PR News PR People – 2008 Winners and Honorable Mentions

The PR News PR People Awards Luncheon on November 6, 2008 saluted the winners and honorable mentions of the PR People Awards, the Hall of Fame Inductees, PR News 15-to-Watch and the PR Students of the Year.

PR News People PR Awards - 2008 Winners and Honorable Mentions

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Account Executive of the Year

Michael Sacks, MWW Group

Allison Greco, Coyne Public Relations

Jennifer Seelin, Makovsky + Company

Brian Wachur, Widmeyer

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Agency Executive of the Year

John Hellerman, Hellerman Baretz Communications

Ed James, Cornerstone

Maggie O’Neill, Peppercom

Christine Perkett, PerkettPR

Liya Sharif, JHG

Brand Marketer of the Year

Saurabh Wahi, MWW Group

Huma Gruaz, Alpaytac Inc.

Gail Heimann, Weber Shandwick

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader

James Wright MCIPR, Trimedia International

Brendan May, Weber Shandwick

Educator/Research Experts of the Year

Craig Carroll, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leslie Gaines Ross, Weber Shandwick

David Bartlett, Levick Strategic Communications

Elizabeth Dougall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Liam Leduc Clarke, APCO Worldwide

David Ritchey, School of Communication, University of Akron

Investor Relations Professional of the Year

Nancy Christal, CVS Caremark

Claire A. Koeneman, Financial Relations Board

Richard Ramlall, RCN Corporation

Media Relations Professional of the Year

Billee Howard, Weber Shandwick

Joann Donnellan, JD MEDIA

Sean Dougherty, MWW Group, Inc

PR Professional of the Year: Academic Institution

Brian Woodland, Peel School Board

Denise Keyes, Georgetown University

PR Professional of the Year: Corporate

Deirdre Latour, GE

Stacie Bright, Unilever

Barbara Crystal, CDW Corporation

Jon Harris, Sara Lee Corporation

Laura Kane, Aflac

Pam Slay, Hallmark Channel

PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit/Association

Michelle Alvarez, AARP

Emily Callahan, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Jonathan Collegio, National Association of Broadcasters

PR Team Leader

Frank X. Shaw, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Pete Campisi, Weber Shandwick

Kelly Hershkowitz, Biosector 2 New York

Emily Kooistra, Clear!Blue Communications

Kristie Kuhl, Makovsky + Company


Public Affairs Executive of the Year

Michael W. Robinson, Levick Strategic Communications

Amiee Goforth, Ochsner Health System

Julie Ice, Humana Military Healthcare Services

Richard Ramlall, RCN Corporation

Publicist or Spokesperson of the Year

Sam Singer, Singer Associates

Jules Andres, Mattel Inc.

Ken Capps, DFW International Airport

Hall of Fame

  • Ron Culp, Partner, Managing Director, Ketchum
  • Harris Diamond, Worldwide CEO, Weber Shandwick
  • Matt Gonring, Consultant, Gagen MacDonald
  • Laura Kane, Second VP, External Relations, Aflac
  • Linda Rutherford, VP, Communications/Strategic Outreach, Southwest Airlines