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Linhart, Philosophy, CSG Big Winners at 2014 Gold Picks
May 9, 2014, 9:09 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

Linhart PR, Philosophy Communication and Communications Strategy Group were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Picks awards event. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (17 points) – Seven gold, three silver
2. Philosophy (13 points) – One grand gold, two gold, five silver
3. CSG | PR (10 points) – Three gold, four silver
4. DStreet (6 points) – One gold, four silver
5. Weber Shandwick (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
6. CIG PR (4 points) – Two gold
6. Webb PR (4 points) – Four silver
7. Bawmann Group (1 point) – One silver
7. Blake Communications (1 point) – One silver
7. GroundFloor Media (1 point) – One silver
7. WildRock (1 point) – One silver

And the non-agency winners were:

1. Dish (6 points) – Two gold, two silver
2. Exclusive Resorts (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
3. DIA (4 points) – Two gold
4. Denver Art Museum (3 points) – One gold, one silver
4. Farm Credit (3 points) – One gold, one silver
6. CU Skaggs School (2 points) – One gold
6. Great Outdoors Colorado (2 points) – One gold
8. Arapahoe Library District (1 point) – One silver
8. City of Aurora (1 point) – One Silver
8. Colorado State University (1 point) – One silver
8. Kaiser Permanente (1 point) – One silver

Note: This list has been updated to reflect several non-agency winners that I inadvertently excluded.



PRSA Colorado Announces Gold Pick Special Award Winners
April 25, 2014, 9:21 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

Congratulations to the PRSA Colorado 2014 Gold Pick Special Award winners:

Chapter Service Award: Lisa Newkirk, DCP Midstream
Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year: Kersten Baldwin, City of Centennial
Mentor of the Year: Amy Johnson, Amy Johnson Public Relations
PR Person of the Year: Molly Keveney, The WhiteWave Foods Company
PR Team of the Year: Office of Communications, CDOT



PRSA Colorado Media Roundtable Luncheon
April 9, 2014, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Registration has opened for PRSA Colorado’s most-popular lunch program – the annual media roundtable.

Annual Media Roundtable Luncheon
11:30 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23
Comedy Works South
5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
$30 for students; $35 for members; $49 for nonmembers

This year’s media attendees include:

  • Vicky Collins, Teletrends
  • Kasey Cordell, Senior Editor, 5280 Magazine
  • Heather Draper, Banking/Finance/Legal Reporter, Denver Business Journal
  • Jim Hooley, General Reporter, Fox 31 and KOA
  • Rob McClure, Photojournalists, CBS4
  • Barry Petersen, Correspondent, CBS News
  • Rory Schmalzried, Executive Producer News Logistics, KMGH-TV
  • Kristine Strain, Assistant News Director, CBS-4
  • Eric Whitney, Reporter, Colorado Public Radio
  • Daliah Singer, Associate Editor, 5280 Magazine


PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Award Call for Entries
February 6, 2014, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

 

Now available: The call for entries for the 2014 PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards.

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PRSA Colorado Annual Chapter Retreat
November 7, 2013, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA


Join industry leaders and public relations professionals from across the state as we strip down and get back to the basics for Naked PR: Authentic, Transparent, Effective – 2013 PRSA Colorado Chapter Retreat.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
1111 14th St. Denver, CO 80202

Register



Last Day to Register for PRSA Colorado’s Breakfast with the Mayor
October 31, 2013, 8:08 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Today is the last day to register for the PRSA Colorado Breakfast with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock (Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:45 a.m. at Tom’s Urban 24 downtown).



Third Annual PRSA Colorado Brand Challenge
October 11, 2013, 10:51 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

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Help Those Who Need a #PRBoost
August 21, 2013, 9:02 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

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PRSA’s annual community outreach event—PR Boost—is just a few weeks away, and it needs your help. PRSA is looking for top-level PR practitioners with at least 5 years of experience who have a passion for public service to mentor area nonprofits in need of a little communication assistance.

