PRSA Los Angeles Selects 2013 Special Award Honorees for 49th Annual Prism Awards Show

Tickets on Sale for November 6 Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel

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LOS ANGELES--()--The Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Los Angeles chapter has selected its 2013 Special Award honorees, slated to be recognized at the 49th annual PRSA-LA PRism Awards Show. Tickets are now on sale for the November 6 evening gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel, which will celebrate outstanding achievements in public relations throughout greater Los Angeles.

A time-honored tradition in the Los Angeles public relations community, the PRism Awards were established decades ago to honor a select number of companies, individuals and programs that most exemplify above-and-beyond industry and community impact.

“PRSA-LA has selected seven highly deserving recipients to honor with 2013 Special PRism Awards at this year’s PRism Awards Show,” said Steve Roth, PRSA-LA President. “The list of honorees this year is defined by a simple yet powerful, shared characteristic: industry-leading excellence. We look forward to celebrating these honorees along with the accomplishments and success of the Los Angeles public relations community at our November 6 gala.”

PRSA-LA’s 2013 Special Awards honorees are:

PR Professional of the Year
Mr. Dave Barthmuss
Group Manager, Product & Policy Communications (West)
General Motors Corporation

PR Team of the Year
Red Bull Stratos

Outstanding Achievement in Publicity
California Science Center Foundation
Space Shuttle Endeavour

Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs
Mr. Deane Leavenworth
Regional Vice President – Government Relations
Time Warner Cable

Corporate Citizen of the Year

Outstanding News Professional
Mr. Frank Mottek
Business Reporter
KNX Radio

Joseph Roos Community Service Award
Mr. Stefan Pollack
Pollack PR Marketing Group

The 2013 PRism Awards Show will once again be under the steady hand of veteran award show producer and director Michael Seel, as PR professionals from across the region gather to recognize public relations excellence.

In addition to the Special Awards, other PRism awards will recognize outstanding achievements in public relations in dozens of diverse categories. Public relations agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations across the Los Angeles region can submit an online entry by August 25 for a chance to win a coveted 2013 PRism Award.

Said Roth, “Each year PRSA-LA focuses the spotlight on PR campaigns that exemplify the very best of the best in the industry. There is still time to enter the 2013 PRism Awards via PRSA-LA’s online entry system.”

To find out how to enter the 2013 PRism Awards, click on the following link 2013 PRism Call-For-Entry information or visit the PRSA-LA website ( for PRism FAQs and instructions about how to use the online award entry portal.

Tickets are now on sale for the November 6 evening gala. Prices are as follows: Early Savings (By Monday, September 30) Members $130; Non-Members $175. Final Deadline (By Friday, November 1) Members $150; Non-Members $200; Students $100; a 10% discount is offered on tables of 10 or 12; please contact the PRSA-LA Office for details or to purchase tickets:

About PRism Special Awards

PR Professional of the Year. Awarded to an individual who demonstrates distinguished service to the profession, excellence either for a single program or for outstanding career achievements.

PR Team of the Year. Honors a public relations team, be it at an agency, corporation, government organization or educational institution, that has demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in their work as evidenced by teamwork, results and/or contributions to the field of public relations, their constituents, community or society at large.

Outstanding Achievement in Publicity. Recognizes an individual or organization that executes an extraordinary publicity campaign or program during the year and has demonstrated consistent excellence over time.

Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs. Recognizes a non-PR individual or organization for their efforts to utilize and foster best practices in public affairs or community relations in order to make their community a better place by improving the lives of others.

Corporate Citizen of the Year. Honors a corporation for its philanthropic work toward positively impacting the local community.

Outstanding News Professional. Recognizes an outstanding media representative for professionalism and journalistic excellence.

The Joseph Roos Community Service Award. Honors a PRSA member who has demonstrated outstanding community service, either for a single project or an ongoing program.


PRSA is the largest public relations organization in the world, with more than 21,000 members nationally. The Los Angeles chapter is the fifth largest in the country, with nearly 600 members in Greater Los Angeles County, as well as in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties. The PRSA-LA chapter presents a wide array of educational programs, networking mixers and professional development events throughout the year, including the annual PRism Awards Show. More information can be found at, on Twitter at @PRSALANews, or on Facebook at


Dennis Kaiser, 310-989-4481

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2013 PRism Special Award honorees announced


Dennis Kaiser, 310-989-4481