American Advertising Awards Meet the Judges
Meet the 2021 AAFB Judging Panel
Ivan Calle comes from Colombia, where he graduated as an Industrial Designer and worked in that industry for 2 years. He moved to the States and landed in Atlanta, where he studied English and started an MBA focused on marketing at Georgia Tech University - only to find out that his passion wasn’t there, but in Advertising. He pursued a 2 year program at Portfolio Center, a very well know and respected program among the industry. After he finished the program, he landed a job at Young & Rubicam, where he worked for the Latino American Market as well as the general market. After 4 years he decided to move to Bates, where he become a senior art director working for the network, in conjunction with Latin American agencies. Then, his Hispanic blood made the call and Ivan started working at Zubi, where he found the perfect marriage between his two loves, being Latino and Advertising.
Katie Elenberger All in. Go-getter. Laughs the loudest. Katie excels at developing comprehensive solutions through strategy, design and messaging that cuts through the clutter and connects with target audiences as the founder and creative brand strategist at Spark27 Creative. Critical design thinking and dedication to developing high-quality strong concepts have earned her recognition in her field and 16 American Advertising Awards for design. Katie's enthusiasm for her work is contagious, as she will naturally coach your through any process or project. Clients have noted creative talents and outcomes, personality and easy-going nature, and general feeling that she is an extension of staff as just a few reasons why they love to work with her. Katie serves as the Executive Director for the American Advertising Federation District 8 - Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota and the Lakes Area Professional Women.
Audrey Gilbreath is founder and owner of the largest and oldest African-American-owned marketing agency in Houston. She founded Gilbreath Communications more than 28 years ago, and the company has steadily expanded its business and raised its profile — earning recognition over the years as one of Houston’s fastest-growing small businesses. Since launching Gilbreath Communications, Audrey has developed, implemented and managed diverse integrated marketing campaigns, and corporate communications programs for several public and private entities from a variety of industries including energy, oil & gas, local and state government, higher education, employment, banking, transportation, sports, healthcare and food packaging, to name a few.
For her industry, Audrey served as a board member and president of American Advertising Federation-Houston (AAFH). Audrey then served on the national AAF Board of Directors as chairperson for Division I clubs, representing all 500+ member clubs nationwide, and the Mosaic Council of Multiculturalism. One of Audrey’s most prestigious accomplishments came in 2010, when she was selected as an inductee into the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame. She is the first female and first African American to be inducted. Since then, AAFH selected Audrey as the 2016 Silver Medal Award winner — one of AAF’s highest honors.
Audrey has served on several boards over the years, including the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and on the Partnership’s Executive Committee. She also chaired the Member Services Advisory Committee for two years at the Partnership. Additionally, Audrey served on the South Central Affiliate Board of the American Heart Association (AHA), the AHA-Houston Board, the AHA Communications Coordinating Committee, AHA Health Equity Committee, the Missouri City Chapter of The Links, the Katy Area EDC Board of Governors, and on the Board of The Ensemble Theatre.