Fifth Annual PRSA PR Boost Event
Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7:30-11 a.m.
(7:15- Check In and Breakfast)
Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce,
1445 Market Street, Denver CO 80202

Here’s how it works: PRSA Colorado aligns PR pros with area nonprofits for two one-on-one sessions in which you’ll work together to mentor members from these organizations to help them achieve their communication goals.  It’s a small commitment from you, but it will mean a lot to these nonprofits, and to the communities they serve.

Register here: http://www.prsacolorado.affiniscape.com/displayconvention.cfm?conventionnbr=12545



Linhart, Philosophy Big Winners at 2013 PRSA Gold Pick Awards
May 10, 2013, 8:03 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

What does Sharon Linhart call it when you pick up a half-dozen wins at PRSA Colorado’s Gold Pick awards? An off-night.

Linhart PR and Philosophy Communication were the big agency winners at last night’s awards event. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (21 points) – Two grand gold, six gold, one silver
2. Philosophy Communication (11 points) – Five gold, one silver
3. Pure Brand (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
4. JKD! & Co. (4 points) – Two gold
5. CSG | PR (3 points) – One gold, one silver
5. MGA (3 points) – One gold, one silver
7. Weber Shandwick (1 point) – One silver

And the big non-agency winners were:

1. Kaiser Permanente (10 points) – Five gold
2. Commerce City (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
3. Denver Art Museum (6 points) – Three gold
3. Farm Credit (6 points) – Two gold, two silver

And, finally, congratulations to the Special Award winners:

• Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Bagnulo Communications’ Meredith Bagnulo (Chapter Service Award)
• Chipotle’s Chris Arnold (PR Person of the Year)
• JKD! & Co.’s Jane Dvorak (Mentor of the Year)
• MGA’s Matthew Rodriguez (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)
• 2012 PRSA Western District 2012 Conference Planning Committee, led by chairwoman Lisa Cutter (PR Team of the Year)



PRSA Colorado Accepting ‘Gold Pick’ Entries
February 7, 2013, 9:36 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

PRSA Colorado’s annual Gold Pick Awards ceremony is Thursday, May 9, at the EXDO Event Center. Download the 2013 Call for Entries form to enter a public relations program or campaign for one of the 50 award categories.

Early entry deadline: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 – 4 p.m.

Late entry deadline: Friday, March 1, 2013 – 4 p.m.

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PRSA Colorado Luncheon: Following the ‘Rocky’ Road
February 6, 2013, 10:57 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

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Following the “Rocky” Road
Former Rocky Mountain News Staffers Share Their Stories Four Years Later

After 149 years and 311 days, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on February 27, 2009. As the four-year anniversary of its closure approaches, PRSA Colorado reflects on this stark example of the ever-changing media landscape in our own backyard. A panel discussion will feature former Rocky reporters David Milstead, Sam Adams, Penny Parker and Chris Walsh, and will be moderated by Andrew Hudson.

Details
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Register



Young PRSA Pros Benefit from Pushkin PR Grant
November 15, 2012, 2:34 pm
Filed under: PRSA

Jon Pushkin is celebrating Pushkin Public Relations‘ 15th anniversary by funding a PRSA Colorado scholarship to help young professionals get started in their careers. The $1,500 donation will help young professionals attend PRSA Colorado programs and become more active members of the chapter.

“We believe that integrity and a thirst for learning are fundamental to building solid reputations and successful careers,” said Pushkin. “Over the past 15 years, we’ve helped dozens of organizations grow and prosper. So we are proud to honor our 15th anniversary by helping young professionals grow into successful practitioners.”



Second Annual PRSA Colorado ‘Brand Challenge’
October 3, 2012, 8:19 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is hosting the Second Annual Brand Challenge – a networking, collaborating, creative thinking and pitching competition – on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Wynkoop Brewery.

Representatives from Colorado organizations, including Visit DenverColorado Ski Country USA, and RiNo Arts District, will each present the audience with a unique communications challenge. Teams of 10 people will have 50 minutes to collaborate, brainstorm and develop a solution. Each team will then have five minutes to pitch their idea in front of the audience. The brand representatives will select the best pitches– one for each brand. Each member of the winning teams will receive a prize. Teams will be assigned upon arrival – first come, first serve.



