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AAF-Akron Member, Local Design Agency Wins Gold ADDY® Award at National Competition

AKRON, Ohio (June 25, 2013) – The Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) is proud to announce that one of its member agencies, 427 Design, took home a National Gold ADDY® Award in Phoenix, Ariz. on June 8 for its Flite Test Poster entry.

“There were 40,000 entries total. These national winners are the best of the best,” said James Edmund Datri, President and CEO, AAF.

The local AAF-Akron awards ceremony was held on Friday, March 1, 2013 in the President’s Hall at the Akron Urban League. Gold award winners from the Akron awards were automatically forwarded onto the 2013 District 5 ADDY® Awards competition where three of AAF-Akron’s member organizations and three student members were recognized, winning a total of six awards. Gold winners from Districts were then forwarded onto the national ADDY® Awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with a national award,” said Justin Tokos, vice president and creative director at 427 Design. “When we were asked to do something special for the poster, we had some ideas that we thought might really make it fun, but it was our client’s insight and participation in the project that really took it the next level. Printing on vintage hobby magazines and model airplane kits really made it something unique.”

Tokos said, “Awards were the last thing on my mind as we were printing the posters at 2:30 in the morning on a Friday night. But I’m really proud of our team and grateful for clients that trust us when it comes to making unconventional pieces.”

The prestigious ADDY® Awards event is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The ADDY® Awards, considered the world’s largest advertising competition, honors creative excellence and cultivates the highest creative standards in the industry. Awards are given in 15 categories, including sales promotion, collateral, direct marketing, interactive and broadcast.

427 Design is an Akron-based Creative Firm with expertise in graphic design, print, web, photography, animation and screen printing.  Further information is available at

About AAF-Akron:

The Akron Chapter of The American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) was founded as the Advertising Club of Akron in 1945. AAF-Akron’s efforts today include programs that educate members and help them conduct business better, government relations on behalf of members, educational programs to help provide a more prepared and diverse workforce, and promoting recognition of the economic and social value of advertising as an industry.

AAF-Akron won two national Club Achievement Awards for 2010 – first place in the Communications category and second place for Club Operations. AAF-Akron is a member of AAF District 5 and the national AAF. Further information on the club is available at


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