“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
Recipient of the first Communicator of the Year Award in 2005
View list of past recipients.
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.
Individual recipient, Dr. Manal Fakhoury
Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, David Cook
Institutional Recipient, Heart of Florida Health Center’s Measure Up Marion Project
Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC receives her honor as the individual recipient from Gala Chair Barbra Hernandez APR.
Transitions Life Center Board Member Darren Ritch accepted the institutional honor from Gala Co-chair Ryan Kirby on behalf of the TLC Board of Directors and volunteers (attendees pictured below).
Team members from Transitions Life Center attended the 2015 Gala and were thrilled to accept the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year as well as four Image Awards.
Congratulations to our 2014 Winners
Pictured above, Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC receives her honor from Chapter President Kevin Christian APR, CPRC. To the right, Lila Ivey and Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC proudly display Hospice of Marion County’s award as the institutional recipient.
Pamela Calero, City of Ocala is awarded the Individual Communicator of the Year by Ocala Chapter President Carole Savage, APR, CPRC.
Marion County Public Library System