2014 IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Award Winners Span Michigan to New York to Virginia

Sep 30, 2014, 10:45 ET from IABC

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four award winners will be recognized at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Heritage Region Conference October 19 – 21 in Providence, RI (http://www.iabcheritageconference.com).

"We are very pleased to recognize these highly accomplished professionals," said Heritage Region Director Forrest Hughes. "The standards and criteria for IABC Silver Quill awards are high, based on time-tested thresholds of performance. The program is not a competition against peers but a quest to meet and exceed professional standards for effective strategic and creative work."

Professionals in business communications, public relations, graphic design, marketing and related fields participate in the program. Management and skill categories involve internal and external communication, media relations, community relations, advertising, branding, crisis communications, publications, social media and more.

See list of winners below.

Entries receiving scores at or above a winning threshold receive Awards of Merit or―at the highest level―Awards of Excellence. Of the 72 entries that were received from across the multi-state Heritage Region, 24 won awards: 15 Awards of Merit and nine Awards of Excellence.

Hughes added, "Receiving a Silver Quill Award is a special honor. But all who enter also benefit from the thoughtful evaluations they receive. Comments can help entrants improve their performance and even fine-tune their entries―possibly for use in IABC's international Gold Quill program."

Entries comprised work samples along with written work plans focused on business need/opportunity, intended audience/stakeholders, goals and objectives, solution overview, implementation and challenges, and measurement/evaluation of outcomes.

Evaluators are experienced business communicators trained in applying the IABC Seven-point Scale of Excellence. Two evaluators scored each entry independently and then reconciled their scores.

Silver Quill has been offered through the IABC Heritage Region for nine years and, prior to that, through smaller IABC districts. The IABC Heritage Region encompasses Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

Winners will be recognized during the opening session of the IABC Heritage Region Conference on Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 2014. On Oct. 20 and 21, conference participants will attend sessions by five keynoters and 21 presenters focused on a variety of professional communication topics and challenges. The conference theme is "Change. Engage. Grow."

Winners of the 2014 Silver Quill Award of Excellence:

Sandra Arnold, Jane Garten, Lisa Steen, Nick Wilberg, Kate Schulz, Monica Nguyen, Carl Strycharske and Steven Whitehead of the Employee Programs and Communications Team at Navy Federal Credit Union, Falls Church, VA, for the entry "Navy Federal Credit Union 2014 Wellness Centers Launch Campaign" in the category "Human Resources and Benefits Communication."

Gerald Curtis, Marketing Associates, Detroit, MI, for the entry "Logicalis Private Cloud Marketing Communications Campaign" in the category "Multi-Audience Communication."

Kelly Ingerly, NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI, for the entry "Cleaning Up the Confusion: 2013 Germ Study Brings Credibility, Awareness and New Business to NSF International" in the category "Nonprofit Campaigns."

Steve Mann and Andi Sachtschale, LexisNexis, New York, NY, for the entry "Refocusing Our Brand on Customer Aspirations" in the category "Brand Communication."

Beth Perry and Krista Sharp, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, Washington, DC, for the entry "Take FIVE for Your Future" in the category "Government Communication Programs."

Troy Scully, Michael Friedman, Christopher McGee, Kimberly Jaindl, Laura Stewart, Eric Trammell,  Kaitlyn Arena, Dana Carroll, Heather Kelso, Donna Savarese, Jim Gring, Lauren Fair, Maggie Sherman, Eric Schulzinger, Bo Edwards, Larisa Cioaca, Jennifer Mandel, Jill Krugman and Janina Baxter of the Lockheed Martin Communications Team, Bethesda, MD, for the entry "Innovation with Purpose" in the category "Multi-Audience Communication."

Marcey Szablya and Lisa Blackshear, Comcast NCO Communications, Philadelphia, PA, for the entry "FrontlineTV" in the category "Audio Visual."

Paige Thomas, Mike Traylor, Morgen McElroy, Shonna Anderson, Patrick Gregory, Amanda Jayne, Ann Brock, Jenifer Meehan, Mike Wallace, Jennifer Shultz and Jenny Thompson of the Commercial Operations Communications & Events Team, Capital One Financial, Glen Allen, VA, for the entry "Well-Managed Program Celebration" in the category "Special Events―Internal."

Catherine Vera-Burgos and Cindy Palese, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Southfield, MI, for the entry "BCN Partners in Care" in the category "Customer Relations."

Winners of the 2014 Silver Quill Award of Merit:

Allison Anthony and the Strategic Provider Communications Team, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Baltimore, MD, for the entry "CareFirst Provider Self-Services: Fast. Efficient. Online" in the category "Marketing Communication."

Beverly Church, Maiya Hayes, Joseph Lieblang and Kathleen McNeill of the Corporate Communications Team at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, MI, along with Duffey Petrosky for the entry "2013 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Annual Report" in the category "Publications."

Jessica Eng and the Marketing Teams at Alliance Franchise Brands, Plymouth, MI, for the entry "Marketing Insider" in the category "Publications."

Kelly Ingerly, NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI, for the entry "NSF Campaign for Safer Supplements" in the category "Advocacy Communication," and for the entry "Cleaning Up the Confusion: 2013 Germ Study Brings Credibility, Awareness and New Business to NSF International" in the category "Media Relations."

Greg McCormick, Katja Obstgarten and Lorraine Stickley of the Internal Communications Team at Verisign, Reston, VA, for the entry "Powered by Verisign, Powered by You" in the category "Internal Communication."

Mary Lou Panzano, Anne King and Amy L. Miller of the Communications team at Bayer, Whippany, NJ, along with VTLO Communications Group, Elm City Communications, Moonfish Production Inc. and The SPI Group, for the entry "Bayer HealthCare (BHC) East Coast Consolidation" in the category "Internal Communication."

Beth Perry and Krista Sharp, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, Washington, DC, for the entry "Take FIVE for Your Future" in the category "Human Resources and Benefits Communication."

Cynthia Reberg, Emily Michaels and Erin Van Norman, Comcast Spotlight North Central Division, Bingham Farms, MI, for the entry "2014 Roadmap to Success Internal Communication Strategy" in the category "Internal Communication" and for the entry "Roadmap to Success Leadership Communication Strategy" in the category "Leadership Communication."

Melissa Schwenk, Ian McLeod, Ray Dotter and Kirsten Lusska of PJM Corporate Communications, Audobon, PA, for the entry "PJM 2013 Annual Report" in the category "Publication Design."

Catherine Vera-Burgos and Cindy Palese, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Southfield, MI, for the entry "BCN Partners in Care" in the category "Publications" and for the entry "BCN Partners in Care" in the category "Writing."

Jill Vitiello, Barbara Willis and Kristen Erickson, Vitiello Communications Group, LLC, North Brunswick, NJ, along with Graphic D-Signs, Inc., for the entry "Rebranding Vitiello Communications Group" in the category "Brand Communication."

Michelle Volpe-Kohler, Monique McNamara, Eric Szaal, Shari Crawford, Carla Jasper and Paige Limerick of the Corporate Communications Team at FINRA, Washington, DC, for the entry "We Are FINRA" in the category "Writing."

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For More Information:
Amy Miller, Silver Quill Chair
amy.miller@lexisnexis.com
330-559-5749  

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