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Cleveland Communications Professionals Honored at the PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter’s Hill Lighthouse Young Awards

2015 Awards Highlight Region’s Best Leader, Practitioner and Mentor in Public Relations

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) honored the area’s best leader, practitioner and mentor for their commitment to and support of the public relations profession at its annual Hill, Lighthouse and Young (HLY) Awards Luncheon on March 11th, 2015.

Annually, the Hill, Lighthouse and Young awards recognize Northeast Ohio’s best leader, practitioner and mentor for their commitment to and support of the public relations profession. Award winners demonstrate leadership in the public relations field and contribute to advancing the profession in the region.

The John W. Hill Award, recognizing outstanding leadership and support for internal and external communications by a chief executive.

  • 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.

The Lighthouse Award, acknowledging the career accomplishments and community service contributions of a senior PR practitioner in Northern Ohio.

  • 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.

The Davis Young Award, recognizing a member of the chapter who excels in mentoring students and young professionals through hands-on instruction and support.

  • 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 WASHINGTON POST SENIOR EDITOR MARC FISHER TO SPEAK ON THE MODERN NEWSROOM AT AN EVENT IN CLEVELAND

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 prsacleveland.org.

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

Medina Native Named 2013 PR Student Of The Year

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) today announced that Medina, Ohio-native Nicole Spears, a senior at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism  at Ohio University, was selected as the recipient of the Chapter’s 2013 Northeast Ohio Public Relations Student of the Year Award.

This $2,000 award recognizes an exceptional student majoring in either public relations or communications. Students attending a Northeast Ohio university or college or students who are residents of Northeast Ohio are eligible for the award.

“PRSA Greater Cleveland is committed to recognizing rising talent in the area and honoring these individuals for their hard work,” said Cari Steiner, co-chair of the scholarship committee for PRSA Greater Cleveland. “The Chapter hopes to cultivate a culture of Northeast Ohio pride, and help retain promising young professionals in this region.”

Spears will graduate in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and a minor in anthropology and business administration. She is currently an intern at LaunchSquad, a public relations agency in San Francisco.

“We had a talented, diverse pool of award applicants this year,” added Melissa Carney, co-chair of the scholarship committee for PRSA Greater Cleveland. “The selection committee was impressed with Nicole’s professional experience, involvement in student organizations and academic success.”

For more information or to learn more about how you can apply for future awards, visithttp://prsacleveland.org or email prsastudentoftheyear@gmail.com.

PRSA Greater Cleveland Announces 11th Anniversary Rocks Awards Winners

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) honored the area’s best in marketing and public relations at its eleventh annual PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards on Fri., Dec. 6. This year, there were more than 130 entries across 31 categories, represented by agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations.

“Year after year, the Greater Cleveland public relations community delivers exceptional campaigns,” said Kelly McGlumphy, APR, director of client services at Roop & Co. and PRSA Greater Cleveland’s president and awards co-chair. “We are proud to acknowledge their work at the most anticipated event in the public relations community each year.”

Hennes Paynter Communications received the coveted “Best of Show” award for “Doing the Right Thing: How a Company’s Forthright Crisis Response Preserved its Reputation and Maintained Customer Confidence” on behalf of SeaStreak LLC in the crisis communications category. The “Judges’ Choice” award went to Falls Communications for “Haven DIY Blogger Conference,” a social media campaign on behalf of Moen Inc.

Annually, the Cleveland Rocks Awards acknowledge Northeast Ohio’s outstanding public relations programs, incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. Award winners demonstrate leadership in the public relations field and contribute to advancing the profession in Northeast Ohio.

Award entries this year were selected by the PRSA Richmond Chapter. Fahlgren Mortine once again served as the presenting sponsor of this year’s awards program.

Nominate the Best PR Pros for Hill Lighthouse Young Awards

PRSA Cleveland is seeking the nominations for the most prestigious individual honors the chapter bestows:

•    The John W. Hill Award recognizes outstanding leadership and support for internal and external communications by a chief executive. Nomination form

•    The Lighthouse Award acknowledges the career accomplishments and community service contributions of a senior PR practitioner in Northeastern Ohio.  Nomination form

•    The Davis Young Award recognizes a member of the chapter who excels in mentoring students and young professionals through hands-on instruction and support. Nomination form

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 7, 2014. Nomination forms are available for download at PRSACleveland.org

Winners will be recognized at a luncheon to be held in March 2014.

Thanks to this year’s Hill/Lighthouse/Young committee of judges:

–    Chair: Rick Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA
–    Courtney Clarke, APR
–    Tom Duke, APR, Fellow PRSA
–    Joel Goldstein
–    Beth Hallisy, APR, Fellow PRSA
–    Brad Kostka
–    Chris Lynch, APR, Fellow PRSA
–    Barbara Paynter, APR
–    George Richard
–    Davis Young, APR, Fellow PRSA

For more information, contact Rick Batyko at 216-363-5417 or rbatyko@clevelandplus.com.