Our History

AAF-Black Hills started out as the Black Hills Advertising Federation, which was founded as a non-profit in 1981 by the late Tom Franklin. The original club consisted of 80 members representing advertising professionals from throughout the Black Hills community. The purpose of the club was to meet other creative professionals, network with industries that service the ad industry and to provide creative stimulus to its members.

Over the years the club has been lead by many dedicated Past Presidents who, with the help of their board members, have been able to grow the organization. In 2009 we changed our name to AAF-Black Hills to better identify ourselves with the American Advertising Federation by adopting their name initiative and new branding. As we continue to evolve and grow we hope to continue to provide outstanding advertising education and networking opportunities to our members and surrounding community.


Past AAF-Black Hills Presidents:

2015-16 Dustin Hinson
2014-15 Dani Mason
2013-14 Madison Zimmerman
2012-13 Madison Zimmerman
2011-12 Josh Barsch
2010-11 Nicole Bickett
2009-10 Nicole Bickett
2008-09 Jolene Geary
2007-08 Jolene Geary
2006-07 Katy Stulc
2005-06 Lon Nordbye
2004-05 Tim Holmgren
2003-04 Rachel Nordbye
2002-03 Deb Reynolds
2001-02 Steve Blake
2000-01 Debbie Ketel
1999-00 Carmen Derby
1998-99 Carmen Derby
1997-98 Dawn Ferguson
1996-97 Helen Pich

1995-96 Renee Vevea
1994-95 Marty Wilcox
1993-94 Ronda Oman Gusinsky
1992-93 Joan Martin
1991-92 Laura B.
1990-91 Michael Derby
1989-90 Laura Hovey-Neubert
1988-89 Linda Peterson
1987-88 Leslie Hofland
1986-87 Kyle Mattison
1985-86 Scott Walker
1984-85 Leonard Weimer
1983-84 Rena Webb
1982-83 Tom Franklin
1981-82 Tom Franklin.

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AAF Black Hills
PO Box 2975
Rapid City, SD 57709

Email: info@aafblackhills.org