SAN FRANCISCO – June 7, 2013 – The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced four new Fellows for 2013: Mary Ann McCauley, ABC*; Suzanne Salvo; Lorraine Lennon, ABC; and Elpi Cuna. The highest honor that the association bestows on a member, the IABC Fellows designation is awarded to communication professionals for exceptional leadership and service to IABC. Presentation of these awards will be held during the opening general session of IABC’s 2013 World Conference held in New York City from June 23–26.
“IABC has many talented and extremely qualified members, making this year’s Fellow selection process more challenging than ever,” said Brad Whitworth, ABC, 2013 Fellows committee chair. “The Fellows committee was impressed with the accomplishments of this year’s Fellows and their exceptional talent and commitment toward elevating the profession.”
The selection criteria for IABC Fellows include:
- Contribution to the organizational communication field and profession.
- Career achievement.
- Authorship, speaking and lecturing.
- Contribution to IABC.
- Other professional recognitions for community and business-related activities.
Elpi Cuna, JR., APR – A pillar of the Philippine communication community, Elpi is a public relations veteran with more than 50 years of experience. Extremely active in the PR community, Elpi has lent his incredible expertise to various communication organizations and has earned the respect of his colleagues largely due to his willingness to share his expertise, contacts and his time.
Instrumental in the revival of the IABC Philippines chapter in 1995, Elpi served as president until 1998 and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees. A trailblazer, he served as the first Filipino to hold the post of Asia Pacific regional director of IABC from 1998 to 2000.
"In my 25 years as a communicator, this is perhaps one of the best honors I have received. What makes this recognition special, and humbling, is that it comes from peers I admire and respect. Throughout my career, I have made many friends in the IABC, a good number I consider to be life-long friends,” said Elpi. “I would like to share this honor with them, for they have helped enhance my professional growth and continue to inspire me to learn and grow as a communicator, and as a person."
Lorraine Lennon, ABC, – An IABC member since 1996, Lorraine has focused her career on leveraging her practical knowledge and vast communication experience to support and mentor communication practitioners at all levels. A true communication professional at heart, Lorraine has taught more than 200 people around the world her Strategic Communication Roadmap methodology, and developed and implemented communication strategies in more than 25 organizations.
Her efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of membership and IABC accreditation have directly contributed to the growth of IABC. In 2004, Lorraine served as a member of the IABC accreditation committee and has volunteered her time over the years grading accreditation applications for the Australian grading center. She has also consistently encouraged her team of 60 communicators to join IABC by ensuring that the budget was available to pay for it.
“It’s a huge privilege to be acknowledged in this way by IABC luminaries whom I have respected and admired for so long. Over the years, I’ve tried to pursue their trailblazing paths here in Australia. To join their ranks is a tremendous honour,” said Lorraine. “Thank you. My mission now is to amplify the Be Heard message in this ‘down-under’ part of the world.”
Mary Ann McCauley, ABC – After a brief career as a journalist, Mary Ann’s communication career spans three decades. IABC has benefited from Mary Ann’s vast communication talent throughout the years. She served as the president of the IABC/Minnesota chapter in 1989, district director in 2007, served two terms on the international executive board and is the past chair of the IABC accreditation committee. Earlier in her career, Mary Ann received the IABC District Four Communicator of the Year award in 1982 and was the recipient of the IABC Chairman’s Award in 2000.
Mary Ann’s career has allowed her to gain exceptional experience in crisis/issues management, organizational/employee communication, media relations, mergers/acquisitions, and community relations. Acquiring these experiences has allowed Mary Ann to be a confident advisor to her clients and other IABC members.
“Being recognized by my peers is humbling and gratifying as it is an honor I've dreamed of but didn't expect,” said Mary Ann. “I have admired, been in awe of and learned from this group of Fellows so it is quite the privilege to be joining them.”
Suzanne Salvo – As a successful photographer and co-owner of Salvo Photography for more than 25 years, Suzanne has lent her talents and leadership to IABC on the local, national and international levels. She has served in various capacities throughout her 21 years of IABC membership. She achieved the record for new member registrations as the IABC/ Houston marketing manager from 1993–1994.
A true connector and advocate of IABC, many members speak highly of how welcoming and knowledgeable Suzanne is at every instance. During her frequent trips around the world, Suzanne makes it a point to connect with local members in each location and has fostered many great relationships by going above and beyond what’s expected.
“Excited, proud, thankful are just a few of the feelings that went through my head upon hearing the news. I have been an IABC believer, volunteering and evangelizing since joining in 1985,” said Suzanne. “I still get back so much more than I give.”
For a list of past Fellows recipients, visit http://www.iabc.com/awards/fellow.htm.
*ABC - Accredited Business Communicator
Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in more than 80 countries. Members hold positions in areas of expertise ranging from marketing, public relations, writing, editing, teaching, graphic design, and human resources.
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