Tom Duke Public Relations Achievement Award

The Tom Duke Public Relations Achievement Award recognizes and commemorates the achievements of an Akron, Canton, Kent, or Youngstown public relations professional or educator who has demonstrated outstanding service to the public relations industry through professional excellence, accomplished community involvement, and skillful leadership.

Established in 2019, the award celebrates the memory of Tom Duke, who passed away in 2017. 

Nomination & Judging Process
Nominees must be nominated by a current PRSA Akron Area Chapter member or board member. All nominations must be received by Aug. 27, 2021.

Once all nominations are received, the award judges will assess candidates based on nomination form criteria. The winner will be announced in November and be presented with the award at that time.

Download Nomination Form

About Tom Duke

  1. Thomas (Tom) Duke, APR, Fellow PRSA, founded the PRSA Akron Area Chapter in 1969 while working at BFGoodrich as a communications manager. Tom wanted to showcase all the great things public relations practitioners were doing in the community, so he, along with others in the Akron Canton area, spent two years laying the groundwork to form the Akron Area Chapter. The first meeting was held in 1969 at the Akron Motor Town Inn, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Tom served as the Chapter President in 1969 and 1970 and spent the next five decades dedicated to the chapter’s success. His service included recruitment, membership, programming, ethics, and mentorship. Tom received lifetime achievement awards from both the PRSA East Central District and the PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter, earned the APR certification, and was honored as a National Fellow of PRSA. 

If you have any questions regarding the Tom Duke Public Relations Achievement Award, please contact Kurt Kleidon, Award Chair, at [email protected] or Lianne Fowler, PRSA Akron Area Chapter Administrator, at [email protected].