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The 51st Best In Maryland Call for Nominations is open! Have questions?

March 22, 2012

We’ve changed the Best In Maryland program for 2012. To help with the transitions, we’ve created a list of questions that you may have and supplied the answers below. Please don’t hesitate to chime in with any additional comments or questions. Or email us at info@prsamd.org.

Why aren’t you doing the usual call for entries? And why the shift to a nomination process?

Last year, PRSA MD celebrated 50 years of our Best In Maryland awards program, an anniversary of which we are extremely proud. During the last 50 years, the awards have focused on specific programs and products that successfully addressed a communications challenge. This year’s program shifts focus from the product to individuals and teams that represent exemplary contributions to the public relations profession in Maryland.

What exactly are you looking for and what are the categories?

We’re looking for the best PR pros, teams, students, educators and partners. Categories include our two signature awards, the Lifetime Achievement and the New Professional of the Year, as well as 5 new awards including Educator of the Year, Partner of Distinction, Social Media (Individual Or Team), Improvement of the State Award (Team Or Individual), and Innovation and Technology (Team). We will also be awarding two $500 Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarships this year. Go to PRSA MD Awards for descriptions of each award.

Is there a fee to nominate someone?

There is no fee. You need only submit the application. What’s more, you can do so electronically, saving you time and money. No more hours or anxiety spent putting together a binder.  And no more shipping fees.

Can I nominate myself and/or my team?

You can self-nominate in the following categories: Partner of Distinction, Social Media (individual or team), Improvement of the State Award (team or individual, paid or pro bono), and Innovation and Technology (team only). Students apply for their own scholarships.

Do I need to submit reference letters along with the application?

Reference letters (no more than two) are optional for all the awards except the Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship, which requires two references. Please be sure to carefully read the requirements for the scholarships.

What about the scholarship? Who is eligible and who completes the application?

The Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to a student with a PR focus who is in his/her sophomore or junior status at the time of the application. The student completes the applications and submits along with two letters of recommendations (one from a professor and one from an internship supervisor or other source).

What is the deadline?

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2. The deadline for the student scholarship is Monday, April 9.

I’m not nominated nor am I nominating anyone. Why should I attend the Best In Maryland Awards event on May 10?

The program is more than just an award ceremony. Whether you’re a seasoned PR pro or a newbie, here’s your opportunity to hobnob with savvy PR professionals throughout Maryland, and to make connections that you can’t get anywhere else. You’ll also hear from our keynote speaker Bill Toohey, communications director for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Bill has been named Baltimore’s best public sector PR man – or Best “Flak” – three times: once by Baltimore magazine and twice by the Baltimore City Paper. Finally, you’ll be there to honor the best in PR including our Lifetime Achievement and New Professional of the Year winners as well as winners in 6 other new categories.

Regarding the full 2012 program schedule, what happened to the monthly events?

PRSA MD recognizes that with shrinking budgets and staff, getting to monthly events has become more difficult for our members and guests. But we also recognize that professional development and face-to-face networking are still important aspects of any professional association, so this year programming will be a combination of webinars and quarterly face-to-face events. Our first face-to-face was held on February 29, and if you attended, you already know how successful it was – we had over 35 people! Other face-to-face events include the Best In Maryland set for May 10 at 6:30 pm, a summer networking event in August, and the 2012 Annual Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Conference set for November 8. Our first webinar is set for March 29 and will feature MGH on the new business Facebook Page. Go to www.prsamd.org for information on all upcoming webinars and events.


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2011 PRSA MD Best In Maryland a resounding success!

June 24, 2011

This year’s Best In Maryland reception was held at the 1840s Ballroom, a beautiful venue with outstanding service. Guest entered through a gated courtyard where staff directed them upstairs to the 1840s Carroll Salon. The evening started off with a chance to networking and dig into some delicious food and drink catered by Hunt Valley Catering.

The Best in Maryland awards portion was opened with a few words from Katie Mercado, our vice president and Best In Maryland co-chair, who welcomed everyone reminding us that this is the 50th anniversary of Best In Maryland. She gave us a quick recap of what Best In Maryland means to our chapter, and thanked the board of directors and the BIM committee for their hard work in planning this year’s reception. She also acknowledged Dave Imre of IMRE for his continuing support of PRSA Maryland, and our go-to photographer Bob Stockfield of Stockfield Photography. (Check out our photos of who came at Gallery of faces and who won at Gallery of awards photos.)

