American Advertising Federation returns to SWFL, swears in new leadership team.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2019) — The newly re-launched American Advertising Federation-Southwest Florida chapter officially began its tenure on July 1,2019 with a kickoff event and swearing in ceremony in downtown Fort Myers on July 25, 2019.

The group better known as AAF-SWFL is a professional advertising club and political action organization devoted to the protection and promotion of advertising in Southwest Florida. Now accepting membership applications, AAF-SWFL is open to advertisers, agencies, media companies, and advertising service providers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, and Hendry counties. For more information on AAF-SWFL and to become a member, visit

The following advertising professionals were sworn in as board members of the organization:

Tim Hennessy – President

Kate Kintz – Vice President

Jim Wyatt – Treasurer

Julie Lawrence – Secretary

Wendy Payton – Immediate Past President

Don Gross – Membership Chair

Chris Wright-Isak – Education Chair

Josh Pope – Creative Director

Erin Donati – Events Chair

Josh Milton – Communications Chair

Stephen Gray-Blancett – ADDY Chair

Earl Quenzel – Public Service Chair

Laura Brandano – At-Large

Bob Beville – At-Large

Nancy Solliday – At-Large

Teri Hansen – At-Large

Also sworn in were the organization’s board of trustees:

Wendy Payton – Chair

Gary Firestone

Kerri Goldsmith

Stephen Gray-Blancett

Steve Hagewood

Christopher Spiro

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