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Ingram Barge team wins IABC Gold Quill at World Conference, Washington D.C.

So proud of board member Lysa Rigo and her Ingram Barge team (Steve Cross and Jaleena Ball) on their IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence. The Gold Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.

The awards were presented at the Excellence Gala, held on Tuesday, June 13, as part of IABC’s World Conference in Washington, D.C.

In total, IABC has recognized 227 entries as world class, announcing 74 Excellence Awards and 153 Merit Awards. Winners come from all over the world, with 16 countries represented in the winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.

“The Gold Quill Awards program celebrates business communication’s best practices and the value professional, strategic communication programs bring to an organization’s bottom line, its brand and its reputation,” said Lynn Barter, ABC, MC, chair of the IABC awards committee. “Each entry is evaluated on its own merits against IABC’s Global Standard of excellence in communication. Winning a Gold Quill recognizes exceptional work, innovation and creativity.

“Gold Quill winners represent a global community executing their responsibilities ethically and to the highest standards of the profession. These exemplary practitioners deliver high-impact results for their organizations and clients, taking communication to the next level.”

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honor the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.

Congrats, Lysa and Team! In a few months, they will present their winning program focused on employee engagement. Stay tuned!

See all of the 2017 Gold Quill Winners from around globe!

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2017 Music City Gold Pen Awards Event Dazzles at Noah Liff Opera Center

IABC Nashville’s annual awards program honors the best in communications!

Under the soaring glass canopy of the Ragsdale Family Grand Lobby at the Noah Liff Opera Center in west Nashville, communications professionals from across Middle Tennessee were honored with gold for their excellence in corporate, government, higher education, and community communications.

“It’s said that opera is the highest form of art because it combines so many elements – complicated orchestrations as well as soaring melodies, vocals, acting, dancing, and set design,” said Tom Kenley, IABC Nashville chapter president. “So, this is an appropriate place to celebrate your award-winning projects and programs, woven together to create communications with impact.”

The evening awards program is an annual opportunity for IABC Nashville to recognize the often-unsung heroes who write, edit, create, and bring to life the many programs, special events, and powerful stories that punctuate life across Middle Tennessee. The chapter is honored to offer a platform to recognize excellence in communications, and celebrate those who turn their ideas into action, and offer hope and celebration.

Award winning WSMV-TV Channel 4 News Investigative Reporter Alanna Autler served as the celebrity host. And in addition, the evening would not have been possible without the generous sponsorships from The Creative Group, a Robert Half Company, and photographer Bernadette Ruby.

Of the 40 communications entries submitted, there were a total of 26 winning entries, 15 awards of excellence, and 11 awards of merit. Judging was handled by IABC chapter members in Tulsa, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, South Carolina, and Kansas City.

IABC Nashville is proud of its tradition in honoring excellence in communications, and providing a platform to those within the professional, who are making a difference in their communities.

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2017 Music City Gold Pen Award Winners
Category Project Recipient Company Award Type
Employee Engagement HCA IT Healthcare Inspired in Action Lisa Horak HCA Merit
Human Resources and Benefits Communication Military Recruiting Campaign Jaleena Ball Ingram Barge Company Excellence
Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication Marine Week Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication Kirkland’s Christmasland Style Board Blogger Campaign Aleah Heinlein MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication Middle Tennessee Football ‘Our Town Our Team’ Rob Janson MTSU Excellence
Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication Connexon Partners and Reliant Bank Pam Eldridge Connexon Partners Merit
Customer Relations Kirkland’s Blogger Partnership Campaign Angela Argiro MP&F Public Relations Merit
Media Relations Marine Week Nashville Tom Hayden MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Media Relations CSX Santa Train Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Merit
Community Relations Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Community Relations CSX Santa Train Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Merit
Community Relations nMotion Community Relations Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Social Media Programs Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Government Communications Programs TDOT Learning Network Jeff Davidson Tennessee Department of Transportation Human Resources Merit
Government Communications Programs Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Merit
Communication Research Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Special Events Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Special Events Bring Your Kids to Work Day Lysa Rigo Ingram Barge Company Excellence
Digital Communication Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Digital Communication The Links Sheros Genma Holmes The Links, Inc. Excellence
Audio/Visual Rich the IT Guy Mich Michaud M*Modal Excellence
Audio/Visual Madagascar World Voice: Alive Paul Ladd World Christian Broadcasting Merit
Publications Marine Week Nashville Javier Solano MP&F Public Relations Excellence
Publications News Beam Rebranding Lysa Rigo Ingram Barge Company Merit
Publications MTSU Magazine Drew Ruble MTSU Merit
Publications The National Programs Manual Genma Holmes The Links, Inc. Merit

