David Campbell Receives Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award from the American Advertising Federation

David Campbell, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Chernoff Newman, was awarded the Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award by the American Advertising Federation on June 11 at their annual Admerica conference.

Pat Martin was among the first women to break into the advertising industry. She continued to be a leader throughout her career: as the first woman ad director in one company, as a pioneer in the integration of advertising; promotion and sales training; and as the first woman chair of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

The Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award is given to a member of the AAF who exemplifies Pat’s work by making outstanding contributions to his or her District.

Campbell consistently exemplifies the qualities that earned him the Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award. His leadership, mentorship and innovation have become the ideals to which other leaders strive. 

An active member and leader within AAF District 3 for more than 15 years, Campbell became president of AAF Midlands in 2012, winning National Club of the Year and President of the Year for only the second time in the club’s 50-year history. This was the direct result of his leadership and ability to instill solid business practices into club management.

His involvement with the American Advertising Federation has also led Campbell to serve as District 3 Governor in 2015, Chairman of the Council of Governors in 2018, and most recently as Vice Chair of the National American Advertising Awards Committee in 2020.

Campbell said, “I am very honored to have been nominated by my district peers and to be in such impressive company of the past winners. The ‘small but mighty’ District 3 has been an important part of my AAF journey.”

“Despite his significant work at the national level, David has never stopped working hard right here at home for our District,” said Shelley Magee, a digital strategist and past recipient of the Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award. “He has built this unparalleled legacy of service because he cares deeply about the AAF, and about the health of our District. Our members are the reason that David gives so much of himself to AAF.” 

Campbell also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Charleston’s School of Communications and on the Advisory Board for the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is a board member for the Ronald McDonald Housing Corp, and has been appointed by three South Carolina governors to serve as a Commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs where he is the current Chair. 

About AAF District 3

AAF District 3 is a regional market affiliate of the American Advertising Federation, the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association with more than 40,000 members. AAF District 3 represents clubs in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and is dedicated to serving members by protecting and advancing advertising interests, including the freedom to truthfully advertise legal products. The organization serves as the area’s unified voice for advertising and is comprised of local professionals who work in advertising, marketing and public relations. For more information, please visit aafdistrict3.org.