Hennes Paynter Communications Wins Gold Award at the 2011 Public Relations Society of America Cleveland Rocks Awards
For the third year in a row, Hennes Paynter Communications has won the top award for crisis communications work from the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. On December 2, the firm won the 2011 gold "Rocks" award for its work on behalf of Saint Joseph Academy, the only Catholic all-girls' school in the city of Cleveland.
In 2010, Hennes Paynter
won a gold Rocks award for its work on behalf of The MetroHealth System,
which faced public scrutiny when the organization's vice president of
construction and his assistant were implicated in a bribery and
In 2009, Hennes Paynter won the coveted "Best of Show" award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for its work with another agency on the national peanut butter recall.
Read Barb Paynter's comments to Crain's Cleveland Business about the Cuyahoga County scandal spurring defensive maneuvers. "The Federal government's public corruption investigation in Cuyahoga County is coming to be known in legal circles as the Full Employment Act for the White-Collar Criminal Defense Bar," says Crain's Cleveland Business.
Hennes Paynter Communications and Stevens Baron Communications Win "Best of Show" at the 2009 Public Relations Society of America
Cleveland Rocks Awards Luncheon
Hennes Paynter Communications and Stevens Baron Communications won the coveted "Best of Show" award at the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) annual Cleveland Rocks Awards luncheon Friday, Dec. 4.
The award recognizes an outstanding crisis communications program done for King Nut Companies.
The two agencies together also won the Gold PRSA Award for Crisis Communications in Business Products & Services.
Both awards recognize their work assisting King Nut Companies with a peanut butter recall that attracted significant national media attention. King Nut distributed peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America, and was the first company publicly-linked to a salmonella outbreak. King Nut immediately issued a recall and adopted a proactive communication strategy that, in the long run, protected the company's reputation with customers.
"We are delighted to receive top honors," said Barbara Paynter, partner with Hennes Paynter Communications. "We were actually surprised because this is the first time in the seven-year history of the Rocks Awards that a crisis communications project was recognized as 'Best in Show.' The fact that the judges recognized us is truly a testament to our firm's passion for strategy and execution, demonstrating the effectiveness of a proactive approach during times of crisis."
Judging for the 2009 competition was done by the PRSA Nashville chapter to ensure unbiased results. To read the award application summation, please click here: http://bit.ly/4SzEZS
"Best of Show" is an especially important accomplishment for Hennes Paynter Communications as the criteria for the award set the highest standards for public relations professionalism, specifically acknowledging exceptional public relations programs incorporating reliable research, thorough planning, execution and evaluation.
PRSA's Greater Cleveland Chapter received 75 entries for the Rocks Awards - but only one entry was named "Best of Show."
Ohio's Only Crisis Communications Firm Changes Name
Hennes Communications is now Hennes Paynter Communications, recognizing Barbara Paynter's inclusion as a full partner in the firm and because of the contributions she has made to the firm's growth over the past three years. For full details, click here.
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