Golin was recognized for Best in Show and Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company received four “Best in Maryland” awards during the PRSA Maryland chapter’s annual awards event held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore on December 6.

The Golin award was for “National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary Announcement,” also a winner in the Reputation/Brand Management category.

In addition to Chesapeake Employers’ four Best in Maryland awards, three organizations won three BIM awards each: Crosby Marketing Communications, a Capitol Communicator sponsor; Maryland Public Television; and the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Other multiple award winners were Devaney & Associates, Lutheran World Relief, Lyons PR, Van Eperen, a Capitol Communicator sponsor, and Weber Shandwick.

During the gala, emceed by Baltimore Police Department Media Relations Chief T.J. Smith, Dan Dunne, APR, Erickson Living’s Director of External Communications was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award for his distinguished public relations and communications career.

Throughout his 28-year Federal law enforcement career with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), nearly two years operating his own public relations consulting business, as well as 11-year career with Erickson Living, Dunne has served in multiple professional communicator roles. As a national spokesperson at BOP headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dunne was faced with having to manage a myriad of critical incident situations. For example, he played a key role in developing the communication strategy for managing the 1,600 news media representatives who descended on the United States Penitentiary, Terra Haute, Indiana, to cover the execution of Timothy McVeigh in 2001.

As Erickson Living’s Director of External Communication, Dunne serves as the company’s chief spokesperson and oversees a team of regional communication professionals responsible for integrated communication support, including social media administration and crisis communications.

Also honored were Dana Vickers Shelley, Morgan State University, as Educator of the Year; Nancy Sherman, Caroline Center, as the inaugural recipient of the Paul E. Welsh Award; Molly Dressel, Abel Communications, as Rising Star; the Maryland Auto Insurance Marketing and Communications Team as PR Team of the Year; and John and Mary Lou Coyle of Coyle Studios as Partner of Distinction.

Emily McDermott of Van Eperen received special recognition for her volunteer activities on behalf of the chapter.

Photo: Members of the winning Golin team, left, with Claudia Ciolfi, PRSA Maryland Chapter president.


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