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Local PRSA Chapter Recognizes Tops in PR for 2006


Professionals hear from Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point Regional Health System and Syngenta take home top awards

GREENSBORO, N.C – Jan. 22, 2007 - The Tar Heel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) on Thursday, January 18 awarded local public relations professionals with top honors in the PR field. In a members-only event at the Greensboro Downtown Marriott, the PRSA 25th Anniversary Spinks Awards and Banquet featured presentations for excellence in the practice of public relations for 2006. The Spinks, named for local public relations pioneer and chapter founder John Spinks, celebrated 25 years of recognizing the best of the best in the field. The banquet featured keynote speaker Dr. Nido Qubein. Qubein, noted author, motivational speaker and president of High Point University, praised the important role PR plays in the success of today’s top organizations and noted its contribution to the ongoing success at HPU. Emcee Rick Amme of Rick Amme & Associates hosted the event.

Eric Fletcher, MBA, APR, of High Point Regional Health System was honored with the Leadership Award, given to an outstanding role model in the PR profession. His work included serving as APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) chair where he coached and mentored candidates into APR certification.

Ann Bryan, APR, and Jo Heather Christenbury Dodson, APR, both of Syngenta, were recognized with the 2006 Outstanding PR Award for their R.E.S.C.U.E. campaign to increase productivity and reduce stress resulting from unnecessary e-mail. The internal campaign helped to reduce the amount and message size of email generated in the company-wide network.

In addition to the Spinks Awards, several other recognitions were handed out during the gala. Christenbury was honored with a letter of congratulations from Governor Mike Easley for her tenure with the Tar Heel chapter, serving in multiple roles including president and assembly delegate. She left the Board of Directors in 2007 after eight consecutive years of service. John Spinks, the namesake for the event was honored with the first Founders Award. Before departing, Dr. Qubein also received the Communications Legend Award from the Tar Heel Chapter.

The membership also installed the new chapter officers for 2007. Serving the Tar Heel membership are:

President: A. -C. McGraw, Ph.D., APR — BB&T
President-Elect: Aaron Wall — High Point Regional Health System
Immediate Past President: Rick Hodson — Lorillard Tobacco Company
Secretary: Deanna Holt — Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Treasurer: Kris Kriofske — Woodbine Agency
Vice President of Membership: Amy Utt — Pace Communications
Vice President of Public Relations: Kevin Elwood — Greensboro Department of Transportation
Vice President of Ethics: Ken Smith, APR — Trone
Assembly Delegate: Eric Fletcher, MBA, APR — High Point Regional Health System

The chapter thanks the following sponsors of the Spinks Awards and Banquet: Altyris Advertising, Aquaria Seafood Grill, Business Wire, Cat’s Eye Photography, High Point Bank, High Point Regional Health System, Jane’s Cake Box, The King’s English, Tatum Adams Group and Trone.

With more than 112 local chapters and 20,000 members, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is dedicated to developing the public relations profession and helping PR practitioners demonstrate the highest professional standards and achieve career growth. For more information on PRSA, visit www.prsa.org.

The Tar Heel Chapter of PRSA, established in 1981 as the oldest of three North Carolina chapters consists of more than 100 public relations professionals in the Piedmont area and Western North Carolina. The chapter serves to facilitate the practice of public relations in business and industry and cultivate the next generation of practitioners. For more information on the local chapter, visit www.prsatarheel.org.

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