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Media Relations Professional of the Year Wimberly Steadied Samsung During Note7 Crisis

December 26th, 2017 by

Shortly after Media Relations Professional of the Year Wimberly led a launch of the Galaxy Note7, the world turned its attention to incidents of the Note7 battery catching fire. Far from losing her cool, Wimberly immediately orchestrated a full and transparent response to a crisis without precedent. Not only did her campaign help recover 98 percent of the recalled devices, it also set the stage for future successful product launches.


Passion and Compassion Drive H+K’s Herchert to Agency Account Manager of the Year

December 22nd, 2017 by

Lauren Herchert has counseled H+K’s largest clients throughout her nine-year tenure with the agency, establishing a reputation as a compassionate and inspiring team leader, leading internal coaching and training programs and building H+K’s client roster with significant new business wins.

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The Expert Pilot Behind HP’s Consumer Media Tours

December 21st, 2017 by

When Lacey Haines joined HP in 2016, she saw an opportunity to reinvent how the company approaches product reviews by expanding the scope of the program to include lifestyle media. In short, Haines created HP’s consumer media program, building it into what it is today.

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Measurement Expert of the Year Penn Unifies PR Metrics at SCALE

December 20th, 2017 by

Historically, content marketers and communicators have been frustrated by separate, disconnected content marketing analytics. There are different systems to measure SEO, social sharing, engagement and quality of content. Enter Christopher Penn, who created SCALE on behalf of SHIFT Communications to solve this problem. SCALE, short for Shared Content And Link Evaluation, is a cloud-based software package designed to ingest URL-based marketing data from multiple, disparate data sources, unify the data and, leveraging best-in-class analytics engines, provide actionable insights from data.

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Account Director of Year Kelley’s Specialty—Raising Clients From Media Obscurity

December 18th, 2017 by

Brian Kelley’s passion for PR and outside-the-box approach have contributed to a noteworthy year for him and Sage Communications. Just one of his special talents: taking clients from media obscurity to being featured on national broadcast and print coverage.

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Innovation Defines PR Team Leaders of the Year Brooks and Erlingsson

December 13th, 2017 by

Within a month of taking leadership, Jodi Brooks led what Harold Burson calls one of the most significant new business wins in the history of Burson-Marsteller. And at SAP, Atle Erlingsson drove an internal campaign on gender pay equality and a successful media campaign that garnered coverage in Forbes, Fox, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal, helping the company to be named for the first time to Fortune’s Top 100 workplaces.


Passion, Creativity Lead the Way for Agency PR Pros of the Year Hardin and Madden

December 11th, 2017 by

Kate Hardin has a passion for working with corporate healthcare clients and has turned that passion into a highly profitable group within the corporate communications practice at Ruder Finn. And, At Burson-Marsteller, Jane Madden holds a unique position offering clients strategic counsel and acting as an internal expert on CR and sustainability, allowing her to direct new business initiatives.


2017 PR People Award Winners Announced by PR News

December 5th, 2017 by

An all-star lineup of communicators who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty were honored at the 2017 PR People Awards Luncheon, held Dec. 5 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C. When accepting their awards, many of them expressed the need to be humble, to be receptive to new ideas and ultimately, to be an active listener, as the keys to their success.


Baker-Masson, Bolton, Hernandez-Blades, Rafferty, Schaffer Inducted in the PR Hall of Fame

December 5th, 2017 by

Five communications veterans were inducted into the PR Hall of Fame at PR News’ 2017 PR People Awards luncheon on Dec. 5 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Entry into the PR Hall of Fame is PR News’ highest honor: Inductees are PR professionals who have played longtime leadership roles, serving as sources of inspiration within and beyond the workplace, and helping to redefine and expand the roles communicators play.


Best and Brightest: Rising PR Stars Honored by PR News

December 5th, 2017 by

In a profession that demands new skills for an ever-expanding set of digital and analytics tools, the next generation of communicators will be need to be equal parts storyteller and data scientist. And both of those sides were on full display as a fresh class of young communicators were honored as Rising Stars at the PR News’ 2017 PR People Awards Luncheon on Dec. 5 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C.