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Crain’s Publisher John Campanelli and Editor Elizabeth McIntyre to Speak at PRSA Breakfast Feb. 19

Crain’s Cleveland Business Publisher John Campanelli and Editor Elizabeth McIntyre will discuss the direction of the publication, its website and the kind of stories they are interested in at a Thursday, Feb. 19 breakfast meeting of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of PRSA. The meeting will be in the east section of North Point Tower at 1001 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland and is sponsored by Business Wire. A continental breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. and the program will run from 8 – 9 a.m. Tickets are $20 for PRSA members and $25 for non-members. Online registration will be available soon.

Campanelli has been publisher of Cleveland Business at Crain Communications, Inc., since December 2013, after serving as its associate publisher for four months. Before he returned to his hometown of Cleveland, he served as editor of Crain’s Waste and Recycling News in Detroit for more than two years. Prior to joining Crain Communications, he spent more than 13 years at The Plain Dealer, where he was both an award-winning reporter and editor. Previously, he had a short stint at Crain’s Rubber and Plastics News and three years at The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. Campanelli holds a journalism degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University.

McIntyre joined Crain’s Cleveland Business as editor in April 2014. Previously, she worked at The Plain Dealer for 20 years, most recently as deputy managing editor for content. She also served in a variety of editing positions for the publication, including metro editor since November 2004 and features editor since February 2001. She has also worked at the National Association of College Stores, as vice president of communications and public relations, and at the Cleveland Foundation, as a public relations officer. McIntyre graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism.

About PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications and marketing practitioners throughout Northeast Ohio. The Chapter includes professionals from the Greater Cleveland area and helps members address local issues and trends with local and national resources.

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

Northeast Ohio in-house, nonprofit and agency MarComm professionals honored at the PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter’s 12th Annual Cleveland Rocks Awards

2014 Awards Highlight Region’s Diverse Marketing, Public Relations Success

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) honored the area’s best in marketing and public relations at its 12th Annual PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards on Friday, Dec. 5. This year, there were more than 125 entries across 31 categories, represented by agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Fifty-five of the entries were recognized with an award.

“From hosting international events to advancing the mission of local nonprofits, Northeast Ohio’s marketing, communications and PR professionals have done it all this year,” said Christian Hunter, APR, president-elect of the PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter. “We have some of the most talented individuals in our field right here in our own backyard – talent that sets our members and region apart as some of the best in the industry.”

At this year’s event, Falls Communications accepted the coveted “Best of Show” award for “Automotive Finishes E-Finish Newsletter” on behalf of Sherwin-Williams in the newsletters category. The “Judges’ Choice” award went to Hattie Larlham and Scott Juba for the special event, “Over the Edge.”

Annually, the Cleveland Rocks Awards acknowledge Northeast Ohio’s outstanding public relations and marketing programs, incorporating the qualities of research, planning, execution and evaluation. Award winners demonstrate leadership in the public relations field and contribute to advancing the profession in the region. Award entries were judged and winners selected by the PRSA Richmond Chapter.

PRSA Greater Cleveland 2014 Rocks Awards Winners


Hosted by PRSA Greater Cleveland, Fisher will discuss the changes in traditional and new media; tickets on sale now for educational luncheon to be held Wed., Sept.17, 2014

CLEVELAND – Aug. 27, 2014 ― The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Cleveland Chapter welcomes Marc Fisher, senior editor, The Washington Post, as the speaker at its annual Business and the Media program.The event is slated for Wed., Sept. 17, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Windows on the River in Cleveland. Tickets are $35 for PRSA Greater Cleveland members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets are available for purchase online by clicking here.

After spending time in the newsrooms of traditional and new media, Fisher wrote the article “Who cares if it’s true? Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values” in Columbia Journalism Review. In the article, Fisher said, “What’s new is what’s always worked: In the minute-by-minute struggle for audience and advertising, old-fashioned notions about credibility turn out to be as essential as speed.”

At the event, Fisher will expand on this topic, discussing the struggles currently facing all media, including:

  • How to determine when information can be deemed accurate
  • The pressure caused by the speed of information
  • Audience engagement and how to approach reader-generated content

Fisher joined The Post in 1987 and was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service on surveillance and privacy issues, including a profile of Edward Snowden. He has written two books: “Something in the Air: Radio, Rock and The Revolution that Shaped a Generation” and “After the Wall: Germany, Germans and the Burdens of History.” Recently, he completed two years as The Post’s enterprise editor for local news, leading a team of writers creating narrative journalism and experimenting with new forms of storytelling for web and print editions of the newspaper.

Registrations for the luncheon are accepted through September 12 at noon.

The event is sponsored by Fahlgren Mortine, Akhia, Business Wire and Eaton.

About PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications and marketing practitioners throughout Northeast Ohio. The Chapter includes professionals from the Greater Cleveland area and helps members address local issues and trends with local and national resources. Visit our website at

Nominations for 2015 Hill, Lighthouse, Young Awards Now Open

The Hill, Lighthouse, Young Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Awards. The nomination process has been updated in an effort to make it easier for those wishing to nominate a deserving practitioner.

Nominators will be asked to first complete and submit a short nomination form. The committee will then review the submitted nominations and determine who should proceed to the next step of the nomination process, which is the completion of a longer nomination form. This form will address specific questions and will help the committee in making its selection of that year’s winners.

Our hope is that this improved process will make nominating an individual easier and more accessible.
Nominations for the 2015 Awards are now open. Short nomination forms are due to the committee, via Committee Chair Lisa Smith, APR, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Instructions are included on each short nomination form.

Click here to access the nomination forms.

2015 Hill Short-Form Nomination Form

2015 Lighthouse Short-FormNomination

2015 Young Short-Form Nomination Form

Questions? Reach out to Committee Chair via e-mail:

Hill Lighthouse Young Awards Luncheon Slated for April 10, 2014

Each year, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of PRSA recognizes a CEO who views strategic communications as vital to his/her organization’s success, an exceptional senior public relations professional and an outstanding mentor. This year, we will “Celebrate the Power of Public Relations” by honoring the following individuals:

Len Komorosky, CEO Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena, will receive the John Hill Award for outstanding understanding of and support for communications by an organization’s president or chief executive officer.
Tracy Oliver, Media, Dominion East Ohio, will receive the Lighthouse Award for career accomplishments and community service by a senior public relations practitioner.
Michele Ewing, APR, Associate Professor, Kent State University, will receive the Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors.

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Windows on the River City View Room, Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats in Cleveland

Registration/Reception Noon – Luncheon with program to follow at 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Cost to attend: $40 – PRSA members; $50 – Non-members; $320 – Table of 8

Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, April 8th at Noon

Cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, April 7th, at 5 p.m. to receive a reimbursement.

Click here to sign up online

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

Thank you to the sponsor of this event: Dominion East Ohio