American Advertising Federation of Des Moines

Club Awards


Silver Medal Award

The Silver Medal Award is awarded to a current member based on the following criteria: 

  • Contribution to His/Her Company – The recipient must have achieved success in one of the following areas of work: advertising agency, advertiser, media or advertising service
  • Creative Ability – The recipient must have shown a consistent, high degree of original thinking in their field.
  • Contributions to the General Advancement of Advertising – The recipient must have worked to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession.
  • Contributions to the Community – The recipient should be someone who has been active in civic, religious, or other groups dedicated to human or social welfare.


Lisa Braden, The Integer Group:

Lisa Braden bought a cup of coffee for a gentleman on a cold November morning as they stood in line at Best Buy and commiserated with one another.  As fate would have it, Lisa was sharing coffee with the owner of The Minnow Project in Lincoln, NE.  Soon after that first cup of joe, Lisa joined the team and her journey in advertising was quickly underway.  The Minnow project was a small group giving Lisa the opportunity to continue to develop her creative skill while learning all aspects of agency operations.

In 2011 Lisa joined the Integer group as an art director but quickly rose through the ranks to Creative Director, gaining the reputation for being obsessed with design - a conceptual, passionate and persuasive designer eager to help grow the team while creating award-winning work for clients. Lisa's focus at Integer has been National Brands such as Pella Window and Doors, LG, Electrolux, Frigidaire Appliances, Acuity Lights and Johns Manville. She’s overseen integrated advertising campaigns across emerging channels, TV, print, digital, promotions, e-commerce and social as well as leading re-branding and design efforts for multiple clients. Lisa has a passion to invest in her team and has been recognized as the only winner of both the Jack Kragie and Liz Newell award for Outstanding Leadership and Inspiring Great Creative at The Integer Group.

In 2016 Lisa and her business partner took ownership of Heartland Wedding Ideas magazine allowing her to continue to nurture her creativity while forging deep and lasting client relationships.  
"I'm always looking for ways to stretch my creativity coupled with the knowledge of my client's business. Taking on new endeavors and pushing myself in every aspect has been in my DNA. I believe this personal challenge is what has allowed me to be successful in my career, creating strategic and memorable advertising."  

Lisa's commitment to the creative community has opened the door to mentoring aspiring advertising professionals, working with Summer of Arts in Iowa City and work with the Polk County Democrats.  Lisa is currently serving as AAF of Des Moines public service chair.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Lisa is known for her Cora-grams, a keen sense of fashion, and losing a tooth (or two) while riding her bike across Iowa.  Lisa highly recommends biking but also recommends NOT crashing.


Brian Jones, Two Rivers Marketing:

Brian Jones — an accountant by training and marketing agency president by choice — considers his ability to listen, find the best people, and help them do what they do well three major pillars of his success.

In 2000, Brian left his role with a Des Moines accounting firm to be one of three founders of Two Rivers Marketing. Under Brian’s leadership, the initial team of 17 has grown to more than 150 associates in 2019, making Two Rivers one of the largest marketing agencies in Iowa. Even with this impressive growth, Brian has never set the measure of success as being the biggest, but rather being the best agency we can be.

“If there’s any central reason for my success, it’s probably that I listen a lot,” Jones said. “I don’t have all the answers. I’m not that creative of a guy. I don’t have a marketing background. So I focus on working with great people and then helping them do what they are good at.”

What Brian is good at is using his management and financial skills to minimize the financial ups and downs associated with the marketing agency business. “The last thing I want is to have people come in and worry about having a job,” he said. “They have a lot on their shoulders already, so we do everything we can to staff appropriately and be efficient and smart to minimize financial swings on the agency and our associates.”

Brian’s approach has led the growth of a rare type of agency that inverts the notorious agency/client/money/associate priority list and elevates associates to the primary position. He’s fostered an approach that focuses on working hard, having fun, striving for work/life balance and caring for associates personally. When new associates join the agency, Brian meets with them and gives a personal first-hand account of the agency’s history. 

Brian has fostered a management style that he calls “participatory” where associates are empowered to offer ideas and input on most everything and to work with leadership to find the best solutions.

“We celebrate good tries, even when we fail, and put people in positions that allow them to grow and thrive. I hope that everyone who works here, even if they leave for whatever reason, will look back on Two Rivers as a great place to work where they learned and grew a lot.”

His associates-first, work/life balance approach has attracted the best and the brightest to Des Moines, which creates positive impacts on the overall culture and vibrancy of the metro.  

Brian brought more than 16 years of public accounting experience as a CPA to Two Rivers. Before starting the agency, he worked at RSM McGladrey, where he was the manager of the Small Business Group, specializing in accounting and tax consultation for small businesses.

A native of Des Moines, Brian is a proud Roosevelt Roughrider. He holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Drake University. He’s an active supporter of Make-A-Wish and Blank Children’s Hospital. He and his wife, Janine, have a son and a daughter. Brian enjoys travel with Janine, wine, bourbon, biking (both for real and stationary) and the excitement of the something-new-every-day aspect of marketing agency life. 


