LEADERSHIP

AAF-SWFL Officers & Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of advertising professionals dedicated to the advocacy and advancement of the industry. Elected by AAF-SWFL membership, the Board steers the organization toward a sustainable future through sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management, and by ensuring our nonprofit organization has adequate resources to advance our mission.

Officers

Mike Haley

President / American Advertising Awards Gala Chair

Mike Haley

Hailing from the Midwest—Toledo, Ohio to be specific—it didn’t take Mike long to realize he wanted to settle in the Sunshine State. “I moved to Fort Myers, Florida with my family right after high school in 1993 and knew this is where I wanted to live...
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Wendy Payton

Treasurer / American Advertising Awards Competition Chair

Wendy Payton

Wendy's membership in AAF spans various senior leadership roles, including the AAF Council of Governors, National American Advertising Awards Committee, District 4 Governor and AAF-SWFL President. In 2020 Wendy was awarded the Silver Medal, AAF's highest honor for a local club member...
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Laurie Ragle

Secretary

Laurie Ragle

Laurie started her advertising career in the Dallas market with GTE Directories. There she sold yellow page ads and ended her stint of 10 years as a national sales trainer. After that, she decided to move to Indiana and work at a local newspaper company.
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Jenny Boyd

Immediate Past President

Jenny Boyd

Jenny Boyd is an award-winning brand and graphic designer professional with over 15 years of director-level leadership in brand management and art direction. Starting her own business “Jenny B. Creative” in 2019. Through Jenny’s work in these fields, she has been honored with...
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Board of Directors

GG Gubelman

Education Chair

GG Gubelman

Gail Gubelman, aka GG, has been in the marketing & advertising design industry for the last 26 years. She graduated from the University of San Francisco and The Academy of Arts in CA. She has won numerous awards, including the ADDY®s (both regional and national), throughout the years with different agencies...
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Caryn Clark

Membership Chair

Caryn Clark

Caryn started her career in corporate financial marketing in New York City and beyond, where she wrote very dull descriptions and legalese for products like mutual funds and annuities while enjoying an incredible view of the Empire State Building from her office. She is a lover of words, graduating with an English degree from the University of Florida in 1994...
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Duncan Metts

Public Service Chair

Duncan Metts

Meet Duncan, the bald maestro behind Bald Man Media. Duncan sports a shiny dome and an even shinier love for turning creative visions into reality.
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Todd (TJ) Jordan

Programs Chair

Todd (TJ) Jordan

Passionate adventurer with an insatiable curiosity for life. I am always seeking new experiences and embracing challenges.
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Leadership Team Member

Kate Kintz

American Advertising Awards Competition Co-Chair

Kate Kintz

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Committee Chairs

Susan Bagnall

Communications Chair

Susan Bagnall

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Mike Haley: American Advertising Awards Chair

Hailing from the Midwest—Toledo, Ohio to be specific—it didn’t take Mike long to realize he wanted to settle in the Sunshine State. “I moved to Fort Myers, Florida with my family right after high school in 1993 and knew this is where I wanted to live.” With no plan or funds for college Mike made sure he was chosen as one of the inaugural members of Americorp where he dedicated a year to serving the local community in exchange for a stipend to be used for tuition. After a jaunt back to Ohio for college where he studied audio-video production, Mike settled in Florida once again in 1998— returning to help raise his oldest nephew.  Eventually he went on to earn his MSCE and landed a job with Sony, followed by a successful career at Field Edge, a national software developer. In 2009, while finishing his degree at Florida State and advancing his career at Field Edge, Mike got bored again and formed his own business: M&M Multimedia. Originally founded as a video production company, M&M Multimedia has grown and evolved over the years into a fully integrated digital media production and marketing company. Although the Sony job didn’t last long it came full circle in 2012 when M&M Multimedia landed their first contract with Sony to produce content for the Sony Listens YouTube Channel.  The rest is history….

 

Over the past decade, M&M Multimedia has helped businesses and agency partners in the region and around the globe build awareness, drive new initiatives, and achieve long-term growth. “Our strength is digital media production with a focus on video production and interactive media. We know this area and we know how to engage customers using video. We specialize in creating visually effective media with marketing and training in mind.  It all starts with understanding each company’s objectives—and then producing the most effective visual media to engage and solve problems.

 

As we say, “We make media that makes you Learn, Laugh, Cry, and Buy!”

 

Wendy Payton: Immediate Past President / Treasurer

Wendy’s membership in AAF spans various senior leadership roles, including the AAF Council of Governors, National American Advertising Awards Committee, District 4 Governor and AAF-SWFL President. In 2020 Wendy was awarded the Silver Medal, AAF’s highest honor for a local club member.

