IABC/Pittsburgh Business Communicator of the Year Award


Mark Hindsbo, CMO of Ansys, Inc. is the winner of the IABC/Pittsburgh 2016 Business Communicator of the Year (BCY) award

About the Award

The Business Communicator of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions in practicing, promoting and/or enhancing professional business communications in southwestern Pennsylvania. There is no fee to submit a nomination. Nominees do not have to work in the marketing communications field, but should promote and/or embrace the concept of effective business communication. 

Candidates for This Honor Include:                                              

  • Professional business communicators who inspire, establish or support the highest standards of quality and innovation in organizational communication; or
  • Organizational leaders (profit or nonprofit) who foster communication excellence by initiating, directing, supporting or sustaining outstanding and effective communication programs.

Previous Winners Include:

  • Elaine Luther, D.Sc., Professor of Business Management, Point Park University
  • Lt. Col. Michele Papakie, Chairwoman/Associate Professor of Journalism and Public Relations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Inspector General 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard; Owner and CEO, Prism Simple Solutions
  • Terri Glueck, director of community development and communication at Innovation Works
  • Robert Hill, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Debora S. Foster, vice president of corporate communication of H.J. Heinz Company
  • Rose Gabbianelli, senior vice president and director of corporate affairs for Mellon Financial Corporation
  • Greg Babe, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience
  • Robert O’Gara, educator at Point Park University
  • Dr. Carol Utay, co-founder and executive director of Total Learning Centers, Inc.
  • Katie McSorley, president, Mid-Atlantic, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR
  • Rebecca Lucore, chief of staff, Bayer MaterialScience, LLC

Business Communicator of the Year nominees are evaluated on the following points:

  1. Skills: Demonstration of exceptional leadership, management and communication skills
  2. Diverse communications audience: Experience and involvement in communication to diverse audiences—internal and external—at local, national and international levels (as applicable)
  3. Strategy: Use of a communication strategy that demonstrates creativity and innovation while contributing to the business success of the organization
  4. Personal communication: Effective personal communication efforts with all audiences; i.e., he/she must be shown to participate in communication, not simply to direct the communication staff in their work
  5. Ethics and professionalism in communication: Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards
  6. Sharing expertise: Enables and encourages growth of the communications profession through sponsorship of internships and mentoring in the workplace; contributes communications skills in volunteer settings

Contact Laura Shore at LKS1818@gmail.com or (724) 272-6306 with any questions. 

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