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IABC Nashville is Named 2017 Small Chapter of the Year; Invites Area Communicators to March 15 Lunch

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, which was recently named IABC’s “2017 Small Chapter of the Year,” invites communications professionals from all industries to its March 15 professional development lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Nashville. Registration is now open for the 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. event.

Attendees to the March 15 event, “Expanding Your Circle of Influence,” will hear from Cheryl Read, president of Cheryl L. Read & Associates. Read, who has more than 30 years of experience in brand marketing, communications and relationship management, will share her advice on seeking out new connections, building relationships and ultimately expanding your Circle of Influence. The cost to attend is $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $25 for students.

Throughout her corporate and financial experience, Read spent 29 years with Tennessee-based HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. Her responsibilities included all division communications, marketing management, diversity and inclusion and community relations at HCA working specifically with the hospitals located in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, and Georgia.

IABC Nashville won the 2017 Small Chapter of the Year award at the Feb. 23 International Association of Business Communicator’s 2017 Chapter Management Awards in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, the chapter won two Chapter Management Awards (CMAs) in the categories of Event Management and Communication Management.

This year’s accolades were due in large part to the chapter’s efforts to communicate the rebranding of its Music City Gold Pen Awards and organization of the awards gala that was held in May at the Oak Room at Greenbrier Distillery. This is the chapter’s second consecutive year of being recognized for Chapter Management achievement. In 2016, IABC Nashville’s efforts to incorporate new branding to align with the association’s new guidelines earned the chapter a CMA in Communication Management.

“IABC is the only place where professional communicators can connect globally network, and we are proud to be a part of that network,” said IABC Nashville President Tom Kenley. “These projects required a lot of hard work and dedication over the past few years, and we are especially proud that IABC recognized those efforts.”

ABOUT IABC NASHVILLE
IABC/Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC/Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program. To learn more visit nashville.iabc.com.

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Membership Spotlight – Nicole Miller

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Nicole Miller, senior manager of Public Relations at Asurion.

Nicole Headshot - smIABC: What is your background?

Miller: I’ve had a passion for news since I was young, serving as an editor of my high school newspaper and editor-in-chief of the year book. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!), where I majored in Journalism with an emphasis in news writing and public relations. My first job after college was working as a general assignment reporter for a community newspaper in Wisconsin. While there, I learned a lot about what makes a compelling news story and delivering the news under tight deadlines.

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Miller: I started my PR career at a firm in Milwaukee that specializes in B2B marketing communications. When my main client merged with a national retailer, I was totally bit by the consumer bug and moved to Chicago, where I worked in the consumer PR for a variety of major agencies. I’m a rare PR egg in that I have gained strong experience and expertise in both consumer and B2B PR.

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have your been in this role?

Miller: I currently serve as Senior Manager of Public Relations at Asurion, a global leader in technology protection and support, based in Nashville. My role has been evolving since I joined the company a little over a year ago, but ultimately I’ll be focusing on external corporate PR to help elevate awareness of Asurion’s leadership position within the industry and with national business media.

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Miller: Asurion is the global leader in helping customers enhance their life through their technology through ongoing support and protection. Among our continuous innovation is that we’re hyper focused on disrupting the tech support category with world-class customer experience by providing instant access to tech experts to help solve any tech issue with an Asurion covered device. There’s no waiting on hold, no transfers and a near 100 percent resolution rate in one call or chat.

IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?

Miller: Strategic. Curious. Collaborative.

