Durée Ross, president and founder of Fort Lauderdale-based full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm Durée & Company, Inc., was recently named the 2017 Bronze Stevie Award winner for Women in Business, in the Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – 10 or Less Employees category.

Ross founded Durée & Company in 1999 at age 24. An award-winning PR entrepreneur with a broad spectrum of experience spanning the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients, she has created and implemented numerous inventive public relations and marketing campaigns for an extensive client roster.

She has been nationally recognized for her ability to manage crises, develop brand messages, protect and build brand reputations and create content for digital platforms. Ross has mastered the “new” rules of public relations and marketing, utilizing new and expanding social media platforms – paving the way for future generations of PR professionals. She is a PR, marketing and special events expert/speaker.

In the past year, Durée & Company also won the prestigious 2017 Bulldog Stars of PR Silver Award, Small Agency of the Year category; and Ross was the recipient of the esteemed 2016 PR News’ Top Women in PR award. Ross has won a total of five additional Stevie Awards in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

“I am honored to be a winner of the 2017 Stevies Women in Business Awards,” said Ross. “For nearly 20 years, I have been building my agency to be one of the top PR, marketing and special events firms in South Florida, and this award reflects my and the firm’s many successes. I look forward to Durée & Company’s continued success in 2018.”

Rachel Sapoznik, CEO and president of Sapoznik Insurance, a Durée & Company client, also won a 2017 Stevie Award for Women in Business: Female Entrepreneur of the Year — Business Services — 11 to 2,500 Employees — All Other Industries.

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