Past Winners

“Winning this award marks a significant transition in my career – a time when I first started to understand the difference between tactical public relations and strategic public relations that delivers results. To be recognized by my peers – my mentors – is one of the greatest honors of my career; it’s a recognition I hold dearly and strive to live up to every day.” -Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC, Recipient of the first Communicator of the Year Award in 2005

Established in 2005 and renamed in 2011, the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards recognize individuals and institutions who have demonstrated excellence in strategic communications to improve the quality of life in Marion County. Candidates do not have to be members of FPRA but must exemplify the highest professional standards in the communications field. Candidates may include journalists, educators, community/civic leaders, and professionals from allied fields, including advertising and marketing.

Past Recipients:

YearIndividual RecipientLifetime Achievement RecipientInstitutional Recipient
2021Lauren DeIorioBuddy MartinOcala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership
2019Jacob Fields Heart of Florida Health Center
2018Jim RossToni James, APR, CPRCMojo Grill & Catering
2017Dr. Manal FakhouryDavid CookHeart of FL Health Center’s Measure Up Marion Project
2016Dave Schlenker Silver Springs International Film Festival
2015Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC Transitions Life Center
2014Laura Byrnes, APR,CPRC Hospice of Marion County
2013Pamela Calero Marion County Public Library System
2012Mandy Wettstein, APR,CPRC Munroe Regional Medical Center
2011Buddy Martin Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce
2010Brad Rogers Workforce Connection
2009Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation
2008Dr. Charles Dassance Marion County Fire Rescue
2007Tina Banner, APR, CPRC Marion County Public Schools
2006Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC Ocala Style magazine
2005Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC Ocala Star Banner