Forty Under 40

Open to PRSA Georgia members and nonmembers across the state, the Forty Under 40 awards program honors rising stars who excel in professional PR, marketing, advertising and/or social media roles, while also giving back to their industry and community.

They’re the people you should know, if you don’t already. If they’re not trending or in the headlines, they are often making sure their clients, companies or products are!

To learn more about the 2020 honorees, read this brochure. To watch the 2020 Forty Under 40 Virtual Awards Celebration that took place on Thursday, October 15, play the video below.

2020 PRSA Georgia 40 Under 40 Honorees

  • Alexandra Ebanks, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Allison Kopp, VOX Global
  • Allison Sawyer, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Anna Ruth Williams, ARPR
  • Brien Faucett, Cox Enterprises
  • Elisabeth Warrick, First Advantage
  • Emily Armantrout, Full Tilt Consulting
  • Erica Smith, Porter Novelli
  • Eugenia Johnson, Brunet-Garcia
  • Evangeline George, Shipt
  • Holland McCue, Delta Air Lines
  • Janelle Panebianco, Weber Shandwick
  • Jason Rollins, APR
  • Jewanna Gaither, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kaden Jacobs, APR, Doctors Hospital of Augusta
  • Karissa Bursch, HD Supply Construction & Industrial – White Cap
  • Kate Kiefer Lee, MailChimp
  • Katy Mallory, Cox Automotive
  • Kelly Dye, Everywhere Agency
  • Kinesia Cato, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
  • Kristen Ellis, Porter Novelli
  • Kristen Hoyman, REPAY
  • Kristilyn Lambert, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Kristin Wooten, Babbit Bodner
  • Liana Moran, The Wilbert Group
  • Lindsay Miles, Emory University
  • Macey Kessler, PulteGroup, Inc.
  • Marissa Kandel, KETCHUM
  • Meredith Pierce, The Wilbert Group
  • Mikey Mooney, Poston Communications
  • Nikkia Adolphe, Media Frenzy Global
  • Rachel Cushing, Lenz Marketing
  • Rachel Maher, Park Pride
  • Renae Madison, City of Decatur
  • Sara Freeland, University of Georgia
  • Sarah Shoup, KWI Communications
  • Tenee Hawkins, The Hawkins Group
  • Trenise Lyons, Goodwill of North Georgia
  • Tu-Anh Pham, Cox Enterprises
  • Victoria Lightfoot, Lightfoot Public Relations

2019 Forty Under 40 Honorees:

  • Andrew Agan, Cookerly Public Relations
  • Gana Ahn, Golin
  • Elaine Armstrong, Goodwill of North Georgia
  • Rachel Barclay, CHEP
  • Jenn Bins, Ketchum
  • Kristie Benson, APR, High Museum of Art
  • Taylor Bryant, University of West Georgia
  • Rachel Buchman, Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Erik Burton, HNTB
  • Alexia Hernandez Cargal, Dialogue Marketing
  • Matt Cochran, Cookerly Public Relations
  • Jamie Cwalinski, Full Tilt Consulting
  • Erica England, APR, Arketi Group
  • Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb County Government
  • Daniel Groce, Novelis
  • Dwayna Haley, Porter Novelli
  • Lindsay Haynes, APR, Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Jewel Hazelton, TSYS
  • Jasmine Hoffman, APR, Emory Univ. School of Nursing
  • Caroline Huston, APR, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Whitney Jones, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Heather Kirksey, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Karlie Lahm, APR, Edible Arrangements
  • Chaundra Luckett, CHRIS 180
  • Maggie McDaniel, Communications 21
  • Mia McDonald, Clayton County Board of Commissioners
  • Elizabeth McMillan, APR, Fiserv
  • Alicia McNease, Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • Dori Mendel, Call2Recycle
  • Katherine Morales, APR, Inflection Point Communications
  • Brian Murray, Southeastern Grocers
  • Elizabeth Olmstead, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Caroline Paris Paczkowski, UGA School of Public and International Affairs
  • April Phillips, APR, American Red Cross
  • Ashley Pilgrim, MSL
  • Quiana Pinckney, APR, HD Supply
  • Lauren Powers, Emory University Dept. of Medicine
  • Alyssa Thys, Beazer Homes
  • Carisa Turner, APR, Roswell Inc.
  • Sarah Weston, APR, The Wilbert Group

Student of the Year: Lauren Hunter, University of North Georgia
Best Small Company for Young Professionals: Full Tilt Consulting
Best Nonprofit Organization for Young Professionals: Goodwill Industries
Best Internship Program: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau