Silver Medal Award

The American Advertising Federations Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, AAF member clubs bestow this honor upon outstanding members of the local advertising community.

 

2021 Silver Medal Award Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Silver Medal Award. Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm CST. The nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee and the winner will be announced and recognized at the annual American Advertising Awards ceremony on Friday, February 21, 2021.

Criteria to consider include:

  • Contribution to His/Her Company – achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service
  • Creative Ability – has shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field
  • Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising – has worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession
  • Contributions to the Community – is someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare

See a list of our past Silver Medal Winners


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2020 Silver Medal Winner

Lisa Verkamp

Lisa Verkamp has a passion for all things advertising, bringing 15+ years of industry experience to the table. Introduced early on to the agency life, she started as a college intern at Kitch & Schreiber. Before graduating from college, Lisa got her “full-time” feet wet in the media department at Keller Crescent Company. She would later become the Media Director at AXIOM Marketing & Advertising, where she spent 7 years managing multi-millions of dollars annually in media planning, budgeting, and buying for various clients.

In 2014 Lisa decided to go client-side and is currently the Marketing and Annual Campaign Director of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. She manages the marketing communications for the five-branch association, in addition to fundraising for the Y’s various programs for at-risk youth. Needless to say, she wears a lot of hats these days, from market research and data analytics to communication and copywriting to design and production, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s been awarded multiple ADDYs during her industry tenure for both collaborative projects and personal designs.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing as well as Advertising and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, all from the University of Southern Indiana. She competed on USI’s National Student Advertising Competition team in 2003, tasked with developing the campaign for the Toyota Matrix. An academic at heart, she never stops learning or honing her skills.

In her spare time, Lisa teaches advertising classes as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Indiana. Helping mold the next generation of creative minds, she always answers the call and willingly participates in portfolio reviews, mock interviews, job shadows, and internships. She actively volunteers in the community by lending her leadership and vision to various non-profit boards, including AAF – Greater Evansville, AAF – District 6, the Evansville Design Group, and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.

As an enthusiast of books, magazines, TV, and movies, Lisa loves a great story. She prefers brain games and puzzles to keep her mind sharp and has various craft hobbies, like jewelry making, to keep her creative juices flowing. She and her husband, Darren, love to explore new places and experience new things by traveling, so vacations are a big deal in the Verkamp household.

Past Recipients

Year

Name

Company

2020

Lisa Verkamp

YMCA SW Indiana

2019

Kristen Tucker

Tucker Publishing Group

2018

Jim Mattingly

Mattingly Media Services

2017

Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner Design

2016

Kris Laufer

Ten Adams

2015

Mike Bevers

Midwest Communications

2014

Jack Pate

Evansville Courier Company

2013

Tim Black

WEVV-TV

2012

Andrew Herbertz

Casino Aztar

2011

Shelly Johnson

Bill Hudson & Associates

2010

Bob Jeffers

University of Southern Indiana

2009

Pam Hight

2008

Nancy Kirkpatrick

Keller Crescent

2007

Randy Lientz

AXIOM Marketing & Advertising

2006

Bob West

University of Southern Indiana

2005

Phil Mowrey

Daniel Burton Dean

2004

John Chidester

Holiday World & Splashin Safari

2003

Kay Forbes-Smith

KFS & Associates

2002

Dick Thomas

Keller Crescent

2001

Lynne Mlady

Keller Crescent

2000

Larry Aiken

Aiken Management

1999

Pat Fagan

Keller Crescent

1998

Carol & Howard Abrams

deJongs

1997

Delores Mason

Evansville Courier Company

1996

Lynn Mautz

WIKY / WJPS

1995

Jan Eastham

Evansville Courier Company

1994

John Reiplinger

WAZE-TV 52

1993

Jack Headlee

Ten Adams Advertising Agency

1992

FA “Al” Samuelson, Jr.

Keller Crescent

1991

Robert H. Hartmann

Evansville Press

1990

William R. Hight

WEVV-TV, Channel 44

1989

Gary Edwards

Edwards Outdoor Advertising

1988

Courtney Smith

Smiths Radio Works

1987

Raymond S. Norris

Sears, Roebuck & Company

1986

Robert M. Wright

Motivational Enterprises

1985

Pattie Davis

Washington Square Mall

1984

Leon Howell

Naegele Outdoor Advertising

1983

Clarence E. Krieger

Krieger-Ragsdale & Company

1982

Thurman Artz

Evansville Printing Corporation

1981

Henry Campbell

WIKY FM-AM

1980

Fred Kitch

Keller Crescent

1979

Charles A. Blake

WIKY FM-AM

1978

Ernest D. Madden

WEHT-TV, Channel 25

1977

Melba Jean Racener

Racener Advertising Agency

1976

John F. Hurlbut

WVMC-WSAB Radio, Wabash Cable TV

1975

Robert E. Henkle

Faultess Division, Bliss & Laughlin Industries

1974

Alan Graf

Keller Crescent

1973

E. Berry Smith

WTVW-TV, Channel 7

1972

Walter J. Fehn

Evansville Printing Company

1971

Robert L. Leach

National City Bank

1970

Chickie Frieberg

Racener Advertising Agency

1969

Clyde M. Ricketts

WGBF AM & FM

1968

Henry C. Meyer

Sears, Roebuck & Company

1967

Martin L. Leich

WGBF

1966

Herb C. Simpson

Simpson Printing Company

1965

No Recipient

1964

Fred W. Balz

Evansville Printing Corporation

1963

Alan A. Brentano

Keller Crescent

1962

Richard Geier

Creative Press