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 brand agency allowing Lisa to continue to develop her creative skills 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 providing award-winning, personal and reliable service 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.

Her longtime co-worker and Vice President of Account leadership, Steve Moran had this to say about Lisa’s mindset in the office. “If the mark of a great leader is a team that will follow you anywhere, Lisa is one of the greatest leaders with whom I’ve worked. That is no easy feat because her standards are incredibly high. She is one of those creative partners who constantly ask how do we make this better and is not afraid to put in the effort to make what she touches great. And she has passed that standard on to her team.” If her work ethic wasn’t enough, she 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 creative skillset while forging relationships in the Des Moines Community. "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 and working with Summer of Arts and United Action for Youth in Iowa City. Lisa is currently serving as District 9's public service chair and vice president.

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.



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.


Liv Hunt, ZLR Ignition: 

Liv Hunt is a junior art director who partners with brands and entrepreneurs to unleash their stories through photo, logo, video and multimedia design. After nearly 5 years of working in advertising for both multimillion-dollar brands and small businesses alike, Liv knows what drives relevant, meaningful and strategic creative.

Liv believes that human connection is why we’re here – not only to create work that connects humans and brands, but to connect daily, with ourselves and our teams, to push the limits and positively impact more humans than we could ever reach alone.

Liv landed at ZLR Ignition almost 3 years ago after beginning her career as a graphic designer at Hy-Vee, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Iowa State University.







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.


Ryan Adams, ITA Group:

Ryan Adams has been a designer in Des Moines for nearly a decade and lives to create all the things - illustrations, animations, videos, dreamy lego creations. He works full time in a motion graphics capacity and freelance all things design, when he is not wrestling with his dogs. Ryan has been involved with the AAF for a little over a year, helping mainly with the event Des Moines Ad Day. It's a passion of his to continue growing and learning in the design/advertising space, so the AAF and Ad Day was a great place for me to give back to my community. Ryan is currently the Education Chair of the AAF in Des Moines and couldn't be happier to help students get involved in our growing world of advertising in Des Moines.








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