American Advertising Awards

District 8 American Advertising Awards

The American Advertising Awards is the nation's largest advertising competition. Each year, the competition begins at the local level with the 210 AAF clubs across the country where professionals enter the best of the year's work in hopes of winning a coveted ADDY® Award.

Entries must first be submitted in a local competition to be eligible for the American Advertising Awards process. The local winners then advance to one of the 14 regional district competitions, and District winners advance to the national finals. The American Advertising Awards national judging is held in conjunction with the AAF National Conference.

Jenna Carda is your District American Advertising Awards Chair and the National American Advertising Awards Committee Representative for District 8. Please feel free to contact her with any competition questions you may have.


Additional Resources

District 8 AAA Judging

When: When - March 11-18

Where: Judging will be held virtually

Winners Announced: March 25th




District 8 ADDY Reception

There will not be a reception for the 2024 awards.

Local winners progressing to nationals will be notified after judging.

2024 Judges


Tyler Riewer

Senior Director of Brand & Content


Tyler Riewer is the Senior Director of Brand & Content at charity: water, the nonprofit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world. He travels the globe to meet the people charity: water serves, collects stories about the transformative impact of clean water, and dreams up new ways to share those stories with the world.

Prior to joining charity: water, Tyler spent nine years working in advertising where he created content for brands like Red Bull, Nike and A&E. A native Nebraskan, Tyler graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied Mass Communications, Advertising, and English.


Natalie Gowen


Natalie is the founder of Moxie Tonic Marketing, a digital marketing agency dedicated to compelling message clarity and creative execution strategies. She leads a team of award-winning creative experts, marketing strategists, and automation wizards to reach target audiences and drive leads.

In addition to over a decade in marketing strategy and execution, Natalie is a certified StoryBrand Guide and brings a background in print journalism, event promotion and fundraising development.

A dedicated member of the Colorado Springs community she serves as a board member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild and is a member of the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. She is a past board member of the Southern Colorado Running Club, SCWCC Public Policy Committee, The McClelland School, Woman's Resource Agency and Everybody Counts.

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Armand Mccoy

Oklahoma University Professor

Armand joined Gaylord and OU with more 15 years of advertising and strategic communications experience. He comes to OU from Trifecta Communications, an award-winning creative agency with offices in Oklahoma City. While there, he led a multi-disciplinary, multi-generational team of creatives, designers, strategists, and technologists.

Industry highlights include leading creative teams on field productions across the US, in Europe, South Asia, and West Africa, developing communications deliverables for divisions of the United Nations Foundation for use in high-level coalition-building meetings during the United Nations General Assembly, and assisting the City of Moore, Oklahoma with crisis communications helping to lead their Joint Information Center in the days following a deadly EF-5 tornado, and coordinating a cabinet-level and presidential visit with the White House Advanced Team and US Secret Service.

Industry interests include marketing and communications and its utilization in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, augmented and virtual reality use to deepen customer experience and the impact of Generation Z on strategic communications.

You can find him traveling to someplace off the beaten path and training for his next ultramarathon when he is not teaching.