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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

IABC Minnesota recognized 13 Bronze Quill Award winners for excellence in business communication

IABC Minnesota recognized 13 Bronze Quill Award winners for excellence in business communication at their Red Carpet Celebration Sept. 26 in Minneapolis. Also recognized were the organization’s Volunteer of the Year and President’s Award recipients. IABC Minnesota is the Minnesota chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

IABC Minnesota’s annual Bronze Quill Award honors the best of the best in business communication, offering professional communicators an opportunity to have their work evaluated by expert judges. This year’s competition selected four Awards of Excellence and eight Awards of Merit, with one winning entry selected for the prestigious Pinnacle Award.

“Bronze Quill entries showcase how strategic communication results can be measured and how business communicators can support an organization’s goals and impact the bottom line,” said Rachel St. Moritz, IABC Minnesota’s vice president of recognition.

The Pinnacle Award winner is Cindy Schmieg, ABC, for her entry in the writing category. The 2013 Volunteer of the Year is Sarah Davy, the chapter’s co-vice president of communications and an account executive at Ghost Communications. The 2013 President’s Award recipient is Peggy Lauritsen, chief executive artist at PLDG (Peggy Lauritsen Design Group), and a longtime IABC Minnesota supporter.

Award of Excellence winners in the Communication Management Division are:

Risdall PR with Healthways
Category: Marketing Communication
Entry Title: Fitness to Fit You: Igniting a Member Revolution

CHS with Exponent Public Relations
Category: Brand Communication
Entry title: Tanks of Thanks Brand Communication

Award of Excellence winners in the Communication Skills Division are:

Rockwell Automation with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Category: Special Events - External
Entry Title: Bringing RSTechED to the Masses

Cindy Schmieg, ABC
Category: Writing
Entry title: Gilda’s Club Imagine a Place Event ’12

Award of Merit winners in the Communication Management Division are:

City of Savage
Category: Employee Engagement
Entry title: Some Decisions Can’t Wait; 2013 Benefit Enrollment

Be The Match with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Category: Government Relations
Entry title: Inspiring Congressional Support of a Life-Saving Cause

CHS with Exponent PR
Category: Customer Relations
Entry title: Tanks of Thanks Customer Relations

Risdall PR and Risdall Marketing Group with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
Category: Advertising Campaigns
Entry title: "Ditch Your Bank" Campaign

CHS with Colle+McVoy
Category: Advertising Campaigns
Entry title: Tanks of Thanks Advertising

Be The Match with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Category: Nonprofit Campaigns
Entry title: Inspiring Congressional Support of a Life-Saving Cause

Award of Merit winners in the Communication Skills Division are:

American College of Surgeons with Weber Shandwick
Category: Special Events - External
Entry title: Driving Surgical Quality Dialogue

CHS with Exponent Public Relations
Category: Special Events - External
Entry title: Tanks of Thanks Community Event

Four IABC members were also recognized for receiving the IABC Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) credential since last year: Amy Barnett, Beth Hilden, Mark Kretschmar and Daniel Scholl. Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow, was recognized for receiving IABC’s highest honor, the IABC Fellow designation, earlier this year.
Minnesota recipients of IABC’s international Gold Quill Awards were also recognized. Fast Horse was a Gold Quill Award of Excellence winner for a nonprofit campaign. Be The Match with Padilla Speer Beardsley won Gold Quill Awards of Merit for their government relations and nonprofit campaign entries, which also won Bronze Quill Awards.

For more information, visit: mn.iabc.com