October 29, 2007

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Advertising Hall of Fame Extends Criteria to Include International Honorees

Nomination Deadline November 16, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Advertising Hall of Fame recently expanded its nomination criteria to include international candidates. The revised criteria states that "the Council of Judges considers the election of either living or deceased persons from the United States or abroad whose record of advertising and service significantly enhanced the advertising industry in the United States." The 59th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon honoring the newly elected candidates will be held March 27, 2008, at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York City.

The Advertising Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award bestowed in the advertising industry, honoring individuals who have raised the standard for advertising excellence. Nominees to the Advertising Hall of Fame must exhibit or have completed the following criteria: the completion of their primary careers, distinguished themselves in those careers, contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation and have made significant volunteer efforts outside the workplace.

"In an industry that has become globally integrated by digital technology and media enhancements, it is important to ensure the inclusion of individuals from abroad when considering those distinguished nominees to be considered for the Advertising Hall of Fame," said Tim Love, vice chairman, Omnicom Group, Inc., Advertising Hall of Fame chairman. Wally Snyder, AAF president and CEO added, "by taking the initiative to expand the Hall of Fame criteria, the AAF and its programs continue to remain relevant in the evolving media landscape."

Nominations can be mailed to American Advertising Federation, Advertising Hall of Fame, 1101 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-6306. For further information, go to www.advertisinghalloffame.org, or contact Dee Dee Swartz at dswartz@aaf.org, or (202) 898-0089.

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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.