The American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia is the best place to meet and mingle with our region’s professionals in marketing, communications, design and advertising. AAF SWVA brings together customers, suppliers and decision makers from a variety of organizations. From frequent professional development events to socials to awards galas, there are many opportunities to meet, learn from, and brainstorm with your peers.

To stay on top of industry trends

Professional development and continuing education are an important part of organizational and personal growth. AAF SWVA holds these events on a monthly basis. Typically, the luncheons last an hour. These “lunch-n-learns” are prime opportunities to learn about industry trends, new technology, and skills to foster growth. Membership benefits include free or discounted tickets to our Lunch-N-Learn events.

To Gain Recognition for Your Work

The American Advertising Awards (formerly known as the ADDYs) is one of the most exciting events we hold yearly. It is the National American Advertising Federation’s premiere creative competition starting right here at the local level. It is an opportunity to showcase and recognize the quality creative work that is produced in Southwest Virginia with an ADDY award. AAF SWVA members receive discounts on entries into the American Advertising Awards each year.

For the opportunity to Lead

There are plenty of opportunities to become involved in AAF SWVA. The board of directors is comprised of volunteers who help the club run and grow. If you’re passionate about education, communications, public service, multiculturalism or even government affairs, there is a place for you to develop your leadership skills and to make a difference in our advertising and marketing community.

Local & National Benefits

  • Monthly program included or discounted
  • ADDY entry discounts
  • Additional AAF member discounts
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development opportunities

As a member of the American Advertising Federation, you are eligible to receive the following exclusive AAF National member discounts.

  • AAF Job Bank: Discounted rate to use this job bank that is part of the Marketing Career Network
  • AAF SmartBrief: Free opt-in e-mail news service
  • 15% discount on all items in their online store
  • ADWEEK: Six free trial issues and considerably discounted subscription price
  • Advertising Age: Save 25% on your subscription
  • AAF VISA credit card: No annual fee; earn 1 point for every $1 in purchases; redeem WorldPointsSM for travel, merchandise, and unlimited cash rewards
  • The Award Group: Official awards company of the AAF
  • BRANDWEEK: Six free issues with no further obligation
  • BusinessWire: Cost-saving pricing options for electronic full-text news releases delivered
  • FedEx: Save up to 20% on select FedEx Express® services; save up to 12% on select FedEx Ground® services; save up to 13% on select FedEx Express® International services
  • Hertz: Up to a 20% discount at participating locations
  • MagnetMail: 10% discount on MagnetMail services
  • MEDIAWEEK: Six free issues
  • MIMS International PROINSURE: Professional liability insurance
  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance: Most disability, life and business overhead expense plans feature reduced premiums
  • The New York Times: Save 25% on the cost of home of office delivery for a full year
  • Premiere Global Services: Significant saving to members on conferencing and other managed virtual meeting solutions

Membership Levels

Membership dues are prorated to the next July 1st.

1 member
$140 / year
Pay Per Event

1 individual member
$200 / year
Events Included *

Small Business
Three (3) Members
$475 / year
Events Included *

Five (5) members
$650 / year
Events Included *

Ten (10) members
$1,150 / year
Events Included *

1 student member
$75 / year
Pay Per Event

Recent Graduate
One (1) member who has graduated an accredited college within the past 12 months
Recent Graduate membership is available for 12 months of membership only
Recent Graduate membership requires serving on at least one committee
Events Included*

* Events included means regular professional development and speaking events / luncheons.  This does NOT include tickets to the ADDYs Gala.

Who Can Be a Member? You Can.

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Advertisers
  • Clients
  • Media & Suppliers
  • Sales & Account Representatives
  • Creatives
  • Marketing Directors
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Young Professionals
  • Freelancers
  • Small Business Owners / Sole Proprietors
  • Website Designers
  • Videographers
  • Photographers
  • Internal Marketing Departments
  • And More

If you’re in business, you’re in advertising.