2024 American Advertising Awards Judges

Bill Lindsay

As an advertising copywriter, Bill Lindsey has crisscrossed the country a number of times in his career. After kicking things off in L.A., he relocated to New York City, hopped back to L.A., and in 1991 put down permanent roots in Chicago.

In addition to conceiving, writing and producing national, award-winning campaigns for a number of blue-chip clients (among them Wrangler, Bud Light, Coors Light, McDonald’s, Suzuki, Westin, et al.), he’s also created advertising for a number of iconic Chicago sports teams: Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blue Demons and Loyola Ramblers. In addition, he penned a six-part television doc on minor-league baseball, “The Show.”

Remembering all those who helped him in his career, Bill always makes himself available to mentor young creatives: as a teacher at Chicago Portfolio School, guest speaker at university arts departments (including Loyola and Notre Dame), and as a frequent participant in portfolio reviews.

Bill lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Regan, 9-yr. old daughter Ryan, and twin 7-yr. old boys Caden and Kieran. So, if you see him yawning, it’s not that he’s disinterested – he’s just really, really tired.

Jenny Huang

Jenny Huang is an innovative marketing executive, fueled by creativity, guided by data, and proven by results. Recognized as an “Inspiring Woman” by Campaign Magazine, she holds a Gold Lion from the Cannes Lions Festival and judges for The AAF American Advertising Awards, The Shorty Awards, and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) B2 Awards. Jenny currently is the Director of B2B Brand Marketing at Gannett USA TODAY Network. Previously, she led brand marketing and communication at BBDO and spearheaded marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 clients such as Bayer, Mars Wrigley, and Brown-Forman.

Jenny’s dynamic leadership extends beyond marketing, as a concert pianist, DEI advocate, and public speaker. Her track record of excellence includes leadership roles at Omnicom Group’s Asian Leaders Circle, and being a guest speaker at 5 universities and 20+ organizations. Prior to her marketing career, Jenny made a name for herself as a classical concert pianist, performing in over 10 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Kristina Prusnek

Having worked in the digital space for more than a decade, Kristina has contributed to some of the largest brands in the world, including Disney, 7-Eleven, IBM, Staples and Hilton. Currently she is with Airbnb as Lead Program Manager focusing on Creative and Marketing campaigns. Prior to her time with Airbnb, Kristina was a Technical Project Manager for Disney where she was responsible for bringing in-park guest experience online.

Outside of work, Kristina is a past-president of Ad 2 Orlando and a 5-time District 4 Communications Chair. She also loves playing tennis and spending time with toddler, Luke and French Bulldog, Elmer.

Nikhil Ghodke

Nikhil Ghodke is an associate professor of graphic design at Auburn University at Montgomery and has a freelance design practice. He has previously held teaching positions at Media Design School, New Zealand, and Manhattanville College, New York.

As an independent professional, he worked on projects associated with Nike, ACI, Hallmark, History Channel, Home Shopping Network, Axcient, and Burger King in roles from motion graphics designer to senior art director. He has won awards for his work, and he brings professional experience from four continents in his portfolio of design and motion graphics work.

As an academic, Nikhil is always looking to integrate and expand on new media by incorporating cross-disciplinary concentrations and making the courses he teaches industry relevant.

Ryan Coleman

Ryan Coleman is a husband, dad, writer, animal lover and Tar Heel through and through. He’s also a Group Creative Director/VP at Luquire whose work has been recognized by Cannes, One Show, Communication Arts, New York Festivals and the National AAF, among others.

A nearly-native North Carolinian, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and coaching his son’s teams to mediocre records.