marketingThe Colorado Springs market’s best in advertising were honored Saturday at the AAF Colorado Springs American Advertising Awards celebration.

The event recognizes the area’s outstanding advertising creative work for the previous year.

Judges chose winners from 152 online, broadcast and print entries from agencies, businesses and individuals doing business in the Colorado Springs market as well as college students.

Nineteen submissions received Gold ADDY awards, which is the first step in making it to the national competition, hosted by AAF National; the gold awards will be forwarded to the regional competition. Three prestigious creative leaders in advertising from Kansas City, Las Angeles and Las Vegas came in to judge and also chose the top entries for “Best of” awards.

Colorado College was awarded the Best of Print award for their Welcome to Colorado College book.

Vladimir Jones was awarded the Best of Broadcast award for their broadcast/online documentaries for Centura.

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UZU Media was awarded the Best of Interactive for its own website.

Pikes Peak Community College was awarded, for the second year in a row, the Best of Show award – the highest ranked submission creatively and conceptually – for its “Our Stories” integrated campaign.

AAF Colorado Springs also recognized area individuals who have contributed to the advertising community, as well as the community at large.

John Weiss won the most prestigious individual award, the Everest Award, which recognizes someone in the community who has contributed a lot to help further and better Colorado Springs.

Kyle Blakely was given the Silver Medal Award, which recognizes a community leader for being active in furthering the advertising industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.

There were also seven new awards in the area advertising community: Jon Bross, Vladimir Jones, Media Strategist of the Year; Teri Homick, Colorado Springs Independent, Sales Rep of the Year; Christopher Schell, Design Rangers, Creative of the Year; My Favorite Printer, Vendor of the Year; Evan Pappas, KOAA, Sales Manager of the Year; Roseanne Gain, Gain + Stovall, Writer of the Year; and Tanya Jeffrey, Colorado Springs Independent, Next Generation (Young Professional).