Colorado Nonprofits Need Your Help
August 30, 2012, 8:24 am
Filed under: Pro Bono, PRSA

Okay, PR experts. It’s time to give a little something back. PRSA Colorado is soliciting experts to help counsel non-profits as part of its annual “PR Boost” event. The event connects local non-profits with Denver PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance tailored to the organizations. Topics typically include issues such as how to start a crisis communications plan, what content to include in newsletters, how to use social media to gain fans and volunteers, how to get coverage in the media and how to communicate with volunteers or donors.

PRSA Colorado ‘PR Boost’
7:30 – 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Questions? Contact Quinn Kelsey or Andy Peters

And if you know a non-profit that could use some PR help, point them to the PRSA Colorado nonprofit sign-up page.



Linhart, Pure Brand Big Winners at PRSA Gold Picks
May 4, 2012, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

If you see Sharon Linhart and Larry Holdren at the Capital Grille today smoking cigars, swilling scotch and generally cackling like they own the town, well, actually that’s just a typical Friday for the two of them. But there’d also be another reason: their firms were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards.

Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (16 points) – One grand gold, five gold, two silver
2. Pure Brand (15 points) – Four gold, seven silver
3. Webb PR (8 points) – Three gold, two silver
4. GroundFloor Media (4 points) – Two gold
5. Downing Street (3 points) – One gold, one silver
6. Communications Infrastructure Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Communications Strategy Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Philosophy (2 points) – Two silver
9. JDK & Co. (1 point) – One silver

And the big non-agency winners were:

1. Pinnacol Assurance (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
2. Farm Credit (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
2. Kaiser Permanente (5 points) – One gold, three silver
4. Colorado State University (4 points) – Two gold

And, finally, congratulations to the Special Award winners:

• JKD & Co.’s Jane Dvorak (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Rocky Mountain Arsenal: Charlie Scharmann/U.S. Army, Roger Shakely/Shell Oil Co. and Steve Berendzen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Business People of the Year)
• Margaret Fogarty/Farm Credit and Carey Madsen/InView Communications (PR Team of the Year)
• EnCana’s Bridget Ford (Chapter Service Award)
• Linhart PR’s Ashley Frost (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)



2-for-1 Deal Offered for PRSA Carl Kasell Tickets
March 7, 2012, 11:29 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

If you are both a procrastinator and a fan of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!,” today is your lucky day. PRSA is now offering two-for-one tickets to Carl Kasell’s keynote address at the PRSA Western District Conference in Denver next Monday.



PRSA Colorado ‘Media Roundtable’ Luncheon
February 7, 2012, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado’s annual Media Roundtable luncheon is next week, and it is a chance to connect with Denver media such as:

  • Julie Dugdale, senior editor, 5280
  • Amber Johnson, editor, The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas
  • Kelley Griffin, executive producer, Colorado Public Radio
  • Kathy Walker, news director, KOA-850 AM
  • Rory Schmalzried, executive producer of news logistics, 7News
  • Dennis Huspeni, staff writer, Denver Business Journal
  • Doug Hoffacker, assignment editor, CBS4News
  • Greg Griffin, business reporter, The Denver Post
  • Suzanne Brown, features editor, The Denver Post
  • Curtis Hubbard, editorial page editor, The Denver Post
  • Misty Montano, digital content manager, 9News
  • Erika Napoletano, writer, Entreprenuer magazine & The Bitch Slap
Details:
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Registration and Networking | 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: The Four Seasons Hotel | 1111 14th Street | Denver, CO 80202



PRSA Colorado’s Chapter Retreat – CoLab
October 18, 2011, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

The CoLab (formerly the PRSA Chapter Retreat) will feature hands-on, intentionally collaborative workshops that will encourage and inspire you to build chemistry with fellow industry professionals, test your limits and expand your capabilities. You’ll develop a strategic mindset, strengthen your relationships and pick up practical tips.

