Announcing the 2010-2011 AAF-IE Board Members

In June I announced that the term was concluding for the American Advertising Federation – Inland Empire Chapter (AAF-IE) board and we were looking for new faces and ideas to join.  Following that announcement we received several inquiries and the 2009-2010 Executive Board submitted a nominating slate.

Following our election, we are pleased to announce the following members were elected to the 2010-2010 AAF-IE Board.

President: Victoria Seitz, PhD
Vice President/Membership Chair: Jon Burgess
Secretary/Treasurer: Julie Wright
Programs Chair: Eddie Gonzales
Communications Chair: Claus Enevoldsen
Education Chair: Christy Oaks
Public Relations Chair: Jon Barry
ADDYS Co-Chairs: Mark Landon & Andrew Wilkin

I am pleased to see you elected a new board with a mix of new and familiar names.  The familiar names provide the chapter with stability and experience, while the new names add freshness and a new direction.  On that point, please allow me a moment to provide a personal introduction to each board member.

Victoria Seitz, PhD is professor of marketing at Cal State SB.  Last year she served as vice president and education chair of AAF-IE.  A long time ago, Victoria was actively involved in the chapter and founded the scholarship program at AAF-IE.

Jon Burgess is vice president at Red Fusion Media based in Redlands. Last year Jon served as Membership Chair and helped us with several technical aspects with the AAF-IE website.

Julie Wright is president of Just Wright Design. Last year Julie served as secretary and helped out at numerous events.  Julie’s other passion is raising pedigree beagles in Wrightwood.

Eddie Gonzales is business development manager for mUrgent, an email marketing company specializing in local store marketing.  Last year Eddie served as Programs Chair and loves Indian food.

Claus Envoldsen is director of interactive marketing for Freedom Interactive, a division of Freedom Communications based in Irvine.  Claus loves social media so expect to StumbleUpon him via a Twitter, Reddit on Schmap or like him on Facebook.

Christy Oaks is owner of Green Acres Design in Redlands.  Christy oversees operations, client strategy and new business development at Green Acres.  In her free time, she enjoys anything active that wears her children out before bedtime.

John P. Barry is as they say between jobs.  Last year John served as our Public Relations chair and was able to secure placement of our events in the Daily Bulletin, The Press Enterprise, SB County Sun, The Business Press, etc.  If you or your company are in need of a top notch PR guy, call John P. Barry!

Mark Landon is the owner of The Landon Agency a full service agency based in Ontario, specializing in special events.  Last year Mark served as the ADDYs Chair and single-handedly negotiated the low ticket prices for the ADDYs Gala at The Mission Inn.  Mark is also on the Executive Board of AAF national serving as the the Western Region Chair.

Andrew Wilkin is the principal and certified brand strategist with Andrew Wilkin LLC, a strategic brand consortium.  His company pulls together a group of specialists with expertise on building unique distinctions for challenger brands (brands that challenge the incumbents).  Last year Andrew served as Immediate Past President for AAF-IE.  When he is not formulating strategies, you might find Andrew fly fishing from his Porsche.

As Immediate Past President, I will continue to serve our chapter by working special projects for the incoming president.  I will also be aiding our Programs Chair Eddie Gonzales in developing new and helpful programs in the coming year.  So expect a call from me as I will be calling on members in the coming months to solicit your ideas for what you want to see in AAF programs.

We accomplished a lot in 2009-2010 and I am looking forward to working with the new board to build upon our success in the coming term.  Again it was a pleasure serving you.  If you should have any questions about the chapter or would like to help in anyway, please feel free to call me on my cell at (909) 921-1062.



John McCarthy
Immediate Past President
AAF-Inland Empire