Emerging Advertising Leader of the Year Award

Emerging Advertising Leader of the Year award is presented to a young professional men and women who are making outstanding contributions to marketing, advertising, design, and/or communication.


Adam Ferry, Eight Seven Central

Adam Ferry is the lead designer at Eight Seven Central. He is currently part of the internal leadership team and also directs the weekly internal design meeting centered on client work critique and ongoing education. Adam joined Eight Seven Central in 2010 to focus on identity and branding efforts that would complement its screen print production capabilities. Through the design perspective of empathy and adaptability, he has established relationships with influential architects, developers, brewers/distillers, creatives, restaurants/cafes, distributors, music directors, and manufacturers.

Prior to Eight Seven Central, Adam spent two years with Dan Fish of On-Purpos providing contract design work for Kemin and Meredith. After graduating from Iowa State College of Design, Adam worked at Corporate Image as a package designer to develop packaging solutions for clients such as HON, Herman Miller, and Samuel Adams. During this time, he also partnered with John Solarz through their mobile design studio, Flatform, to develop visuals for audio/video installations at The Art Center, 80-35, and the Iowa State Fashion Show.

When he's not focused elevating Des Moines area brands, you can find him restoring his Des Moines mid-century modern home with his wife Hillary, or spending time with their two children, Azure and Zayn and their beagle-mix, Dash.

In 2018, Adam was the recipient of many design awards including; ADAI - Best of Show, AAF Des Moines - Best of Show, AAF District 9 - Best of Design Category, AAF National - Silver Award, HOW Magazine - Marketing & Promotion Award, HOW Magazine - International Design Award, HOW Magazine - Logo Design Award.


Jess Kennedy, ZLRignition:

Senior Digital Media Strategist, office culture queen, crafter extraordinaire. One thing’s for sure – Jess Kennedy wears a lot of hats both professionally and personally. For eight and a half years, Jess has been in the advertising profession. She started her career at ZLR Ignition, worked at Two Rivers Marketing, and then returned to ZLR in 2016.

In her current role at ZLR, she plans, buys and reports on both digital and traditional media for clients like Iowa State University, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Iowa Department of Public Health and more. When she’s not managing media, you can find her putting her party planning skills to work coordinating ZLR events like tailgating parties and office cleanup days. Yes, somehow she can even make cleaning fun.

For the past seven years, Jess has been an AAF member and currently serves as an AAF ambassador and helps with the American Advertising Awards. She’s also been AAF Vice President, Programs Director and American Advertising Awards Director. Talk about countless hours spent volunteering in the name of advertising.

In her (limited) spare time, you can find Jess either hanging out with her boyfriend, cat and three dogs in their Clive home or putting her Cricut to work making Pinterest-worthy décor.


Anna Leavenworth, Two Rivers Marketing:

Anna Leavenworth is a creative and progressive marketing professional with more than five years of experience developing marketing strategies that deliver results for brands in a variety of verticals, including media, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and more. She currently serves as Digital Strategist at Two Rivers Marketing, where she works with account teams, cross-functional teams and clients to develop fully integrated digital marketing strategies that leverage the power of the entire digital ecosystem, including digital, mobile, web and social media strategies. She is passionate about the ever-evolving digital landscape and staying on top of emerging marketing trends.

In her spare time, Anna volunteers for Everybody Wins! Iowa, a children’s reading mentoring program. She also enjoys yoga, exploring Des Moines’ bike trails and weekend brunches on a sunny patio.



Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year is presented to an outstanding volunteer who has made significant contributions in further the growth and mission of the club.


Adam Feller, Avidity Creative:

Adam is a graphic designer and owner of Avidity Creative where he works with clients to build their brand identity. A member of AAF of Des Moines since 2012, Adam has been a club ambassador and has been involved with many events and initiatives with the club. Along with attending monthly luncheons, in the past year he has helped organize Des Moines Ad Day as well as volunteering for the American Advertising Awards judging set up.






Kelsey Feller, Strategic America:

Kelsey Feller has been involved with AAF of Des Moines since 2012. Kelsey began her board involvement as Public Service Director for two years, followed by President for an additional two years and most recently the American Advertising Awards Director. Kelsey was one of the original founders of Des Moines Ad Day and has led planning efforts for the last two years in addition to her AAA Director duties this year. Kelsey also assisted in Programs efforts as the board transitioned to the new year.

Kelsey is a Business Systems Analyst at Strategic America by day and Mama + Wife to her adorable mini-human Riley and husband Adam by night.





Joe Winn, Lessing-Flynn:

Back in 2011, Lessing-Flynn was in desperate need of a copywriter and hired Joe on account of his ability to type with both hands. It proved to be a savvy hire. Joe wields a madcap imagination that yields wild ideas for clients and gets the LF team pumped for the creative process. Today, this University of Iowa product serves as creative director and head of LF’s burgeoning video department — churning out killer work for clients in a variety of industries. Joe is also famous for pants and cooking delicious meats.

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