PRSA MARYLAND PROFESSIONAL AWARDS 

Do you know a long-time PR professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations? What about a new professional who has proven to be a rising star? Are you aware of a Maryland educator who has demonstrated a commitment to public relations/communications programs and its students? Is there a vendor that has shown outstanding support of our profession?  We are looking for nominations for the following awards…

Lifetime Achievement

Paul E. Welsh (NEW)

Rising Star

PR Team Award

Educator of the Year

Partner of Distinction

The results are in and the 2017 Professional Award honorees have been selected. Click here to see who will be honored at this year’s Best In Maryland Awards Gala on December 6 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

PRSA Maryland’s top award recognizes professional achievement in the practice of public relations. Recipients are industry leaders, with a minimum of 20 years of experience, who have exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations. The award recognizes an individual based on the following:

  • Effective use of public relations concepts and techniques and counsel to employers, employees, clients and employers
  • A history of participation in PRSA and/or other organizations dedicated to the advancement of the communications profession (five year minimum active participation with PRSA; not required to be a current member at time of nomination)
  • Demonstrated ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics

Past Lifetime Achievement Honorees

  • 2016 – Louise Lake Hayman, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 2015 – Ralph Crosby, Crosby Marketing Communications
  • 2014 – Bonnie K. Heneson, President, Bonnie Heneson Communications, Inc.
  • 2013 – Helen Szablya
  • 2012 – Jody Aud, APR, Associate Director, Internal Communications, MedImmune
  • 2011 – Jacqueline Lampell, Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • 2010 – Gene Bracken, Director of Communications, Greater Baltimore Committee
  • 2009 – Harry Bosk, Bosk Communications
  • 2008 – Charles J. Fitzgibbon, APR, Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick Worldwide

RISING STAR

The Rising Star (formerly New Professional of the Year) Award is like a jump start to those just starting out in PR or communications. The Award recognizes a rising star in public relations who meets the following criteria:

  • Employed full-time in the practice of public relations for five or fewer years
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the principles of public relations
  • Effectively supports his/her clients’ or company’s communications objectives
  • Demonstrated ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics
  • Exhibits conduct consistent with the highest standards of professionalism when dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels of their organization.

Nominees are not required to be current PRSA members. 

Past New Pro of the Year Winners

  • 2016 – Lauren Michelotti, AECOM
  • 2015 – Josie Hankey, Communications Strategist, Fallston Group, LLC
  • 2014 – Kylie, Muratore, PR Coordinator, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
  • 2013 – Jessica McKay, Erickson Living
  • 2012 – Garrett Berberich, Himmelrich PR
  • 2011 – Eleni Polites, Weber Shandwick
  • 2010 – Bridget Forney, Junior Account Executive, Profiles, Inc.

PARTNER OF DISTINCTION

This award celebrates the profession’s partners. The recipient of this award is a vendor or supplier recognized for outstanding support of a public relations/communications program or the profession as a whole. This category is open for nominations from companies and vendors/suppliers. Nominees do not need to be a PRSA-MD member to be nominated.

Past Partner of Distinction Winners

  • 2015 – Erickson Living
  • 2014 – Hack|Stone Film Group
  • 2012 – Business Wire

PAUL E. WELSH AWARD

NEW! This award recognizes the individual who represented the best in public relations as an outstanding example of the management function that establishes mutually beneficial relationship between an organization and the public upon whom it success or failure depends.  Named for Paul Welsh, APR, a long-time PRSA Maryland member and past president of the chapter, who created our state’s nickname “America in Miniature,” this is a new award in 2017.

Recipients are public relations practitioners who, like Paul, effectively use public relations to fuel solutions. This award is presented to a PRSA member with a minimum of 10 years of experience. The award recognizes an individual based on the following:

  • Employed full-time in the practice of public relations for at least 10 years
  • Effectively supports his/her clients’ or company’s communications objectives
  • Demonstrated ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics
  • Exhibits conduct consistent with the highest standards of professionalism when dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels of their organization.

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

The PRSA Maryland Educator of the Year Program recognizes and honors exemplary undergraduate and graduate public relations/communications professors that are excellent instructors and education leaders in their schools and communities. Nominees do not need to be a PRSA-MD member to be nominated, however PRSSA Chapter involvement is highly regarded. The award recognizes an educator based on the following.

  • An educator in a public relations/communications program in a Maryland College or University
  • A history of participation in PRSSA and/or other organizations dedicated to the advancement of the communications profession
  • A dedication to the advancement of students within public relations/communications.
  • Conduct consistent with the PRSA Code of Ethics.

Past Educator of the Year Winners

  • 2016 – Veronica Gunnerson, Loyola University Maryland
  • 2015 – Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., Towson University
  • 2014 – Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus, Stevenson University
  • 2013 – Lester R Potter, Towson University
  • 2012 – Karen Smedley, Loyola University

PR TEAM OF THE YEAR

The PR Team Award recognizes a high-performing communications team that effectively supports its clients’ and its organization’s communications objectives. In-house communications teams within an agency, corporate, non-profit or government organization are eligible for nomination. Nominated teams do not need to be PRSA members but must demonstrate ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics. The Award recognizes a team based on the following criteria:

  • Effectively communicated and managed various project expectations, consistently delivering results that meet and/or exceed these expectations while effectively engaging clients in their roles in the projects to ensure success
  • Demonstrated consistent innovation and success on projects that have contributed to the success of the team’s organization
  • Is self-sufficient working with a measure of autotomy and demonstrating the ability to make sound decisions integral to the success of its projects
  • Works as a cohesive unit supporting one another creating strong professional relationships
  • Consistently has a positive impact on the team’s organization’s reputation/brand management

Past PR Teams of the Year

  • 2016 – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

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