PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Colby Reade, APR, Selected For 2014 PRSA’s New Professional Award of Excellence


Sep 14


Sept. 12, 2014
For additional information: Mark Mohammadpour, APR
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
(360) 609-1077


Colby Reade, APR, Selected For 2014 PRSA’s New Professional Award of Excellence

PRSA to Honor Reade, Newly Accredited Member of the Organization, at October 16 Spotlight Awards Ceremony in Portland

Portland, Ore. – Colby Reade, APR, is the 2014 New Professional Award of Excellence recipient, presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter. Reade will be honored at the PRSA Spotlight Awards, held on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at LeftBank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland, Ore. Information and registration are available at

Colby Reade, APR

Colby Reade, APR

The New Professional Award of Excellence honors a chapter member who has entered the field of public relations within the past five years. The award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated his or her commitment to advancing public relations through career achievements, volunteerism, and the highest standards of professionalism. The chapter’s Awards of Distinction Committee reviews nominations for the New Professional Award of Excellence based on the award criteria and guidelines. Information about the award is available at

Reade is an Account Manager at The Hoffman Agency in Vancouver, Wash., where he works on the Alcatel Lucent account and supports the company’s new business efforts. He was previously at Waggener Edstrom Communications, where he worked on global communications for brands such as Windows, Windows Phone, SkyDrive/OneDrive and Prior to his time at Waggener Edstrom Communications, he was a reporter, editor and news anchor for KXL Radio.

Reade is a member of the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter’s Board of Directors, acting as Vice President of Member Communications. He has also lent his communications skills to a number of Portland area nonprofits, volunteering with groups such as SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO), and Oregon Dog Rescue.

“Receiving this award is a huge honor for me,” said Reade. “I consider myself incredibly lucky, because I’ve been surrounded by a lot of really smart, dedicated professionals who have served as mentors, coaches and guides as I’ve launched my career in public relations. To be nominated by some of those folks, and then to be recognized by the esteemed panel of judges, is such a validation of the work I’ve done as well as an encouraging indicator that I’m on the right path for the future.”

New Professional Award of Excellence Honorees:

2014 – Colby Reade, APR

2013 – Taylor Long

2012 – Julie Williams, APR

2011 – Kate Pitchlynn

2010 – Jamie Godfrey

2009 – No award

2008 – Stefanie Stockton Week

2007 – Taraneh Fultz, APR and Laura Herbert

2006 – Martina Lohman

2005 – Vanessa Skillern

2004 – Amy Winans

2003 – Jen Scott

About PRSA’s Portland Metro Chapter

Serving 240 public relations professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the chapter supports lifelong professional development and honors excellence in public relations.

More than one-fifth of Portland Metro Chapter members have earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. Six chapter members have been elected to the PRSA College of Fellows, considered the pinnacle of a professional career.

The Portland Metro Chapter is led by an all-volunteer board of professionals from across the region. Signature events include the annual Spotlight Awards, honoring excellence in public relations, and the Communicators Conference, held in partnership with the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters across the country. Information about the chapter is available at


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