The awards were presented by Reagan Warfield of the Mix 106.5 Morning Show, who did a great job announcing the winners while delighting the crowd with his charm, and Katie Mercado, who handed out the awards to each winner (Katie got her picture taken quite a bit that night!). During the ceremony, Reagan pointed out that this year we added new categories and streamlined others making the competition tougher—and more interesting—than ever. Several of our categories had a large number of entries with Story Placement leading in number received. For a detailed list of all winners, go to 2011 Best In Maryland Award Winners!.

We then turned to the New Professional of the Year award. Eleni Polites from Weber Shandwick took this honor, a complete surprise for Eleni who had no idea she was even nominated. It was fun watching her realize she was the recipient as Reagan read her bio. And it was even better when she discovered we had been hiding her family in the corner where they waited eagerly for her chance to shine.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented by Gene Bracken (the 2010 recipient) to Jacqueline Lampell of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  Jacqui was nominated by her co-workers for her professionalism and dedication to excellence within her field. Her nomination was lauded by other seasoned professionals, especially Gene who was honored to present her with the award.

The final two awards of the evening were announced last. The Best Representation of Theme is presented to the entry that best exemplifies the current theme, and this year’s went to Baltimore Gas and Electric’s  for BGE Smart Energy Savers Program Marketing.

The Best In Show is presented to the most outstanding entry in the Program category. This year, the honor went to Catholic Relief Services for their The Haiti Earthquake: Catholic Relief Services Responds to a Major Disaster. The crowd erupted into cheers when the announcement was made. John Rivera accepted the award on behalf of his staff, lauding their continuing dedication to the CRS mission.

After the awards presentation, the evening continued with an array of yummy desserts and the chance to continue the celebration.

Finally, we’d be negligent if we didn’t thank our judges—the Rochester Chapter of PRSA—who said they were impressed by quality of the entries. We thank them sincerely for their hard work.

Winners: Additional awards may be ordered by clicking here. All orders must be received by COB Wednesday July 6, 2011.

And the Finalists for the 2010 PRSA-MD Best in MD Awards Are…

June 7, 2010

We’re so excited to announce the finalists for the 2010 Best in MD Awards! We’ve had some excellent entries this year, and the competition was tough, but here is who’s still in the running:

2010 Best in MD Awards Finalists

A. Bright Idea
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing, LLC
CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield
Crosby Marketing
Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Himmelrich PR
idfive
IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Maryland Lottery
Mayes Communications Inc. & Strategic Design Studio
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Sky Design LLC
Weber Shandwick

Of these finalists, two will be the recipients of the most coveted prizes: Best of Show and Best Theme.

This year’s presentation will take place as a luncheon during the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference. Will your agency/company receive one of these top prizes? Register for the Chessie conference now to find out. Follow us on twitter at #chessie10.

We’ve assembled some of the best speakers in the industry who can’t wait to impart their knowledge on hot topics such as social media, ROI/measurement, SEO, and more.

Full-day Chessie registrants will also receive a ticket to the awards luncheon, which will include a compelling presentation from the keynote speaker, Lisa A. Shenkle, President of VERB! Communications, that you don’t want to miss. If you don’t have time to attend the conference, remember that you can purchase Best in MD luncheon tickets separately. See you at the 2010 Best in MD Awards!

And the Winners Are…

October 20, 2009

The winners of the 2009 Best in Maryland Awards competition were announced during the 32nd Annual Maryland Chesapeake Conference, held Oct. 6 at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson. The chapter awards recognize outstanding achievement in public relations using classic and new media. In all, 43 awards were presented, including the Best in Show Award, which honored Sandy Hillman Communications for the entry titled “2008 World Series of Poker.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

A highlight during the awards ceremony included the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award was presented to Harry Bosk, APR, principal at Bosk Communications and director of PR and marketing at the Center for Integrative Medicine, UM School of Medicine, for exhibiting extraordinary achievement and outstanding leadership in the field of public relations throughout his career.

New Professional of the Year Award

Congratulations are in order for Katie Mercado, of A. Bright Idea, who was honored with the New Professional of the Year Award. Katie won the award for consistently demonstrating an understanding of the principles of PR; effectively supporting her company’s communications objectives; demonstrating ethical behavior in accordance with the PRSA Code of Ethics; and exhibiting conduct consistent with the highest standards of professionalism when dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels of her organization.

 

“On behalf of the entire chapter, I wish to congratulate all the award winners,” said Erika Murray, PRSA-Maryland Chapter President, during the awards ceremony. “The caliber of work that was submitted for awards was truly inspiring and deserving of public recognition.”