Early-Bird Pricing through Oct. 27: Fees for PRSA Colorado members is $130 for full retreat, $50 for keynote lunch only, or $25 for Young Pros session only. Non-member fees are $170 for full retreat, $65 keynote lunch only, or $35 for Young Pros only. Student discounts available for $65-$85. Click here for details. Continue reading



PRSA Votes to Increase Dues 13 Percent
October 17, 2011, 10:59 am
Filed under: PRSA

Annual dues for PRSA will increase $30 to $255 starting Jan. 1, 2012. PRSA Colorado dues will remain an additional $65 per year.



PRSA Colorado ‘Brand Challenge’
October 14, 2011, 8:19 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Next Wednesday, in lieu of its monthly luncheon, PRSA Colorado will host its first Brand Challenge – a networking, collaborating, creative thinking, pitching competition.

Representatives from Crocs, the Four Seasons Hotel, and Smashburger will present three unique communication challenges. Randomly assigned teams will have 30 minutes to develop a solution and three minutes to pitch their idea. Each member of the winning teams will receive prizes up to $100 in value.

In addition to food, drinks and great prizes, the event will be a great opportunity to:

  • Visit with friends and colleagues
  • Network with local PR professionals
  • Learn about the communication challenges that major brands are experiencing
  • Participate in an integrated brainstorming and pitching exercise with a diverse team of communicators
  • Observe the creative thinking and pitching style of peers
  • And, did we mention…prizes up to $100 in value from Crocs, the Four Seasons and Smashburger

REGISTER NOW:  http://bit.ly/mVQsy5

$25 for Students
$35 for PRSA Colorado Members
$45 for Non-members



The PRSA Colorado ‘Great Brand Challenge’
September 29, 2011, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

When

  • October 19, 2011
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where

  • Braun’s (24th and Blake near Coors Field in the Ballpark District)

What

  • Representatives from three nationally recognized brands (Crocs, The Four Seasons Hotel, and Smashburger) will present the audience with a unique communication challenge.
  • Teams of eight to 10 people (attendees) will have 30 minutes to collaborate, brainstorm and develop a solution.
  • Each team will then have three minutes to pitch their idea in front of the audience.
  • The brand representatives will select the three best pitches – one for each brand.
  • Each member of the three winning teams will receive a prize from the brand they pitched.
  • Note: Teams will be assigned randomly to foster networking and fresh thinking by bringing together groups of people with diverse skill sets and experience levels.

Why

  • A fresh approach to networking
  • Exposure to real brands and real brand challenges
  • Opportunity to participate in an integrated brainstorming, planning and pitching exercise with a diverse team of communicators.
  • Exposure to the approach, creative thinking, ideation and pitching style of peers.
  • Opportunity to win big prizes

Registration

  • $35 for PRSA Colorado Members
  • $45 for Non-members


PRSA CoLab
September 28, 2011, 9:24 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Registration has opened for PRSA CoLab, a full-day experiment in innovative thinking and discussion for Colorado’s public relations professionals. The hands-on, intentionally creative and challenging workshops will encourage and inspire participants to build chemistry with other industry professionals, test their limits and expand their capabilities. The CoLab will feature top speakers, energizing activities and a collaborative work environment.

PRSA CoLab
9 am – 5 pm, Thursday, Nov. 3
Denver Art Museum

 



Denver’s PR Agency Leaders
September 14, 2011, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

If you are interested in learning first-hand what it takes to build one of Denver’s biggest and/or best PR agencies, plan to attend PRSA Colorado’s September luncheon. I am moderating an all-star panel discussion that features six of Denver’s most notable agency leaders:

Send me an email or post a comment if you have a question you would like me to ask any or all of these agency leaders. And don’t be afraid to make them tough – they can take it.



