Tracy Teuscher Receives Public Relations Excellence Award

Akron, OH – January 7, 2021 – Tracy Teuscher, APR has been selected by the Akron Area PRSA chapter to receive the 2020 Tom Duke Public Relations Excellence Award. The award recognizes and commemorates the achievements of a public relations professional that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the public relations profession through professional excellence, accomplished community involvement and skillful leadership.

“This is a uniquely special honor, and I am truly humbled by this recognition,” Teuscher said. “Tom Duke was an exemplary leader, mentor and friend. He was a champion for the profession, and was well known for his tireless service to the community. His influence and his impact were extraordinary.”  

Tom Duke, APR, Fellow PRSA who passed away in 2017 at the age of 84, was the founding president of the Akron Area PRSA chapter whose lifetime of service was reflected in numerous awards of recognition like the Distinguished Public Relations Practitioner Award, the Cleveland PRSA Lighthouse Award, and the East Central District Platinum Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Teuscher’s 20-year public relations career is highlighted by conscious leadership during 2020, including ongoing efforts to help organizations communicate thoughtfully, transparently and ethically, while updating policies and procedures throughout the COVID-19 crisis. These efforts included new need-based response plans, and the development of a free community Responsible Restart Communications Guide.

During her tenure as an Akron Area PRSA board member, Teuscher spearheaded an award-winning sponsorship program, and a related scholarship fund and mentoring program. Her work with Ohio universities, entrepreneurial  centers, and business incubators from Cleveland to Columbus as a guest educator has helped fellow PR pros, small businesses and nonprofits prosper. Her history of volunteerism for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises is extensive, including a 2020 fundraising and awareness campaign to help save the bees.

“Like myself, Tom was a friend and mentor to Tracy,” said Jennifer Kramer, APR, the 2020 Akron Area PRSA president. “I know he would be proud that she is carrying on the values, professionalism and ethics he displayed during his long and productive career.”

The Akron Area PRSA chapter will present the award during a special virtual ceremony on Thursday, January 14 at noon. Registration is free. Visit

About The Buzz Maker

The Buzz Maker is a conscious business and award-winning public relations, consulting and branding firm celebrating 15 years. Its mission is to positively impact individuals, businesses, communities, the environment and the profession through ethical public relations practice. Accredited founder and president, Tracy Teuscher has helped more than 65 brands prosper through sustainable growth, evolution and improvement since 2005. Visit to learn more.