At 103 years old, the San Diego Ad Club has changed its name to SDX. The new name denotes the intersection of media, marketing, technology and innovation, according to 2014 president Tonya Mantooth.
“Our membership is comprised of not only advertising companies, but all creative communications and technology endeavors,” Mantooth said. “Most importantly, SDX is an invitation to explore, create, and imagine what's next in the world of marketing.”
Mantooth said SDX will remain a member of the American Advertising Federation, a national advertising trade organization comprising a membership of more than 200 local advertising clubs in the U.S. In addition, SDX will continue to host the Brand Diego Awards in October, honoring San Diego's homegrown brands, as well as the American Advertising Awards in February, a national competition that recognizes achievement in advertising and graphic design categories.
Founded in 1911 to help promote the California Panama Exposition of 1915, the organization -- first called the San Diego Advertising and Sales Club -- is San Diego's largest and oldest local networking and professional group for advertising and marketing executives with more than 300 companies representing about 700 members. The roll-out of the new name is expected to take about three or four months, said Sheila Fox, SDX executive director. The website address will be www.SanDiegoX.org.