PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Outstanding Public Relations Professionals to Receive Region’s Top Honors at 2014 Spotlight Awards


Sep 14


Sept. 26, 2014
For additional information: Mark Mohammadpour, APR
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
(360) 609-1077


Outstanding Public Relations Professionals to Receive Region’s  Top Honors at 2014 Spotlight Awards

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will host its annual celebration  of the best in public relations in Portland on Oct. 16

2014 Spotlights

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Oct. 16, the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will honor excellence in public relations at the 2014 Spotlight Awards. Individuals and organizations in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington will be honored for their work during the past year. In addition, six noted public relations professionals will receive Awards of Distinction for their overall contributions to the profession.

The Spotlight Awards, emceed by KGW-TV news anchor Brenda Braxton, will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland. Information and registration are available at

The distinguished list of public relations professionals to be recognized includes:

* With more than 30 years of experience in public relations, advertising and marketing, Kathryn Hubbell, APR, MS, Fellow PRSA, will receive the chapter’s highest honor, the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award. Hubbell runs Adscripts, Inc. Public Relations Consulting and Training and teaches public relations at Marylhurst University.

* The Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award honors the outstanding use of public relations to support important causes. This year’s honoree is Frank Grady, founder and chair of the advertising and public relations agency Grady Britton.

* Considered an indicator of people to watch in the PR industry, the New Professional Award of Excellence will be presented to Colby Reade, APR, Account Manager at The Hoffman Agency.

* A new award, the Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award, will be presented to Patti Atkins, APR, Chuck Williams, APR, and Mara Woloshin, APR, Fellow PRSA. Atkins, Williams and Woloshin have acted as mentors in leading the chapter’s nationally recognized Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) program. The award is named for Olga Haley, a leader in public relations across the Portland metro area and a mentor to new professionals throughout her two-decade career. Her background included leadership roles at Gerber and Leopold Ketel, where she spent most of her career before forming her own firm, Power Public Relations. A winner of the chapter’s William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award, Olga Haley died in March 2014.

Chapter president Barbara Kerr, APR, said, “Winning a Spotlight Award is a milestone in a career. It validates professionalism and talent. It demonstrates excellence in research, planning, execution and evaluation to create outstanding programs, campaigns and tactics.” She added, “This year’s ceremony will have special meaning because of the caliber of the Awards of Distinction honorees. One is relatively new to the profession. Others have devoted the lives to public relations excellence and have distinguished themselves by supporting and mentoring others.”

About the 2014 PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Spotlight Awards

What: 2014 PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Spotlight Awards, recognizing the best in Oregon public relations.

When: Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Leftbank Annex – 101 N. Weidler St., Portland.

Cost: PRSA Members – $65; Non-members – $85; New Pros, PRSSA, Students – $45; Table of 10 – $600.

RSVP:  2014 Spotlight Awards Registration Page.

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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