“Hi, I’m Tiffany Ryan from Ad 2 Orlampa.”

That’s how I introduced myself to people last weekend at the American Advertising Federation National Conference.

As both a recent transplant to Orlando and still an active board member of Ad 2 Tampa Bay this national conference was a very unique experience for me. First, it was being held right here in Orlando, and second I was competing in the Public Service Competition for Ad 2 Tampa Bay, and third I am still trying to get to know all of the people who make up the fabulous Ad 2 and AAF Orlando clubs.

We were lucky enough to have the national conference this year in our very own city. Members from all over the country converged on the Hilton Bonnet Creek for workshops, district meetings, election of officers and much more.

One of the highlights as an Ad 2 member was getting to attend the business and board meetings and meet the outgoing and incoming national board. These people are our representatives in the AAF. We were also able to vote on where the mid-year retreat would be located…Phoenix here we come!

There was also an idea exchange in which all the Ad 2 members got together to share what works for their club and get advice from other clubs on things they may not have figured out yet.

OH! I almost forgot the most amazing part. If you haven’t met Kate and Carl from Ad 2 Tampa Bay they are great people. During the Salute to Achievers lunch Carl proposed to Kate in front of the entire ballroom while accepting the award for Ad 2 Club of the Year. It was amazing and we wish them all the happiness in the world!

The happy couple

Anything can happen at a conference. If you can ever get to a conference I highly recommend it!