9News, The Fox, KOA Among Big Winners at Annual CBA Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the  Colorado Broadcasters Association’s annual “Awards of Excellence.” Winners included:

  • 103.5 The Fox – Radio Station of the Year
  • 9News – Television Station of the Year
  • KOA NewsRadio – Best Radio Newscast  (for its morning show with April Zesbaugh and Stefan Tubbs)
  • 7News’ Shannon Ogden – Best News Anchor
  • Next with Kyle Clark – Best Newscast

The CBA website has the full list of winners.

Denver Broncos PR Staff Wins National Award

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos’ public relations staff, which has been selected as the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The Rozelle Award is given to the NFL public relations staff that “consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.”

Denver’s PR department is led by Patrick Smyth (VP of public relations), assisted by Erich Schubert (senior manager of media relations), Seth Medvin (media relations coordinator) and Rebecca Villaneuva (corporate communications manager). The department was also assisted by interns Brock Anderson and Anne Noland.


Webb, Philosophy Win Big at 2016 PRSA Gold Picks

Webb Strategic and Philosophy Communication were the big winners at the the 2016 PRSA Colorado Gold Picks awards event. Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine who fared best (two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Webb Strategic (14 points) – Seven gold
1. Philosophy (14 points) – Five gold, four silver
3. WildRock (10 points) – Four gold, two silver
4. Denver Art Museum (8 points) – Nonprofit Award, three gold
4. Linhart PR (8 points) – Four gold
6. CIG (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
6. Colorado State University (7 points) – Two gold, three silver
8. Bawmann Group (6 points) – Three gold
8. Farm Credit Council (6 points) – Three gold
10. Blake Communications (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
10. Weber Shandwick (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
12. B Public Relations (4 points) – One gold, two silver
12. Denver Water (4 points) – Two gold
12. Fyn PR (4 points) – One gold, two silver
12. Lola Red (4 points) – One Grand Gold, one gold
12. Malen Yantis (4 points) – Small Practice award, one gold
12. MWH Global (4 points) – Two gold
12. SCRAM (4 points) – One gold, two silver
19. Darnaeur Group (3 points) – One gold, one silver
20. Bonfils Blood Center (2 points) – One gold
20. DISH Network (2 points) – Two silver
20. City of Commerce City (2 points) – Two silver
20. Fletcher Group (2 points) – One gold
20. Level 3 (2 points) – One gold
20. Mulligan & Co. (2 points) – Two silver
20. SideCar PR (2 points) – One gold
20. Sling TV (2 points) – One gold
20. Xstatic (2 points) – One gold
29. Orapin (1 point) – One silver
29. RightScale (1 point) – One silver

PRSA Colorado Announces 2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 PRSA Colorado Gold Pick special award winners:

  • Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award : Dan Hopkins, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District
  • PR Person of the Year Award: Jordan Blakesley, B Public Relations
  • Business Person of the Year Award: Nicolle Davies, Arapahoe Libraries
  • Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award: Taylor Prather, Eagle County Government
  • Mentor of the Year Award: Nicole Yost, Fyn Public Relations
  • Chapter Service Award: Elizabeth Jumel, Jumel Public Relations
  • PR Team of the Year Award: Colorado State University’s External Relations Team

The Special Award and Gold and Silver Pick award winners will be recognized at the Gold Pick Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the EXDO Event Center.

B PR, CSG and CSU Land Bronze Anvil Awards

I’m way late on this, but a shout out to my friends Jordan Blakesley and BrieAnn Fast at B Public Relations for their national PRSA Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation. This year’s Bronze Anvil competition drew a total of 828 entries. Of those, only 71 organizations were selected by the Bronze Anvil Judges as Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation winners. And congratulations to CSG and Colorado State University, which also won Bronze Anvil awards this year.

CSG, CSU Big Winners at 2015 PRSA Colorado Gold Picks

Communications Strategy Group, JKD & Company, Cutter Communications, and Mulligan & Co. 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 (two points for a gold, one point for a silver, two additional points for the Grand Gold Pick/Small Practice/Nonprofit Best in Show awards), the results are:

