The newly re-launched American Advertising Federation-Southwest Florida (AAF-SWFL) chapter officially began its tenure on July 1 with a kickoff event and swearing-in ceremony in downtown Fort Myers on July 25.

Now accepting membership applications, AAF-SWFL is open to advertisers, agencies, media companies, and advertising service providers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, and Hendry counties.

Board members include Tim Hennessy, president; Kate Kintz, vice president; Jim Wyatt, treasurer; Julie Lawrence, secretary; Wendy Payton, immediate past president; Don Gross, membership chair; Chris Wright-Isak, education chair; Josh Pope, creative director; Erin Donati, events chair; Josh Milton, communications chair; Stephen Gray-Blancett, ADDY chair; Earl Quenzel, public service chair; and at-large members Laura Brandano; Bob Beville; Nancy Solliday; and Teri Hansen.

The board of trustees includes chair Wendy Payton; Gary Firestone; Kerri Goldsmith; Stephen Gray-Blancett; Steve Hagewood; and Christopher Spiro.