Barb Clapp has been selected as the 2019 Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Clapp, founder of Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing LLC, will be recognized at the Best in Maryland Awards Gala on December 4th at Mt. Washington Mill Dye House in Baltimore. The Awards Gala will also recognize the Rising Star, Paul E. Welsh Professional and Educator of the Year winners as well as Best in Maryland PR awards.

PRSA Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 20 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics.

Other honorees will include Educator of the Year David Marshall, Ph.D., from Morgan State University; Rising Star Lorianne Walker of Abel Communications for early career achievements; and Paul E. Welsh recipient Emily McDermott of Van Eperen, a Capitol Communicator sponsor, for mid-career success.

Also, PR team of the year: Planit’s Ashlene Larson, Jennifer Donahoe, Christina Perry, Nikki Bracy, Harry Hammel, and Kendall Dougherty

“Recognizing PR professionals for career milestones has been an honor we have bestowed since 1961. I am honored to be amongst their ranks and am proud to award this year’s outstanding leaders, some of whom I know personally,” said Lisa Brusio Coster, chapter president and president of Coster Communications.

In addition to the professional awards, winners in 23 categories will be announced culminating in the final award, the coveted Best in Show.

2019 Best in Maryland Award nominees:

  • A. Bright Idea
  • Abel Communications
  • BGE
  • Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
  • Clapp Communications
  • Coster Communications, Ltd.
  • Crosby Marketing Communications
  • Devaney & Associates
  • Devaney & Associates and Chase Brexton Health Care
  • Harrison Communications and Abel Communications
  • imre
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • LifeBridge Health
  • Maryland Auto Insurance
  • Maryland Public Television
  • MDOT State Highway Administration
  • Planit and Royal Building Products
  • Sandy Hillman Communications
  • The Cyphers Agency
  • The Nature Conservancy Maryland/DC
  • Van Eperen
  • Victory-360, LLC
  • Weinberg Harris & Associates

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