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Pikes Peak Chapter Presents Two Top Awards at Jan. 23 Meeting

The Pikes Peak Chapter presented its two highest awards during the January 23 luncheon meeting.  The chapter’s Vista Award recognizes the outstanding use of public relations by a community leader in supporting the citizens of El Paso County.  And the Pinnacle Award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of public relations by a senior chapter member.

The Gazette editor Joe Hight received the 2013 Vista Award for effectively using PR tools and practices to keep the citizens of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region up-to-date on the issues so important to their safety, happiness and understanding.  Since becoming Gazette editor in November 2012, Hight has continued to demonstrate innovative management techniques and effectiveness as a communicator.  The Gazette has improved significantly due to his leadership, insight and attention to community needs, interests and desires.  And by creating an atmosphere of transparency, he as already earned the support and confidence of many community members.

Barry Grossman, APR, received the 2013 Pinnacle Award for continuing to distinguish himself during a 37-year PR career that Included positions of increasing responsibility with the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Space Foundation, PRACO Public Relations and Advertising, and the CH2M HILL transportation business group.  Since 2009, he has been a principal and senior public involvement consultant with Bachman Public Relations here.

Barry joined PRSA in 1995 and was accredited in public relations in 1997.  He has held wide variety of board positions with both the Pikes Peak and Colorado Chapters, and served as the Pikes Peak Chapter president in 1998.  He retired from the Air Force in 1992.

Submitted by Fred Morgan

2014 Award Presentation

Barry Grossman, APR (left), and Gazette editor Joe Hight show off their awards following presentation during the chapter’s January luncheon meeting.