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Please join us in Welcoming John Adams Chairman of The Martin Agency for our first speaker series of the 2014-15 season.

Marketing Improv and the Beauty of Small Bets. 

In the rapidly evolving world of digital channels, flexibility and the ability to move swiftly have become core competencies for marketers. With examples, John Adams will explore how marketers are learning to navigate these new waters.

John Adams has spent 41 years at The Martin Agency, an award-winning advertising agency based in Richmond, Virginia. The agency has been included on the Advertising Age “A-List” five out of the six years it has been published and most recently, The Martin Agency won an Emmy for an interactive documentary created for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

John plays a key role on the team that continues to bring national attention to Martin, representing such brands as Discover Financial Services, GEICO, Mondeléz, Walmart, Hanes, Kraft Foods and BFGoodrich.

He is chairman of the board of directors at Virginia Commonwealth University’s 
Brandcenter, and also serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Hampden-Sydney College.

A member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, John lectures frequently on marketing and business issues throughout the United States.


Thursday, September 11, 2014


McCormick & Schmick's, Virginia Beach Town Center

Register Now!  Bring a Client!

Read about AAF Hampton Roads below


The Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads (AAFHR)
 is a volunteer service and social organization with membership open to anyone in the Hampton Roads advertising community.

Since its founding as the Norfolk Ad Club in 1939, members from area advertisers, advertising agencies, media outlets and businesses have donated time and services to help raise money for the betterment of the up and coming creative talent. Without the support of our members, businesses and volunteers, this Ad Club would not exist.

From networking opportunities to great speakers, from member benefits to legislative lobbying efforts, membership in AAF Hampton Roads is an investment in your business and in yourself. 


AAF Hampton Roads protects and promotes the well-being of advertising in our market through self-regulation with a unique, locally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, suppliers, independents, and college chapters.

  • Bring members together to yield creative business solutions.

  • Protect and promote advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities

  • Educate members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing

  • Present the industry with its future leaders

  • Honor advertising excellence

  • Promote diversity in advertising by encouraging the recruitment of people of diverse cultures

  • Apply the communication skills of its members to help solve community concerns

  • Network, network, network!

We hope that you will consider joining us by becoming a member of AAF Hampton Roads. View the AAF Hampton Roads membership application online today!

You can find AAF Hampton Roads on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

We also invite you to visit the American Advertising Federation website to learn more about the overall national AAF organization and to explore some of the benefits of membership. To learn more about our organizations chapters in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, visit the AAF District 3 website.