Alumni Marketing Agency Wins “Best of Show”
Aberro Creative, a marketing agency founded by Northwood University Michigan alumni Dustin Neumeyer and Steve Cronk along with colleague Drew Schafer, recently won Best of Show at the 2015 Great Lakes Bay Region American Advertising Awards. “It’s a huge honor,” smiled Neumeyer of the campaign which promoted Midnight on Main, Midland’s New Year’s Eve celebration, through social media videos, billboards, and a television ad that told the story of a man who began waiting for Midnight on Main inordinately early. “To win the area’s most prestigious advertising award after our first year of business is extremely gratifying, especially considering the quality of entries in this year’s competition,” he said.
“We needed a fresh, new marketing approach for Midnight on Main and Aberro Creative hit a home run,” stated Selina Tisdale, executive director of the Downtown Midland Development Authority, “The Midnight on Main steering committee is thrilled to see this great work recognized by the ADDY Awards.”
Both 2011 graduates, Cronk served as a digital strategist at a Washington D.C. communications firm and Neumeyer worked as a tour manager for a Chicago-based event marketing company prior to founding the organization in 2013 along with Schafer, a freelance graphic designer.
Aberro Creative is an integrated creative agency that offers advertising, web design, video production, graphic design, photography, and marketing consulting services. In addition to Best of Show, the organization also took home a Judge’s Choice award, four Gold ADDY Awards, and two Silver ADDY Awards for clients including:
Downtown Midland Development Authority
- Best of Show
- Gold, Integrated Advertising Campaign
- Gold, Web Design
- Silver, Print Campaign
- Judge’s Choice
- Gold, Logo Design
- Gold, Online Branded Content Under 60 Seconds
Midland Area Community Foundation
- Silver, Online Branded Content Over 60 Seconds
Hosted by the American Advertising Federation’s local Ad Club, ADDY Awards are given to the best advertising work produced in the Great Lakes Bay Region over the previous year. Midnight on Main, held in Midland each year and organized by the Midland Downtown Development Authority, is a New Year’s celebration that features the largest ball drop in Michigan.
Midland, Michigan’s Downtown Development Authority organizes Midnight on Main. The event is a New Year’s Eve celebration that features day and evening activities. The Times Square-style ball drop is the largest in Michigan. The event also includes family activities, live musical entertainment, food and beverage vendors, a ball drop countdown, and fireworks at midnight.