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2020 Best in Maryland Awards – To be or not to be? That isn’t the only question!

As 2020 is fast becoming the year on pause, the PRSA Maryland Board of Directors is looking ahead to this year’s Best in Maryland Awards Gala, which is annually held in December. Will members feel safe enough to attend? Will stay at home orders be in effect? Will award submissions still be in the budget? The board doesn’t have a crystal ball, but luckily it can ask its members to gain insight and perspective.

Please take five minutes to respond to our quick 5-question poll. Your responses will help guide this year’s decision to move forward with the 2020 Best in Maryland Awards or hold a combined event and make it extra fabulous next year.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. Looking forward to your feedback!

Lisa Brusio Coster to chair 2017 Best in Maryland


“Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.”
– Allen Klein (Am. author and humorist).

“Fact or alternate fact, join me as a Best in Maryland volunteer to find out! The team is forming now.” – Lisa Brusio Coster

Lisa Brusio Coster

Lisa Brusio Coster

We’re excited to announce that Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, Ltd. is our 2017 Best in Maryland (BIM) chair.

Lisa is an experienced PR pro, event planner and a past BIM award winner and Chesapeake Conference co-chair. (Meet her!)

And she’s ready to talk about the committee and volunteer opportunities!

PRSA Maryland’s annual awards program, BEST IN MARYLAND, is the creative work of a team of PR professionals. The BIM Committee and volunteers are tasked with creating a celebration of the public relations profession through a program that recognizes both the work of and the individuals behind that work.This is your opportunity to be part of the creative team behind the program.

Mugging it up at #BIM16

Mugging it up at #BIM16

Who Can Join the Team?

Any PR pro who is interested in helping create the chapter’s signature program. Skills needed vary with your role, and we have roles for all skills. Looking to build skills in event planning or awards program? This is a great spot. Want to get an inside look at great PR programs and tools? Judging provides that.

Simply click here to learn more.

It’s “BIM” Time!

Submitted by Nancy Sherman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Caroline Center

BIM_logo_v3So, before you go down to the ocean, do the one thing that will ensure sunny skies and calorie-free fries: Prepare your 2016 “Best in Maryland” Awards entries and send them in to PRSA Maryland before you head to the shore. With 30 categories to submit your best work, you will find ample ways for your organization’s communications programs and strategies to shine.

You don’t have to be a PRSA Maryland member to submit an entry, but your best value is to take advantage of the Early Bird, Member Submission Deadline, which is August 31, 2016.


We want you to enjoy your well-deserved vacation; and we want to celebrate all the good work you have done to earn it. Take a moment now to complete your 2016 BIM Awards entry.

Call for Professional Awards coming soon. Contact us at info@dev.growsocially.biz for more information.

Special Thanks to our Design Sponsor!

Van Eperen

It’s Time to Register for Best In Maryland!

2015 Best in Maryland Gala

 It’s PRSA-MD’s 2015 “Best In Maryland” Awards Gala and Holiday Party at the Baltimore Hilton. If you haven’t purchased your tickets or reserved your VIP table as yet, make your reservation today as space will be limited!

Our keynote speaker will be Justin Berk, meteorologist, former WMAR broadcaster, and social media entrepreneur.

You won’t want to miss this special evening of merriment, including light appetizers, cocktails, and networking followed by a holiday dinner, Justin Berk’s keynote, and the highly anticipated individual recognitions and awards ceremony.

What a treat to welcome the winter holidays with your PRSA friends and colleagues. Even if you don’t have an award nomination, the BIM Gala is your chance to network, catch up with old contacts, and meet new peers in our industry.

All of us at PRSA-MD look forward with pleasure to honoring this year’s distinguished award recipients and to applauding each of you for the remarkable and important work you do each and every day of the year.

We can’t wait to see you at the Hilton on December 1!

Jeff Davis, APR
J. Davis Public Relations, LLC

David Harrison
Harrison Communications

PRSA Maryland Co-Presidents

Click here for more information.


Letter from our Co-Presidents

We hope everyone is having a great summer!

While we have a number of events coming up for the fall, such as the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit PR track on Sept. 30 and a healthcare case study session planned for October, we also are in the midst of a promotion — this summer, when you become a member of PRSA, you will receive the PRSA Maryland Chapter for FREE (a $65 value) with promo code CHAPT15. You will also gain access to:

• More than 22,000 colleagues through our members-only directories and online discussion forums.
• A library of live and on-demand webinars.
• Updates through the daily Issues & Trends newsletter, the monthly Public Relations Tactics flagship newspaper and The Public Relations Strategist quarterly magazine featuring executive-level insight.
• Members-only discussion boards, a database of case studies, articles and research.
• The Business Case for Public Relations and PRSA Code of Ethics that offer values, principles and practice guidelines that define professionalism and success.

Not a member yet? This is the time to join! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Jeff Davis and David Harrison

In other news: 2015 Best In Maryland Awards Call for Entries is open! Deadline is September 15 (early bird prices through 9/1). Click here for more information.


–Industry News