1. CSG | PR (14 points) – Seven gold
2. JKD & Company (12 points) – Two Grand Gold Picks, Small Practice Award
3. Cutter (9 points) – Grand Gold Pick, Small Practice Award, one gold, one silver
4. Mulligan & Co. (8 points) – Four gold
5. Linhart PR (6 points) – Three gold
5. Philosophy (6 points) – Three gold
7. Blake (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
8. B Public Relations (4 points) – Two gold
8. Novitas (4 points) – Nonprofit Best in Show gold
8. WildRock (4 points) – Two gold
11. DStreet (3 points) – One gold, one silver
11. Webb (3 points) – One gold, one silver
13. Ayers PR (2 points) – One gold
13. CIG (2 points) – One gold
13. Gonder PR (2 points) – One gold
13. Monaghan (2 points) – One gold
13. Volume Nine (2 points) – One gold
18. Barefoot PR (1 point) – One silver
18. MGA (1 point) – One silver
18. Weber Shandwick (1 point) – One silver

And Colorado State University led the non-agency winners:

1. Colorado State University (14 points) – Seven gold
2. Leidos Engineering (4 points) – Two gold
2. University of Colorado/Skaggs (4 points) – Two gold
4. Kaiser (2 points) – One gold
5. Commerce City (1 point) – One silver
5. Colorado Health Foundation (1 point) – One silver
5. Denver Union Station (1 point) – One silver

The 2015 Special Award winners were:

• Pete Webb, Webb, Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award
• Michelle Ellis, Orapin Marketing + PR, PR Person of the Year
• Meg VanderLaan, MWH Global, Business Person of the Year
• Amber DiGiallanardo, Linhart, Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year
• Kristen Yantis, Malen Yantis, Mentor of the Year
• Margaret Fogarty, Farm Credit, Chapter Service Award

And the Public Relations Team of the Year was awarded to Sage Hospitality, Dunn Communications, Larimer Associates, dovetail solutions, and Aiello Public Relations & Marketing.

2015 DBJ 40 Under 40 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the communications-related honorees of this year’s DBJ 40 Under 40 Awards:

  • Jeff Steepleton, president of the Galloway Group
  • Jennifer Van Vleet, regional communications manager, MWH Global
  • Katy Michael, VP of global communications, Crocs Inc.
  • Erika Martinez, , director of communications and community outreach, City & County of Denver – North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
  • Ryan Huff, spokesperson and issues manager, University of Colorado Boulder

28 Colorado Companies on Outside Magazines’ 100 Best Places to Work


Colorado had a record 28 companies make the Outside Magazine list of the Top 100 Best Places to Work, including my colleagues at GroundFloor Media who made the list at No. 4. The full list of Colorado communications/marketing/digital services providers is:

4. GroundFloor Media
18. TDA_Boulder
40. Sterling-Rice Group
48. Bluetent
55. Slice of Lime
80. Development Counsellors International
95. Backbone Media

Womer Elected to PRSA College of Fellows

Congratulations to Kelly Womer of Linhart PR, who was elected to the PRSA College of Fellows. Womer joins such people as Sydney Ayers, Jane Dvorak, Gwinavere Johnston, Jeff Julin and Bob Schenkein as members of the “honorary organization within PRSA composed of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.”

Linhart, Philosophy, CSG Big Winners at 2014 Gold Picks

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.

CPR News Seeks Underwriter for Larger Trophy Case

Colorado Public Radio took home two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, bringing this year’s award count to 12. Other 2014 honors include four National Headliner Awards, four Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) Awards and two National Education Writers Association Awards:

  • “Colorado Matters” reporter and producer Lesley McClurg’s story “Flood leaves many Colo. immigrants homeless and paperless” won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best hard new reporting. It examined the devastating effects of last year’s flooding on Colorado’s immigrant population. 
  • “Colorado Matter” host Ryan Warner and CPR contributor David Hill’s story “Remembering John Denver, the singer who embodied Colorado” took home the regional Edward R. Murrow award for top news documentary. The story featured a retrospective examination of folk-singer John Denver who would have turned 70 last year. 
  • Education Reporter Jenny Brundin also received six awards this spring, including two National Education Writers Association Awards, two National Headliner Awards and two CBA Awards. Judged on seven different education stories, The National Education Writers Association awarded Brundin best broadcast beat reporting. Her report “DPS kids get away with death threats, fights and more, teachers say” examining discipline in Denver’s Public Schools placed third in the single-topic/feature category. Other award-winning stories by Brundin include “Students sway to saxophone during ‘silent’ lunch” and “How a student lost and found hope: Dajina Bell,” both receiving a CBA and a National Headliner Award. 
  • The CPR news team also picked up two awards for coverage of “Colorado’s 2013 flooding,” including second place in the breaking news/continuing coverage of a single event category from the National Headliner Awards, and a certificate of merit in best news coverage of a single event from the CBA. 
  • Coverage of the “March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary” produced by Warner, Brundin, “Colorado Matters” Senior Editor Elaine Grant and former Public Insight Network Reporter Lee Hill received first place in the best news special or public affairs program from the CBA. Three other editions of “Colorado Matters” also won first place in public affairs from the National Headliner Awards.

