During his more than 30-year career at Ketchum, Kotcher has played a key role in helping the agency expand its global footprint, including the 2009 merger with European communications consultancy Pleon.
McNeely Pigott & Fox won Best in Show honors at PRSA Nashville's annual Parthenon Awards April 23 in the Music City, earning kudos for its "Red, White and Food" campaign supporting a voter referendum to allow wine sales in Tennessee retail food stores.
Exponent PR and client Land O'Lakes won Best in Show honors at Minnesota PRSA's Classics Awards April 9 for a Pinterest-based campaign that saw the agricultural cooperative support food banks each time a user "pinned" a recipe.
The National Association of Government Communicators named Kerri Richardson, director of communications for Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, Communicator of the Year on June 12 for her PR work in rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the Republican-leaning state.
Boston's 360 PR and baking mix client Krusteaz were awarded the best communications campaign of the year honors from the Publicity Club of New England on June 9 at the group's annual Bell Ringer Awards.
Hunter PR and client McNeil Consumer Healthcare took home top honors at PRSA-New York's annual Big Apple Awards on May 22, winning "best of the best" for a campaign in support of over-the-counter allergy drug Zyrtec.
PRR and client the Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene took top honors at PRSA National Capital Chapter's annual Thoth Awards Sept. 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Ad agency McCann Melbourne with client Metro Trains won the top PR prize at the Cannes Lions awards in France today for their "Dumb Ways to Die" PSA campaign to curb accidents and deaths at Melbourne's Metro train station. While PR shops won a handful of gold awards at Cannes, a PR firm has yet to win the top prize in the five years since PR was added to the competition.
Rainier Communications' campaign supporting client Adapteva's fundraising drive to produce a $99 supercomputer took the top award at the Publicity Club of New England's annual Bell Ringer Awards June 10 in Boston.
*O'Dwyer's is the only PR firm ranking which requires the top page of the latest corporate income tax return and W-3, establishing particpants as PR firms rather than ad agencies or other types of businesses.