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Mission: to recognize and celebrate the individuals who excel in their expertise and have become vital to their team and this industry

Media Strategist of the Year

The Media Buyer of the Year can include anyone from in-house to contract buyer who shows exceptional negotiation skills and charming inquiries. They should always be pushing the envelope for new media strategy, whether that be in the traditional or digital realms, and be aware of the client’s bottom dollar. Nominate your favorite media buyer and celebrate a great media strategy!

Media Sales Person of the Year

This nominee should always bring new opportunities to the table for clients. This person works hard to make the client/customer happy and has consistent and clear communication during all levels of sales partnership. Their customer service is exceptional. The Sales Rep of the Year award was founded to recognize an exceptional media sales rep that makes the media buying partnership easy. Nominate your favorite for our Media Sales Person of the Year award.

Creative Categories

These people are always pushing the creative envelope conceptually in their area of expertise. Nominees are known to always present the “out-of-the-box” concept to the client, no matter the risk. They should also play a key role in consistently pushing the creative industry forward and raising the bar to the next level in our market. The creative categories include:

Copywriter of the Year

Designer of the Year

Photographer of the Year

Producer of the Year


Front-End Developer/Creative Coder

This person works hard to make the client/customer happy and has consistent and clear communication during all phases of development. Their ability to bring user interfaces and user experience to life for their clients and their customers is a priority. This nominee has software skills and technical coding skills. They can provide prototypes, animations, and have skills to create custom functionality for web sites and other applications.

Advertising Vendor of the Year

These partners strive for an exceptional finished product no matter the project or client. They are aware of your bottom line, budget and best interest. If you have a local vendor who you think is deserving of recognition, nominate them today! Vendors can include printers, promotional item reps, screen printers or any other product vendors you have.

Media General Manager of the Year

This nominee should manage their sales team through positive re-enforcement, energy and offering mentorship among their team. They lead and develop talent through their experience and knowledge. The Station Manager of the year has the ability to communicate in a way that focuses, inspires and engages employees from front management techniques. Nominate a strong Station Manager in our community to celebrate great leadership in advertising.

Account Planner of the Year

This award recognizes an exceptional account executive, marketing and account planner or client services representative in any setting including in-house and agency setting. This person has outstanding customer service and builds strong relationships with their clients and serve as the glue between their client and the rest of their team to keep people on track and successful. They strive to consistently present strong marketing strategies that aim for the success of their client’s goals.

News Writer of the Year

This award is presented to a member of the public relations or journalism fields for their impact on advertising and the community at large through the use of words and effective writing. A strong marketing strategy is not complete with the talent of a strong news writer either through public relations efforts or earned media journalism. If you know a writer that fits these criteria in our market, celebrate their excellent persuasion by nominating.

Next Generation Award

This award celebrates young advertising professionals with unmatched ambition. Rising professionals fuel our industry through fresh and innovative ideas. The Next Generation Award was founded to recognize those outstanding advertising individuals under the age of 40 who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, which also inspire others to excel.

Social Media Maven

Seeking a star of social. From strategy to creative to data analysis, this social media professional makes the Facebook function, tears it up on Twitter and brings the art to Instagram. They create brand voices that sound totally human. They can turn a spreadsheet of content in to the talk of the town. They know their SnapChat from their TikTok.

Are we forgetting someone?

We know we aren’t perfect. If we haven’t included a vital cog of the machine in your team, let us know! While we can’t promise we can add another category, we can ensure you that we will bring it forward to our awards committee to either place them in the right spot or make a vote to add their specialty to our icon awards.

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