Hickenlooper Declares September ‘Ethics Month’ for PR
August 31, 2011, 9:11 am
Filed under: Ethics, Hickenlooper, PRSA

Better get home early, get a good night’s sleep and prepare to be on your best behavior because “Ethics Month” for public relations practitioners starts tomorrow.



PRSA Colorado Taps Six All-Stars for Panel Discussion
August 24, 2011, 9:14 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

If you are interested in learning first-hand what it takes to build one of Denver’s biggest and best PR agencies, plan to attend PRSA Colorado’s September luncheon. I am moderating an all-star panel discussion that features six of Denver’s most notable agency leaders:

Send me an email or post a comment if you have a question you would like me to ask any or all of these agency leaders. And don’t be afraid to make them tough – they can take it.



Colorado Non-profits Need Your PR Help
August 17, 2011, 8:15 am
Filed under: Pro Bono, PRSA

Okay, PR experts. It’s time to give a little something back. PRSA Colorado is soliciting experts to help counsel non-profits as part of its annual “PR Boost” event. The event connects local non-profits with Denver PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance tailored to the organizations.

PRSA Colorado ‘PR Boost’
7:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

And if you know a non-profit that could use some PR help, point them to the PRSA Colorado non-profit sign-up page.



PRSA Colorado Trivia Night
August 15, 2011, 10:05 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 31
Whiskey Bar, 2203 Larimer St., Denver
(Free parking at Pure Brand)
Sponsored by Linhart PR & Pure Brand
Register



JKD & Co. Wins 2011 ‘Silver Anvil’
June 16, 2011, 7:02 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

Congratulations to JKD & Co.’s Jane Dvorak, who picked up what appears to be Denver’s only 2011 PRSA Silver Anvil award. JKD & Co. won the award for its “Eye-Spy the Orange Truck” campaign on behalf of client Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric.



Webb PR Dominates 2011 PRSA Gold Pick Awards
May 6, 2011, 8:42 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

You have to hand it to Pete Webb. His team either does really good work or they really know how to fill out an award nomination (I’m guessing both). Webb PR was the big winner at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which organizations fared best (two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Webb PR (13 points) – Six gold, one silver
2. Linhart (pronounced “len-hahrt”) (6 points) – Three gold
2. Pure Brand (6 points) – Two gold, two silver
4. Denver Art Museum (5 points) – One grand gold, one gold, one silver
4. Philosophy Communication (5 points) – One gold, three silver
6. CSG|PR (4 points) –  Two gold
6. Colorado State University (4 points) – Two gold
8. GroundFloor Media (3 points) – One gold, one silver
8. JKD & Company (3 points) – One gold, one silver
8. JohnstonWells (3 points) – One gold, one silver
11. 104 West (2 points) – One gold
11. Carmichael Lynch Spong (2 points) – One gold
11. Children’s Hospital (2 points) – One gold
11. MWH (2 points) – One gold
11. MGA (2 points) – Two silver
11. Pinnacol Assurance (2 points) – Two silver
17. Bonfils Blood Center (1 point) – One silver
17. Cohn Marketing (1 point) – One silver
17. Dovetail Solutions (1 point) – One silver
17. First Data (1 point) – One silver
17. Galloway Group (1 point) – One silver
17. Kirshner Communications (1 point) – One silver
17. University of Denver (1 point) – One silver
17. Vail Resorts (1 point) – One silver

Also, congratulations to the big award winners:

Denver Art Museum’s “Rolling Out the Gold Carpet: King Tut’s Denver Debut” (Grand Gold Pick Award)
• Mitchell Communications’ Sydney Ayers (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Bonfils Blood Center President & CEO Tom Puckett (Business Person of the Year)
• MGA’s Raquel Fuentes, Sarah Rasmussen and Jennifer Watson (PR Team of the Year)
• Linhart’s Quinn Kelsey (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)
• CL Orwig & Associates’ Cherie Orwig (Chapter Service Award)



PRSA Starts Book Club for Young Professionals
May 4, 2011, 7:40 am
Filed under: PRSA

Colorado PRSA’s Young Professional Development Committee has started a book club for young PR pros. To kick off the club, we will be reading fashion PR publicist Kelly Cutrone’s If You Have to Cry, Go Outside And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.

