Announcing Ragan and PR Daily’s 2018 ACE Awards finalists

This field of exceptional communicators wowed our judges. Congratulations to this year’s finalists.

We called upon the best individual practitioners, in-house teams and agencies in marketing and communications for our 2018 ACE Awards—and you delivered.

This year’s program featured a talented pool of communications innovators and leaders spanning many different industries.

Our judges received work from around the world, and we’re excited to announce this year’s finalists.

Next, the judges will narrow down this list of finalists to select the category winners of Ragan and PR Daily’s 2018 ACE Awards.

Keep your eye out for our Winners and Honorable Mentions announcement in early July.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists.

INDIVIDUAL DIVISION

Copywriter or Editor

  • Sherry Smith, vice president, media, mobile and marketing at Clarity PR
  • Alan Van Zelfden, senior communications consultant at Health Care Service Corporation
  • Laura Squires, APR
  • Madison Slinker, global social media and digital strategy lead at Salesforce
  • Heather Punke, senior communications consultant at Health Care Service Corporation

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader

  • Melanie King, director, corporate communications and community outreach at National DCP, LLC

Government Communications or Government Public Affairs Professional

  • Chris Floore, assistant to the county manager, public affairs at Macon-Bibb County

Health Care Communications Professional

  • Nigel O’Mahony, vice president of marketing at Think Whole Person Healthcare

Internal Communications Professional

  • Kevin Cary, internal communications lead at EPRI

Marketing Professional

  • Adam Ritchie, principal at Adam Ritchie Brand Direction

Media Relations Professional

  • Esther Mireya Tejeda, head of corporate communications and PR at Entercom

Nonprofit Communications Professional

  • Jaimi Lard, diversity and inclusion speaker at Perkins School for the Blind
  • Mark Miller, vice president of communications at de Beaumont Foundation

 Public Relations Professional

  • Adam Ritchie, principal at Adam Ritchie Brand Direction
  • Daniel O’Connell, managing director at Brand Definition
  • Nicole Rodrigues, CEO at NRPR Group
  • Esther Mireya Tejeda, head of corporate communications and PR at Entercom
  • Grace Keith, president at Caliber Corporate Advisers

Social Media Professional

  • Carmen Collins, senior social media lead, Talent Brand at Cisco
  • Roo Yeshpaul Johnson, social media lead at The Summit Group
  • Adam Ritchie, principal at Adam Ritchie Brand Direction

Industry Newcomer

  • J.J. Colao, president and founder at Haymaker
  • Kelly Chase, social media manager at Zaiss & Company

Industry Veteran

  • Adam Ritchie, principal at Adam Ritchie Brand Direction
  • Nicholas Scibetta, vice president/CCO, marketing and communications at Stony Brook University
  • Daniel O’Connell, managing director at Brand Definition
  • Ruth Sarfaty, managing director at Clarity PR
  • Mahul Brahma, head-CSR, corporate communications and branding at mjunction services limited
  • Mark Miller, vice president of communications at de Beaumont Foundation

IN-HOUSE TEAM DIVISION

Internal Communications Team

  • Southern Company Gas, Nicor Gas Team

Marketing Team

  • Syska Hennessy Group

Public Relations Team

  • PayPal

Small Communications Team

  • Interface
  • Kraton Corporation
  • Bohemian Foundation
  • RRD
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
  • QSR Automations, Inc.

Large Communications Team

  • LTS, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology

AGENCY DIVISION

B2B/Business Services Agency

  • Brand Definition
  • Mission Control Marketing
  • Clarity PR

Nonprofit PR Agency

  • Scott Circle Communications

Small Agency (1–20 employees)

  • Haymaker
  • Landis Communications Inc.
  • lotus823
  • zakHill Group
  • Blue Communications Agency

Mid-sized Agency (20–49 employees)

  • Kite Hill PR LLC

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