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PRSA Maryland Recognizes Barb Clapp for the Lifetime Achievement Award at PRSA Maryland ‘Best in Maryland’ Awards Gala

Barb Clapp has been selected as the 2019 Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Clapp, founder of Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing LLC, will be recognized at the Best in Maryland Awards Gala on December 4 at Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. The Awards Gala will also recognize the Rising Star, Paul E. Welsh Professional and Educator of the Year winners as well as Best In Maryland PR awards.

Barb Clapp started out conducting business from her attic and grew the firm to be one of Baltimore’s most respected full-service agencies as well as a nationally recognized PR juggernaut.  She has more than 30 years of experience to public relations, marketing, and business development. Clapp has been recognized for other leadership awards, such as the CEO Report’s Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Award, The Daily Record’s Most Influential Marylander, Most Admired CEO, Top 100 Women, and induction into both the Circle of Leadership and Circle of Excellence.

PRSA Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 20 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics.

Other honorees of the evening will include Educator of the Year David Marshall, Ph.D. from Morgan State University; Rising Star Lorianne Walker of Abel Communications; and Paul E Welsh recipient Emily McDermott of Van Eperen. Click here to learn more about the professional awards honorees.

“Recognizing PR professionals for career milestones has been an honor we have bestowed since 1961. I am honored to be amongst their ranks and am proud to award this year’s outstanding leaders, some of whom I know personally,” said Lisa Brusio Coster, Chapter President and president of Coster Communications.

In addition to the professional awards, winners in 23 categories will be announced culminating in the final award, the coveted Best in Show. Full list of honorees and nominees can be viewed here.

Click here for more information on the Gala.


Pattie Yu to Receive PRSA Maryland Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award

By Jeffrey Davis, APR

Pattie Yu, nationally recognized communications counselor and founder of Maryland PR agency The Yu Crew, will receive top honors as the Lifetime Achievement recipient at the 2018 Best in Maryland Gala, the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter’s annual awards event on Dec. 11.

Yu will be acknowledged for her distinguished visionary leadership and her tireless commitments to mentorship and volunteerism. She has worked with several well-respected national public relations firms, including Porter Novelli and Fleishman-Hillard. She has 35 years of experience as a professional communicator, including The Yu Crew which she founded seven years ago. Yu is regarded by colleagues as a pioneer in the field of public relations.

“Pattie Yu is a superb professional, a leader, a tireless volunteer for worthy causes, and an inspiration to up-and-coming PR [professionals],” Bill Novelli, now a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, wrote in his nomination letter to the chapter. “There is absolutely no one more deserving of this award. I am proud to nominate her, and especially proud of Pattie herself.”

“Pattie’s communication career has been marked by exceptional experiences and achievements,” said PRSA Maryland Chapter President Claudia Ciolfi. “Her passion for the public relations and communication profession is contagious, as is her desire to serve as a mentor and support young communications professionals with the Public Relations Student Society of America, University of Maryland, Morgan State University and Washington Women in Public Relations, in their education and career pursuits.”

Recently, she served on Washington Women in Public Relations’ Emerging Leaders Award task force and currently sits on its Advisory Council.  Yu’s virtual PR agency has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including two Silver Anvils, ASAE’s Overall Gold Circle, PRSA Maryland’s “Best of Show” and the National Capital Chapter’s Thoth awards.

Others that will be recognized during the Dec. 11 Best in Maryland gala for their individual and team achievements in public relations include:

Educator of the Year Award
Tania Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication at Loyola University

PR Team of the Year Award
Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, and Dorothy Fuchs-Yeager, president of Purple Dot PR

Rising Star
Catherine Gordon, Associate, Client Experience, Weber Shandwick Baltimore

Click here to learn more about our professional award honorees.

In addition to the individual and leadership awards, Best in Maryland will showcase exemplary efforts in public relations, communications, and marketing by PR firms, solo practitioners, marketing agencies, associations and corporate communications teams. Kate Amara, reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, will emcee the event, which will be held on December 11 at Martin’s West in Baltimore.

For more information on nominations and event registration, click here

Louise Lake Hayman, APR, Fellow PRSA named Lifetime Achievement Honoree


Louise Lake Hayman, APR, Fellow PRSA


A leader in the field of public relations for over 40 years and an active, accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America for more than 30 years, Louise Lake Hayman, APR, Fellow PRSA, has been selected as the PRSA Maryland Lifetime Achievement Honoree for 2016. Hayman will be honored at the 2016 Best in Maryland Awards Gala & Holiday Party on December 8 at The Belvedere in Baltimore.

