PR People Awards:

It's usually the brands and products that get the coverage and attention, while the tireless, creative communications professionals remain out of the limelight, planning their next projects. However, every year, with its PR People Awards, PR News gives credit where it's due and puts the focus on the PR professionals behind the year's most successful communications initiatives. 

This year's PR People Awards honored the year's top communicators as well as the People to Watch (rising stars of PR age 30 and under) at a Nov. 29 luncheon event at Washington D.C.'s National Press Club.

PR News also celebrated this year’s Top Places to Work in PR at the luncheon.
 

Hall of Fame

Account Director of the Year Deborah Brown – Peppercomm

Honorable Mentions:

  • Parris Bowe – Marina Maher Communications
  • Jessica Carlson – Twist Marketing
  • Christine Marra – MWW
  • Diana Sfera – Marina Maher Communications
  • Jody Sunna – Havas PR

 

Account Manager of the Year
Sara Schwartz – Havas PR

Honorable Mentions:

  • Melissa Czapiga – Bhava Communications
  • Shane Peck – Parson’s Brinckerhoff

Blogger of the Year
Carreen Winters – MWW

Honorable Mentions:

  • Gini Dietrich – Arment Dietrich
  • Jim Joseph – Cohn & Wolfe
  • Ken Makovsky – Makovsky + Company

 

Community Relations Professional of the Year
Lucienne Gigante – Doral Bank

Honorable Mentions:

  • Beth Roden – Bayer Crop Science

 

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader of the Year
Paul Massey – Weber Shandwick
Jon Schwartz – NASCAR

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sarah Coles – Ruder Finn
  • Lucienne Gigante – Doral Bank
  • Ulviya Hasanzade – Azercell Telecom
  • Susan Heaney – Avon

 

Crisis Manager of the Year Tony Felts – Wellpoint

Honorable Mentions:

  • Will Dempster – Qorvis
  • Richard Tauberman - MWW

 

Digital Communications Leader of the Year
Evan Kraus, APCO Worldwide

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jeff Beringer – Golin Harris
  • Jared Hendler – MWW
  • Chris Vary – Weber Shandwick

 

Event Marketer of the Year
Maggie O’Neill – Peppercomm

Honorable Mentions:

  • Chelsea Koski – Qorvis Communciations

 

Government & Public Affairs Professional of the Year
Heather Kelly – U.S. Special Operations Command William Murray – MWW

Honorable Mentions:

  • Paul Jean – Denterlein
  • Deana Perlmutter – MWW

 

Intern of the Year Raymond Liang – YMCA

Honorable Mentions:

  • Andrea Summers – Adfero
  • Kate Urbach – Havas PR

 

Internal Communicator & Trainer of the Year
Brooke Shepard, Weber Shandwick

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jessica Shearer – MWW
  • Kelli Stauning – Wellpoint

 

MARCOM Professional of the Year
Lisa Adler – Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company

Honorable Mentions:

  • Anne Bergquist – YMCA
  • Mark D. Tullio – Lantronix

 

Measurement Expert of the Year
Andre Manning - Philips

Honorable Mentions:

  • Marianne Eisenmann – Chandler Chicco
  • Allyson Hugley – Weber Shandwick
  • Eve Stevens – Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Inc.

 

Media Relations Leader of the Year
Colleen Cleary – Havas PR

Honorable Mentions:

  • Melissa Campbell – ERA Franchise
  • Sally Kweskin – Wellpoint
  • Allison Mickey – Clean Power Finance  
  • Hope Nicora – Bhava Communications
  • Sarah Yansura – Havas PR

 

PR Professional of the Year: Agency
Michael Kempner – MWW Jenny Moede – Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Inc.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Scott Baradell – Idea Grove
  • Janene Ferrara – Havas PR
  • Ed James – Cornerstone Agency
  • Annette Maggiacomo – Duffy & Shanley
  • Ken Makovsky – Makovsky + Company
  • Elizabeth Zaborawska – Bhava Communciations

 

PR Professional of the Year: Corporate
Jon Harris – Hillshire Brands

Honorable Mentions:

  • John Forrest Ales – Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Lisa Baxt – Nikon
  • Dan Macuga – USANA
  • Karen Tillman – Cisco

 

PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit
Ellen Murphy – YMCA

Honorable Mentions:

  • Stacey Karp – APTS

 

PR Team Leader of the Year
Matt Motley – Weber Shandwick

Honorable Mentions:

  • John Forrest Ales – Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Amie DeLuca – Henson Consulting
  • Darren Scher – Adfero
  • Rachel Spielman – Ruder Finn

 

Social Media Professional of the Year
John Earnhardt – Cisco
Dallas Lawrence – Burson Marsteller

Honorable Mentions:

  • Tony Balasandiran – Flowers Communications
  • John Cangany – APCO Worldwide
  • Pat Connelly – Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
  • Tim Haran – USANA
  • Marcy Massura – Weber Shandwick
  • Greg Swan – Weber Shandwick

 

Tweeter of the Year Dalton Dorne – Havas PR

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sarah Evans – Sevans Strategy
  • Dallas Lawrence – Burson Marsteller
  • Steve Rubel – Edelman
  • Heather Whaling – Geben Communication

 

Top Places to Work in PR | Rising Stars: People to Watch in PR

 

Previous Winners

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