Silver Medal Award

The American Advertising Federations Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, AAF member clubs bestow this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community.

AAF-Greater Evansville will be accepting nominations for the 2023 Silver Medal Award now through December 31, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Contribution to His/Her Company

The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service.

Creative Ability

The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.

Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising

The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.

Contributions to the Community

The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.

Service to the American Advertising Federation

The honoree should have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the local American Advertising Federation chapter. Service to the corresponding AAF District and AAF National further solidifies the depth of service.

Past Recipients

2021 – Ken Schreiber – Kitch & Schreiber
2020 – Lisa Verkamp – YMCA SW Indiana
2019 – Kristen Tucker – Tucker Publishing Group
2018 – Jim Mattingly – Mattingly Media Services
2017 – Matt Wagner – Matt Wagner Design
2016 – Kris Laufer – Ten Adams
2015 – Mike Bevers – Midwest Communications
2014 – Jack Pate – Evansville Courier Company
2013 – Tim Black – WEVV-TV
2012 – Andrew Herbertz – Casino Aztar
2011 – Shelly Johnson – Bill Hudson & Associates
2010 – Bob Jeffers – University of Southern Indiana
2009 – Pam Hight
2008 – Nancy Kirkpatrick – Keller Crescent
2007 – Randy Lientz – AXIOM Marketing & Advertising
2006 – Bob West – University of Southern Indiana
2005 – Phil Mowrey – Daniel Burton Dean
2004 – John Chidester – Holiday World & Splashin Safari
2003 – Kay Forbes-Smith – KFS & Associates
2002 – Dick Thomas – Keller Crescent
2001 – Lynne Mlady – Keller Crescent
2000 – Larry Aiken – Aiken Management
1999 – Pat Fagan – Keller Crescent
1998 – Carol & Howard Abrams – deJongs
1997 – Delores Mason – Evansville Courier Company
1996 – Lynn Mautz – WIKY / WJPS
1995 – Jan Eastham – Evansville Courier Company
1994 – John Reiplinger – WAZE-TV 52
1993 – Jack Headlee – Ten Adams Advertising Agency
1992 – FA “Al” Samuelson, Jr. – Keller Crescent
1991 – Robert H. Hartmann – Evansville Press
1990 – William R. Hight – WEVV-TV, Channel 44

1989 – Gary Edwards – Edwards Outdoor Advertising
1988 – Courtney Smith – Smiths Radio Works
1987 – Raymond S. Norris – Sears, Roebuck & Company
1986 – Robert M. Wright – Motivational Enterprises
1985 – Pattie Davis – Washington Square Mall
1984 – Leon Howell – Naegele Outdoor Advertising
1983 – Clarence E. Krieger – Krieger-Ragsdale & Company
1982 – Thurman Artz – Evansville Printing Corporation
1981 – Henry Campbell – WIKY FM-AM
1980 – Fred Kitch – Keller Crescent
1979 – Charles A. Blake – WIKY FM-AM
1978 – Ernest D. Madden – WEHT-TV, Channel 25
1977 – Melba Jean Racener – Racener Advertising Agency
1976 – John F. Hurlbut – WVMC-WSAB Radio, Wabash Cable TV
1975 – Robert E. Henkle – Faultess Division, Bliss & Laughlin Industries
1974 – Alan Graf – Keller Crescent
1973 – E. Berry Smith – WTVW-TV, Channel 7
1972 – Walter J. Fehn – Evansville Printing Company
1971 – Robert L. Leach – National City Bank
1970 – Chickie Frieberg – Racener Advertising Agency
1969 – Clyde M. Ricketts – WGBF AM & FM
1968 – Henry C. Meyer – Sears, Roebuck & Company
1967 – Martin L. Leich – WGBF
1966 – Herb C. Simpson – Simpson Printing Company
1965 – No Recipient
1964 – Fred W. Balz – Evansville Printing Corporation
1963 – Alan A. Brentano – Keller Crescent
1962 – Richard Geier – Creative Press