“Known to those in the industry as the founder of People’s Revolution, Cutrone will be remembered to some as the tough boss to Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port on MTV’s The Hills. The book catalogs both her personal and professional successes.  Her advice is applicable for those in every business.  Helpful tips include: phone calls are better than emails, don’t blog about your job, and go outside to cry.”

The club will meet on the last Tuesday of each month. The first meeting is Tuesday, May 31, at 6 pm at Paris on the Platte. RSVP to haleyhennes@gmail.com.



PRSA Comps Local Dues for New Members in February
February 15, 2011, 5:43 pm
Filed under: PRSA

If you’ve been thinking about joining PRSA, this is the month to do it: you’ll get your Colorado Chapter dues comped. Enter promo code FEB11. Not sure why you should join? Come to an orientation for new and prospective members Wednesday, Feb. 16, before the PRSA media roundtable luncheon. 11 a.m. Curtis Hotel lobby.



PRSA Colorado 2011 Gold Pick Awards Dinner and Ceremony
February 15, 2011, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Awards, Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado has scheduled its annual Gold Pick Awards Dinner and Ceremony for Thursday, May 5, 2011. Download the 2011 Call for Entries form to enter a public relations program or campaign for one of the 49 award categories.

Early entry deadline:
February 25, 2011 – Noon

Late entry deadline:
March 5, 2011 – 4 p.m.

Special Awards deadline:
March 25, 2011 – 4 p.m.

The PRSA Colorado Chapter Gold Pick awards program is aligned with the PRSA Silver Anvil awards program. Visit http://www.prsa.org/awards/silveranvil for complete details on the national awards.

 



PRSA Colorado Luncheon Features eBay’s Skyberg
January 10, 2011, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

eBay’s Rolf Skyberg is the featured speaker at this month’s PRSA Colorado luncheon, where he will discuss how to control the destiny of your campaigns – and your business – by mastering the elusive patterns of growth and decline. Some of the topics Rolf will cover include:

  • How to tell the difference between a fad and a trend
  • When to respond quickly and when to simply “keep calm and carry on”
  • What to do when the hype dies down
  • How not to get bitten in your career
  • How to get the most out of your team

The details are:

Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
$35 for PRSA Colorado chapter members; $49 for guests and $30 for students



2010 PRSA Holiday Party
November 30, 2010, 11:10 am
Filed under: PRSA



The Best and Worst of 2010 PR: Hit Me with Your Best Shot
November 12, 2010, 9:39 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Marv Rockford and Steve Gray of Rockford Gray are headlining the November PRSA Colorado luncheon with a look at the best and worst public relations work of the year.

The Best and Worst of 2010 PR: Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m.
The Curtis Hotel | 1405 Curtis St. | Denver, CO 80202



PRSA ‘Free Chapter Dues’ Promotion Ends Next Week
September 23, 2010, 12:46 pm
Filed under: PRSA

If you have been thinking about joining PRSA, now is a good time – you have one more week to get a free local PRSA Colorado membership. National PRSA will pay the chapter dues for a year for any new member who joins in September. More details are here.



The Importance of Maintaining Integrity in a Crisis
September 13, 2010, 9:35 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is hosting an all-star panel to discuss how can you keep your personal and professional integrity during a crisis situation while also keeping your company or client happy. Panelists include PRSA National Chair and CEO Gary McCormick and PRSA Colorado’s newest inductees to the College of Fellows – Sydney Ayers, Jane Dvorak and Jeff Julin.

The Importance of Maintaining Integrity in a Crisis
Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m.
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

Click here to register (deadline is noon today).



Is PRSA’s APR Credential Relevant Anymore?
September 3, 2010, 2:19 pm
Filed under: PRSA

With “only 904 Society members hav(ing) become APR in the past six years, which represents a decline of more than 50% in participation by members over the two previous six-year periods,” it would appear it is headed toward irrelevancy.

