Ralph Crosby, founder and chairman of Annapolis-based Crosby Marketing Communications, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the PRSA Maryland chapter.
According to the chapter, the award honors a PR professional whose career spans 15 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements and demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations.
After graduating with honors from the University of Maryland School of Journalism in 1956, Ralph Crosby began his career as a reporter and then columnist and editor for The Baltimore News American. From 1960 to 1970, he was a magazine editor and White House correspondent, and culminated his journalistic career as an editor with the Kiplinger organization.
Among several entrepreneurial endeavors, he founded what would become Crosby Marketing Communications in 1973. The firm had one part-time employee who worked out of her basement. Today, 42 years later and with an office in Washington, D.C., Crosby ranks as one of the top-50 independent PR firms in the country with a list of blue-chip clients including Kaiser Permanente, DuPont, the EPA ENERGY STAR Program, Social Security Administration, Catholic Relief Services, Saint Agnes Hospital and Disabled American Veterans.