“As an advocate for ideas in government and historic preservation organizations, Louise sets the stage effectively for informed public debate. She is known within the profession and among the media she works with as completely honest,” said Central Chesapeake Chapter president Marc L Apter, APR of Image Power Inc. “All who know her come away impressed with the loyalty she offers to her clients as well as her co-workers.”

Hayman is a communications consultant with more than 40 years experience in public relations. During her career she has served state and local government, non-profit organizations, and public corporations. Among these are Union Trust Bank, USF&G Insurance, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Office of the Governor, Office of the Comptroller, Office of the Anne Arundel County Executive, the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 and The Artemis Group.

Economic development, energy, environmental conservation, health insurance, community organizing, developing issue consensus, strategic planning and institutional advancement are among her areas of expertise.

Currently associated with the Governor’s Office of Transformation and Renewal, her previous clients include Priority Partners, Johns Hopkins HealthCare’s managed care organization; Corrado Management Services LLC, community re-development; the Maryland School for the Blind, and Marylanders for Reliable Power, a coalition addressing the state’s future electricity supply.

Her skills range from managing communications programs and their staff, consultants and vendors to providing strategic communications counsel to elected officials (governor, state comptroller and county executive); corporate chief executive officers; and presidents of statewide and regional organizations.

Hayman has been an active, accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and of its local chapter for more than 30 years. She is a past member of the Maryland Chapter, and a founding member and past president of the Annapolis-Anne Arundel Chapter, now Central Chesapeake, where she currently serves as secretary. She is a recipient of the Best in Maryland award in 2001 for Special Events and Observances.

The current chair of the Maryland Historical Society, she serves on the board of advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hayman’s past volunteer efforts include Preservation Maryland (president), the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (board member), Hammond-Harwood House Association (board member), London Town Foundation (president), and the Friends of Teackle Mansion (chair of capital campaign and advisory committee member). A member of the alumnae board of her secondary school, she is an active member of the Annapolis Rowing Club. In addition, she has supported leadership, educational, and human services programs in her community.

Hayman holds a bachelor of arts degree from Goucher College and is a life-long resident of Maryland, living in Annapolis since 1972. She has one daughter and a grandson.

About the Award:

PRSA-MD’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 15 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics.

Please join us on December 8 as we honor Louise Hayman.The evening will also honor the Educator of the Year, recognize a PRSSA chapter, reveal the PR Team of the Year and present awards for excellence in public relations in 24 categories. The featured keynote will be Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic.

Nominate a Professional, a PR Team, an Educator, or Supplier for 2016 Awards


Each year we shine the light on the professionals who make our profession sparkle. Who should we recognize this in 2016?

We offer 5 professional awards, including a brand new one this year to recognize PR Teams. The Lifetime Achievement honors a professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations over a career spanning 15 years or more. Last year Ralph Crosby, Crosby Marketing Communications, received the award. New Professional of the Year goes to an outstanding professional who in their first three years shows an uncanny grasp of PR and a commitment to the profession. Josie Hankey with Fallston Group captured the award in 2015.

We’ve added a new award this year which underscores the truth that most great PR programs are a team effort. This year we announce the PR Team Award and are looking for a robust competition for we know there are many winning teams in Maryland.

Our successful PR professionals have many supporters and partners including educators and business suppliers. Two awards provide our members with an opportunity to call out these sometimes “unsung heroes.” The Educator of the Year offers a chance to thank and recognize the professionals who prepare our next generation. In 2015, Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., then at Towson University, earned accolades for his dedication. The Partner of Distinction celebrates the profession’s partners – a vendor or supplier recognized for outstanding support of a public relations/communications program or the profession as a whole. Erickson Living received the 2015 award.

So, who do you know that we should shine the spotlight on? Nominees do not need to be a PRSA-MD member to be nominated. You can get check out the application, past winners and more details at PRSA MD Professional Awards. Hurry – our deadline is October 15, 2016.

The Awards will be presented at the Best in Maryland Gala on December 8. We will also be announcing all the Best in Maryland Awards and are pleased to share that Susan Goldberg Editor in Chief of National Geographic is our keynote.

Questions? Contact us!

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.

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