The Professional Achievement Award is PRAM’s top honor and recognizes excellence in the field of public relations. It is presented to a public relations practitioner and PRAM member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. Recipients embody the highest degree of professionalism, serve their communities, are committed to advancing the profession and have outstanding achievements in the practice of public relations.

A panel of public relations practitioners evaluate the nominations and make a selection based on the following criteria:

  • Career Accomplishments
  • Professional Achievements including PRAM/SPRF involvement and other professional activities
  • Accreditation and other continuing education
  • Community activities


paa_collage2016: Samantha McCain, APR – Pine Belt Chapter

2015: Mara Hartmann, APR – Central Chapter

2014: Robin Street, APR * – Oxford/Ole Miss Chapter

2013: Mary Cracchiolo Spain, APR – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2012: Lea Ivey Stone, APR * – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2011: Susan Christensen, APR – Central Chapter

2010: Ron Barnes, APR – Mississippi Beach chapter

2009: Kristie Aylett, APR * – Mississippi Beach/Gulf Coast chapters

2008: Kurt Brautigam, APR – 
Mississippi Beach chapter

2007: Caron Blanton, APR – Central Chapter

2006: Richard Paul Maxwell – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2005: Carl Crawford, APR – Central Chapter

2004: Terry Hines-Smith – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2003: Shelia White
 – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2002: Myron Webb – 
Mississippi Beach Chapter

2001: Sheila Skipper, APR – Central Chapter

2000: Yvonne Sorge, APR – Central Chapter

1999: Dr. John E. Forde, APR
 * – MSU/Starkville Chapter

1998: Dr. Deiedre McGowan, APR, CAE* – 
Central Chapter

1996: Janice Gough Baddley – Central Chapter

1995: Danny Gardner – 
MSU/Starkville Chapter

1992: Dr. John Forde, APR, Fellow PRSA * – 
MSU/Starkville Chapter

* Denotes PAA recipients who have also received the Professional Achievement Award from the Southern Public Relations Federation.