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Miller: My husband and I moved to Nashville from Chicago to be closer to our hobby of caving. Tennessee has more than 10,000 caves, and the tri-state region of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia is a mecca for caving within the United States.

Caving offers a little bit of everything – the beauty and wonder of nature; great physical challenges and an intense teamwork structure. It’s quite common to put your life in your team members’ hands when caving, so trust and team dynamic are vital to the experience.

IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?

Miller:

  • The Communications function is most effective when it closely supports the organization’s key objectives.
  • Make your communications goals actionable and measurable.
  • Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. The usual marketing messages rarely resonate with earned media or within social media.
  • Become an expert in your organization’s (or clients’) industry.
  • Stay current on new communication channels and tactics

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Miller:

  • Mastery of communications channels and tactics.
  • Being up-to-date on the issues, challenges and opportunities within your organization and greater industry.
  • Serving as a trusted advisor to your leadership and team.
  • Curiosity and openness to trying new things as the communications landscape continuous to evolve.

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

Miller: I know it’s been said before, but networking and professional development are some of the greatest benefits for me personally.

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Miller: Being new to Nashville, I joined IABC to network and get immersed within the communications community locally. I heard that the Nashville IABC chapter was the most active group for local communications professionals.


Member Spotlight – Lysa Rigo

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Lysa Rigo, Director, HR & Creative Services at Ingram Barge Company. Lysa and her team recently won their first Music City Gold Pen Award of Excellence for Internal Communications.

Lysa RigoIABC: What is your background? How did you get started in this business?

Rigo: After earning a master’s degree in English at Northern Illinois University, I taught Composition and Business Writing (that’s where I found my passion) for five years. Following that, I gained experience as a technical writer for a mathematical and engineering software firm, and used some of those years to start a small business writing for other businesses who couldn’t afford a writer on staff.

In the mid-1990s, my family moved to Brazil, so I used the opportunity to teach English as a foreign language. When we returned to the States in 2000, I found a job teaching English to students who came to the US solely to improve their English. That enriching experience gained me friends from all over the world, and that’s where I was on 9/11, helping a large group of frightened foreigners try to make sense of something none of us could wrap our minds around.

In the mid-2000s, we moved to Tennessee for my husband’s job. A series of situations led me into a career in human resources where I had to quickly learn how to hire, fire, do payroll and worker’s comp in a plant that was scheduled to shut its doors in nine months. On the last day, I stood alone with the plant manager in an empty building and was faced with the decision of accepting the HR job I was offered or the Communications Specialist role? Communications tugged at my heart, and here I am today.

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have you been in this role?

Rigo: I came to Ingram Barge Company 10 years ago to build a Communications department. Today, I am Director, HR & Creative Services. My team does all Corporate Communications and all things creative: web, social, magazines, photos, videos, and many random projects.

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Rigo: Barging is a silent industry so it doesn’t necessarily stand out, but Ingram does all things with excellence so we’re looked to as the standard on the inland river system; we’re the ones to imitate, the company to work for.

IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would they be?

Rigo: Empathetic, resilient, and instinctive

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Rigo: Probably not surprising, but I became fluent in Portuguese while living in Brazil.

IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional? What makes an effective communications leader?

Rigo:

  • What I’ve been working on the past year is that it’s OK not to be perfect; none of us are. Details are critical in communications, but it’s so important to let go and let the message shine more loudly than the form.
  • When there are mistakes, don’t beat yourself up over them. Fix them, if needed, and walk proudly forward. So what if the whole organization sees your daily work? Most people will give you grace, so don’t listen to the few who find joy in the “got-yas.”
  • You need to learn from the younger professionals in the field. They may not know all there is in the politics, strategy or big picture, but they know what they want to hear so they will have good ideas for connecting with others like them.

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC? What prompted you to join IABC?

Rigo: After developing our Creative Services department, I spent a seven-year hiatus with a focus more on HR than communications, A few years ago, I got a new boss and a reshuffling of duties, and Creative Services became my major focus again. I needed to connect with communications professionals, and Google led me to IABC. I walked into my first meeting and knew I was in the right place. These people get me, and I get them. Everything else is just icing on the cake.


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