2017 Bulldog Stars of PR Award Winners announced—congrats, stars!

by | Oct 17, 2017 | Public Relations

Bulldog Reporter has announced the winners of our 2017 Bulldog Stars of PR awards program, recognizing the best and brightest in PR and communications agencies and individuals globally.

The Bulldog Stars of PR Awards received a record-breaking number of entries this year so our illustrious panel of journalist judges had their work cut out for them to select winners from entrants in 20 agency and individual categories.

French/West/Vaughan has received the highest honour in the agency category, the Grand Prize of Best PR Agency of 2017. Alex Slater of Clyde Group has received the highest honour in the individual category and has been awarded the Grand Prize – PR Star of 2017. Congratulations to the 2017 Grand Prize winners!

The following agencies and individuals have all earned bragging rights as a Bulldog Award winner, along with extensive promotion through Bulldog Reporter’s newsletters and web site. The Grand Prize winners of Bulldog Stars of PR Awards also receive a crystal bulldog to add to their bookshelf.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Bulldog Stars of PR awards

Agency Stars of PR Winners

Agency submissions were scored on firm positioning, client growth and retention, work environment, and results achieved.


Grand Prize – Best PR Agency of 2017: French/West/Vaughan

Best New Agency (launched within the last 5 years):

  • Gold Award: Vested
  • Silver Award: Clyde Group
  • Bronze Award: Hawthorne Strategy Group

Best Sole Practitioner (PR professional who practices in their own firm without a partner/shareholder):

  • Gold Award: Rafe Gomez, VC Inc. Marketing

Best Boutique Agency (serves a niche market or industry and has fewer than 50 employees):

  • Gold Award: Bospar
  • Silver Award: SideCar Public Relations
  • Bronze Award: Vested and Evolvemkd

Small Agency of the Year (fewer than 50 employees):

  • Gold Award: Clyde Group and Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
  • Silver Award: Durée & Company, Inc.
  • Bronze Award: Hawthorne Strategy Group

Mid-size Agency of the Year (50 – 200 employees):

  • Gold Award: French/West/Vaughan
  • Silver Award: PRR, Inc.
  • Bronze Award: JConnelly

Social Agency of the Year (agencies that are getting extraordinary results for their clients by integrating social media into their campaigns):

  • Gold Award: C-4 Analytics

Agency That Gets Results (agencies that use advanced measurement approaches to measure the impact of campaigns on organizational objectives):

  • Gold Award: Bospar
  • Silver Award: Fahlgren Mortine
  • Bronze Award: BoardroomPR

Most Innovative Agency (agencies with a creative approach to communications):

  • Gold Award: French/West/Vaughan
  • Silver Award: Vested
  • Bronze Award: Silverline Communications

Business to Business (B2B) Agency of the Year (agencies focused on business-to-business clients):

  • Gold Award: Fahlgren Mortine
  • Silver Award: BackBay Communications

Business to Consumer (B2C) Agency of the Year (agencies who build engaging, creative customer-focused campaigns):

  • Gold Award: French/West/Vaughan
  • Silver Award: Fahlgren Mortine

Individual Stars of PR

Individuals were judged on professional leadership and contribution, breakthrough communication approaches, demonstrations of integrity, and results achieved.

Alex Slater

Grand Prize – PR Star of 2017: Alex Slater, Clyde Group

Public or Media Relations Professional of the Year:

  • Gold Award: Nicole Rodrigues, NRPR Group
  • Silver Award: Deb Holliday, Pascale Communications
  • Bronze Award: Pamela Njissang, Bhava Communications

Investor Relations Professional of the Year:

  • Gold Award: Sarah Elder, Pushpay

Corporate Communications Professional of the Year:

  • Gold Award: Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Aflac

PR Rising Star (Under 40) (someone who has risen within the ranks of the organization and should be broadly seen as a potential future leader):

  • Gold Award: Alex Slater, Clyde Group
  • Silver Award: Aubrey Quinn, Clyde Group and Kate Ryan, Diffusion PR
  • Bronze Award: Marty McDonald, Fahlgren Mortine

Leader of the Year (PR agency) (executive within a medium to large agency who displays strong leadership qualities, clearly communicates vision and inspires everyone who works for, and with them):

  • Gold Award: Mike Rosen, PRR, Inc.
  • Silver Award: Rick French, French/West/Vaughan
  • Bronze Award: Sarah Evans, J Public Relations

PR Professional Who Makes a Difference (who is making the world a better place through their pro-bono efforts, volunteering or mentoring of the next generation of PR professionals):

  • Gold Award: John Davies, Davies Public Affairs

Best PR or Communications Team (for a team of 3 or more people who have worked together to achieve exceptional results for their clients, agency or organization):

  • Gold Award: Aflac and Camino Public Relations

PR Up and Comer (someone with less than 2 years in the industry who shows real promise):

  • Gold Award: Deanna Haas, Hollywood Agency
  • Silver Award: Tommy Morgan, Sage Communications
  • Bronze Award: Jack Meehan, Motion PR

Congratulations to all our winners!

Learn more about Bulldog Awards at bulldogawards.com and sign up to hear about updates on deadlines or upcoming awards programs. The next Bulldog Awards—the Bulldog PR awards—will encapsulate a number of our programs including Digital / Social, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Media Relations, and will open for entries in January 2018.

Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 17 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richard.carufel@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter


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