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Overview + Benefits

People join AAF Columbus for so many different reasons. These are just some of the many perks and benefits.

  • Be on the Forefront of Our Fast-Moving Industry
  • Impact the Future of Columbus Advertising
  • Discover Opportunities for Your Career Path
  • Recommendations and Referrals
  • Save 15%-30% on ADDY Entries
  • Network with Like-Minded Career Professionals
  • Attend Ongoing Educational Events
  • Discover New Business Prospects
  • Meet Industry Thought Leaders
  • View and Post Job Opportunities
  • National Membership
  • Discounts on AdAge and ADWEEK
  • Recruit New Talent
  • Provide Mentorship to Future Leaders

Connect: Create powerful and lasting professional and personal relationships with local industry leaders..

Influence: Gain influence in a professional association that impacts the future of advertising, both in the local community and nationally through its affiliation with the American Advertising Federation.

Learn: Learn about the latest trends and insights in advertising and media buying during our luncheons. You can also attend free webinars hosted by a variety of experts on topics that matter most to you—all from the comfort of your desk.

Impact: Get your voice heard on Capitol Hill. AAF is the only exclusive, advertising association that lobbies on your behalf to get laws changed, oppose taxes and restrictions on advertising, or keep harmful legislation from passing.

Sponsor: Sponsor one of our events and get in front of hundreds of potential customers or employees. Member companies are given the opportunity before other companies.

Find Talent: Post your job openings to our job board at no charge.

Earn Extra Discounts: Take advantage of exclusive benefits provided by AAF such as discounts on Advertising Age and ADWEEK, insurance, overnight delivery services and rental car charges.

Save on ADDY entries: Submitting eight ADDY entries at the reduced member rate will save you $160.

STUDENT

The AAF Columbus chapter year runs from July 1 through June 30.

Student membership: $35.00 per year

A student is classified as an undergraduate student attending half time or more in the current school year.

Student Membership Highlights:

  • Includes local, district and national American Advertising Federation (AAF) dues for one year
  • AAF member benefits including continuing education, information, discounts and more (visit aaf.org for details)
  • Member rate for all AAF Columbus functions
  • Inclusion in the AAF Columbus online directory

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The AAF Columbus chapter year runs from July 1 through June 30.

Young Professional membership: $95.00 per year

A young professional is classified as those post-college to age 32.

YP Membership Highlights:

  • Includes local, district and national American Advertising Federation (AAF) dues for one year
  • AAF member benefits including continuing education, information, discounts and more (visit aaf.org for details)
  • Member rate for all AAF Columbus functions
  • Inclusion in the AAF Columbus online directory

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PROFESSIONAL

The AAF Columbus chapter year runs from July 1 through June 30.

Individual membership: $180.00 per year

An individual is a professional joining AAF Columbus alone; this is not a corporate or company membership. If your company would like to join AAF Columbus so that all employees can benefit from membership, go to our Corporate Membership page for more information.

Individual Membership Highlights:

  • Includes local, district and national American Advertising Federation (AAF) dues for one year
  • AAF member benefits including continuing education, information, discounts and more (visit aaf.org for details)
  • Member rate for all AAF Columbus functions
  • Inclusion in the AAF Columbus online directory

Discount for Young Professionals Joining as Individuals

Young professionals (post-college through age 32) receive a discounted rate of just: $95.00 per year.

Are you just getting started in your career or are you a junior creative? This membership is for you!

Join your fellow creative colleagues in one of the most dynamic organizations in the industry and kick-start your career by meeting other professionals. Network with some of the best and the brightest in the industry; you won’t be disappointed.

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CORPORATE

The AAF Columbus chapter year runs from July 1 through June 30.

Corporate memberships: $585.00 per year

Join as a company and enjoy big savings! Enroll up to four employees, and enjoy reduced rate of $150.00 per year for each additional employee.

Corporate Membership Highlights:

  • Up to four individual members (transferable) and additional members are only $150.00 each
  • Corporate logo displayed on AAF Columbus website
  • Includes local, district and national American Advertising Federation (AAF) dues for one year
  • AAF member benefits including continuing education, information, discounts and more (visit aaf.org for details)
  • Member rate for all AAF Columbus functions
  • Inclusion in the AAF Columbus online directory

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INSPIRATION

We all need inspiration to spur creativity and ideas, but where does inspiration come from? AAF Columbus believes that inspiration comes from listening and learning from others…

inspires and nurtures creativity and excellence in advertising.

We are dedicated to maintaining high standards in our profession and encouraging future generations to prosper.

During our annual Career Day, we give young people a chance to look over our shoulders and see the advertising business in action. We share our time and talents with good people and good causes. Improving the quality of communication for profit, fun and for the good of our community is one of our main objectives.

CONNECTION

AAF Columbus is a whole lot more than meetings and deals. Membership enables you to interact with a wide variety of advertising, marketing and public relations professionals as well as suppliers to the industry. We offer members a wide range of benefits from nationally sponsored webinars and access to one of the most comprehensive job banks to cost-effective insurance opportunities to great deals on shipping, subscriptions, credit cards, rental cars and more. These outstanding opportunities are available only through AAF Columbus membership.

RECOGNITION

Hard work deserves recognition. That’s why each year AAF Columbus hosts the ADDY Awards, the first step in an exciting three-tiered national competition for creative excellence featuring more than 100 categories. The ADDYs honors the best and brightest work in central Ohio. Winners in the local competition can, and often do, go on to win District and even National ADDYs. At our Annual Meeting luncheon, we recognize a long-time member who has provided leadership, created visionary work or just been an inspiration to others with our most prestigious award, the Silver Medal. We also honor an outstanding student each year with the Marvin Brown Scholarship.

So, if you’re looking for a place to network with the brightest and best in the business, learn more about the tricks of the trade or simply have fun, AAF Columbus is for you. If you are a dedicated advertising, marketing or public relations professional, we invite you to join us!