IABC Detroit Honors Top Communicators at Annual Awards Program

Jun 29, 2010, 08:25 ET from IABC Detroit

DETROIT, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Detroit chapter honored the best and brightest in the communications industry at its 29th annual awards program on June 24.  IABC Detroit's Renaissance Awards recognize excellence in business communication designed to promote the image, marketing or programs of a specific organization.

Outgoing IABC Detroit President Nancy Sarpolis, General Motors, stated, "It is truly an honor to receive a Renaissance Award. This program defines an achievement that many professionals in the communications industry consider a symbol of excellence as it provides unbiased credibility to their accomplishments."

A highlight of the event is the presentation of the Communicator of the Year award.  The chapter selected Tim McIntyre, Vice President of Communications, Domino's Pizza, Inc., for his outstanding contributions to the field of communications.  McIntyre has been Vice President of Communications since January 1997, responsible for Domino's internal communications, public and media relations, event management, crisis communications, community involvement and charitable giving.

IABC Detroit also honored Madonna University student Chris Austin with the Student Achievement Award.  The award recognizes outstanding work completed by an undergraduate communications student from the Southeastern Michigan area. Austin earned the distinction for his work on the inaugural issue of a campus-wide magazine, titled Revelations Madonna 24:7.

Nearly 60 awards in 49 categories were also presented.  The categories were divided into three divisions: Communication Management, Communication Skills and Communication Creative.  The Award of Excellence winners from all the categories within a division were judged by a second "blue-ribbon" panel to determine the best entry within that division.  The top award in the Communication Management Division is the President's Award. The top awards in the Communication Skills and the Communication Creative Divisions are the Best of Show in each division.

Top awards in each division include:

2010 Presidents Award

Communication Management

"'I'm In!' Blue Door Student Retention Campaign"

Detroit Public Schools

Berg Muirhead and Associates

Leo Burnett

Windmill Entertainment

2010 Best of Show - Communication Skills

"Health & Wellness News for Generations of Women"

Tschetter & Associates on behalf of Women's Health and Menopause Center

Cande Tschetter

Susan Bollinger

Kate Walsh

2010 Best of Show - Communication Creative

Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center's "In Good Health" Newsletter

Skidmore Studio

Laura Lybeer-Hilpert, Designer

Gary Spondike, Account Director

Sharyl Smith, Vice President Marketing, Planning, & Public Relations, MCRMC

This year's Renaissance Awards entries were judged by IABC Chapters in Chicago, Hawaii, Sacramento and St. Louis.

While the awards program recently concluded, incoming IABC Detroit President Gary Spondike, Skidmore Studio, is already looking ahead to the 2011. "Next year we'll see an even stronger competition as we anticipate an increase in interest and attention as our prestigious program celebrates its 30th anniversary. It's going to be a great year and a great event for business communicators."

A complete list of winners, plus additional information on the Renaissance Awards program, Communicator of the Year, and Student Achievement Award winners can be found on the IABC Detroit website:  http://detroit.iabc.com.