Those numbers don’t surprise me. National PRSA’s attempts to gin up relevancy for the APR by requiring it to serve on its board only serves to underscores the situation. I’m perfectly fine with a CPA-like certification that requires a rigorous path and a corresponding level of respect within the public relations and broader marketing communities. But the APR credential isn’t that, and the most dictatorial holders of the certification should stop acting as though it is.

I have no doubt that my 15 years of public relations experience working with and for some of the most recognizable companies in the world has given me the knowledge and expertise I need to become credentialed. And as a PRSA Colorado board member, I more than meet the various requirements to remain credentialed. But I am not an APR. And the only explanation that I can give is to explain that when someone asks me to go jump through hoops for no reason, I just smile politely and say, “No thanks.”

(Note: If Gina, Jeff, Sydney, Sarah, Jon, Jane or any other APRs would like equal time, I’m happy to post it).



Trivial Matters …
September 2, 2010, 7:49 am
Filed under: PRSA

Congratulations to Linhart PR and Pure Brand, who placed 1-2 in PRSA Colorado’s trivia night last night at Scruffy Murphy’s.



PRSA Colorado Trivia Night
August 23, 2010, 6:08 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Have a gift for remembering useless information? Want to test your wits against your fellow marketing and PR professionals? Then Colorado PRSA invites you to Trivia Night on Wed., Sept. 1.

Colorado PRSA Trivia Night
Scruffy Murphy’s, 2030 Larimer St., Denver
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
5:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking
6 p.m. – Trivia Begins – Don’t be late!

Click here to register. PRSA will pair up individuals that evening, and teams can have a maximum of six players. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Last-place team will be required to pay Paula Berg’s bar tab.



Free PR Help for Colorado Nonprofits
August 11, 2010, 8:46 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Do you know a nonprofit that is looking for guidance on PR campaigns, traditional and social media, crisis communications and other communications issues? Let them know about PRSA Colorado’s annual PR Boost event on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

PR Boost brings together experienced public relations practitioners with local nonprofits to provide PR counsel and guidance specific to your nonprofit organization’s communications needs.  Each attending nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual counseling sessions.

Click here to learn more or register.



Julin, Ayers, Dvorak Named PRSA ‘Fellows’
August 2, 2010, 5:58 am
Filed under: PRSA

Congratulations to MGA Communications’ Jeff Julin, Ayers PR’s Sydney Ayers and JKD & Company’s Jane Dvorak for being named to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows, which was created in 1989 to honor the accomplishments of the best in the public relations profession and has more than 400 members.



PRSA Colorado Soliciting Non-profits that Need a ‘PR Boost’
July 27, 2010, 10:25 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Do you know a nonprofit leader whose public relations efforts need a boost? If so, let them know about PRSA Colorado’s 2010 PR Boost on Wed., August 18, which connects non-profits and PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance specific to the organization’s communications needs. Each nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual sessions. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and free event parking.



PRSA Colorado Golf Tournament Scheduled for Aug. 10
July 24, 2010, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA


PRSA Colorado is soliciting players and sponsors for its annual golf tournament (Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Inverness Golf Club). Click here to learn more about playing, and email Julie Bielenberg to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities.



Jim Hooley, PRSA Hosting Web Video Workshop
July 13, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: PRSA

PRSA Colorado and longtime Denver journalist Jim Hooley are hosting a hands-on web video workshop where participants can learn how to produce, edit and share web video. The workshop will focus on scripting, shot selections, audio tips and tricks, basic video editing techniques and how to share videos online. The details are:

Web Video Workshop
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. MDT | Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Denver Press Club | 1330 Glenarm Place | Denver, CO 80204
Click here for more information.



PRSA Colorado Sponsors Mentoring Event
July 7, 2010, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is hosting a free (that’s right, Ef Rodriguez, FREE) mentorship event on Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St. in Denver). The event will include:

  • Extended happy hour and complimentary appetizers
  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with potential mentors/mentorees in an organic setting

According to PRSA, “A recent PR Tactics article found the most valuable mentor relationships evolve through everyday work interactions and civic and volunteer activities. We’re bridging the two and providing the resources and a fun environment for all PR pros, young and old, to nurture meaningful relationships and possibly, life-long friendships.” RSVP to Erin Collins.



