The Silver Medal Award

silver-medal-medallionThe Silver Medal Award Program was established in 1959 by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s 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.

The Silver Medal is the highest award that can be given by AAF-Orlando. Silver Medal recipients are selected by a panel of judges from each local club.

2022 Silver Medal Nominations

If you would like to nominate an individual, you, the nominator, must be in good standing with the American Advertising Federation - Orlando, and submit the nomination form available below.

Nomination Form (PDF)

Questions? Contact Christopher Bare, AAF-Orlando Immediate Past President at info@aaf-orlando.org.

Judging Criteria:

Contribution to His/Her Company – The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service

Creative Ability – The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.

Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising – The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.

Contributions to the Community – The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.

Contributions to Education – The recipient must have contributed to the advancement of advertising education through the support of area colleges or universities, students, internships and/or mentoring. Additionally, such support could have been provided through educational efforts to provide professional development to practicing advertising professionals.


2021 John Deeb
2020 Michael Murray
2019 Yeosh Bendayan and Jon Ruhff
2018 Barbara Hartley
2017 John Ludwig
2016 Diana LaRue
2015 Julio Lima
2014 Tom Macaluso
2013 Jim Hobart
2012 Brad Fuller
2011 Chris Robb
2010 Linda Byrd
2009 Pete Barr Jr.
2008 Jessica Roberts
2007 Tom Kane
2006 Michael Speltz
2005 Barb Scherer
2003 F. Ashley Allen
2002 Lon Winter
2001 Marjorie Dobbin
2000 Tim Fisher
1999 Mark Barker, Jr.
1998 Dave Chapman
1997 Jim Bullard
1996 Cherie Faircloth-Rodriguez
1995 Fred Frailey
1994 Sonja Unger-Marchesano
1993 Bill Nugent
1992 Joe Anson
1991 Peter Yesawich
1990 Jack Wiesenfeld
1989 Billie Heller
1988 Andy Anderson
1987 Tom Elrod
1986 David Wilson
1985 Joe Cantrell
1984 Catherine Kerns
1983 Jim MacMahon
1982 Pete C. Barr Sr.
1981 C. Lee Gouchenour
1980 Tom Kline
1979 Ed Prizer
1978 Cliffton Conley
1977 Walter Windsor
1976 Vivian Morris
1975 Gary Kerns
1974 Carl Hallberg
1973 Don McAllister
1972 Chuck Fry
1971 Vic Vickers
1970 David Jacobs
1969 Julian Bennett
1968 Robert Hammond
1967 Joseph Landers
1966 Vas Howe
1965 Roy Gibbs
1964 Joseph Brechner
1963 Tom Bonneville
1962 Don Barbour
1961 Mert Austin
1960 Ellis Lavin
1959 Walter Bonvie