Who We Are

The 8th District of the American Advertising Federation is made up of Advertising Clubs throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Nationally, the AAF is the largest group of its kind, with grassroots membership of over 50,000 professionals.

Our Mission

The mission of the 8th District of the AAF is to provide a unifying voice for advertising within the member clubs in the District through support of the following: District NSAC, District ADDY® competition and District Leadership activities. The District will be a connecting point for members between their local clubs and national AAF. 

AAF - District 8 Community

About Local Ad Clubs
Local ad clubs exist in many markets and range in size from 30 to over 3,000 members. These members are employed in all aspects and disciplines of the advertising industry. They represent agencies, corporate marketing departments, broadcast and print media companies and industry suppliers.

Local ad clubs sponsor a variety of programs, including meetings featuring industry-related speakers, professional development workshops, educational seminars, scholarships, public service initiatives, social events and local award competitions recognizing excellence in advertising.

Through their affiliation with the AAF, local ad clubs have an even more powerful voice and influence in their local business communities. Each of the local ad clubs is part of AAF's network comprising 50,000 professionals in all corners of the United States.

The System
AAF local ad clubs are categorized by geographic location and membership size. These categories help to ensure that all local members are well- represented by delegates to AAF's national board of directors.

AAF local associations are categorized by size as follows:
Division I - 500+ members
Division II - 250 to 499 members
Division III - 100 to 249 members
Division IV - under 100 members
Division V - Ad 2 Clubs (regardless of membership size)

Each division is represented by a delegate to the AAF national board of directors. Through these delegates, local ad clubs have a voice in national policy and decisions.

Each AAF ad club falls within one of three geographic regions: Western, Central or Eastern. Each region collectively elects a regional chair to serve on the AAF board of directors. The regional chair represents the concerns of all the clubs and federations in his or her region.

AAF Districts
The AAF map is then further broken down into 15 multi-state districts. Each district elects a district governor to serve on the AAF Council of Governors (COG). Members of the COG also serve on the AAF board of directors, representing the interests and concerns of local ad club members.

AAF districts serve another vital role: They set the framework for well-known industry programs like the ADDY® Awards and the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). In each program, district-wide competitions yield top contenders, who then advance on to a national round.

Ad2 Clubs
What Is Ad 2? Ad 2 is a national network of local advertising federations whose members are age 32 and younger. Ad 2 clubs give young professionals a chance to interact with their peers, and they help to bridge the gap between college graduation and entry into the professional world by providing professional development and public service programs. Today, Ad 2 is over 1,000 members strong and boasts 15 clubs nationwide.

Ad 2 Programs: Ad2 Public Service Competition
National Ad2 Web Site