2020 American Advertising Awards


Leigh Anglin – Digital Marketing Strategist, Townsquare Media

Leigh Anglin

Leigh Anglin grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. After getting swished in the face with damp, discolored, Holstein tails, he discovered at an early age that farming would not be his chosen profession.

He has been an audio-visual writer/producer, photographer, and has done just about every job in radio from announcing to sidewalk shoveling. He has served as a Sales Manager at KXRB-KKLS, General Manager of KELO Radio, Director of Advertising Sales for Midcontinent Communications, and “Chief Idea Officer” for ADwërks, Inc. a Midwest Advertising Agency where he spent most of his time overseeing five McDonald’s accounts. He is currently a Sales Manager/Digital Sales Manager at Townsquare Media, Results Radio in Sioux Falls.

He is a past South Dakota Ad-Fed president, and alumni of the AAF National ADDY committee. He has won several ADDYS along with the Silver Medal award. In 2004 he was part of a team at ADwërks that won a National Best Bets Award from the McDonald’s Corporation and a local Best of Show in the South Dakota ADDY Awards. He’s also been recognized with two Photography Best of Show awards at the Sioux Empire Fair and a Gary Owens production award from the South Dakota Broadcasters.

From somewhere between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Isle of Margaritaville, a dreamer of dreams, travelin’ man and son of a son of a farmer … Leigh Anglin.


Yeosh Bendayan – Partner, Push Button Creative Audio

Yeosh Bendayan

Yeosh works in advertising and is 6’1″.  At least that’s what his Tinder profile says.

Yeosh is a University of Florida alum and a founder and partner at Push Button Creative Audio — a quirky Orlando-based production company that develops audio brands for regional and national advertisers. Push Button’s clients include Pyrex, Buca di Beppo, Budget Blinds, Simple Mobile, Lamkin Golf Grips, First Watch, ID Stronghold, and over 40 credit unions nationwide.

Yeosh is also the Chair of the national American Advertising Federation’s Council of Governors as well as a Past Governor of the 4th District of the American Advertising Federation.

Yeosh loves to run, hit the hiking trails, and camp out when he’s not stuck at the office.

Yeosh also likes it when every paragraph starts with his name.


Kate Whatley – CEO and Co-Founder, Social Forces

Kate Whatley

Kate Whatley is a founding partner and the CEO of Social Forces — a Social Shopper Marketing Agency in Tampa, Florida. At Social Forces, Kate directly leads the Account Service, Media Buying, and New Business teams — managing and mentoring a staff of 15 highly talented advertising professionals for the agency. Since 2009, Kate has lead Social Forces as they delivered digital campaigns to over half a billion customers on behalf of retail and consumer brands, including Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Hershey, Circle K, and Mars Chocolate.

Kate studied Advertising Design at a portfolio school in her early 20s and later in her career was awarded a full scholarship for postgraduate studies in Operational Leadership at Roger Williams University. Kate is also a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee. But most notably, Kate was recently awarded a full scholarship from Goldman Sachs to study Entrepreneurial Leadership as part of the “10,000 Small Businesses” 2019 National Cohort at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts — ranked the number one school for Entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for the last 26 years.

Kate’s other professional passions revolve around mentoring and encouraging young aspiring female leaders. She is regularly invited to speak about women’s entrepreneurship and leadership at colleges and conferences. Kate has spoken on female entrepreneurship at Ignite Tampa Bay, AAF ADitude, Amplify Conference, and Florida State University’s Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. She serves as a “Next Gen” Mentor for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Student Entrepreneurship Program and has been a judge for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Global Pitch Competition.


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