PITTSBURGH, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alison Conte, president of IABC/Pittsburgh, announced today that Katie McSorley, president, Mid-Atlantic, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR will receive the 2011 Business Communicator of the Year Award at IABC/Pittsburgh's 32nd Golden Triangle Awards on October 6.
The event will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel and Suites, Pittsburgh City Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by the award presentations. This year's emcee is Paul Alexander, a veteran sportscaster with Pittsburgh radio and television stations, now covering the Penguins and Pirates for Root Sports.
The event is open to the public and reservations can be made at www.iabcpittsburgh.com.
"2011 has been a great year for Katie," said Alison. "She was recently promoted to president, Mid-Atlantic for the national agency, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR; she led the Pittsburgh office to earn the designation as the #1 PR firm in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Business Times for the third year in a row; and she spearheaded an effort to put Pittsburgh in the international spotlight in 2012."
Katie's agency career spans more than 25 years with Euro RSCG Worldwide PR and its predecessor agencies, Magnet Communications and Creamer Dickson Basford. She has been immersed in developing initiatives for companies, including Bayer, Transitions Optical, Inc. Emerson, Nestle, PPG Industries, Alcoa, U.S. Steel, Johnson & Johnson, PerkinElmer, Carrier and Kaldewei.
In her nomination of Katie, Ellen Wein, vice president, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, wrote, "Those who Katie communicates with consistently regard her as a trusted advisor, partner and advocate."
This year, Katie led the effort to bring One Young World, an international youth summit and Euro RSCG initiative, to Pittsburgh in 2012 by forming a "One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership" – a coalition of corporations and community non-profits – to submit an official bid for the opportunity. The One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership was successful in its pursuit, and Pittsburgh was selected to host the summit in 2012.
"Pittsburgh is lucky to have Katie in her role," said Steven E. Sokol, president, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, in his letter of support for Katie's nomination. "Our city's position as one of two final bid cities for the 2012 One Young World summit was in no small part to Katie's tenacity and skill at communicating across a variety of divisions."
Katie has also continued to offer her communication and business skills to the community through involvement in the University of Pittsburgh Career Institute Advisory Council; and has served on the boards of the Parental Stress Center, Arthritis Foundation and American Heart Association.
Previous IABC/Pittsburgh Business Communicator of the Year winners have been
- Dr. Carol Utay, Executive Director, Total Learning Centers, Inc.
- Michael L. Koff, senior manager Corporate Communications & Government Affairs (retired), Sony Electronics Inc.
- Robert O'Gara, Professor and Director of the Integrated Marketing Communications Program at Point Park University
- Gregory S. Babe, president and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience LLC
- Robert Hill, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
- Debra Foster, vice president of corporate communication of H.J. Heinz Company
- Rose Gabbianelli, senior vice president and director of corporate affairs for Mellon Financial Corporation.
IABC/Pittsburgh is the local chapter of IABC, the International Association of Business Communicators. IABC/Pittsburgh members share their talents, provide networking opportunities and participate in educational events to sharpen their skills. The chapter also sponsors programs of interest open to all professional communicators who work in public relations, marketing, employee communications, community relations, government affairs and related disciplines. To learn more visit www.iabcpittsburgh.com.
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