A.J. Busé received the American Advertising Federation's 2007 Otis Dodge Memorial Award during the organization’s 7th District Spring Convention in Tuscaloosa on April 14.

The Otis Dodge Memorial Award, established in 1968, is presented annually to a member who has made significant contributions in time and leadership to the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) 7th District. The Seventh District is comprised of advertising clubs and federations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

A.J. Busé is the 39th recipient of the Otis Dodge Memorial Award. Previous winners of the Otis Dodge Memorial Award from Nashville are: Tom Buntin (1971), James Ward (1976), Michael Gallagher (1983) and Charlie Malone (1995).

In addition to receiving this prestigious award, Busé was installed as Treasurer of the 7th District Executive committee. He joins fellow Nashvillian Chris Chamberlain, who is a Lt. Governor on that Board.

Busé is owner of Brand New Day Advertising/PR and works as sales manager for Out & About Newspaper. He also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Bragg College of Mass Communication at MTSU.

He was president of the Nashville Advertising Federation in 2004-2005 and has served as chair of various committees and coordinator positions for the 7th District, including serving as a Tennessee State Director; chairing the Student Talent Advertising Recognition Awards (now the Student ADDYs); designing and editing “Deep Fried,” the District newsletter; District directory layout and production; membership coordinator; and chair of the Bolton-MacVicar award for working with advertising and design students. In 2002, Busé was the recipient of the Bolton-MacVicar award.

About the Nashville Advertising Federation

Since 1948, the Nashville Advertising Federation has given area professionals a forum for learning, sharing and socializing. The NAF exists to promote excellence in advertising, enhance the local image of advertising, help educate those interested in advertising career and contribute to the community through public service. For more information, visit the NAF Website at www.naf.net.

About the American Advertising Federation - 7th District

AAF is divided into three regions: East, Central and West. The regions are subdivided into 15 districts. AAF headquarters are in Washington, D.C., with a branch office in San Francisco.

Today, there are more than 220 advertising clubs and federations with approximately 50,000 members representing the AAF grassroots organization. AAF also includes in its membership 125 corporate members and subsidiaries and more than 200 college chapters.

AAF is the only existing national organization that represents all segments of the industry: advertisers, advertising agencies, media and advertising service companies. Located in the Eastern Region, the 7th District is one of AAF's largest districts in both geographic and membership size. The 7th District encompasses five states with 29 advertising clubs and federations representing more than 3,000 advertising professionals. Today, the 7th District is considered to be one of AAF's most innovative and progressive districts. For more information, visit the 7th district Website at http://www.7thaaf.com or the AAF’s Website at www.aaf.org.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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