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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.

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

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PRSA-Maryland Recognizes Excellence in Public Relations in 2013 ‘Best In Maryland’ Awards Gala

PRSA-MD saluted the state’s top PR professionals on Thursday (Dec. 5) at a special gala at the Monaco Hotel Baltimore.

This year’s Best In Maryland award winners were chosen in 25 categories.  Top honors went to two leading communications experts – Helen Szablya, a nationally recognized Baltimore communications professional, who received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lester R. Potter, an accredited business communicator and senior lecturer at Towson University, who was named PR Educator of the Year.

Jessica McKay, public affairs manager for Erickson Living, was named New Professional of the Year.

The PRSA-Maryland 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. The PR Educator of the Year Award recognizes a PRSA member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education through college or university teaching.

“At PRSA, we believe our members should be recognized for their hard work and major contributions in public relations,” said PRSA-Maryland President Nneka Jenkins.  “Our Best in Maryland awards are presented annually to PR practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a communications challenge with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.  It is with great joy that we salute this year’s honorees.”

Click here for a full list of winners. 

Why Your Face Should Be In the Place

Submitted by Gabriel Chapman

 PRSA-Maryland’s 2013 Best In Maryland awards gala is just two weeks away.  And, tickets are selling fast.  If you haven’t already registered for the event, here are a few reasons why your face definitely should be in the place.


With over 25 award nominees competing to be the Best In Maryland, you’ll learn about some of the most innovative and successful PR campaigns implemented this year.  You’ll hear from PR professionals who are transforming the industry and leave the gala inspired and equipped with fresh ideas to share with your prospective organization.


Whether it’s putting a face to key opinion leaders, forging closer relationships with fellow colleagues or creating potential new partnerships, the 2013 Best in Maryland awards gala offers some of the best PR networking opportunities available.  You’ll be in a relaxed environment where you’ll meet peers with similar interests and experiences that can help expand your network and circle of influence.


Don your glamorous evening attire and come celebrate with your PR colleagues.  Watch as the excitement unfolds and the award winners are announced.  Hear their success stories.  And, party at the premiere gala that’s sure to be the perfect way to end the year.  Held at the luxurious Hotel Monaco Baltimore, in the heart of downtown near the beautiful Inner Harbor waterfront, the 2013 Best in Maryland awards gala is an event not to be missed!  Plus, the entertainment begins with our keynote speaker Gerry Sandusky, sports director of WBAL-TV 11 (NBC) and voice of the Baltimore Ravens.  The evening includes a scrumptious dinner with sweet endings.

So, don’t delay.  Get your gala tickets today!  Visit Best In Maryland.



Announcing the 2013 PRSA-MD Educator of the Year Award Recipient…

The 2013 Best In Maryland Committee and the 2013 PRSA-MD Board of Directors are proud to announce the 2013 Educator of the Year recipient: Lester R. Potter.

Accredited Business Communicator Lester R. Potter, an MBA, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University, Maryland. He is “ABD” (all but dissertation) for a doctorate in Instructional Technology at Towson.  At Towson, Potter teaches Public Relations Writing, Organizational Communication, Strategic Public Relations Planning and Management, and Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations.  He has served as Faculty Advisor to the PRSSA chapter for ten years.

Prior to beginning his academic career, Potter was President of Les Potter Incorporated, an international consultancy he founded in 1998.  His firm helped organizations worldwide use communication as a strategic management tool to boost organizational effectiveness.  For over 30 years, Les Potter has improved business operation with innovative, results-oriented interventions.  To solve clients’ problems, Potter draws on successful experience in organizational communication, strategic and marketing planning, and human resources and project management gained from work with a wide variety of organizations and industries.

Les Potter’s background includes many different and enriching business situations that prepared him for successful client service.  Potter was Chairman of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) during 1991-92.  He was named an IABC Fellow in 1997, IABC’s highest honor.  He served on IABC’s executive board, accreditation board, and as a trustee of the IABC Research Foundation.  He earned IABC accreditation (the ABC designation) in 1978.

Les is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the invitation-only professional association for educators, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Les will be honored at the Best In Maryland Awards Gala on December 5 at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. We will also honor the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, reveal the New PR Professional of The Year, and present awards for excellence in public relations campaigns in 24 categories. The evening will include a keynote address from Gerry Sandusky, voice of the Baltimore Ravens and sports director of WBAL TV.  Former FOX morning anchor Jennifer Gladstone will emcee the event.

Please join us in honoring Les Potter.  Follow @LesPotter on Twitter and on his blog More With Les.

For more information on the Gala including nominees and ticket information, click here.

–Industry News