The local chapter of the American Marketing Association (SDAMA) celebrates San Diego’s best marketing professionals and students at the 2008 American Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards on Thursday, May 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the San Diego W Hotel.

And we think – it’s about time the community takes a moment to award those responsible for connecting the business with the consumer. Thanks to the top San Diego marketing professionals and students, we are consistently informed of and prepared for the best of San Diego business – from lifestyle and luxury to business and industry growth.

Until May 9, AMY Award nominations were accepted for the following marketing and communication areas: Integrated Marketing, Web Site Design, Electronic Presentations, Direct Mail, Cause Marketing, Advertising (Print, Television, Radio and Web), Special Event, Green (environment-focused marketing). There is also an award for students, People’s Choice Award, and a category for miscellaneous work such as promotional materials and newsletters.

All AMY Award categories are evaluated on criteria such as overall quality, style, and effectiveness. Experienced marketing and communications professionals from the AMA South Florida chapter are the panel of judges, and news anchor Lee Ann Kim from San Diego Channel 10 will present the awards to the winners during the ceremony.

AMY Award tickets are $45 per person for AMA members and $55 per person for non-members, and include a gift bag and two drink tickets. To purchase event tickets and learn more about SDAMA email info-sandiego@marketingpower.com, visit www.sdama.org or call 619.402.7825.