PRSA-NY Honors Olga González, Shelley J. Spector and Roger Bolton as the 2018 Recipients of Top Awards for Achievement and Leadership in PR

Honorees to be celebrated during June 11th Big Apple Awards gala in New York City #BigApplePR

NEW YORK--()--The Public Relations Society of America-New York Chapter (PRSA-NY) has announced the 2018 recipients of its top awards for individual achievement by public relations practitioners:

  • Roger Bolton, President, The Arthur W. Page Society, will be receive The John W. Hill Award for outstanding lifetime achievements in public relations;
  • Shelley J. Spector, President, Spector & Associates, will receive The Philip Dorf Award for leadership and mentorship; and,
  • Olga González, CEO/Founder, Pietra PR – The Jewelry PR Agency, will receive the President’s Award for outstanding service to PRSA and PRSA-NY.

The awards will be presented during the 31st Big Apple Awards presentation ceremony on Monday evening, June 11th, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Tickets and additional event details are available at

The 2018 honorees were selected following a public nomination period and deliberation by a committee of esteemed PR industry executives who presented unanimous recommendations to the chapter’s leadership for confirmation and endorsement.

“Shelley Spector and Roger Bolton truly live the principles of these awards, as professionals who have each advanced the craft of communications and helped professionalize our industry, and as people, who have demonstrated unwavering integrity, humanity and a commitment to enriching the lives of the many clients and colleagues with whom they’ve worked,” said Mike Doyle, Partner & Regional President, North America, Ketchum. “We congratulate them on these tremendous honors, and know that the past is prologue, as they continue their work in the industry.”

“Olga González has done so much to help our chapter advance its mission and goals, and has been an amazing friend and a mentor to me throughout my time with PRSA-NY,” said Sharon Fenster, PRSA-NY President and President & Founder, Fenster Communications. “When it comes to the chapter, her service is truly unmatched. She’s always thinking about how we can do a better job serving our members, and what we can do to promote the values for which we stand.”

John W. Hill Award: Presented annually since 1977, the Hill Award is named for the founder of one of the world’s preeminent PR firms; recipients exemplify Mr. Hill’s beliefs that experience, quality, integrity and judgement are the cornerstones upon which the public relations profession has been built. The award is sponsored by Hill+Knowlton Strategies. The 2018 John W. Hill Award will be presented to Roger Bolton, President of The Arthur W. Page Society. Previously, Bolton served as senior vice president of communications at Aetna, where the Aetna Foundation reported to him and he chaired Aetna’s Council for Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to his business career, Bolton served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush; assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs in the Executive Office of the President under President Reagan; and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House, with responsibility for the president’s relations with business and labor. Bolton is a recipient of the U.S. Treasury Distinguished Service Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior from Trust Across the World. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute. In addition to Page, Bolton serves on the boards of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, the Elon University School of Communications, the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University, the Baruch College MA in Corporate Communication Program and the Ethisphere Institute.

Philip Dorf Award: The Philip Dorf Award honors individuals who lead, guide and selflessly counsel and stimulate the careers of PR professionals. Presented annually since its creation in 1995, the award is sponsored by the Dorf family in memory of Philip Dorf who was an inspiration and mentor to many young public relations practitioners. The 2018 Dorf Award recipient is Shelley J. Spector, President, Spector & Associates, a PR firm she founded in 1991. The firm has represented a variety of global corporations, such as AT&T, Bayer, HP, Philips, ITT, for whom it has won more than 40 industry awards. In 1995, Shelley and her husband, Barry, founded the Museum of Public Relations, a 501(c) 3 educational institution chartered by the State of New York. It is the world's only Museum honoring the field's history. Shelley has given lectures at the Museum to more than 2000 students, scholars and professionals in the four years the Museum has been housed at Baruch College. Shelley has used the Museum of Public Relations as a platform to attract more diverse young people to the field, with events such as Black PR History, Latino PR History and PR Women Who Changed History have introduced hundreds of young people to outstanding PR pioneers of the past. For the last decade, Shelley has served as an adjunct professor at NYU and Baruch College, where she has mentored and advised scores of students from all over the world. She has also provided internships at her firm for many minority students over the years. In 2016, she co-authored with Louis Capozzi the book Public Relations for the Public Good, a series of case studies which looks at various social movements-- like civil rights, suffrage and LGBTQ rights-- through the lens of public relations. Currently, Shelley is working with the PRSA Foundation to publish Diverse Voices, a book that will feature first-hand accounts of more than three dozen diverse leaders in the field. Shelley's career has spanned decades, during which she worked for several agencies, including Lobsenz Stevens, Ruder Finn and Hill & Knowlton, as well as serving as press manager for the American Stock Exchange.

PRSA-NY President’s Award Established in 2003, the PRSA-NY President’s Award recognizes a past or present member who demonstrates high standards of ethical conduct and who provides outstanding service to both the chapter and PRSA. The 2018 President’s Award recipient is Olga González, CEO/Founder, Pietra PR – The Jewelry PR Agency. In her current role, Ms. González is Immediate Past President of PRSA-NY, serving her fifth year on the chapter board. In addition, Olga serves as the Director of Networking for the Women’s Jewelry Association New York Metro Chapter, and is a member of Gem-A, ASJRA, New York Mineralogical Club, and GSUSA. Ms. González writes for publications on gem and jewelry related topics, and is a mentor to students, regularly speaking at schools and events. Prior to her current work, Ms. González worked in product development with museums, in PR and sales for jewelry made for museums based on their art. She also became certified in appraisal. Six years ago, freelance clients encouraged Olga to start her own business by coordinating a collective retainer. What started as an experiment, has continued going strong with Pietra PR. Today, Pietra PR offers full communications services to companies in the gem, jewelry, and luxury watch trades, working with: jewelry brands, associations, labs, dealers, and manufacturers. Outside of the PR and gem world, Olga enjoys dancing, cooking, sailing, church, and theatre. She is single and loving it, with an incredible family in New Jersey.

For more information about the awards and past recipients, please visit:

Sponsors of the 2018 Big Apple awards presentation ceremony include:

President’s Diversity Data Honor Roll Award


Platinum Sponsors

D S Simon Media

Silver Sponsors

GCI Health
PR Talent

Bronze Sponsor

Hunter Public Relations


Shift Communications

PRSSA Champion


PRSA-NY Ambassadors

William Doescher
Natan Edelsburg
Henry Feintuch
Alan Marcus
Sarah Passarelli Katz
Doug Simon

John W. Hill Award

Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Philip Dorf Award

Dorf Family

Best Use of Research Award

Institute for Public Relations

Friends of Big Apple

Critical Mention
Traci Brodnax

In-Kind Sponsors

Muck Rack
Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
Missy Farren & Associates, Ltd.
Oak Leaf Photography

About the Big Apple Awards

PRSA-NY established the Big Apple Awards in 1987 to celebrate excellence in public relations. Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, the Big Apple Awards honor innovative and strategic PR campaigns and projects.


The Public Relations Society of America, New York City chapter is the industry go-to organization for knowledge and networking for communications professionals in the New York metro area. Established in 1947, PRSA-NY is one of the founding chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, the world’s largest professional organization for public relations practitioners, and the third largest PRSA local chapter in the U.S. It serves the interests of public relations professionals working in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. Chapter board and committee members are volunteer public relations professionals who work in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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VP of Marketing

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PRSA-NY has announced the 2018 recipients of its top awards for individual achievement by public relations practitioners.

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