The winners of the 2009 Best in Maryland Awards competition were announced during the 32nd Annual Maryland Chesapeake Conference, held Oct. 6 at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson. The chapter awards recognize outstanding achievement in public relations using classic and new media. In all, 43 awards were presented, including the Best in Show Award, which honored Sandy Hillman Communications for the entry titled “2008 World Series of Poker.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
A highlight during the awards ceremony included the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award was presented to Harry Bosk, APR, principal at Bosk Communications and director of PR and marketing at the Center for Integrative Medicine, UM School of Medicine, for exhibiting extraordinary achievement and outstanding leadership in the field of public relations throughout his career.
New Professional of the Year Award
Congratulations are in order for Katie Mercado, of A. Bright Idea, who was honored with the New Professional of the Year Award. Katie won the award for consistently demonstrating an understanding of the principles of PR; effectively supporting her company’s communications objectives; demonstrating ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics; and exhibiting conduct consistent with the highest standards of professionalism when dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels of her organization.
“On behalf of the entire chapter, I wish to congratulate all the award winners,” said Erika Murray, PRSA-Maryland Chapter President, during the awards ceremony. “The caliber of work that was submitted for awards was truly inspiring and deserving of public recognition.”