Professional Achievement Award

    Each year, local chapters select one outstanding practitioner each. Among those nominees, one is chosen to receive the Public Relations Council of Alabama's Philip Ryder Forrest, Jr. Professional Achievement Award. The following is a list of Alabama's top public relations professionals by year. (The year corresponds to the body of work the award represents, not the year of the conference where it was presented. Thus 1973's winner received the award in 1974).

    1973 George Couch, APR - Birmingham

    1974 Jean D. King - Mobile

    1975 Jim Reed - Birmingham

    1976 Charles McKay - Montgomery

    1977 Philip R. Forrest, Jr. - Mobile

    1978 Jerri McLain - North Alabama

    1979 James O. Yeaman - Montgomery

    1980 Eva Golson - Mobile

    1981 George B. Elliott, APRP - Birmingham

    1982 Denise Grayson - North Alabama

    1983 Shelby A. Sutton - Mobile

    1984 Judy S. Ryals - North Alabama

    1985 C. Holley Midgley, APRP - Montgomery

    1986 George Winters, APR - North Alabama

    1987 Charles Barnette, APR - Montgomery

    1988 Michael K. Simmons - North Alabama

    1989 Peri Widener, APR - North Alabama

    1990 Lynne Hereford - North Alabama

    1991 Bettie Hudgens - Mobile

    1992 Leigh Tucker - North Alabama

    1993 Rosemary Blackmon, APR - Montgomery

    1994 Karen Schoening - North Alabama 

    1995 Janice L. Payne, APR - Birmingham

    1996 Dave Rickey, APR - Birmingham

    1997 Karla S. Conway, APR - Birmingham

    1998 Craig Dunn - North Alabama

    1999 Peter R. Pepinsky, APR - East Alabama

    2000 Mark Morrison, APR - West Alabama

    2001 Julie Debardelaben - Montgomery

    2002 Marian Faulk, APR - Mobile

    2003 Carol Mann, APR - Mobile

    2004 Michael Tullier, APR - East Alabama

    2005 Suzanne Fornaro, APR - Mobile

    2006 Denise D'Oliverira, APR - Mobile

    2007 Helen Todd, APR - Birmingham

    2008 Bill Cunningham - Montgomery

    2009 Darryl Gates, APR - Montgomery

    2010 Jennifer Jenkins, APR - Mobile

    2011 Sharee Brousard, APR - Mobile

    2012 Katie Jackson - East Alabama

    2013 Lori Miller - North Alabama

    2014 Joy Carter, APR - Birmingham

    2015 Kristina Hendrix, APR - North Alabama

    2016 Deidre Stalnaker - West Alabama