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2017 Golden Spike Award Winners

2017 Golden Spike Awards announced Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 Golden Spike Awards! This year’s Golden Spike Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Greater Salt Lake and Utah Valley chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, was held at The District in South Jordan. KUTV anchor and reporter Brian Mullahy served […]

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2016 Golden Spike Awards Winners

Click here to check out photos from the 2016 Golden Spike Awards Gala! Division Category Entry Title Agency Organization Institutional Programs Government and Nonprofit Organizations and Associations Top Walking & Biking Schools Program Intrepid Intrepid & SNAP Community Relations For-profit Companies The Road Home Apple Tree  Intrepid Community Relations Government and Nonprofit Organizations and Associations […]

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2014 Golden Spike Awards

2014 Golden Spike Awards winners

Division I: Campaigns Best of Show – Awarded to the highest scoring campaign Undercover Boss – Larry H. Miller Group of Companies with Intrepid 1. Publicity and Media Relations For-profit companies From Unknown to “Undercover” to Ubiquitous: How PR Helped a 2nd Generation CEO Make a Bold Introduction: Intrepid, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies […]

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Liz Abel

2014 Communicator of the Year: Liz Abel

Liz Abel, University of Utah’s senior associate athletics director for communications, directs the athletic department’s public relations and publicity efforts and manages the new media and broadcast/video divisions. Liz oversees communication for the department and partnerships with media for Football and Gymnastics. She helped transition the University of Utah into the Pac 12 by coordinating […]

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Karen Crompton

2014 Community Activist of the Year: Karen Crompton

Karen Crompton is an experienced executive who has developed, led and managed local, state and national level efforts to benefit children and families. She has hands-on experience in growing and sustaining an organization, forging partnerships, designing awareness campaigns, influencing public policy, and mobilizing advocates. She helped to pass Utah’s first preschool legislation for at-risk children, […]

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Pete Codella, APR

2014 Professional Communicator of the Year: Pete Codella, APR

Pete Codella is Accredited in public relations, holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a BA from Brigham Young University. He is the director of marketing and communications for the David Eccles School of Business. He has taught public relations and social media courses at UNLV, UCI Extension and the University of Utah. […]

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Mary Rice

2014 Young Professional Communicator of the Year: Mary Rice

Mary Rice is a proud member of the public relations team at Penna Powers. Prior to switching careers and joining the agency three years ago, Mary worked at several of the top news outlets in the Utah market. At Penna Powers she provides media relations and strategic planning services for a variety of clients including […]

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Individual award nominations due now

Golden Spike Awards nominations for 2014 individual awards are now being accepted until Sept. 30. If you didn’t receive an invitation to participate in the PRSA members-only survey to nominate a public relations professional for an individual award, please contact Steven Tew at

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2014 Golden Spike Awards dinner tickets on sale now

Now that we’re past the entry deadline for the 27th annual Golden Spike Awards, it’s time to reserve your spot at the dinner and awards ceremony. We received about 140 entries this year, so the awards presentation will be even bigger and better than last year. We’re required to provide catering our final count by […]

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2014 Golden Spike Awards call for entries

2014 Golden Spike Awards call for entries

It’s that time of year again to let your hard work shine in the limelight! This is the official call for entries for the 2014 Golden Spike Awards – recognizing the best and brightest public relations and communications professionals in Utah. The early bird entry deadline is August 31, 2014. For those procrastinators, you have until […]

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