With more than 25 years as an ad agency executive and owner, Wendy has worked with powerhouse brands across the country and many of Southwest Florida’s most recognizable names. As Principal at Payton Brands, she employs branding, marketing and engagement initiatives to help visionary entrepreneurs, groundbreaking companies and cause-oriented organizations enhance marketing effectiveness, elevate consumer value, and thrive in an ever-changing world. Wendy also serves as Executive Director of Bridge To A Cure Foundation, a national childhood cancer nonprofit.

Laurie Ragle: Secretary

Laurie started her advertising career in the Dallas market with GTE Directories. There she sold yellow page ads and ended her stint of 10 years as a national sales trainer. After that, she decided to move to Indiana and work at a local newspaper company. Laurie ended her 21-year career with Schurz Communications in Bloomington, Indiana as the Advertising Director.

Laurie’s next adventure took her to Fort Myers, Florida because she could not take one more winter shoveling now. She is now the Print and Digital Advertising Director for Ogden News, who owns 6 community newspapers (Cape Coral being one), 3 community yellow page directories, and a digital marketing department.

What drives Laurie is her passion is to help small and medium size businesses grow to reach their goals. Providing stellar customer service is just one part of what make her tick.

Prior to advertising sales and management, Laurie had a radio show while at Indiana University and spun albums…if anyone actually remembers those, as well as sold Oldsmobiles…again something people might not remember.

Jenny Boyd: Programs Chair

Jenny Boyd is an award-winning brand and graphic designer professional with over 15 years of director-level leadership in brand management and art direction. Starting her own business “Jenny B. Creative” in 2019. Through Jenny’s work in these fields, she has been honored with recognition in the areas of product innovation, as well as brand and editorial design. Jenny enjoys making things come to life with her designs and bring this positive energy and the art of detail to all that she does. 
 
Moving to Southwest Florida in 2016, Jenny enjoys spending her free time making mixed media fine art and enjoying all the incredible natural beauty of Southwest Florida with her husband of over 20 years and wonderful 12-year old daughter.

 

GG Gubelman:
Education Chair

Gail Gubelman, aka GG, has been in the marketing & advertising design industry for the last 26 years. She graduated from the University of San Francisco and The Academy of Arts in California.

She has won numerous awards, including ADDYs (local, regional, and national), throughout the years with different agencies.

She started her own boutique design firm, Gohman Design, in 2012 and has clients in Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. 

Caryn Clark: 

Director of Membership

Caryn started her career in corporate financial marketing in New York City and beyond, where she wrote very dull descriptions and legalese for products like mutual funds and annuities while enjoying an incredible view of the Empire State Building from her office. She is a lover of words, graduating with an English degree from the University of Florida in 1994. As a choral singer in high school and college, Caryn’s passion for using her voice eventually led her from a grey cubicle with a killer view, to a padded room and a journey to a life of voice acting. Since 2007, she has enjoyed a global career voicing regional and national TV and radio commercials, e-learning, narration, and even a little on camera work. She’s won awards for her voice work through AAF’s ADDY Awards, and has been honored to receive the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award, among others. 

 

Her community involvement has been vast, serving local organizations such as The Heights Foundation, AMIKids, the Junior League of Fort Myers, and the Greater Lee County Alpha Omicron Pi Alumnae Chapter, to serving nationally on the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Board of Directors as a Regional Vice President. 

 

Caryn is married to Thomas, a Lieutenant with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. She is doggie momma to rescues Romeo and Oliver, a fanatic of Pure Barre, and a lover of the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. 

Duncan Metts: Public Service Chair

Meet Duncan, the bald maestro behind Bald Man Media. Duncan sports a shiny dome and an even shinier love for turning creative visions into reality.

Duncan can often be found with his nose buried deep in a book, constantly seeking to add to his knowledge base. He believes in learning, unlearning, and relearning, a philosophy that has shaped Bald Man Media’s approach to the ever-changing world of digital marketing.

So, whether it’s producing visually stunning videos, capturing compelling photos, mastering paid ads, or designing efficient sales funnels, Duncan – the Bald Man himself – is leading the way, lighting the path with the glint from his gloriously bald head.

Todd (TJ) Jordan: Programs Chair

Passionate adventurer with an insatiable curiosity for life. I am always seeking new experiences and embracing challenges. Proudly hailing from the vibrant streets of St. Louis, MO. I’ve been a Florida native for seven years now. I thrive on embracing new perspectives and breaking boundaries. With a deep love for media and storytelling,  I am on a quest to leave my mark and inspire others to chase their dreams.

Jesi Cason: Diversity & Inclusion Chair

 

Jesi is the most recognizable name in the branding photography niche of Southwest Florida, with a style that turns heads and breaks norms. With 5 years of professional photography experience, she’s had the honor of helping scores of small business owners, artists, performers, and leaders improve their digital presence and reputation by creating custom, eye-catching photographs for their marketing needs.  

In addition to locally owned businesses, she’s made photos for major brands such as Sony Music and Skechers, further demonstrating her ability to craft on-brand images for both large and small companies.


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