About Us

The AAF-Fort Smith chapter is part of District 10 of the national American Advertising Federation.

District 10 includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The organization is dedicated to promoting quality, professionalism and ethics in advertising.

AAF Fort Smith holds regular meetings and events featuring professional guest speakers, continuing education, professional seminars, the annual American Advertising Awards, networking and social gatherings.


AAF-Fort Smith Officers

Chad Jones - Club President
Bobby Rogne - Club Vice-President/Awards Chair
Melody Harshbarger - Past President/Treasurer

Board of Directors

Rham Cunningham - Representative
Dan Schauer - Representative
Aaron Ray - Representative
Bryan Alexis - Representative
Laura Wattles - Representative


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Don’t wait another minute to start receiving the benefits of Ad Club membership. Your AAF Fort Smith membership automatically entitles you to membership in the district and national levels of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) – the only existing national network of professional ad clubs. Click here to download the application

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    And that’s just the beginning – here are some things our members say they enjoy most about AAF:
  • Interacting professionally and personally with local industry leaders through programs and events.
  • The industry’s only grassroots legislative network providing an effective lobbying coalition, which opposes taxes and restrictions on advertising.
  • Professional development through club meeting and events.
  • Recognition for accomplishment and industry contributions.
  • Participating in public-service initiatives that directly impact the well-being of the local community and enhance the public’s perception of our industry.
  • Participating in programs that encourage high industry standards and elevate consumers’ perception of the industry.
  • Becoming involved in advertising education for students.
  • Improve opportunities to recruit talented and experienced professionals to your business or organization.
  • Career and job opportunities in the advertising industry.
  • Discounts on American Advertising Awards entries.
  • Access to new-business prospects and partnerships.

Member Discounts

List of various AAF Member Discounts

AF Platinum Plus ® Visa® Credit Card

AAF is offering a no annual fee Platinum Plus Visa credit card program with WorldPoints (SM). Designed especially for AAF members by MBNA America Bank, N.A., this special program offers a low introductory annual percentage rate and a credit line up to $100,000. Earn points every time you make a purchase, then redeem them for cash, travel, brand-name merchandise, or gift certificates from top retailers! Carry the only credit card that helps support AAF programs and initiatives at no additional cost to you. For information about rates, fees, and benefits associated with the use of the card; or to apply, call 1-800-WEB-APPLY. Be sure to mention priority code HBCO. If you already have an MBNA credit card account, why not access your MBNA account information anytime, day or night. Just log on to www.mbnanetaccess.com. It's safe, secure and fast. Enroll and you can get up-to-the-minute information on all of your MBNA credit card accounts, track your charges and payments, review recent statements, schedule payment for your MBNA account, request a change of address and so much more.

ADWEEK Magazine

Special offer for AAF members - 6 Free Issues On February 3, ADWEEK relaunched to become the only fully integrated publication serving the advertising and media communities. Each week, subscribers receive a national print edition of ADWEEK and also have access to an enhanced and redesigned Web site with six areas dedicated to regional news and information. The new ADWEEK provides more in-depth coverage of all marketing communications such as public relations, direct, sports and entertainment marketing and sponsorships. In addition, new columns cover topics such as finance and career. Start your 6-week trial subscription to the new ADWEEK, the industry's first and only fully integrated print and online news service with national coverage in print and expanded regional coverage online. To subscribe or learn more, visit www.pubservice.com/ or call 1-800-562-2706.

Advertising Age

Save 25% on your Advertising Age subscription. The AAF member price on renewals and new subscriptions is only $74.00, a $25.00 savings off the published subscription price of $99.00. Call 1-800-678-9595, ask for Advertising Age circulation and identify yourself as an AAF member to take advantage of the discount.

Business Wire

Business Wire and the AAF have developed a strategic relationship that provides AAF members with access to Business Wire's worldwide media distribution services and preferred benefits and member services. Business Wire electronically delivers full-text news releases directly to editorial desktops in newsrooms worldwide. The agreement provides AAF's 130 corporate members and 210 regional club members with cost-saving pricing options as a benefit of association membership. To take advantage of this offer as an AAF member, contact Gregg Castano, SVP-global sales, Business Wire, at 1-888-381-WIRE (9473) or gregg.castano@businesswire.com.

