Ad People of the Year

  • Ad2 Hawaii Person of the Year

    Priscilla Zheng

    Marketing Specialist, Hickam Federal Credit Union

    Despite many challenges during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Priscilla Zheng maintained a positive attitude. Through her leadership and guidance, she rallied the troops and continued to create a sense of community by continuing the AdVise mentorship program, creating online programming and events, and ensuring that the public service campaign continued.

    In her spare time, Priscilla gives back to the community as a Speech and Debate coach for Aiea High School and Farrington High School. Her impeccable work ethic is apparent in her day job and through her volunteer activities. 

  • In his current position, Kevin Yim has led the process of revitalizing the Zippy’s brand through design, new digital services, a new social media presence, and renovations to the locations. He continues to work on the deeper digital transformation of Hawaii’s leading food brand. Before Zippy’s, he led marketing teams at Hawaiian Airlines and Bank of Hawaii. At Hawaiian Airlines, he spearheaded consumer marketing efforts around the globe.

    Before Hawaiian Airlines, he led the branding efforts at Bank of Hawaii. He currently serves on the boards of HUGS Hawaii, the Aloha Diaper Bank, Goodwill Contract Services of Hawaii, and the Movers & Shakas program. He is a former director for Goodwill Industries Hawaii, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Oahu Visitors Bureau. He is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and the University of San Francisco.

  • AAF District 13 Special Award of Recognition

    Chuck Cohen

    Former VP of Media, Anthology Marketing Group

    A New York native, Chuck Cohen came to the Islands more than three decades ago and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hawaiʻi media. In Honolulu, he served as media director at Ogilvey & Mather, The Schiller Group, Milici Valenti Ng Pak, Starr-Seigle Communications, and for the last 15 years at Anthology Marketing Group.

    His formidable New York experience included tenure at famed powerhouses BBDO Advertising, Ted Bates, and Cunningham & Walsh. 

    Chuck has long been known by his peers in client, agency and media worlds as an innovative strategist, out-of-the-box thinker, and generous teacher to the next generation of professionals.
    He represents the best – if sometimes rough-hewn – of the best in dedication to his craft, his clients, and his teammates.

  • AAF Hawaii Extra Mile Award

    David Sato

    Director of Photography, Upstream Hawaii

    Born and raised in Hawaii, David Sato has nearly two decades of experience in video production and cinematography. While a student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, he began his career at KHON where he shot news stories, produced station commercials and edited special interest packages. After college, he joined Pacific Focus, where he worked his way up the ladder as a production assistant, grip to Director/Director of Photography. 

    In 2009, David formed his own production company, Upstream Hawaii. Over the years, he has partnered with many advertising agencies, film production companies and global brands to create award-winning commercials, documentaries, and digital content. His client list includes ESPN, Disney, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, McDonald's, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hawaii Pacific Health and more.

  • AAF District 13 Silver Medal Award

    Paul Lam

    President —, Media By Paul, LLC

    Paul Lam is the Governor of AAF District 13, is the Hawaiʻi representative on the National AAF Board of Directors and the AAF Council of Governors, and is the immediate past Chair of the AAF Western Region.

    As the Pele Awards chairman, year after year, he is given the daunting task of bringing the industry together to honor the best in Advertising and Design.

    Most recognizable is Paul’s commitment to continue the Pele Awards despite the pandemic. Paul also works diligently to ‘grow’ the industry pipeline through the creation of the High School Pele Awards, now in its 5th year. The first and only program of its kind in the nation which helps get youth interested and engaged in Advertising and Design.

    In 2018, he opened up his own media buying and consulting firm. Today, he serves numerous clients including large and small businesses.