Tom Duke Award Presentation / Lessons From a Year in Crisis

January 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Tom Duke Award of Excellence winner announced; lessons learned from a year in crisis

Akron Area PRSA will be starting the new year with a double-feature presentation on January 14, 2021. Join us as we celebrate a local PR professional's accomplishments and impact in the greater Akron/Canton community. Then we'll learn what lessons 2020 taught PR professionals about what to do - and what not to do - in a year in crisis. 

The meeting will begin with the presentation of the 2020 Tom Duke Award of Excellence, which will given to Tracy Teuscher, APR, of The Buzz Maker Public RelationsThis award is presented to a PR professional in the Greater Akron region who has exhibited many years of public relations excellence and has helped guide the way for clients, students and colleagues with ethics, education, and strategic communication.

An accredited member of the public relations community with more than 20 years of experience, Tracy is the founder and president of The Buzz Maker, an award-winning public relations, consulting, naming 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. The firm has helped more than 65 brands prosper since 2005. Teuscher is a conscious leader, devoted mom, book collector, and environmentalist who enjoys music, gardening, hiking and baking. 

Following the award presentation, attendees will hear from Barbara Paynter, APR, Fellow PRSA, as she presents Lessons Learned From a Year in Crisis. No one could have predicted the stories that dominated our world and the media this year - COVID, racial tensions and economic downturn, just to name a few. In her talk, Barb will focus on who handled communications well and who didn’t.

Barbara is a trusted advisor to C-suite executives in a variety of industries including healthcare, education, manufacturing, financial services, nonprofits, and the public sector. An accredited member of PRSA, she was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows in 2017. In 2018, PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter presented her with the Lighthouse Award, and in 2019, she was the first recipient of the Tom Duke Excellence in Public Relations Award from the Akron Chapter. Learn more about Barbara and Paynter Communications here.   

This meeting will take place via Zoom. Click here to join:

For questions, contact Lianne Fowler at [email protected]


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