Press Releases

October 7th, 2014

Laura Spaulding

AAF Omaha Announces 2015 Ad Pro and Ad Rookie of the Year Winners

AAF Omaha announces the winners for Ad Pro and Ad Rookie of the Year. Michael Johnson and Sarah Pieper will be recognized and awarded for their respective nominations at AAF Omaha’s BOOM! Roasted Awards Dinner on November 6 at 6:00 pm. The event will also feature the Roast of Mark Carpenter, Partner/Vice President of Creative Strategy & Production Services at SKAR Advertising. Carpenter is an AAF Omaha board member and currently serves as AAF Omaha’s Nebraska ADDYs co-chair. The Boom! Roasted Award Dinner will be held at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson.

Sarah Pieper has been named the 2015 AAF Omaha Ad Rookie of the Year. She currently serves as Senior Account Executive at Ervin and Smith Advertising.

The Ad Rookie of the Year award is given to an AAF Omaha member with five or fewer years in the advertising business who demonstrates outstanding work both professionally and in the community, with attention to AAF Omaha service.
Pieper has held many positions within AAF Omaha, including serving as co-chair of the Education committee on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. Pieper is currently Second VP on the Executive Board of Directors overseeing education, programs and AAF Omaha’s partnership with the 2014 Omaha Advertising Expo. Active in the local community, Pieper serves as the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae of Omaha fundraising chair and has also served as the development chair and an advisory board member for Launch Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of youth leadership that she has been involved with since 2007. Pieper volunteered her marketing skills this past year with “Go Red for Women” campaign for the American Heart Association.

Michael Johnson is the recipient of the 2015 AAF Omaha Ad Pro of the Year Award. He currently serves as Senior Copywriter at Bozell.

The Ad Pro of the Year award is given to an AAF Omaha member who has a distinguished track record of service in advertising including professional and community service, with particular attention to AAF Omaha service.
Johnson has steadily served AAF Omaha for more than 5 years as a committee member, board member and executive board advisor. He most recently served as AAF Omaha’s 2013-2014 President and is now the organization’s Chairman of the Board. In the past he served as AAF Omaha’s Meet the Pros Chairperson from 2010 through 2012, Treasurer,  1st  and  2nd Vice President. Michael is always contributing and pushing the club to fulfill their role as the unifying voice for advertising in the Omaha community.

In the past year Johnson represented AAF Omaha at three national conferences; Advertising Day on the Hill in Washington DC, AAF’s ADMERICA! 2014 conference in Boca Raton, FL and the AAF District 9 Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO. Johnson’s dedication and active involvement in AAF has caught the attention of others at the national AAF level, resulting in him being asked to serve as a regional board member after his AAF Omaha Chairman duties are fulfilled this year.

Johnson served on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Creative Task Force and was instrumental in the collaboration of the recent “We Don’t Coast” campaign. Johnson is also a past leader of Lincoln’s Young Professional Group, past core committee leader for the Omaha Advertising Expo and volunteers annually with Omaha Public School’s student DECA competition.

Pieper and Johnson come highly recommended by their peers and colleagues and demonstrate the outstanding work ethic and dedication in advocacy to AAF Omaha. Join AAF Omaha in congratulating these recipients alongside a Roast of Mark Carpenter – November 6 at the Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson, 6 PM cocktails, 6:30 PM dinner with awards and roast to follow dinner.

About AAF Omaha
For 108 years, the American Advertising Federation Omaha has served as a unifying voice for advertising in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area, advocating the rights of advertisers by helping educate policymakers, the news media and general public on the value advertising brings to the well-being of the community. AAF Omaha fosters the highest standards of practice and works to cultivate the industry’s present and future leaders. AAF Omaha has been honored on the district and national levels by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for its work in advertising education, communications, diversity, government relations, club management, programs, membership and public service. For more information, visit

October 1st, 2014

Laura Spaulding

Bozell Commercials Became a National Phenomenon 40 Years Ago

Award-winning Campaign Remembered

More than four decades have passed since C.W. McCall first pulled his 18-wheeler into the Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep-on-a-Truckin’ Café, but Bill Fries recalls the story behind the award-winning campaign as though it happened yesterday.

As senior vice-president and creative director at Bozell & Jacobs, which later became Bozell, Fries was the driving force behind the acclaimed TV commercials that in June of 1974 were voted the best advertising campaign in the nation by an international panel of judges for the Clio Awards. Now living in Ouray, Colorado, Fries was writer, creative director, voice talent and producer of the Old Home commercials, which became a phenomenon during the mid-1970s.
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February 17th, 2014

Laura Spaulding

What’s in a Title? Bozell Owners Take Their Titling Decision ‘Lightly’

Bozell, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, has named Kim Mickelsen as chief executive officer (CEO) and Robin Donovan as president in recognition  of their leadership, years of service, and above all their luck of the draw. Read More

February 12th, 2014

Andrea Groom

Bozell Receives Multiple Advertising Industry Awards

Creative marketing communications firm Bozell today announced the agency received multiple local industry awards for its advertising campaigns. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide. Read More

December 13th, 2013

Laura Spaulding

Bozell Wins Multiple Public Relations, Interactive and Design Awards

Creative marketing communications firm Bozell received multiple international and local industry awards this fall for public relations, interactive and design. Read More

September 26th, 2013

Andrea Groom

Bozell Grows Workforce In Creative And Brand Navigation

Bozell, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, announces the hires of two new employees. Read More

August 8th, 2013

Laura Spaulding

Bozell Earns National Women’s Business Certification

Bozell, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, earned national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center – Chicago, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Read More

June 17th, 2013

Tom Giitter

Bozell Announces New Senior Staff

Creative marketing communications firm Bozell today announced several new appointments of senior level team members. Read More

May 30th, 2013

Laura Spaulding

Bozell Announces Promotions

Creative marketing communications firm Bozell today announced the promotions Michelle Rierson to partner in charge of small business and Jen Toland to senior project manager. Read More

May 10th, 2013


Bozell Receives Multiple Advertising Industry Awards

Bozell-Intern-1Creative marketing communications firm Bozell today announced the agency received multiple international, regional and local industry awards for creative, advertising and public relations campaigns. Bozell was awarded the distinction of “Official Honoree” by the Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, for its “” website. This prestigious distinction is awarded to the top 15 percent of all work entered and exhibits remarkable achievement. Read More