December 22, 2014


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IABC/Chicago celebrated the 2014 Bronze Quill Awards winners with a gala and premier networking event on Wednesday, June 4, at Nacional 27 in downtown Chicago.


The event recognizes this year’s Bronze Quill winners, committee volunteers and board members. In addition to saluting this year’s winners, IABC/Chicago also honored Tom Keefe, ABC, with the 2014 Karen Utterback Award winner for his years of valuable contributions as a chapter volunteer.


The competition, now in its 33rd year, was open to all Chicago-area business communicators who completed a significant project in 2013 that embodied excellence in one of 27 categories across three divisions: communication management, communication skills and creative. The Bronze Quill Awards recognize communications professionals for their excellence in developing and executing business communication programs. Winning entries feature clear objectives supporting the organization’s goals, creative communication strategies and effective, measurable results.


“Every year, entries undergo a strict judging process by seasoned communications professionals from partner IABC chapters. The judging is based on stringent standards set by the national chapter,” said Karissa Seltz, Director of Awards for IABC/Chicago. “It’s my pleasure to ultimately recognize all the teamwork, big-picture strategic thinking, thoughtful execution, and attention to detail that went into this year’s award-winning entries.”


The 2014 Bronze Quill Award winners are:


Best in Show

Special Events – Internal or External

Award of Excellence

The Small Business Fair Team; Argonne National Laboratory


International Communication

Award of Merit

Lauren Platt; L.C. Williams & Associates


Media Relations

Award of Excellence

Sungard Availability Services and Edelman

Rockwell Collins and Edelman


Integrated Marketing Communication

Award of Excellence

Purple Group, Hagerty Consulting and the Regional Catastrophic Planning Committee

Laura Bohacz; L.C. Williams & Associates


Marketing Communication

Award of Merit

GolinHarris (2)


Employee/Member Communication

Award of Merit


Rosanne Belczak; Kraft Foods Group


Human Resource and Benefit Communication

Award of Excellence

Kenneth F. Groh, ABC; Groh & Associates, Inc.

Jim Hanley, Emily Kehinde, Theresa Schiltz & Vic Villanueva; ROC Group

Matthew Mason; Mercer (US) Inc.

Walgreen Co. and Aon Hewitt

United and Towers Watson

Gabrielle Loring; ROC Group


Award of Merit

Kaarina Marsili; ROC Group


Electronic or Digital Communication

Award of Merit

Zurich North America and Towers Watson


Social Media

Award of Excellence

Alison Hamer; L.C. Williams & Associates and Trex Company


Digital Communication/Marketing

Award of Merit

Ed Duffy; Ed Duffy Communications



Award of Excellence

Kaarina Marsili; ROC Group



Award of Merit

Jill Folan



Award of Merit

Mark Lopez; Argonne National Laboratory