PR News’ PR People and 15-to-Watch Awards Luncheon on December 1, 2009 saluted the winners and honorable mentions in the annual “best in PR” awards program. This must attend industry event, honored the the top PR People and Teams of the year.

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PR News' 15-to-Watch

PR News' PR People Finalists

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Don Bulmer - SAP
  • Peter Debrecney - Gagen MacDonald LLC
  • Donna Imperato - Cohn & Wolfe
  • Michael Kempner - MWW Group Inc.
  • Marcia Silverman - Ogilvy PR 
  • Larry Parnell - The George Washington University

Account Director/Supervisor of Year

Robyn Fink - MWW Group Inc. 

Julie Batliner – Carmichael Lynch Spong

Marie Cacciato – JB Cumberland PR

Nora Sarrawi  -Weber Shandwick


Agency Executive of the Year

Leslie Gaines-Ross - Weber Shandwick

Robert Chandler - Chandler Chicco Agency

Ed James - Cornerstone

Douglas Spong - Carmichael Lynch & Spong


Blogger of Year

Brian Solis - FutureWorks, Inc.

Tim Haran - USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

David Westcott - APCO Worldwide


Corporate Social Responsibility Leader

Matthew Rose - Emanate

Tara Greco - APCO Worldwide


Brand Marketer of Year

Jeff Tammes - Cornerstone

Stacey Havel - Bernard Hodes Group


Community Relations Professional of Year

Beth Courtier – BT plc

Tricia Link – Mission FCU


Crisis Manager of the Year

Tim McIntyre - Domino's Pizza

Howard Bragman - FIFTEEN MINUTES

Eliot Hoff - APCO Worldwide


Digital Communications Leader of the Year

Anne Carelli - The Coca-Cola Company

John Bell - Ogilvy PR

Jennifer Houston - Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Chris Perry - Weber Shandwick


Investor Relations/Financial Communications

Barb Iverson - Weber Shandwick

Stan Collender - Qorvis Communications

Keith Mabee - Dix & Eaton


Measurement/Research Expert of Year

David Michaelson - Echo Research

Ashley Pettit - Southwest Airlines Company


Media Relations Professional of the Year

Anthony Sanzio - Campbell Soup Company

Matt Clark - Lotus Public Relations

Colleen Wilber - America's Promise Alliance


PR Professional of Year: Academic Institution

Melissa Connolly – Hofstra University

Tomika DePriest - Spelman College

John Walls - UT Southwestern Medical Center 


PR Professional of the Year: Corporate

Sal Petruzzi - Turner Broadcasting Systems

Allison Falkenberry - Men’s Health

Chris Fuller - Pizza Hut

Drew McGowan - Brita, The Clorox Company 

David Shane - Hewlett Packard Co


PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit/Association

Megan Lozito - American Heart Association

Leslie Aun - World Wildlife Fund

Diane Gage Lofgren - Kaiser Permanente

Ken Johnson - PHRMA

Ellen Murphy - YMCA of Greater NY


PR Team Leader

Jan Hausrath – APCO Worldwide 

Holly Potter – Kaiser Permanente

Tim Fry – Weber Shandwick

Gloria Janata – Chandler Chicco Agency

Richard Licata - Showtime Networks, Inc 

Laura Monica – American Water 

Susan Peters – Edelman Chicago 


PR Trainer of Year

Sally Falkow – Expansion Plus

Jean Gonsoulin - GolinHarris


Public Affairs Exec of Year

Jonathan Collegio – National Association of Broadcasters

John Davies - Davies

Richard Ramlall - RCN


Spokesperson of the Year

Chris Mainz - Southwest Airlines

Stacy DeBroff - Mom Central Consulting


Tweeter of the Year

Christi Day – Southwest Airlines

Morgan Johnston - JetBlue 

John Ratcliffe-Lee - MS&L Worldwide (formerly with MWW Group)

Charlie Witkowski - Weber Shandwick


15-to-Watch 2009


  • Joey-lyn Addesa, Kaplow Communications
  • Kipp Bodnar, Howard, Merrell & Partners
  • John Cangany, APCO
  • Laney Cohen, Makovsky + Company
  • Kristin Dwyer, Euro RSCG
  • Paul Dyer, WeissComm Group
  • Amanda Kaufman, Edelman
  • Francisca Llamas, Weber Shandwick
  • Rachel Lenore, Marina Maher Communications
  • Nichole Mrasek, MS&L
  • Anne Marie Murphy, Porter Novelli
  • Lavanya DJ, Gutenberg Communications
  • Suzanne Rosnowski, Partner, Quinn & Co. Public Relations 
  • Kate Rickard, MS&L
  • Andrew Ryan, Hellerman Baretz Communications

Corporate & Nonprofit

  • Krista Canfield, LinkedIn
  • Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate
  • Aerial Ellis, Tennessee State University
  • Steve Field, BAE Systems
  • Tonia Hammer, Molson Coors Canada
  • Elizabeth Halter, Cox Enterprises
  • Jessica Hanson, Property Casualty Insurers Assn of America
  • Tiane Harrison, USO
  • Lisa Jaycox, The McGraw-Hill Companies  
  • Kimberly Kanary, Associated Estates Realty Corp
  • Serena Levy, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Michael Odle, Oregon National Guard
  • Steve Radick, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Darryl Ryan, Time Warner Cable, West Region 
  • Bryson Thornton, Del Monte Foods