Broncos’ Press Box Named for Saccomano

Congratulations to Denver Broncos Vice President of Communications Jim Saccomano, who had the press box at Sports Authority Field named after him in a ceremony Sunday. Saccomano has been with the Broncos for 36 years, and he will retire at the end of this season.


Tributes to Saccomano have been offered by many in the media, the latest from Peter King of CNNSI and NBC Sports:

“I think of all the media-relations professionals I’ve worked with in 30 seasons covering the NFL, none has been more professional than Jim Saccamano…. You always knew who Saccamano worked for, but the mark of a good PR guy—I’ve always thought—is he understands those sent to cover the games have pressures on them, too, to come back with unique takes and insight, and he was always prepared to go as close to the line as he could without going over it to help us do our jobs. I’m grateful for the help he’s been to me, and SI, over the years.”

GroundFloor Named ‘Best Place to Work’ By Outside Magazine

GroundFloor Media has been named as the Best Place to Work in 2013 by Outside magazine. GFM ranked No. 1 out of 100 selected companies on the sixth annual list.

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” program celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States.

Linhart, Philosophy Big Winners at 2013 PRSA Gold Pick Awards

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)

Call for Entries: PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Special Awards

PRSA Colorado is accepting nominations for its special awards presented at the annual Gold Pick Awards ceremony. To view category descriptions and nominate someone for an award, download the Special Awards Call for Entries form. The deadline for entries is 4 p.m. on March 29.

Special Award categories include:

  • Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement
  • Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year
  • Chapter Service
  • PR Person of the Year
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • PR Team of the Year

Nominations Open for BMA Colorado ‘Gold Key’ Awards

BMA Colorado is accepting entries for its annual Gold Key competition that recognizes the best business-to-business advertising and communications.

The competition features 60 categories in which entrants can submit work, including public relations, integrated marketing campaigns, brochures, direct mail, annual reports, and newsletters. New categories this year include event marketing and content marketing.

GroundFloor Named Finalist for PR Week Award

Congratulations to GroundFloor Media, which was named a finalist in the PR Week awards. GroundFloor was recognized in the PR Product/Service of the Year category for its “Online War Room,” and the winner will be named in March 2013. The finalists are:

  • Carmichael Lynch Spong: Measuring Social Media Marketing ROI with CLS Social Tracker
  • GolinHarris: The Bright Collective
  • GroundFloor Media: Online War Room: Securely Simulating Online Conversations and Crises
  • Ogilvy PR: OgilvyConnect: Connecting the Dots for DC-Area Nonprofits
  • Weber Shandwick: Social on the Inside: Launch of MyWeberShandwick

GroundFloor Places Second in DBJ’s ‘Best Places to Work’

Congratulations to GroundFloor Media, which was placed second overall in the Denver Business Journal’s 2012 Best Places to Work awards. Winners were chosen based on employees’ responses to a confidential survey about the organization’s leadership, planning, benefits, culture, training and development, as well as overall employee satisfaction. GroundFloor scored 99.63 out of a possible 100 percent, making it the second-highest ranking among all 40 finalists in four categories.

Linhart, Vermillion Win PR News Award for Rudi’s Organic Campaign

Linhart PR and Boulder-based Vermillion Design + Interactive were named winners in the PR News Digital PR Awards‘ WOW! Campaign category for “Rudi’s Organic Bakery: Let’s Doodle Lunch Campaign.” For the WOW! Award, which was given to the most innovative digital campaign, Linhart and Vermilion helped Rudi’s Organic launch the program that invited moms to upload their child’s artwork to receive a free customized sandwich box with the child’s design on the lid.

5280’s Brogan Recognized as a One of the ‘Folio 40’

5280 editor and publisher Daniel Brogan has been included on Folio Magazine‘s Folio 40, described as an honor for the industry’s most innovative and distinguished professionals. The list represents a broad facet of magazine publishing from every corner of the industry. Said Folio:
Brogan has proven that maintaining a focus on and investment in high-quality content is a proven long-term strategy.”

