5th Annual PRestige Awards Event Recap

By Iovanna Borjas 


Every year since 2015, PRSA Tampa Bay has recognized local organizations and public relations professionals for outstanding programs and tactics conducted in the previous year. This year's blockbuster event -- the 5th Annual PRestige Awards -- took place on Nov. 6 at the elegant University Club of Tampa and, from start to finish, the room was filled with animated conversation and serious networking. New acquaintances were made and old friendships renewed. 

The formal awards program began with a warm welcome from 2019 PRSA Tampa Bay President Jenna Stock, who thanked all attendees for their continuous participation and support throughout the years. She also commented on the chapter's successful 2019 membership campaign which has resulted in a total of 250 members -- an all-time record.  

After Stock’s welcome, Janice Essick, Business Wire Regional Manager, took the podium to introduce keynote speaker, John Bell, CEO and President, Tampa Theatre. Speaking from his many years of experience, Bell emphasized the importance of public relations professionals as "storytellers," noting that, from his own perspective, “great stories are nothing without great storytellers.”  

To Bell, PR professionals demonstrate their connection to storytellers through the amazing way they share stories with “expertise, efficiency and a nice, healthy dose of creativity.” Even more importantly, he noted that PR professionals “are the ones who determine how we feel about an individual, a company, a product.” 

Following this invigorating and encouraging presentation by one of the Tampa Bay area's cultural arts leaders, attention turned to the raison d'etre for the PRestige Awards -- recognition of those organizations and individuals whose work on behalf of clients or employers was judged as "best of the best." A total of 23 awards were presented in the categories of “Public Relations Programs” and “Public Relations Tactics,” along with two awards recognizing “Best of Show - Program Category.”  


Congratulations to all 2019 PRestige Awards recipients and a heartfelt "thank you" for all that you do to support and promote the Tampa Bay community with your amazing work! And a sincere thank you to Business Wire for generous sponsorship of this stellar event. 


View more information about PRestige Awards and a list of the 2019 winners.


Iovanna Borjas is a University of Tampa journalism student who covered the PRestige awards at the request of PRSA Tampa Bay. 

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