Judges and Advisory Board Announced for The SPOKEies™ Awards


Judges and Advisory Board Announced for The SPOKEies™ Awards

NEW YORK – The founding judges and members of the advisory board for The SPOKEies™ have been announced. The awards are the first to honor the best spokespeople representing brands, non-profits and corporations and are open for nominations. The judges represent the best in corporate and non-profit communications, agency leaders, industry associations and trade media. Voting criteria is based on trust and authenticity, plus the ability of spokespeople to engage an audience and cogently communicate their organization’s message.

The judges and advisory board are:

Corporate & Non-Profit:
• Alex Josephsn, Head of Global Brand Strategy, Twitter
• Suzanne Blackburn, Communications & Public Affairs, Google
• Katherine Hutt, Director of Communications, Council of Better Business Bureaus
• Bob DeFillippo, Former Chief Communications Officer, Prudential
• Anna Lingeris, Strategic Communications Leader, The Hershey Company
• Keith Trivitt, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Axis Capital
• Marisa Long, PR & Communications Director at U.S. Green Building Council
• Julie Estrada, Head of Media Relations, LEGOLAND California
• Silvia Davi, CCO, Equities.com
• Kristy Wallace, President, Ellevate Network
• Anna Marie Johnson Teague, Chief Marketing Officer, A Call To Men
• Andrew Buher, Executive Director, Dialog
• Chris Hook, Senior Director Global Marketing and Public Relations, Radeon Technologies Group AMD

Industry Associations
• Tina McCorkindale, President & CEO of the Institute for Public Relations
• Neil Foote, President, National Black Public Relations Society
• Peter Himler, President Publicity Club of New York, founder Flatiron Communications
• Renee Wilson, President PR Council, Previously Global Chief Client Officer and President, North America for MSLGROUP (Publicis)
• Olga Gonzalez, President, PRSA New York, CEO Pietra PR

• Jack O’Dwyer, Owner, O’Dwyer Company
• Tiffany Guarnaccia, Founder Communications Week, CEO Kite Hill PR
• Fay Shapiro, Publisher, CommPRO.biz
• Paul Duning, Co-Founder & Publisher, Capitol Communicator
• Don Bates, NYU Professor

Agency Leaders
• Scott Monty, CEO Brain+Trust Partners (previously Global Digital & Multimedia Communications Manager at Ford)
• Judith Harrison, SVP Weber Shandwick
• Patrice Tanaka, Former CEO Patrice Tanaka and Company (later merged to become Padilla/CRT)
• Shonali Burke, Founder Shonali Burke Consulting
• Michael Smart, Founder Michael Smart PR
• Jamey Wilson, President Pipevyne, Inc.
• Grace Leong, CEO + Partner, Hunter Public Relations
• Jack Monson, Director of Digital Strategy, Qiigo
• Kim Hunter, President & CEO, LAGRANT Communications
• Kenneth Meyer, Vice President, Edelman
• Dana Holmes, CEO, Dana Holmes Media
• Jeremy Pepper, Founder, Communimatic
• Lewis Goldberg, Managing Partner, KCSA Worldwide
• Art Stevens, Managing Partner, The Stevens Group
• Jennefer Witter, CEO & Founder, The Boreland Group Inc
• Mike Schwager, President, Worldlink Media Consultants
• Aaron Blank, CEO, The Fearey Group
• Liz Hart, Principal, Liz Hart Events & Design LLC

In addition to judging the awards, judges will also be giving advice on best practices for experts and organizations to become influencers and spokespeople and will be available at The SPOKEies™ University online at https://www.spokeies.com

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