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Mercury Ballot


The AAF-Dayton Mercury Awards honors advertising professionals in sales, support, vendor, media and education professions, as well as newcomers and unsung heroes.  Each professional listed on a ballot will be recognized at the Mercury Awards & Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in the fall.  Date and location to be announced.

Ballots will be accepted from members and non-members. When balloting closes, the list of all honorees submitted by ballot will be sent only to AAF-Dayton members, who will then vote to determine the recipients of the Mercury trophy in each category (as a benefit of being a member.)  

    • Below is your ballot.  This is your opportunity to honor the advertising professionals you feel deserve recognition.  (Members, please don't forget to fill out this ballot before the deadline below.  We will then send you the link to vote on the honorees.  If you have not submitted this ballot, your honorees will not be there for you to vote on.)

    • All who are listed on the ballots will be recognized by name and with the Mercury certificate at the awards ceremony.  

    • The professional who receives the most votes by the AAF-Dayton members in a each category will receive the Mercury trophy.

    • You do not have to vote in all categories.  Once you submit your ballot, you may come back and vote again, only in the categories which you did not vote before.

    • The ballot submission deadline is Thursday, April 30th.  At that time, the list of honorees will be sent to the members to vote for the trophy winners.

    • After the ballots have all been received on April 30th, we will begin notifying the honorees.  We will let you know that we are doing this, in case you may wish to contact your honoree as well. (Those new to this may not realize they actually will be recognized.)

    • A few things to note - We sometimes find honorees who have been put in categories where they don't actually belong.  If any of these come up, we will notify you to see if you would like to move your honoree to appropriate category.  We also sometimes find honorees who feel they should not be recognized, for example a sales manager or owners who does not work with clients day to day.  They appreciate that someone recognizes them but do not wish to be in recognized over their employees.  In these instances, we will also notify you.

If you have any questions about the balloting and trophy process, please contact Sara McCatherine at [email protected]



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PLEASE include the e-mail addresses of your honorees so we may contact them. Without that information, we will not be able to let them know they will be honored. Thanks!


Best Magazine Rep
Magazine Reps sell ad space in the publication. They are not responsible for editorial content


Best Newspaper Rep
Newspaper Reps sell ad space in the publication. They are not responsible for editorial content


Best Outdoor Rep
Outdoor Reps sell the ads for billboards, transit, bus shelters, and other modes where the ads appear outdoor.


Best Radio Rep Radio
Reps sell ad time. They are not responsible for programming or production.


Best TV/Cable Rep
TV/Cable Reps sell ad time. They are not responsible for programming or production.


Best Media Buyer
Media buyers research markets and media in order to purchase the best media mix for their clients.


Best Audio/Video Production Rep
This category is for those who work in the audio and/or video production industry. These Reps include those who shoot, record, and/or edit. They can work for any company who utilizes these services (production house, media company, agency, manufacturer, etc.)


Best Photography Rep
This category if for those who represent photograhers, or photographers if they represent themselves.


Best Fulfillment/Mail House Rep
Fulfillment & Mail House Reps work with clients to provide mailing, warehousing, and distribution services.


Best Printer Rep
Printer reps are responsible for advising their clients on the most effective and cost-efficient printing processes to optimize their marketing messages. 


Best Large Format/Signage/Exhibit Company Rep
Large Format/Signage/Exhibit Company Reps are responsible for signs and display materials, as opposed to reps for Outdoor space.


Best Ad Specialties Rep
Ad Specialties Reps work within these companies that provide products such as merchandise, advertising branded products, etc.


Best Print/Specialties Buyer
These Buyers work for agencies, companies, design firms, etc. and are responsible for buying print and specialties for the clients, based on the needs of the creative and strategy developed.


Best Ad Agency Rep
Ad agency reps are those who meet with the clients to assess their needs, as well as continuing to work with them while every facet is making its way through the agency.


Best Social Media Rep
Social media reps keep current on the latest platforms, developes the social strategy to create buzz for their clients.


Best Digital Rep
These reps are responsible for helping their clients with their web presence, boost traffic, and improve conversions.


Educator of the Year
Educators wear many hats; they're mentors, trusted advisors, and have the important job of preparing our youth for the working world.


Newcomer of the Year
Only those in the industry a year or less are eligible for this award.


Mike Fariello Unsung Hero Award
This particular award is for those who go above and beyond, yet may not receive the recognition deserved, named after one of our long-time unsung hero's.


Vendor of the Year
This award will be announced the night of the awards. It is given to the individual who received the most nominations across all categories.