The Unifying Voice

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” The AAF also has 15 district operations, each located in and representing a different region of the nation. The AAF’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members comprising the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of 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. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism, and summer Ad Camps for high school students in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Our Mission

The American Advertising Federation protects and promotes the well-being of advertising. We accomplish this through a unique, nationally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local advertising clubs and college chapters.

Here’s What We Do

• Brings members together to yield creative business solutions.
• Protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities.
• Educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing.
• Provides programs to assist local association volunteer leadership.
• Presents the industry with its future leaders.
• Honors advertising excellence.
• Promotes diversity in advertising by encouraging the recruitment of people of diverse cultures.
• Applies the communication skills of its members to help solve community concerns.

Our Board Members

Ashley Le Blanc, Secretary

Ashley Le Blanc is a Coffee Lover, Content Marketing Specialist and Social Media Guru - in that order. By day, you can find her fine-tuning systems, generating content and creating new social media campaigns for Little Bird Marketing.

She found her way to the Midwest from California to complete her education at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. While achieving her degree, she worked as the full-time Executive Director for a local non-profit - Art Feeds Joplin. Ashley's experience in project management, PR and content creation allows her to move processes forward - helping her team achieve goals and exceed benchmarks.

Her passion for design, creativity and the world of digital media drives her to stay current in our ever changing industry.

Phone Number: 661-345-1111
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Phone Number: 417-624-8688
Gina Langston, Vice President

Gina is currently the VP of AAF Heartland. She has contributed to ADDY planning for the last 4 years. She has received recognition multiple times by the the Missouri Ad Managers Association as “Best Ad Designer” and “Best Online Ad Designer,” as well as winning many state Better Newspaper Contest awards and ADDYs for her newspaper and magazine layout/designs during her time at The Joplin Globe. But has since accepted the editor/publisher position at The Vedette, a smaller newspaper in Dade County Missouri, currently owned by Lewis County Press based in St. Louis. She has an eye for detail and it is a mission of hers to use the knowledge she has gained at larger publications to benefit the businesses of Dade County and the surrounding communities. She enjoys drinking wine, running and trying to keep up with the activities of her children.

Phone Number: 417-354-1923
Priscilla McKinney, President

Priscilla McKinney, CEO of Little Bird Marketing, is a popular keynote speaker, prolific blogger, podcast host, industry innovator and diversity champion.

Best known for making waves in the digital marketing industry, Priscilla has been featured on numerous podcasts, is the President of American Advertising Federation Heartland and has received numerous design, entrepreneurship and industry awards. Along with her expert team, she developed the SOAR System - a proprietary process designed to create sustainable lead generation for busy leaders so they can have confidence in the growth of their company without losing focus on their other responsibilities.

Priscilla personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership – inspiring others to truly carve out their own path of success in her uniquely funny, no-nonsense and slightly irreverent way. Oh, and don't give her caffeine. She doesn't need it.

Phone Number: 417-317-1137

Justin Oden is currently a Multimedia Designer at Downstream Casino Resort. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in the Graphic Arts from Missouri Southern State University, he started out his career at The Joplin Globe as a graphic designer where he won several Addy awards for his illustration work. He’s committed to staying current with design trends and constantly challenges himself to learn more while pushing his skills outside of his comfort level. When not in front of his computer, he can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee with his face buried in a sketchbook.

Traci Hughes

Traci Hughes is a Instructor at Pittsburg State University in the Graphics and Imaging Technology department. She came to PSU after working in the printing and flexible packaging industry for 18 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to be in the classroom and share her experiences with the students.

Phone Number: 417-483-2298