The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of PRSA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 PR Wizard Awards presented by Wizard Creations. These awards recognize professional excellence and service to both the community and profession.

Dustin Cranor, Oceana
Laurie Menekou Ernest-Jones, Conceptual Communications
Toby Srebnik, Truly Nolen of America

Boardroom Communications
Conceptual Communications
Durée & Company

In-House Department/Government/Non-Profit
Broward Sheriff’s Office Office of Public Information
Nova Southeastern University

Cindy Kent, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Young Professional
Amy Goldberg, Conceptual Communications

President’s Award
To be announced, recognizing distinguished service to PRSA or the PR profession

The winners will be announced at the PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale end-of-the-year banquet and annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Nova Southeastern University Club Room at the university’s Davie Campus.

Congratulations to all our finalists!


Thank you to our wonderful sponsor, Wizard Creations.



2016 Winners & Finalists

Communicator of the Year - Christie Caliendo, JM Family Enterprises

Communications professional who has made a significant impact on the communications industry throughout his or her career.


  • Christie Caliendo, JM Family Enterprises
  • Barbara W. Goldberg, O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations 
  • Merrie Meyers, APR, Fellow PRSA, PR Educator


  • Kerting Baldwin, Memorial Healthcare System
  • Michele Merrell, Merrell Consulting Group
  • Kimberly Miller, Ink Link Marketing, LLC
  • Durée Ross, Durée & Company, Inc.
  • Toby Srebnik, Truly Nolen Pest Control

Agency of the Year - Finn Partners

Public relations or communications agency based in Broward County that ethically and notably represents the profession in a positive manner.


  • BoardroomPR
  • Finn Partners
  • O'Connell & Goldberg Public Relations


  • Conceptual Communications
  • Durée & Company, Inc.
  • Goodman Public Relations
  • Hemsworth Communications

Department of the Year - Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Public relations or communications department based in Broward County that ethically and notably represents the profession in a positive manner.

Journalist of the Year - Calvin Hughes, WPLG (ABC 10)

Journalist who works collaboratively with and is highly respected among communications professionals for his or her role in making a positive impact in the community through the media.


  • Calvin Hughes, WPLG (ABC 10)
  • Ari Odzer, WTVJ (NBC 6)
  • Lisa Petrillo, WFOR (CBS 4)

President’s Award - Allan Siegel, APR, Broward County Aviation Department

Individual who has supported PRSA and elevated the role of the public relations practitioner throughout his or her career. This honor is bestowed at the discretion of the Chapter President with the consent of the Board of Directors.

Awards Committee

  • Jeremy Katzman, APR, Immediate Past President (2015), Awards Committee Chair
  • J.W. Arnold, APR, Fellow PRSA, President (2016)
  • Victor Aimi, Treasurer
  • Brandon Hensler, APR, Past President (2008)
  • Victoria Miklausich, Board Member


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PRSA National Awards

PRSA recognizes excellence in public relations through a variety of awards programs.

As the major force in the professional development of today's public relations practitioners, PRSA's recognition efforts are directly linked to our mission of "uniting and encouraging those engaged in the profession."

By elevating "best practices" and increasing the visibility of professional role models, the Society strives to encourage the highest standards of practice and public service.

Silver Anvil Award
The Icon of Best Public Relations Practices

The Silver Anvil, symbolizing the forging of public opinion, is annually awarded to organizations which have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. In the over 50 years that these citations have been made, more than 1,000 organizations have been awarded Silver Anvils for excellence in public relations.

Silver Anvil Awards recognize complete programs incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. They must meet the highest standards of performance in the profession.

Bronze Anvil Award
Recognizing The Very Best In Public Relations Tactics

The Bronze Anvil Awards were created by PRSA in 1969 to recognize outstanding public relations tactics, the

Individual Awards

Through its Individual Awards program, PRSA annually recognizes individuals in four categories who, during the course of their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the profession. All candidates are reviewed and scored by the Honors & Awards Committee according to the judging criteria. Awards are given in a particular category only if a nominee meets the stated criteria as set forth by the program.

Gold Anvil Award

The Gold Anvil, first awarded in 1948, is the Society's highest individual award. It is presented to a public relations practitioner and PRSA member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession.

Public Relations Professional of the Year Award

Initiated in 2000, PRSA's Public Relations Professional of the Year Award honors the individual who represents the best in public relations during a given year.

Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes a PRSA member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education through college or university teaching.

Paul M. Lund Public Service Award

The Paul M. Lund Public Service Award is given to a PRSA member whose participation as a volunteer in important public activities has increased the common good and reflected credit on the society.

For more information on PRSA membership, benefits and services, please visit the www.prsa.org site.