PR News’PR People Awards Luncheon

December 5, 2017 | Washington D.C.

Also honoring the Rising Stars 30 & Under
and the PR People Hall of Fame

About

On December 5, PR News celebrated the professionals making an impact in the communications field at the PR People Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Get to know this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, PR People winners, Rising PR Stars honorees and Finnies winners.

PR Hall of Fame

Each year, PR News inducts into its Hall of Fame 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. They've poured much talent and many years into the PR discipline, teaching by example. Meet this year's inductees!

PR People Winners

PR News has rescinded the 2017 Publicist of the Year award given to Kirt Webster amid allegations against Webster of sexual abuse. The PR News judges had no knowledge of these actions four months ago during the judging process.

Account Director or Supervisor of the Year

Winner: Brian Kelley Sage Communications
Honorable Mentions

Account Director or Supervisor of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • Infinite GlobalSteven Andersen
  • W2 CommunicationsChristy Pittman
Winner

Agency Account Manager of the Year

Winner: Lauren Herchert Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Honorable Mention

Agency Account Manager of the Year

Honorable Mention
  • Allison+PartnersMelissa Muskett
Winner

Crisis Manager of the Year

Winner: Molly Levinson The Levinson Group
Honorable Mention

Crisis Manager of the Year

Honorable Mention
  • John Guilfoil Public RelationsJohn Guilfoil
Winner

Digital Leader of the Year

Winner: Carmen Collins Cisco
Honorable Mentions

Digital Leader of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • Status LabsDarius Fisher
  • SoCuKristina Libby
Winner

Marketer of the Year

Co-Winner: Dawn Callahan Boingo Wireless
Honorable Mentions

Marketer of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • WC SmithHolli Beckman
  • Valley Forge Tourism & Convention BoardEd Harris
Winner

Marketer of the Year

Co-Winner: Luke DeRouen Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Honorable Mentions

Marketer of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • WC SmithHolli Beckman
  • Valley Forge Tourism & Convention BoardEd Harris
Winner

Measurement Expert of the Year

Winner: Christopher Penn SHIFT
Honorable Mention

Measurement Expert of the Year

Honorable Mention
  • ARPRRenee Spurlin
Winner

Media Relations Professional of the Year

Winner: Ashley Wimberly Samsung Electronics America
Honorable Mentions

Media Relations Professional of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • HP Inc.Lacey Haines
  • PAN CommunicationsCameron Martin
  • Rodale IncLauren Paul
  • Gillian Small Public RelationsGillian Small
  • XL CatlinChristine Weirsky
  • Sitemedia ConsultancyRuja Zagorska
Winner

PR Intern of the Year

Winner: Delaney Lanker HP Inc.
Honorable Mention

PR Intern of the Year

Honorable Mention
  • Drake Community PressSarah Mondello
Winner

PR Professional of the Year: Agency

Co-Winner: Katherine Hardin Ruder Finn
Honorable Mentions

PR Professional of the Year: Agency

Honorable Mentions
  • PAN CommunicationsDarlene Doyle
  • Hill+Knowlton StrategiesAlia Faraj-Johnson
  • Sage CommunicationsJulie Murphy
  • Rsquared CommunicationRebecca Reeve
  • APCO WorldwideLisa Ross
  • VestedDan Simon
Winner

PR Professional of the Year: Agency

Co-Winner: Jane P. Madden Burson-Marsteller
Honorable Mentions

PR Professional of the Year: Agency

Honorable Mentions
  • PAN CommunicationsDarlene Doyle
  • Hill+Knowlton StrategiesAlia Faraj-Johnson
  • Sage CommunicationsJulie Murphy
  • Rsquared CommunicationRebecca Reeve
  • APCO WorldwideLisa Ross
  • VestedDan Simon
Winner

PR Professional of the Year: Corporate & Nonprofit

Winner: Franz Paasche PayPal
Honorable Mentions

PR Professional of the Year: Corporate & Nonprofit

Honorable Mentions
  • IACValerie Combs
  • Providence St. Joseph HealthNisha Morris
  • Deluxe CorporationCameron Potts
  • HP Inc.Vanessa Yanez
  • ViacomJeremy Zweig
Winner

PR Team Leader of the Year

Co-Winner: Jodi Brooks Burson-Marsteller
Honorable Mentions

PR Team Leader of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • W2 CommunicationsChristine Blake
  • Boingo WirelessLauren de la Fuente
  • Ruder FinnBen Klein
  • EYJohn LaPlace
  • Mayo ClinicKarl Oestreich
Winner

PR Team Leader of the Year

Co-Winner: Atle Erlingsson SAP
Honorable Mentions

PR Team Leader of the Year

Honorable Mentions
  • W2 CommunicationsChristine Blake
  • Boingo WirelessLauren de la Fuente
  • Ruder FinnBen Klein
  • EYJohn LaPlace
  • Mayo ClinicKarl Oestreich
Winner

Publicist of the Year

Winner: Lacey Haines HP Inc.

Student of the Year

Winner: Maddy Gildersleeve Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Honorable Mention

Student of the Year

Honorable Mention
  • Duquesne University MediaRachel Willis
Winner

Rising PR Stars

Awards Packages

  • Additional Awards

    $299

    • Order additional awards for your team, clients or office display.
    • Winners, honorees and honorable mentions are availble for purchase and can be customized.
    • Winner awards will be satuettes and honorable mentions will be plaques
  • Celebration Package

    $2999

    • Two extra awards for your team (winner or honorable mention)
    • The awards program logo to share on the company website, LinkedIn and email signatures
    • Customized poster highlighting the honoree, winner or honorable mention
    • Congratulatory balloons sent to your office
  • Awards Logo

    $99

    • Purchase the rights to use the PR People winner or honorable mention or Rising PR Stars honoree awards logo.

Contact Us

Questions

For questions about the PR People Awards Luncheon, contact:

Mary Lou French
MFrench@accessintel.com
301-354-1851

Sponsorship Questions

For information on becoming a sponsor or placing a congratulatory ad in the program for the PR People Awards Luncheon, contact:

Amy Jefferies
ajefferies@accessintel.com
301-354-1699

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