Linhart, Pure Brand Big Winners at PRSA Gold Picks

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)

5280 Named Finalist for Prestigious ASME Award

It’s been a good week for 5280 magazine. Less than a week after being named one of America’s Top 5 city magazines for the third time, 5280 has become the first city and regional publication ever to be named a finalist for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media.

The digital award nomination from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is for “The Saddlemaker,” a short video that tells the story of Jesse W. Smith, who has been making saddles in southeastern Colorado for 47 years. It was created by Jefferson Panis. Other finalists in the video category are GQNew York Times Magazine and Slate.


Armada Medical, GroundFloor Lead CHC ‘Gold Leaf’ Awards

Congratulations to Armada Medical Marketing, GroundFloor Media, Linhart PR, CSG and Welch Creative for winning awards at the 2011 Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Awards. Using the proprietary, highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula (three points for a gold, two points for a silver and one point for a bronze), the winners were:

1.  GroundFloor Media (7 points) – One gold, two silver
1.  Armada Medical Marketing (7 points) –  Three silver, one bronze
3.  Welch Creative Group (3 points) – One gold
3.  Linhart PR (3 points) – Three bronze
5.  Communications Strategy Group (2 points) – Two bronze

Also, congratulations to The Colorado Health Foundation’s Chuck Reyman, who was named the Colorado Healthcare Communicators’ “Professional of the Year.”

Denver Post Sponsors ‘Top Workplaces’ Award

It looks like the Denver Business Journal is getting a little competition in the awards department – the Denver Post has partnered with WorkplaceDynamics for the 2012 Top Workplaces Award. Nominations are due October 28. According to Denver Post Business Editor Steve McMillan:

“The Denver area has a dynamic business environment with companies that have great stories to tell. We look forward to highlighting the metro area’s top employers and how they foster employee satisfaction.”

Johnston, Goldberg Inducted into DPC Hall of Fame

Congratulations to JohnstonWells’ Gwin Johnston and the Denver Business Journal’s Bruce Goldberg for being two of six inductees tonight into the Denver Press Club’s 2011 Hall of Fame class. Gwin founded JohnstonWells as a single mother 40 years ago and built it into one of Denver’s most successful and well-recognized PR firms. And Bruce may be Denver’s favorite curmudgeon, recognized for his work as associate editor of the DBJ and his tireless support of the Denver Press Club.

Motive Wins Awards for Work with Mt. Dew, Qdoba

Denver-based Motive has picked up a couple of awards for its work with clients. The agency was named the 2011 Grand Ex Award winner by  trade publication Event Marketer for its DEWmocracy campaign for Mt. Dew. The campaign used social media to drive the entire campaign and it resulted in a new flavor of Mt. Dew being offered to consumers. Motive also won a Communicator Award in the Marketing Effectiveness category for its work on the Qdoba Burrito Boredom campaign.

GroundFloor Recognized at 2011 SABRE Awards

Congratulations to GroundFloor Media, which was recognized at the 2011 SABRE awards for its “Get Grounded” employee volunteerism and community giving program, as well as for work with clients Motive, Qdoba and “Complete College Colorado.”

GroundFloor received a certificate of excellence in the community citizenship category for its “Get Grounded” program, and was named a Gold Award finalist for its work with Moxie and Qdoba, and a Silver Award finalist in the government agency category for “Complete College Colorado,” a statewide education campaign for the office of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. that aimed to raise awareness about the importance of a college degree.

Linhart Wins [Insert Award Name Here]

Linhart PR won something like its 6,000th award of the year, this time being named one of the Top 50 small company workplaces in America as judged by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces. Nearly 350 companies competed in the contest, and a national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists. Selections were based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of the finalists’ success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver bottom-line results.

CPR News Team Recognized by Colorado AP Broadcasters Assoc.

Congratulations to the Colorado Public Radio news team, which won two first place and two second place awards at the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) annual awards event. “Colorado Matters” Host Ryan Warner and reporter Megan Verlee won first-place awards, and health reporter Eric Whitney and reporter Zachary Barr picked up second-place awards.

“We’re honored by CAPBA’s recognition of our new team’s achievements,” said CPR Vice President of Programming Sean Nethery. “Winning these awards helps reaffirm that we are fulfilling our mission to inform and educate listeners through in-depth local news coverage.”