PRSA Luncheon to Focus on Community Partnerships
June 11, 2010, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Creative Strategies Group’s Bruce Erley will discuss how to “create compelling storytelling opportunities for event sponsorships and community partnership initiatives that align with your organization’s strategic objectives” at PRSA Colorado’s June luncheon:

“Bring Strategic Sponsorships and Community Partnerships to Life through PR”
11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Click here to register.



PRSA Colorado’s ‘Business Person of the Year’ Threatens to Break KMGH/Channel 7 Reporter’s Finger
May 27, 2010, 6:12 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

How’s this for irony: A week after accepting PRSA Colorado’s “Business Person of the Year” award at the organization’s annual awards gala, Pinnacol Assurance CEO Ken Ross (allegedly) had to be restrained from attacking KMGH/Channel 7 investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski and threatened to break the reporter’s finger.

The confrontation (allegedly) took place at the famed Pebble Beach resort in California, where Pinnacol was hosting a controversial junket for board members and its top sales brokers.

From KMGH/Channel 7:

Following a golf round on May 13, Kovaleski asked Johnson about whether it was appropriate for him to be on the trip.

“What do you think the governor is going to think about you taking this kind of golf with you and your wife,” Kovaleski was asking (Pinnacol board chairman Gary) Johnson when Ross interrupted and prevented the board member from answering.

Ross, on the 18th hole, seemed very agitated.

“You point your finger at me again, and I’m going to break it,” Ross said while pointing his finger at Kovaleski. He turned to the camera and demanded that it be turned off.

“This has nothing to do with Pinnacol,” Ross said.

“It doesn’t?” Kovaleski asked. “Then why did your employees let us know you were here? Why are your employees outraged? You are spending a lot of money on a trip and you have board members who are appointed by the governor.”

CALL7 Investigators were tipped of to the trip by a source who had information from inside Pinnacol.

Ross, who was being restrained by colleagues, surged at Kovaleski.

“Please, don’t push me,” Kovaleski said.



PRSA Colorado’s Video Tribute to Joe Fuentes
May 12, 2010, 9:57 am
Filed under: Obit, PRSA


Linhart, Webb Dominate 2010 ‘Gold Pick’ Agency Awards
May 7, 2010, 7:41 am
Filed under: Awards, PRSA, Public Relations

If you see Sharon Linhart and Pete Webb at the Capital Grille today smoking cigars, swilling scotch and generally cackling like they own the town, there’s a reason: they were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (10 points) – One grand gold, three gold, two silver
2. Pete Webb PR (9 points) – Three gold, three silver
3. Carmichael Lynch Spong (4 points) – Two gold
3. Pure (4 points) – Two gold
3. Philosophy (4 points) – One gold, two silver
6. Xstatic (3 points) – One gold, one silver
7. GroundFloor Media (2 points) – Two silver
7. Peri Marketing & PR (2 points) – Two silver
9. InView (1 point) – One silver
9. JDK – (1 point) – One silver
9. Vladimir Jones (1 point) – One silver

And congratulations to the Denver Art Museum, which if an agency would have placed third with 6 points (three gold). Also, congratulations to the big award winners:

• MGA’s Jeff Julin (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Pinnacol Assurance President & CEO Ken Ross (Business Person of the Year)
• Red Energy PR’s Amy Sufak (PR Person of the Year)
• Subaru’s Rachael Tucker Dorr (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)
• Denver Art Museum (Nonprofit Award)
• Bonfil’s Julie Scott, Larimer Square’s Erika Sauerwein and Linhart’s Jennifer Tilliss (Chapter Service Awards)
• Applewood Plumbing & Heating/JKD (Small Business Award)
• Audubon Surgery Center/Vladimir Jones (Golden Spur Award)




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