IABC/Chicago Member Ken Groh Earns Accreditation Designation

Apr 30, 2013, 14:13 ET from IABC/Chicago

CHICAGO, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Chicago) has recognized Ken Groh for earning the Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) designation from IABC.

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"The ABC credential represents a globally accepted standard of knowledge and proficiency in the field of communication," said Justin Brunner, IABC/Chicago president. "Accredited Business Communicators add strategic value to their organizations and clients by practicing strategic communication management." 

Ken Groh founded Groh & Associates, Inc, an HR communications consulting firm, in 2009 after 20 years of benefits communication experience with Mercer, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Aon.  Working with those HR consulting firms, Groh was responsible for managing client relationships for employee communications services. With Groh & Associates, Groh continues to create and implement communications strategies for communicating benefits and compensation programs. Groh has been a member of IABC since the early 90s and has earned 27 IABC Gold, Silver and Bronze Quill/Spectrum awards over the years.

"Joining IABC in the early 90s was an important step in my career," said Groh. "It broadened my skills and helped me become more strategic. The journey to ABC was challenging, but also very rewarding in fine-tuning my communications capabilities."

Groh joins a select group of accredited professional communicators – about 1,100 worldwide and 20 in the Chicago metro area. IABC's accreditation process consists of a rigorous evaluation that identifies and recognizes highly qualified, well-rounded communicators through a review of their portfolio of work, as well as written and oral examinations.

A majority of current and former supervisors who participated in a seven country study said ABCs provide more credibility to their departments or organizations, while a majority of clients perceived ABCs as having an increased understanding of effective communication practices. Large majorities of the ABCs surveyed said that becoming accredited improved their resumes, increased their confidence, enhanced their credibility and gave them peer approval and recognition.

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 (http://chicago.iabc.com) is the oldest IABC chapter in the world.