Welcome to the 2019-20 Club Year of AAF Hawaii! We are so pleased to be coming off of another successful and productive year of fun events, educational opportunities, professional development and supporting our local advertising community in every way possible.
    For those of you new to AAF Hawaii, we are the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, which serves as the Voice of Advertising across the country. AAF Hawaii established its roots in the islands years ago, but in recent years has truly blossomed into the vibrant organization it is today. Our dedicated board has worked tirelessly to rebrand and reinvigorate our club with the creation of exciting events such as Brand Bash and Admania, as well as educational opportunities for students and professionals alike. 
    We are also proud to finally be extending our reach beyond Oahu with the addition of our first ever Maui-based board member, and our second AAF Hawaii Maui Mixer which will take place on Thursday, October 24.
    Most importantly, we want our members and the local business community to view AAF Hawaii as industry advocates and a group committed to the personal and professional development of anyone who feels a connection to our industry. 
    Our efforts have not been in vain. In 2018, for the first time in history, AAF Hawaii was named national Division IV Club of the Year and took home several awards for our achievements in Education, Communication, Club Operations and Membership Development. In 2019, we were recognized with national first place awards in Club Operations, Membership Development and Advertising Education. In other words, our little club out in the middle of the Pacific has become an AAF club that other clubs hope to emulate.
    So what does all of this mean to you? It means that you can count us to offer programs that are engaging and reasonably priced, exposure to industry leaders on a local, national and international level, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with one another. 
    As I embark on my final year as your AAF Hawaii President, I look forward to new offerings that our board has been working on, including the first ever AAF Hawaii Professional Scholarship and other innovative events and opportunities for our members. 
    And I encourage each and every one of you to give us feedback on how we are doing. What is working for you (and what isn’t)? What would you like to see your AAF Hawaii offer? 
    There's no better time than now to join AAF Hawaii. Our Member Mixer, which will take place in Honolulu on September 26, features special deals on new and renewing memberships, as will our upcoming Maui Mixer on October 24.
    Here’s to a fulfilling year for everyone!
    Jen Tanabe
    2019-20 AAF Hawaii President
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