Citizens Conferencing

AAF members receive up to a 48% savings on phone, Web and video conferencing services. This helpful resource allows users to effortlessly host conference calls for up to 50 participants at a fraction of other long-distance/phone costs. Click here for more information. To set up your AAF-member account, call Citizens Conferencing Association Group at 1-877-488-2666 or visit www.commpartners.com/AAF.

Cobalt Web Hosting

Cobalt, the official hosting provider of the AAF Web site, is proud to offer AAF members a special 10% discount on Shared Web Hosting. Cobalt hosting clients enjoy the facilities of Intel's Tier One Data Center and the hands-on customer service of Cobalt's technical staff. To learn how Cobalt can cost-effectively host your Web site, call 1-888-4Cobalt (1-888-426-2258) or visit their Web site at www.cobalt.net.

FedEx® Shipping

Few things are as important to your business as reliability, and FedEx delivers with reliability you can depend on day in and day out. And now, through your membership in AAF, your business can enjoy FedEx reliability and special savings on a variety of FedEx Services. All you have to do is sign up. Opening an account is free and there is no shipping requirement. If you already have a FedEx account, your AAF discount can be set up using that existing account, no problem. Save up to 20% on select FedEx Express® services Save up to 13% on select FedEx Ground® services Save up to 13% on select FedEx Express® International services To take advantage of this benefit call the FedEx Association Enrollment specialists toll free at 1-877-269-0605. After completing the enrollment process on the phone, you will receive your shipping information in just a few days. Note: Call 1-877-269-0605 for more information on which services are discounted. Exclusive of any FedEx surcharges, premiums, or special handling fees. FedEx service marks used by permission.


Hertz is offering AAF members up to a 20% discount at participating locations in the U.S. and around the world. Please visit www.hertz.com, fill in your reservation information and indicate that you have a "discount, coupon or other offer." On the next page, enter CDP# 1570434 in the discount plan number field. Or call the Members Only Reservations Line at 1-800-654-2200 or your travel agent.

Magnet Mail Blast E-Mail/Fax Services

Create, distribute and track high-impact HTML e-mail messages and newsletters through MagnetMail. This AAF endorsed, Web-based e-marketing service allows you to manage broadcast e-mail and faxing with ease directly from your desktop. Send a fax automatically to bounced e-mail addresses and e-mail to undelivered fax recipients. Utilize integrated tracking to gauge the performance of your e-mail and fax campaigns. Plus, AAF members receive a 10% discount on Magnet Mail services! For more details, visit the program Web site at www.realmagnet.com/aaf, e-mail members@commpartners.com, or call 1-877-488-2666.


Through PROINSURE, AAF offers its members professional liability (errors and omissions) insurance designed to meet the E&O insurance needs of the advertising profession. Through PROBOP, AAF offers a variety of insurance coverages to protect your business from potential loss. For more information, call 1-800-899-1399 or visit www.mimsintl.com/content.asp?cid=206.

Mutual Of Omaha Insurance

Disability, Life and Business Overhead Expense coverages are available to AAF members through the Mutual of Omaha Companies. Most plans feature reduced premiums. Simply call 1-800-223-6927, and identify yourself as an AAF member. There is no cost or obligation. For more information, visit www.mutualofomaha.com/aaf/index.


Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, the American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising. Every year approximately 60,000 entries are submitted in local American Advertising Awards competitions.

All across the country, local entrants are vying for recognition as the very best in their markets. Local winners then compete against other winners within their regions in one of 14 District competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the American Advertising Awards competition. Entry in the LAF American Advertising Awards competition is the first step toward winning a American Advertising Awards. Entering the American Advertising Awards competition supports our entire industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

The competition begins with a call for entries in late December, then selection of the most creative entry in each category is effected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluate all creative dimensions of every entry. In each category, a GOLD American Advertising Awards is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER American Advertising Award. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on their opinions of the quality of work in that category.

Contact Us

AAF-Fort Smith

P.O. Box 3242

Fort Smith, AR 72913

Melody Harshbarger

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