Upcoming Speaker Events


Upcoming 2020 Speaker Events

AAF-ND Speaker Events

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Past Speaker Events


July 2020

Mike Caguin, Colle McVoy
Virtual AAF Talks Professional Speaker
Online via Zoom

Mike's Bio

While Mike Caguin has worked at agencies from coast to coast, including Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and TBWAChiatDay, it’s his impact as CCO at full-service creative agency Colle McVoy that shows the power of his diverse and dynamic, yet subtle, approach to creativity.


April 2020

Claudine Sokol, Nielsen
Virtual AAF Talks Professional Speaker
Online via Zoom

Claudine's Bio

Claudine Sokol is a self-described Evangelist of Nielsen and has worked for over twenty years in the media industry. With a wide range of experience working in the media, including national, mobile, movies, digital, local television and local audio.


January 2020

Joe Cox, The Pop Marketer
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102

Joe's Bio

Joe is the founder & creator of The Pop-Marketer, a content strategy consulting firm based out of Kansas City. Joe has worked with brands like Hershey, Dairy Queen, Anheuser Busch, Square Enix, Wingstop, Red Bull, and Coca-Cola. He's a co-host of the Explicit Content podcast & the Pop100 vlog and talks w/ brands and marketers about the power of Pop Culture marketing across the country.


December 2019

Mark Freid, Think Creative Inc.
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102

Mark's Bio

A 28-year veteran of the marketing industry, Mark Freid is the owner of Think Creative, an award-winning branding and marketing firm that is driven by a “Culture of Gratitude” and the founder of Happiness Counts (, the company’s consulting arm that focuses on organizational culture and leadership.


November 2019

Melissa Hall, Melissa Hall Consulting
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102

Melissa's Bio

Melissa Hall is a brand strategist, speaker and educator that works with fashion, lifestyle, and wellness companies. She is the founder of Melissa Hall Consulting and The Emerging Designer, a network for designers and creative professionals.


October 2019

Ryan Berman, Courageous
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102

Ryan's Bio

Ryan Berman is the founder of Courageous, a consultancy that develops Courage Brands™. Berman has spent a career developing meaningful stories for household brands such as Caesars Entertainment, Hilton, Major League Baseball, New Era, Subway, US Ski & Snowboard and UNICEF.

Other Past Events

Please join us for a night of distinction, ceremony and celebration with our creative advertising and marketing community.

Another year of wonderful and inspired work is behind us. Come and celebrate the best of our region at the American Advertising Awards. This year we will be feature a delicious buffet for your dining option. The buffet will include options for vegetarians. If you have other dietary needs, please let us know so we can accommodate you properly. We can’t wait to see you there!

What: American Advertising Awards
When: February 28, 2020 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Avalon Events Center | 2525 9th Ave S | Fargo, ND 58103
Cost: Professionals $70 — Students $40 — AAF-ND Members — Free (1 ticket per membership)

It’s time for the fourth annual TV Timeout event, brought to you by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota (AAF-ND).

Join us for a play-by-play critique of the best & worst commercials showcased during football’s biggest game of the year. As if the commercials weren’t already entertaining enough, this event is brought to the next level with all of the colorful commentary and comedic banter from our handpicked moderator and panelists.

What: TV Timeout (21+ event)
When: February 6, 2020
Where: Sanctuary Events Center | 670 4th Ave N | Fargo, ND 58102
Cost: $20 — Member and $25 — Non-Member

Portfolio Review Day is an annual FREE event hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota (AAF-ND) for current college students, of all levels, in North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota in the design, interactive, advertising, copywriting, print and photo journalism and video related fields. During the event, students can have their portfolios reviewed by area professionals and receive feedback in 30 minute one-on-one sessions.

What: Student Portfolio Review (and Mock Interview) Day 2019
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 10:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: M State – Minnesota Community & Technical College | 1900 28th Avenue South | Moorhead, MN, 56560
Cost: $0