Since 2005,  the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards have recognized individuals and institutions who have demonstrated excellence in strategic communications to improve the quality of life in Marion County. Nominees and award winners will be honored by the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) in April at the chapter’s Wanted: Excellence in Public Relations awards. Nominees do not have to be members of FPRA, but must exemplify the highest professional standards in the communications field. Nominees may include businesses, nonprofits, journalists, educators, community/civic leaders and professionals from allied fields, including advertising and marketing.

View past winners    2017 COTY Honorees and Winners



The Individual Communicator of the Year recognizes the person who uses his/her position to enhance Marion County’s community causes, advance the field of public relations and uphold the ethical standards representing the Ocala Chapter. Institutional recognition honors the Institution/Media Outlet that has gone above and beyond to provide timely, accurate and critical information to the community, and has demonstrated mastery of communications skills and strategies.

The institutional recognition could be awarded based on year-round consistent effort, a singular outstanding example of communication during an emergency or both.

In 2017, we introduced the first Lifetime Achievement in Communications. Although this award is not necessarily given on an annual basis, consider whether or not you have a worthy candidate to nominate.



Candidates for Communicator of the Year should:

Represent the field of communications.
Be active in the Ocala/Marion County community and show how they use their position to make a difference in the community.
Show how they contribute to the public relations profession; and
Uphold the ethics and values of FPRA.

Nomination Form