Webb PR Dominates 2011 PRSA Gold Pick Awards

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)

Cohn Marketing Snags Five BMA Awards

Congratulations to Cohn Marketing, which picked up five Business Marketing Association Colorado awards at the organizations 2011 ceremony. The awards were for:

  • “Best Creative of the Year”
  • Gold Key for B2B Self-Promotion
  • Gold Key for Social Media: Facebook Page/Tab
  • Gold Key for Product Literature/Collateral Material: Product-Specific or Service-Specific Brochures or Catalogs
  • Silver Key for Public Relations: Single PR Effort

Linhart Named Denver COC Small Biz of the Year

Congratulations to Linhart PR, which today was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes small businesses with fewer than 100 employees for their outstanding business practices, community involvement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and productivity.

To select finalists, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce required small businesses to submit an application about their management philosophy and workplace practices. Then, a team of business leaders conducted on-site interviews and visits of each finalist, which included Linhart, blue onion and Lake Arbor Automotive.

CPR Wins Big at CBA’s 2010 Awards of Excellence

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) received top honors in local news reporting and producing in two categories in the Colorado Broadcasters Association’s 2010 Awards of Excellence.

CPR Reporter Megan Verlee‘s news series exploring the legislative process, “Biography of a Bill,” won first place for Best Public Radio Documentary or Series. A collection of stories on doctors’ disclosure of financial ties with pharmaceutical companies, reported by CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney, received the second place award in the same category.

In the category of Best Public Radio News Special or Public Affairs Program, first place was awarded to CPR for the Dec. 14 edition of its local news interview program, “Colorado Matters.” The program focused on the careers of jazz singer Mandy Harvey and former Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll. Second place in the same category went to CPR for the Sept. 13 edition of “Colorado Matters,” which updated and gave listeners various perspectives about last year’s Fourmile Canyon fire, including the experiences of homeowners who broke the law and returned to their properties against the state fire marshal’s safety orders. Host Ryan Warner, Senior Producer Sadie Babits, Producer Zachary Barr, and Audio Producer David Fender worked together in producing the two award-winning editions of “Colorado Matters.”

Cohn Expands, Opens Dallas Office

Denver’s Cohn Marketing has expanded to Texas, opening its new Cohn Southwest office in Dallas. Cohn Southwest will be lead by Ron Brady, who will also manage business development for Cohn in the retail and real estate industries nationally and internationally.

“The climate and timing is right for us to grow the company via a second office in Dallas,” said Jeff Cohn, CEO and chief brand strategist. “A city known across the globe as a hub for retail and real estate services, Dallas is the ideal location for our expansion, and Ron is absolutely the perfect choice to lead the charge for us.”

Additionally, Cohn announced it won its fourth ReBrand 100 Global Award for its work with Cleveland-based client, Developers Diversified Realty.

DPC to Honor Anna Quindlen with Damon Runyon Award

The Denver Press Club has named Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen as the recipient of the 17th Annual Damon Runyon Award. Quindlen will accept the award at a banquet in her honor on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

“Anna Quindlen exemplifies the high standards of journalism and of writing that the Runyon Award is meant to honor,” DPC President Bruce Goldberg said. “We are looking forward to hearing what she has to say about both her career and about journalism on April 29.”

Previous winners include P.J. O’Rourke, Tim Russert, Bob Costas, George Will, Ed Bradley, Maureen Dowd, Ted Turner, Herb Caen, Molly Ivins, Mike Royko and Jimmy Breslin.

PRSA Colorado 2011 Gold Pick Awards Dinner and Ceremony

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.


Weise Picks Up Three MarCom Awards

Weise Communications won three awards at the 2010 MarCom Awards: a platinum award, the top honor, in the category of corporate branding for their work on the rebranding of SM Energy (formerly St. Mary’s Land and Exploration); a gold award in the category of newspaper advertising for the SM Energy rebranding campaign; and an honorable mention for writing a client article on ensuring corporate financial survival.

CSU Prof Named PRSA ‘Outstanding Educator of the Year’

Congratulations to Kirk Hallahan, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University, who was named the PRSA 2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. Hallahan was recognized, in part, because “he developed a new undergraduate course in digital promotion management, one of the first of its kind, to address the use of Internet- and mobile-based media.”

Interestingly, prior to moving to academia, Hallahan worked at one of the worst-named PR firms in the country, Harshe-Rotman & Druck.

CHC Announces ‘Gold Leaf’ Award Winners

The Colorado Healthcare Communicators announced its 2010 Gold Leaf Award winners. The agency winners were:

The big non-agency winners were Centura Health (five awards) and Pinnacol Assurance (five awards).

And congratulations to Weise Communications’ Tracy Weise, who was named 2010 CHC Professional of the Year, and Colorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney, who was named 2010 Media Representative of the Year.