Ad 2 Orlando’s End of Year Celebration

Written by Nathalia Bailey

The 2016-2017 year came to a close last night at Ad 2 Orlando’s End of Year Celebration. Many friends were made, careers advanced and conversations enjoyed as members gathered over beer and wine at Ten 10 Brewing Company in Ivanhoe Village.

Board members reminisced on the challenges and successes of the year. Co-President Marissa Curran made a big move to Texas just a few months before her term was up, leaving Co-President Rebekah Bouch to take the reigns. Luckily, she had plenty of help from her friends. Several key board members stepped up to fill the void, including Helenn Bustillo, Michael Gualandri, Nick Olko, Karina Ross, and Alicia Abbott. All were honored with awards by a “really” appreciative Rebekah.

Yet, everyone contributed to the wins the board made at the Ad 2 National Conference this past June. Our Orlando chapter claimed several victories, including prizes in Diversity, Communications, Club Operations, Government Relations and Education. Not to mention our 2nd place win for our Public Service campaign for Tech Sassy Girls.

With the year at an end and a new year unfolding, Rebekah passed the gavel to new Co-Presidents Erin Pearlman and Ralphy Perez. Erin and Ralphy, having served as Vice-Presidents for the past year, are primed and ready to take the lead. They slide naturally into their new roles, their enthusiasm and support of Ad 2’s mission obvious in their inaugural statement and in their interactions with all members.

Moving forward, Ad 2 Orlando has it’s eye on the prize. Members are busy hatching innovative ideas for this coming year, the passion for the work ahead is clear. Members are all in, looking forward to a new year of new friends, new challenges and new impact.

Meet this year’s Ad Tour stops!

Students, it’s the most anticipated time of the year…our annual Ad Tour! Join us Friday, March 4th for a citywide tour you don’t want to miss. Each stop consists of a presentation of an agency’s work and a tour of their facilities. If you’ve been curious to take a peek at what the agency life is life, or want to see where some of Orlando’s top agencies do their magic, this is a bus you’ll want to jump on!

So who do we have this year?

MMGY Global


MMGY Global is the world’s largest and most integrated global marketing firm with more than 35 years of experience in the travel, hospitality, and entertainment industries. They have offices in Orlando, New York, Madrid, and Kansas City and specialize in many areas including research, strategic communications planning and implementation, brand strategy, traditional and social media buying, public relations, website development and management and more.

Florida Hospital Corporate Marketing

fhbranding_logoDidn’t think hospitals had marketing departments? Think again! Florida Hospital Corporate Marketing is full of creatives, collaborators, artists, illustrators, writers, researchers and more that help innovate and drive initiatives that help support the marketing needs of Florida Hospital. This will definitely be a great place to check out if you’ve never been!

Cox Radio

COX Radio consists of a large portfolio of radio stations including 71 FM stations and 15AM Stations. COX Radio is owned by Cox Enterprises, the parent company to COX Media Group, which is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, and digital media company. COX Radio has multiple radio stations in Orlando, including WMMO, WCFB, WDBO, and more.

Appleton Creative

appletonAppleton Creative is an award-winning, full-service advertising & marketing agency based in Orlando that works with local, national and international clients to help them grow and flourish. Appleton Creative’s unique perspectives has gained them some well known, prestigious clients such as Orlando International Airport, Florida Hospital, Orlando Solar Bears, Hilton, Golf Channel, Hyatt Agency, CNL and more. (They also have this really cool house!)

Lawton Connect

Lawton Connect, otherwise known as Lawton Printer, was founded in 1900 by J.B. Lawton and is one of the oldest printing companies in the United States. Today, the nation’s longest consecutively family-owned printing company–Lawton Connect–continues to evolve and thrive. Anticipating the future, adopting new technologies, and constantly innovating are the key to our success, while our tradition of building trust with every client connection continues to guide our culture. Our new name reflects our ability to help our clients’ brands communicate, captivate, and connect with their unique audiences.

What a lineup! Interested in jumping on this tour? Sign up to participate for only $30 which includes a lunch. We’ll be providing transportation TO and FROM UCF. Space is limited to only 30 STUDENTS and will fill up quickly. That means you better head over to the sign up page and reserve your seat before someone snatches it up!

See you there!