Young Advertising Professional of the Year

 The Young Advertising Professional of the Year award (also known as the YAPY) was created to recognize the young men and women who make extraordinary contributions to the central Oklahoma advertising and communications industry. This award is then given at an Oklahoma City American Advertising Awards event as a way to recognize this individual's hard work over the past year and their potential to make future contributions in his or her career. In order to be nominated for this award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • 21-35 years old
  • living and working in central Oklahoma
  • employed in an advertising, marketing, or communications-related field
  • contributed to the advancement of the advertising industry in Oklahoma City

Extra consideration will also be given to nominees involved in an industry-related organization.

The YAPY is awarded yearly at the OKC Ad Club's Okolades.

2020 YAPY nominations are now closed. 2021 YAPY nominations will open in Spring 2021. 

Past YAPY Winners

2019     Chelsey McKnight, Ackerman McQueen

2018     Kelley Gann, Freestyle Creative 

2017     Bobbie Earles, ICG

2016     Erick Worrell, SAXUM

2015     Justin Claborn, Ackerman McQueen

2014     Armand McCoy, Trifecta Communications

2013     Monica Helms Young, Rose State College

2012     Greta Puckett Anglin, VI Marketing and Branding

2011     Jill Brown Delozier, Downtown OKC, Inc.

2010     James Harber, Studio FJ