January 31, 2005

AAF National Conference 2005 and 100th Anniversary Celebration to be Held in Nashville

WASHINGTON, DC-The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has named Nashville, Tenn., as the site of the AAF National Conference 2005, to be held June 4-7 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The AAF marks its centennial in 2005.

"The proper way to celebrate AAF's 100th anniversary is to look ahead. This conference will honor the traditions and learnings that will propel us into the future," said Wally Snyder, AAF president and CEO. "The high-energy atmosphere of Nashville, coupled with the enthusiasm of the Nashville Advertising Federations (NAF) and the other 29 local advertising federations in AAF's District 7, will provide the perfect environment for the more than 1,000 attendees that annually attend this premier event."

The Nashville area serves as a central advertising location for the southeastern U.S., boasting a vibrant tourism and business trade. The Gaylord Opryland Resort is the world-renowned nucleus of country music and entertainment, drawing millions of visitors each year.

"We are thrilled that the world of advertising will be in Nashville this year," said A.J. Busé, president of the Nashville Advertising Federation. "Everyone involved with NAF is excited that AAF is celebrating its 100th anniversary with us."

Leading advertising executives from corporations, media, advertising agencies and academia are anticipated at this year's conference. The four-day program will include dynamic general sessions, seminars and events including the 2005 ADDY® Awards ceremony, Club Achievement awards and the National Student Advertising Competition sponsored this year by Yahoo!, Inc.

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at www.aaf.org.