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.

Public Relations Society of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter