Chapter Champion Award

This award recognizes PRSA Georgia members who have gone the extra mile in service to the Chapter. The award is presented on a monthly basis, or as appropriate. Eligibility for the award includes all Georgia Chapter members who go above and beyond the call of duty as a Chapter volunteer.

A successful chapter runs on the talents of its volunteers. The Chapter Champion Award recognizes the hard work of our dedicated members. All PRSA Georgia Chapter members who go above and beyond as Chapter volunteers are eligible. The Chapter Champion Award is presented at the Chapter’s monthly luncheon meeting.

Kent Kimes is the recipient of the January 2020 Chapter Champion Award for his dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia.  He wrote the script for the 2018 and 2019 Awards Celebration and added his voice to both events as the off-stage announcer. In 2019, he served as co-chair of the E-Newsletter Committee with Chapter member Alison Tyrer. Working side-by-side with Alison, he assisted in gathering, writing, copyediting and planning content for the weekly newsletter and other ongoing email communications. Kent also helped judge the Commonwealth and Capital Awards for the Richmond, Va. Chapter in 2019. For 2020, Kent has volunteered to contribute new feature content to the recently revamped newsletter.

“I joined the Georgia Chapter in 2015 because I was looking for networking, support and learning opportunities having recently entered the world of public relations after a 20-year career in print journalism,” he said. “Attending PRSA national and local conferences plus the Georgia Chapter’s Awards Celebration pushed me to step up, offer my services and dig in for an engaging membership experience. I often rely on the Chapter’s wealth of industry experts as a sounding board.”

Kent is a senior staff writer for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), where he manages the organization’s blog, unConventional, spearheads the Authority’s annual report, works on special projects, manages his department’s award entries, co-leads the launch of the Authority’s new podcast in 2020, and provides event support at the number 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world. Prior to joining the GWCCA, Kent cut his teeth as a cub reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Additional career stops include government reporter for The Georgetown Times, arts and entertainment writer for The Augusta Chronicle, staff writer for OneStop.Com, pop culture reporter and assistant features editor for The Sun News and founding editor of alt- weekly publication The Weekly Surge. He has also freelanced for various publications, including Creative Loafing, Grand Strand Magazine, Strafford Publications, Rare.com and CARE. Kent earned a BA in English and History from Huntingdon College.

Nomination Process

  • E-mail the following nomination information to Denise Grant at denise.grant@prsageorgia.org:
    • Name of nominee
    • Company and title of nominee
    • E-mail and phone number
    • Reason for nomination
    • Nominator’s name and contact information
  • Nomination deadline for each month’s Chapter Champion is the Thursday following the current month’s luncheon.
  • Award is presented on a monthly basis, or as appropriate, at the monthly luncheon meeting and featured in the following week’s e-mail to members.
  • Note that current Chapter leaders are eligible with the caveat that the recognition is not based on activities as designated by their position.