Greater Cleveland’s Best Public Relations Leader, Practitioner and Mentor Announced, Awards Scheduled for March 11, 2015

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced the winners of its annual Hill, Lighthouse and Young Awards (HLY), for the best leader, practitioner and mentor for their commitment to and support of the public relations profession.

This year’s honorees include:

Tom Nobbe, Cleveland Special Events Corporation: John W. Hill Memorial Award
The John W. Hill Memorial Award honors Cleveland-area chief executives who demonstrate a keen appreciation of the importance of public relations over the course of their careers. As executive of the 2014 Gay Games, Nobbe and his team had their work cut out for them. Changing hearts and minds requires building understanding in the community. While the Gay Games had begun as a rallying cry for diversity and inclusiveness, the time and place of the 2014 Gay Games called for a specific kind of communications strategy, one based on creating and communicating a sense that something amazing was happening and letting the community discover it was something they wanted to support and even experience.

Don McGrath, APR, Eaton: Lighthouse Award
The Lighthouse Award honors senior public relations professionals for their career accomplishments. Don McGrath has contributed significantly to the growth of the global communications function of Eaton, a power management company. An unabashed advocate of the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) designation, McGrath’s career accomplishments included being press secretary and spokesman for the two Army Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon as well as holding senior executive positions at Textron, Rockwell Automation and BASF. He is a tireless promoter of Cleveland and is committed passionately to organizations such as such as MetroHealth Medical Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, College Now and the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.

Edward M. Stevens, APR + M, Stevens Strategic Communications: Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentor
The Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors is given to a professional who excels in mentoring students and young professionals through hands-on instruction and support. Stevens has mentored a score of interns and entry-level professionals. Some of his accomplishments include establishment of scholarship programs, implementation of PR courses, creation of internships for both local and international students and involvement with students at Cleveland State, John Carroll, Edinboro and Gannon Universities.

The PRSA Greater Cleveland HLY Awards luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Union Club Wedgewood Room in Cleveland. Tickets are $42 for PRSA members; $50 for non-PRSA members; $350.00 for a table of eight; $460 for a table of 10. Click here to purchase tickets.

Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. Cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, March 9, at 5 p.m. to be eligible for refund. 

Checks with name & company affiliation of  attendee(s) can me made payable to: PRSA Greater Cleveland, and mailed to: 28022 Osborn Road, Bay Village OH 44140.

For more information, contact: Lisa Smith at 440-339-6572 or

Public Relations Society of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter