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