International Association of Business Communicators Announces 2014 Bronze Quill Awards Winners

Chicago-area Business Communicators, Marketing Teams and Public Relations Professionals Recognized for Outstanding Work in 2013

Jun 05, 2014, 09:00 ET from IABC/Chicago

CHICAGO, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Chicago) celebrated the 2014 Bronze Quill Awards winners with a gala on Wednesday, June 4, at Nacional 27 in downtown Chicago.

The competition was open to all Chicago-area business communicators who completed a significant project in 2013 that embodied excellence in one of 27 categories across three divisions: communication management, communication skills and creative. The Bronze Quill Awards recognize communications professionals for their excellence in developing and executing business communication programs. Winning entries feature clear objectives supporting the organization's goals, creative communication strategies and effective, measurable results.

"The IABC/Chicago Bronze Quill Awards are now in their 33rd year. Every year, entries undergo a strict judging process based on stringent standards set by the leading global business communications professional organization," said Karissa Seltz, Director of Awards for IABC/Chicago. "The 2014 winners exhibited strong strategic thinking, thoughtful execution, skill and teamwork to influence a company's goals, as well as its bottom line."

In addition to saluting this year's winners, IABC/Chicago also honored Tom Keefe, ABC, with the 2014 Karen Utterback Award winner for his years of valuable contributions to the chapter as a volunteer.

The 2014 Bronze Quill Award winners are:

Best in Show
Special Events - Internal or External
Award of Excellence

  • The Small Business Fair Team; Argonne National Laboratory

International Communication
Award of Merit

  • Lauren Platt; L.C. Williams & Associates

Media Relations
Award of Excellence

  • Joseph Tateoka; Edelman
  • Rockwell Collins and Edelman

Integrated Marketing Communication
Award of Excellence

  • Purple Group, Hagerty Consulting and the Regional Catastrophic Planning Committee
  • Laura Bohacz; L.C. Williams & Associates

Marketing Communication
Award of Merit

  • GolinHarris (2)

Employee/Member Communication
Award of Merit

  • Navistar
  • Rosanne Pastorek-Belczak; Kraft Foods Group

Human Resource and Benefit Communication
Award of Excellence

  • Kenneth F. Groh, ABC; Groh & Associates, Inc.
  • Jim Hanley, Emily Kehinde, Theresa Schiltz & Vic Villanueva; ROC Group
  • Matthew Mason; Mercer (US) Inc.
  • Walgreen Co. and Aon Hewitt
  • United and Towers Watson
  • Gabrielle Loring; ROC Group

Award of Merit

  • Kaarina Marsili; ROC Group

Electronic or Digital Communication
Award of Merit

  • Zurich North America and Towers Watson

Social Media
Award of Excellence

  • Alison Hamer; L.C. Williams & Associates and Trex Company

Digital Communication/Marketing
Award of Merit

  • Ed Duffy; Ed Duffy Communications

Award of Excellence

  • Kaarina Marsili; ROC Group

Award of Merit

  • Jill Folan

Award of Merit

  • Mark Lopez; Argonne National Laboratory

IABC/Chicago thanks ROC Group ( and FTI Consulting's Employee Engagement and Change Management practice (, the official sponsors of the 2014 Bronze Quill Awards. The 2015 Bronze Quill Awards will open in early 2015.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 15,000 members in 70 countries with a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate communication, public relations, employee communication, marketing communication, media relations, community relations, public affairs, financial communications, and government relations. IABC/Chicago is the oldest IABC chapter in the world and one of the largest IABC chapters in the United States, with more than 400 members.