Puget Sound’s Cindy Sharpe, APR, named PRSA North Pacific District’s 2016 PR Practitioner of the Year

The North Pacific District of the Public Relations Society of America announced Cindy Sharpe, APR, as its inaugural Public Relations Practitioner of the Year at its district conference held in Reno, Nevada June 23 through 25, 2016.

Cindy Sharpe, APR receives NPD award
Cindy Sharpe, APR, accepts the inaugural North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year Award. Photo by Bauserman Group.

This new award will be given annually to a PRSA member in the district who has worked full-time in public relations for more than five years and demonstrated excellence in public relations knowledge, skills and abilities. The award will honor those who have excelled professionally and given back to the industry through volunteer contributions to PRSA.

“We are thrilled to launch this opportunity to shine a light on the many talented public relations pros in our district who are so giving of their time to help further the profession. Congratulations to all of the finalists, and to Ms. Sharpe for being our inaugural winner,” said Betsy Hayes, APR, Fellow PRSA, district award chairperson and PRSA NPD immediate past chair.

The North Pacific District one of the largest geographic areas of PRSA, consists of 2,500 members in 15 chapters located in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

“I’m incredibly honored to have been recognized by the PRSA North Pacific District. It’s my 30th year as a member of PRSA, so this award is especially meaningful for me,” said Sharpe.

Sharpe’s broad industry experience crosses the fields of healthcare, construction, insurance, government, travel and tourism, transportation, real estate and small business marketing.

As President/Owner of Sharpe Public Relations, Inc., initially located in Florida and for the past three years based in Seattle, Sharpe specializes in strategic public relations planning and counsel, crisis communications, government public involvement and education and engagement among her many talents. She has put her strong writing and editing skills to use in employee communications and government relations as well as training programs for corporate communications professionals, speechwriting and public speaking.

Prior to owning her own firm, she worked with AAA Auto Club South where she designed grassroots campaigns to support government relations efforts in three state legislatures and served as spokesperson while overseeing media relations and internal communications. She has also held positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children and Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

Sharpe has been a long-time leader in PRSA, beginning in college at the University of South Florida, where she was president of her student Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.

Upon graduation, she continued her PRSA membership with the Tampa Bay Chapter, volunteering for or chairing numerous committees and was elected to the board multiple times, including two years as chapter president.

She served on the PRSA Sunshine District (greater Florida) board as district chair and in other capacities, and has worked on several district conferences. She’s served on numerous national PRSA committees including nominating, bylaws and membership.

Sharpe moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2013, and again, jumped into PRSA service. She organized the Puget Sound Chapter’s first “PR Gives Back” event in 2013, which provides nonprofit organizations with free public relations and marketing counseling. Now in its third year, this event has given the gift of guidance to 60 Washington non-profit organizations.

Sharpe currently serves on the board of the Puget Sound chapter, where she recently chaired the chapter’s bylaws review and changed the way the chapter recruits and elects its officers and board. She has also served on the chapter’s diversity committee, assisted with its website, served as judge for various chapter awards programs, worked with the accreditation committee to peer review or counsel prospective Accreditation in Public Relations candidates and served on the chapter’s nominating committee.

While these are highly visible projects, she has enjoyed more working with up-and-coming practitioners, introducing them to the profession. She has mentored many students and young professionals, teaching them that volunteerism is a key to success. She also teaches that PR is more than “getting the word out.” It’s about behavior change, motivating people to act and strategically addressing a problem or issue. It’s about using research to not only identify and clarify a problem, but to also measure results.

Sharpe is currently working with the Puget Sound chapter’s student outreach committee to provide student support to affiliate PRSSA students in the area.

Betsy Hays, Cindy Sharpe and Pete Codella
Betsy Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, Cindy Sharpe, APR and Pete Codella, APR, North Pacific District Chair. Photo by Bauserman Group.

District PR Practitioner of the Year finalists

PRSA North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year

Congratulations to the nominees for the 2016 PRSA North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year Award:

Meadow Bailey, APR | Alaska Chapter
Tracie Barnthouse | Sierra Nevada Chapter
Michelle Hege, APR | Greater Spokane Chapter
Cindy Sharpe, APR | Puget Sound Chapter
Jill Wagner, APR | Central California Chapter

The 2016 award recipient will be announced Saturday at lunchtime prior to the conclusion of the PRSA North Pacific District Conference (see the conference schedule here).

Nominations for PRSA North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year

PRSA North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year

Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for the inaugural PRSA North Pacific District PR Practitioner of the Year Award.

PRSA North Pacific District Public Relations Practitioner of the Year

This award will be given annually to a PRSA member in the North Pacific District who has worked full-time in public relations for more than five years and demonstrated excellence in his/her public relations knowledge, skills and abilities.

We look forward to honoring those who have excelled professionally and given back to the industry through volunteer contributions to PRSA.

Please click on the link below to submit your nomination. Please note that you need to use a browser other than Internet Explorer and you will also need to include an additional reference letter from another PRSA member to complete your nomination.

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Entries will be judged by leaders in other PRSA Districts, and the award will be given at the luncheon on the last day of our North Pacific District conference in June in Reno, NV (learn more about the conference here). The winner will receive a physical award and also be featured on the PRSA North Pacific District website. A news release will be distributed, and the winner will be publicized via district and chapter social media networks.

Nomination deadline is May 1, 2016.

2016 Leadership Rally

PRSA 2016 International Conference

In a survey PRSA conducted this past December, chapter leaders were asked about their preferred time to hold PRSA’s annual Leadership Rally.

It has traditionally been held in June in New York City.

70% of survey respondents requested that Leadership Rally be moved to the same weekend as PRSA’s International Conference.

As a result, in 2016, Leadership Rally will be held Oct. 21-22, 2016 in Indianapolis at the beginning of the 2016 International Conference.

Leaders in 2016, as well as those slated to serve in 2017, are encouraged to reserve those dates on their calendars and plan to participate with the associations leaders in Indianapolis this fall.

2016 North Pacific District Board

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Happy New Year members of the PRSA North Pacific District!

The 2016 district leaders approved at the membership meeting held in Atlanta during the PRSA International Conference in November 2015 are as follows:

Pete Codella, APR – Chair
Alison Gaulden, APR – Chair-Elect
Mar Junge – Treasurer
Taraneh Fultz, APR – Secretary
Betsy Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA – Immediate Past Chair
Tia Troy – Montana and Wyoming Liaison

Scott Trotter, APR – National Nominating Committee Rep
Betsy Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA – National Nominating Committee Alternate
John Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA – National Nominating Committee Alternate

Ronele Dotson, APR – National Board Liaison

Learn more about your district leaders here.

2016 District Conference save-the-date flier

Reboot and Retool in Reno

We’re pleased to have this save-the-date flier for the June 2016 PRSA North Pacific District Conference. It was donated – design and printing – by our friends in the communications department at Brigham Young University in the Utah Valley PRSA Chapter. Thanks guys!

Chapters, feel free to use this PDF to promote the conference. And as always, check out the conference schedule as it’s confirmed, register for the conference and book your hotel right here. We hope you’ll join us for networking and excellent professional development in Reno.

2016 #PRSANPDconf flier

2016 District Conference call for presentations

Reboot and Retool in Reno

If you’ve got something to share with your public relations peers, the June 2016 PRSA North Pacific District Conference (#PRSAreboot) may be the place to do it.

Speakers will be selected from district membership and beyond.

Topics include all aspects of public relations and corporate communications.

To submit your presentation idea, please complete this online form.

Any comments or questions – or recommendations on potential speakers – please contact us.